Open-Face Sloppy Jane Sandwiches

Soooooooo much has gone on in the last couple of weeks.  I feel like my head is spinning and won’t stop.  From doctors appointments, ER visits, trying to find a new place to live, beginning the “packing” process of cleaning everything out, and trying to prepare for our baby girl’s arrival in the midst of pure unadulterated chaos…I’ve had NO time to even think about recipes.  Yes, I think about FOOD…all the time, actually… Ha!  I just haven’t been able to think about recipes and put anything down on paper.  The chaos in my head just wouldn’t allow it.  It’s been a rough couple of weeks, but thankfully I believe we’re coming out of the funk!  I don’t know why, but I’m a firm believer that pregnancy intensifies EVERYTHING you go through during that 9 month process.  My stress seems worse…my love feels stronger…my anger…Oh, Lord Jesus, let’s not even talk about the temper I have if I’m angry…Every feeling, opinion, or desire has literally quadrupled since the pregnancy hormones have set in.  These hormones are no joke.  WHOA!!!  THANK GOD I have an understanding husband!!!  🙂

I’ll be honest…I’ve never made homemade Sloppy Joe’s or Jane’s before.  Let’s just say, I got a wild hair and decided to try something new!  The recipe I saw for these called them Sloppy Jane’s because they were made with ground turkey instead of ground beef.  Less fat, a little bit healthier, and somewhat girly, I suppose!  Feel free to use whatever you like or prefer.  My husband loved this recipe, so I thought I would share the recipe I concocted!  If you want to keep this 100% Paleo, serve this meat mixture on top of some mashed cauliflower, or even spaghetti squash… It’ll be delicious!  It would even be great on top of rice or mashed potatoes if you need a little carbs in your life….The choice is completely up to you!  I had a gluten-free baguette in the freezer that I toasted and topped with the meat mixture.  It’s an easy breezy week night meal!

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Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp fat
  • 1-28 oz can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1-15 oz can organic tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup organic ketchup
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • season with salt and pepper
  • Gluten-free, Paleo, or your favorite French baguettes, sliced and toasted

Directions:

  1. In a large saute pan or Dutch oven, on medium-high heat, add the fat to the pan and let it get hot.  Then add the onion and garlic.  Cook until translucent.
  2. Add the ground turkey and continue cooking until completely cooked through.
  3. Next: add the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.  Cover with a lid and cook on medium-low heat for 30 minutes.  (I turned my heat down to low and let it simmer for a couple hours.  This part is optional.)
  4. When you’re ready to eat, toast up your favorite baguette and top with the Sloppy Jane mixture.  Serve with your favorite veggie and eat it up!

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