I made these deliciously healthy sandwiches for my brother and his family, and everyone loved them. I’m pretty sure I heard my brother say, “These are way better than Manwich” (and I thought to myself, well… of course!).
That’s what you get when you use fresh ingredients… more flavor, better for you, and more of a “yum factor” than something out of a can.
I should probably tell you the back story behind the name…
“Mrs. Macho Meat”.
Yes, this type of sandwich is normally called “sloppy joes”, but Bill and his friend, Tim (he’s the great guy who invented Volcano Dust), came up with some type of “sloppy joe” sandwich with ground beef that they named “Macho Meat”. I’m not sure what ingredients they used, but how manly of them!
So, I figured I’d put a “Mrs.” in front of it for the turkey version. Hope they don’t mind me stealing their name!
One more thing… when “sloppy joes” has ever been mentioned in my 7+ years of knowing Bill, he of course has to sing the chorus to Adam Sandler’s Lunch Lady Song. I pretty much can’t stand it at all, but that certainly doesn’t stop him from singing it.
Here’s the link for the Lunch Lady Song on YouTube in case you have no idea what I’m talking about. If you only want to hear the chorus, skip ahead to 2:00 minutes.
Do you love it, or are you with ME on this one?
Recipe adapted from Whole Foods
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium tomato paste
- 1 cup carrots, grated
- 1 pound ground turkey breast
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 4 pitted dates, chopped
- 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 5 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 6 whole grain hamburger buns
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and pepper and cook until starting to stick and lightly brown, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, carrots and 2 tablespoons water and cook 2 minutes longer or until carrots are tender, stirring occasionally and scraping any browned bits from the surface of the pan. Add turkey and cook 3 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink, stirring to break it up as it cooks. Stir in tomato sauce, dates, vinegar, mustard and ½ cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15 minutes to blend flavors.