Braces-Friendly Recipe: Turkey Sloppy Joes With Coleslaw


Sloppy Joe's with coleslaw is the ultimate kid food! This recipe calls for healthy ground turkey instead of beef, but your kids won't be able to tell the difference. And because the slaw is finely shredded, it's safe to eat with braces. Enjoy this flavor-packed, easy meal on a weeknight when you are short on time... It only takes about 15 minutes to make.


Total Time:15 Mins
Yield: Serves 4



  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 small head green cabbage, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 4 hamburger buns


Step 1

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, onion, and garlic and cook, breaking the meat up with a spoon, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 2

Mix the tomato sauce, sugar, barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire into the turkey mixture; season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the cabbage and carrots and toss to combine.

Step 4

Serve the turkey mixture on the buns with the coleslaw.


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