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Slow Cooker (or not) Turkey Sloppy Joes
with parmesan zucchini spears

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We went for a bit of nostalgia tonight with saucy slow cooker Sloppy Joes, but you know we had to give these messy sandwiches a Cook Smarts twist. We lightened things up with ground turkey as the base and served roasted parmesan zucchini spears on the side.
Cooking methods: This recipe includes instructions for using the slow cooker or stovetop. Select your preferred method.

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Turkey Sloppy Joes:
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Bell peppers, green - 1, diced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Ketchup - 3/4 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup
  • Worcestershire sauce - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Turkey, ground - 1 lb
  • Hamburger buns - 4
Parmesan Zucchini Spears:
  • Zucchini - 1 lb, spears
  • Cheese, parmesan - 1/3 cup, grated
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Italian seasoning - 1/2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Zucchini / Cheese / Onions / Bell peppers / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store zucchini and cheese in their own containers. Combine onions, bell peppers, and garlic in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Make sauce - Combine ketchup, stock, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard, and brown sugar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Pre-cook turkey - Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with cooking oil. Add turkey and saute until cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. Add onions, bell peppers, and garlic and saute until translucent. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Slow cook turkey - In the bowl of a slow cooker, combine cooked turkey and sauce. Stir well. Cook on low for 4 hours. (We do not recommend cooking this on high because the tomato-based sauce may burn.)

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Make

  1. Toss zucchini with olive oil, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, and some salt and pepper. Spread out on sheet pan.

  2. Bake zucchini until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

  3. When zucchini is nearly finished cooking, give turkey a stir. Season with some salt and pepper if needed.

  4. Toast hamburger buns.

  5. Divide turkey between hamburger buns. Serve with zucchini on the side. Enjoy!

Prep

  1. Zucchini / Cheese / Onions / Bell peppers / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store zucchini and cheese in their own containers. Combine onions, bell peppers, and garlic in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Make sauce - Combine ketchup, stock, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard, and brown sugar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C. Lightly brush a sheet pan with some cooking oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Toss zucchini with olive oil, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, and some salt and pepper. Spread out on sheet pan.

  3. Bake zucchini until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

  4. While zucchini bakes, heat a skillet over medium-high heat with cooking oil. Add turkey with some salt and saute until cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes.

  5. To turkey, add onions, bell peppers, and garlic and saute until translucent.

  6. Pour sauce over turkey and continue cooking until sauce reduces and thickens, 5 to 8 minutes more. Remove turkey from heat. Taste and season with some salt and pepper if needed.

  7. Toast hamburger buns.

  8. Divide turkey between hamburger buns. Serve with zucchini on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (47)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (5)

Most Helpful

That's a lot of ketchup. Used only half of it.

By: Alexander
Posted: Sep 16, 2021
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

34 reviews

Weekend prep made this easy. Zucchini came out mushy - not sure why. Sloppy Joe’s were tasty. Used ketchup and BBQ sauce because we didn’t have quite enough ketchup.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Sep 21, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Was alright, but probably won’t make this version again. Seemed like a lot* of green pepper and onion in comparison to the meat. I’d rather have the veggies on the side, or a smaller volume in the mixture. The zucchini was yummy, though.

By: Abby
Posted: Sep 20, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

My toddler liked this one a lot but the rest of us were not impressed.

By: Sarah
Posted: Sep 19, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I love when cooksmarts makes a meal that feels like a twist on a favorite dish! I just made the lentils with the paleo version of the sauce and it was a topping for toast, baked sweet potatoes, and a salad this week! I prefer the blackbean sloppy Joe’s from the archive but this was a nice way to start the week :)

By: Delaney
Posted: Sep 19, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Loved it. Easy to put together. Used low sugar ketchup and sauce was tasty. Did stovetop version.

By: Jayna
Posted: Sep 18, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Added a little kinders bbq sauce. Delish!

By: Christine
Posted: Sep 18, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful