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Turkey Sloppy Joes & Coleslaw

Good Evening Food Loving Friends! I just want to start out by saying how DELICIOUS these recipes are - both the Sloppy Joes and the Coleslaw. Don't waste any time - make this ASAP! I was looking for something hearty and savory like Sloppy Joes, but on the lighter side. The ground turkey helped with that, and then the coleslaw is dairy-free for those of you who don't enjoy mayo-heavy slaws (like me!). This slaw would be good on so many things, and it makes quite a bit, so get ready to get creative for leftovers (or share with those you love). Both of these recipes were very straightforward and not time consuming. I served this alongside cauliflower tots. It also turned out to be delicious ON the tots in place of a bun (see the second picture)! Enjoy!

Time Saving Tips:

- Buy a prepackaged bag of coleslaw (versus shredding it all yourself).

- Buy the tube of fresh ginger paste to replace mincing actual garlic cloves.

Turkey Sloppy Joe's


1 large carrot

1 small onion

2 stalks celery

1/2 green pepper

2 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup ketchup

1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Soft hamburger buns, to serve

Coleslaw (recipe below)


If you have a food processor, pulse the first 5 ingredients in a food processor until they are minced. Alternatively, very finely mince the onion, carrot, green pepper, celery, and garlic with a chef's knife. It’s very important that there are no huge chunks in the final sloppy joe mix. In a medium to large saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil along with the minced veggies. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes until veggies soften but don’t brown. Season the veggies with salt and pepper. Add the ground turkey to the pot. Stir it constantly to break up the turkey. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes until turkey is cooked through. Add the ketchup, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar to the pot and bring to a simmer. Turn heat down to low and simmer the sloppy joes mixture, stirring regularly, for 6 to 8 minutes until mixture is thick. (Simmer for an additional 5 minutes if the mixture still seems too soupy.) Serve sloppy joes piled high on soft hamburger buns served with coleslaw (recipe below).

Easy No Mayo Coleslaw (Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Vegan)


1 bag coleslaw mix (or you can make your own mixture of cabbage, carrots, etc.)

4 tb apple cider vinegar

4 tsp dijon mustard

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

8 tb olive oil

1/2 tb agave (taste test to your desired sweetness) NOTE: I added this ingredient because the dressing was a bit too acidic without it for me.


In a small jar, combine all ingredients except the coleslaw mix. Seal tightly with a lid and shake well to combine. Add the dressing to the coleslaw mix and stir to combine evenly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour for the flavors to combine. This isn't required, but will enhance the flavor. Serve on top of the Sloppy Joes!

turkey sloppy joes

turkey sloppy joes

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