Make-Ahead Turkey-Lentil Sloppy Joes
- In a Dutch oven bring broth to boiling; stir in lentils. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain in a colander.
- In the same Dutch oven heat oil over medium heat. Add chopped yellow onions and carrots; cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until tender. Add ground turkey and garlic; cook until turkey is brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat. Drain off any fat.
- Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, olives, chili powder, and vinegar. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 8 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in cooked lentils; cook about 2 minutes more or until heated through.
- Divide into four portions. If desired, serve one portion right away (see tip, below). Cool the remaining portions completely. Transfer each portion to a freezer bag or container; seal and freeze for up to 6 months.
- To serve, thaw one portion in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a medium saucepan. Cook, covered, over medium-low heat about 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
To make sandwiches:
- Fill buns with sliced red onion (if desired), turkey mixture, and, if desired, Carrot-Date Slaw.
From the Test Kitchen
Continue as directed in Step 6.
- In a medium bowl whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, oil, and honey. Add carrots and dates; toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts (Make-Ahead Turkey-Lentil Sloppy Joes)
- Per serving:
- 288 kcal ,
- 6 g fat
- (1 g sat. fat ,
- 2 g polyunsaturated fat ,
- 3 g monounsaturated fat ),
- 23 mg chol. ,
- 635 mg sodium ,
- 41 g carb. ,
- 9 g fiber ,
- 6 g sugar ,
- 18 g pro.
I have made this several times. I love it because it makes sooooo much and freezes so well. It's perfect for those busy weeks you don't feel like cooking. It has plenty of flavor, however, my family tends to add extra BBQ sauce to theirs. I don't think it needs it. I love the olives. I often add pickles with the onion and I use a flat sandwich roll to cut some carbs. My family eats it on a bun. My grown daughter says it's one of her favorite recipes!