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Italian Sloppy Joes

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service.


  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey breast (or extra-lean ground beef)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (28 oz.) bottle pasta sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns


Brown and drain meat. Spray a large skillet or medium saucepan with cooking spray. Heat the skillet or saucepan on medium and add the olive oil. Add the onion and pepper; cook until soft, approximately 5 minutes. Add the cooked meat and sauce; simmer until heated through. Season with pepper. While the sauce is simmering, split each bun in half and toast until lightly browned. Spoon one-sixth of the meat mixture on each bun and serve.

Makes 6 sandwiches

Per sandwich serving: about 230 calories, 3.3 grams (g) fat, 27 g carbohydrate and 7.2 g fiber.

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