The weather has been crazy here in the Midwest. Last week, it went from 70 degrees outside to 20. Now it’s beginning to warm up a bit, the weather fronts caused a massive downpour tonight. On a dreary night like this, I crave a warm meal that really fills me up – sloppy joes fit the bill perfectly. When made with ground turkey, this meal is incredibly well-balanced and will keep you going all day.
It’s popular to serve sloppy joes on buns, but my family has always eaten them on pasta shells. I was going to eat my sloppy joes on sweet potatoes this time, since I wasn’t holding out hope for macro-friendly pasta, when I happened on Banza chickpea pasta. They sell this at my local Target, and I’ve linked them on Amazon so you can purchase them for yourself. In case the name wasn’t a tip-off, these shells are made out of chickpea flour and pea protein, giving them a balance of protein, carbs, and a bit of healthy fat.
This recipe is excellent for meal prep. It divides perfectly in four and will keep long enough to eat across four days. Alternatively, if you feel like sharing, you can make this as a dinner for two with enough left for lunch the next day. For added bulk, add in diced red pepper or shredded carrots with the meat. I didn’t in this case as I’m not a huge fan of peppers and didn’t have carrots. However, this is a great way to add volume to your meal if you’re having a hungry day.
- 1 box Banza chickpea pasta shells (or any shape you prefer)*
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 lb. extra lean ground turkey (99% / 1%)
- 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp. poultry seasoning (I used Penzey’s poultry seasoning)
- red peppers and/or carrots to add bulk, if desired
1. Prepare the pasta to package instructions.
2. While the pasta is cooking, pour the olive oil into a large pan and tilt to coat the bottom and warm over medium-high heat.
3. Add the diced onion to the pan and toss to coat. Allow to brown slightly, stirring consistently.
4. Add the ground turkey to the pan, breaking it up with your spatula.
5. In a separate bowl, mix the tomato sauce, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and poultry seasoning together, then pour over the turkey and stir. If you’re adding extra veg, now’s the time!
6. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. Put the pasta in your bowl first, then ladle over your sloppy joe mixture. Enjoy!
Protein: 41 g
Carbohydrates: 45 g
Fat: 9 g
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