Sloppy Joe Skillet With Polenta

Prep 5 min


Cook 15 min


Ready in 20 min

This satisfying main dish comes together in just 20 minutes!


    Sloppy Joes
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  • 1 lb. (450 g) 90% lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 2   garlic cloves
  • 1 cup (250 mL) tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Southwestern Seasoning Mix
  • 1 can (15 oz./398 mL) reduced-sodium pinto beans, rinshed and drained
  •  Optional: avocado slices
    Cheddar-Chive Polenta
  • 1 log (17–18 oz./480–540 g) instant plain polenta
  • ⅔ cup (150 mL) water
  • 2 oz. (60 g) reduced-fat cheddar cheese, plus additional for topping
  • ½ cup (125 mL) milk
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh chives, chopped


  1. Heat the oil in the 12" (30-cm) Nonstick Skillet over medium heat for 3–5 minutes. Add the turkey and cook undisturbed for 2–3 minutes, or until it’s browned. Break the turkey into crumbles with Mix ‘N Chop and cook for an additional 2–3 minutes, or until it’s cooked through.

  2. Meanwhile, cut off the top of the bell pepper and remove the seeds and veins with the Scoop Loop®. Cut the pepper and onion into chunks and add them to the Manual Food Processor. Process until finely chopped, then transfer to a bowl. Use the Veggie Strip Maker to grate the carrot into the bowl. Press the garlic into the bowl with the Garlic Press.

  3. Add the vegetables to the skillet and stir to combine. Cook for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent.

  4. Open the polenta over the sink to let water drain out. Place the polenta into the 3-qt. (3‑L) Micro-Cooker® Plus and use the Mix ‘N Chop to break it up into small pieces. Add the water and microwave, covered, on HIGH for 3–4 minutes, stirring halfway through to mash up the polenta.

  5. Grate the cheese with the Microplane® Adjustable Coarse Grater. Remove the cooker from the microwave. Add the cheese, milk, and chives, and stir to combine.

  6. Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and seasoning to the skillet. Add the beans and stir to combine. Cook for 1–2 minutes, or until heated through.

  7. Serve over polenta and top with avocado slices and additional grated cheese, if desired.


  • 6  servings

Nutrients per serving:

per serving (½ cup/125 mL polenta and ¾ cup/175 mL sloppy Joe): Calories 300, Total Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 2.5 g, Cholesterol 50 mg, Sodium 760 mg, Carbohydrate 37 g, Fiber 6 g, Sugars 11 g, Protein 23 g

Cook's Tips:

Polenta is the Italian version of mashed potatoes or grits. You can buy precooked polenta in the Italian section of most grocery stores near the dry pasta.

If you can’t find polenta, you can substitute mashed potatoes or cauliflower. Or serve the sloppy Joes on buns.

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