Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Crockpot Italian Sloppy Joes (and further proof that the kids love FoodPrep too!)

Wow. Over 2 weeks since my last blog?? I seem to start writing posts and then there they sit in 'draft' form and I never finish them. Aye! Kind of like the 4 books I'm reading concurrently right now. :/  Ah well, it's been a busy February, but I hope to not go that long without posting again in 2013! (You can always stay connected with me via Instagram and Facebook, too!)

Today's post is another Food Prep Sunday favorite that I've adapted from... where else? Skinnytaste, of course! (I swear I make other recipes, but Gina's food photography gets me every time! Such pretty foodie pics.)  Plus, I know the family will always eat whatever I make from her website. She has a family of her own and her recipes are family-tested and approved which is encouraging when you're dealing with 2 semi-picky eaters.   This dish is another crockpot favorite and you can either used store-bought Sweet Italian Sausage or make your own from the Skinnytaste recipe below. 

I decided to make my own on Sunday after making this recipe previously with the store-bought links.  The homemade was delightful! We served this recipe over spaghetti squash "noodles" that I also prepped on Sunday.  A wonderful, delicious, healthy meal that the entire family can enjoy! The proof is in the picture here :) Cece most-definitely approves! 

Homemade Italian Turkey Sausage

Servings: 5 • Serving Size: 1/5th
Calories: 129.4 • Fat: 6.1 g • Protein: 16.7 g • Carb: 2.2 g • Fiber: 0.4 g • Sugar: 1.3
Sodium: 180.6

  • 1.25 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika (I use "Budapest's Best" Sweet Hungarian Paprika)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/8 tsp dried marjoram leaves
  • 1/4 tsp dried fennel
  • 1 tsp sugar 
Combine turkey, garlic and spices and mix well using your hands.

You can form them into patties or use this in recipes where sausage is called for. 


 Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joe

  • 1 lb Italian turkey sausage, removed from casing OR use entire recipe above
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/3 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
For serving:
  • 6 whole wheat 100 calorie potato rolls**
  • 6 slices reduced fat provolone (Sargento)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • OR 1 hefty cup of cooked spaghetti squash "noodles"
In a medium non-stick skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking up as it cooks into small bits until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Add onions and garlic, and cook another 2 minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker and add the bell peppers, crushed tomatoes, rosemary and fresh cracked pepper.
Cover and cook on low 4 hours. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

To serve, place heaping 1/2 cup of meat on a roll and if desired, top with cheese and baby spinach.
Makes 6 servings.
**Use gluten-free bread to make this gluten-free. 


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