Not-so-sloppy Joes + Broccoli and Cheese Couscous

Not-so-sloppy Joes + Broccoli and Cheese Couscous


Not-so-sloppy Joes (serves 4):

  • 1 lb. 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 8-oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Chipotle spice, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste


Broccoli and Cheese Couscous (serves 3):



Begin with the Not-so-sloppy Joes by combining all ingredients into a medium-sized soup pot. Place pot on a burner and begin cooking on medium-high heat.

Continue stirring the mixture as the turkey begins to cook. Then begin working on the couscous by combining water, milk and seasoning packet (from box) in a medium frying pan. Place on medium heat and bring liquid to a boil.

Once the liquid is boiling, stir in the couscous and pull the pan off the heat. Allow to stand for 5 minutes, or until couscous becomes thicker and more solid.

Turn back to the Not-so-sloppy Joes and continue stirring for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until turkey is completely cooked.

Serve both the Joes and the couscous plain, or consider using a piece of bread to make a not-so-sloppy sandwich. My family picked up a fresh loaf of bread from a local store earlier today, so we decided to use it as a “plate” for the not-so-sloppiness.

Smother the not-so-sloppy mixture on a slice of bread, and ENJOY!

Despite the unusual consistency, my family enjoyed both the Joes and the couscous. And the best part about both of these is that they took no longer than 15 minutes to make AND only left behind two dirty pans! No chopping required – although next time I’d add more veggies. But I didn’t to get too ambitious since it was my first try 😉 And of course, I’m LAZY.

Nutrition Information (per serving):

Not-so-sloppy Joes:

  • 190 calories
  • 1g fat
  • 16g carbohydrates
  • 4g fiber
  • 29g protein


Broccoli and Cheddar Couscous:

  • 220 calories
  • 5g fat
  • 40g carbohydrates
  • 3g fiber
  • 8g protein

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mary Jo March 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Looks interesting. Wonder if my picky kids will try it…we shall see.

Cool blog BTW : )

Mary Jo (Fellow Chi-girl)


2 Jenn (eating bender) March 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Thanks, Mary Jo! I hope your kids enjoy it if you do try it :) I just checked out your blog — we definitely need to chat. Especially since we are both from Chicago!


3 Barbara Webster April 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm

This looks delicious, and I really appreciate all the beautiful and clear, large enough to see, photos. Thanks for sharing. Am looking forward to trying this combination!


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