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Homemade Sloppy Joes

I have enjoyed sloppy joes since the early days of marriage when I didn’t know how to cook anything unless it came out of a box or can.  When I made a commitment to limit high fructose corn syrup in our families diet, I had to say goodbye to my friend Manwich.

I have tried several homemade recipes that were OK, but they just didn’t do it for me.  Then I found this recipe: Sloppy Joes…The Real Food Way.  I love the title.  I love the recipe.  My search for a good homemade sloppy joe recipe has ended.

While there are bold and spicy sloppy joes, I prefer sweet ones.  This recipe satisfies my sweet tooth.  It’s super easy to throw together and I always have the ingredients on hand.

I tweaked the recipe a bit to simplify it even more.  I also added a can of red beans to stretch the meal a bit.  (You can read how I also do this in my spaghetti sauce here.)

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 cup Bell Pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Onion, chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1 14.5 oz can of Red Beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 5 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup Broth
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Tamari Sauce  (Soy-free recipes here and here or leave it out and extra salt)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Chile Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a skillet cook ground beef until brown.
  2. Add peppers, onions and garlic and cook until soft.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  4. Serve on allergy-friendly bread or in a baked potato.

You may also enjoy Easy Pulled Barbecue Chicken and Nancy’s Green Beans and Sausage.

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Orange, Honey and Cumin Roasted Chicken

 

I shared before that I am trying to cook one locally pastured chicken per week.  This week I tried a new recipe from the New York Times: Roast Chicken with Cumin, Honey and Orange.

This marinade is gooood!  The orange and honey work perfectly together to make my sweet tooth happy, while the cumin gives a subtle savory taste.

This marinade is incredibley quick to throw together.  I measured and mixed the three ingredients into a one cup liquid measuring cup so as not to dirty any more dishes than necessary.

My only complaint about this recipe is that the meat was not as flavorful and moist as I would have liked.  Even though I separated the skin from the breast and poured the marinade underneath the skin, most of the flavor remained in the skin.   Dipping the meat in the drippings cured that problem. Seriously, I could eat the meat with the drippings on it everyday. I really like this marinade!

I carmelized some vidalia onions (saute them until they become brown and soft) in the chicken drippings and whipped up some smashed potatoes.

I scooped some potatoes in a dish, topped with chicken and onions and covered with more drippings.  Mmmm, good!

Update:  I highly recommend making chicken stock with the leftover bones.  You can read how here.  I think the stock and leftover meat would be divine in this Bourbon Chicken Recipe.

 

 

Orange, Honey and Cumin Roasted Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Whole Chicken or 4-5 pounds Chicken Parts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine orange juice, honey and cumin.  Whisk until well blended.
  3. Place chicken (with giblets removed!) in a roasting pan.  Pour marinade all over the chicken.  Pour inside the bird.  Loosen the skin around the breast by sliding your hand between the skin and breast.  Pour some marinade in there.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes per pound, basting every 10-20 minutes.  Let rest 15-20 minutes before carving.

 

 

You may also enjoy Rotisserie Chicken in the CrockPotLemon Herb Roasted Chicken in the CrockPot and Mojo Chicken in the CrockPot.

 

 

 

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas with Mole Sauce

A few weeks ago, I saw a sweet potato and black bean burrito recipe.   Being a sweet potato lover, the recipe interested me.  I added the idea to the bottom of my mental “recipes to try” list.

Also on my long list of recipes to try, was mole sauce.  Mole sauce has always intrigued me.  Mole sauce is a brown/red sauce that originated in Mexico.  There are many legends about how the sauce was first created.

The most common version of the legend takes place at the Convent of Santa Rosa in Puebla sometime early in the colonial period. Upon hearing that the archbishop was going to visit, the convent nuns went into a panic because they were poor and had almost nothing to prepare. The nuns prayed and brought together the little bits of what they did have, chili peppers, spices, day-old bread nuts and a little chocolate and more. They killed an old turkey they had, cooked it and put the sauce on top; and the archbishop loved it.[3] Wikipedia

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Beefy Zucchini

Photo courtesy of my 11 year old daughter. Pretty good, eh?

Here’s another quick and easy zucchini dinner.  It is thick and hearty so it can be served as is or over rice or pasta.  A side salad would make a great addition. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 2 pound Ground Beef
  • 2 cans Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 3 Zucchini, chopped
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. In a heavy skillet, cook ground beef and onion until beef is done and onions are clear.
  2. Add tomatoes, zucchini, seasoning, salt and pepper and cook until zucchini is tender.

You may also enjoy Italian Sausage and Summer Squash Skillet and Cheeseburger Zucchini Boats.

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Spaghetti Zucchini Boats

Tonight we tried our zucchini boats with spaghetti sauce.  I found the spaghetti boats to be more flavorful than the cheeseburger boats.  My kids couldn’t decide which recipe they preferred.  Which recipe should you prepare?  I guess whatever floats your boat!

Ingredients:

  • 6 small, 4 large or 2 overgrown Zucchini Squash
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • Daiya or Mozzarella Cheese.

Directions:

  1. Put a stock pot full of water on the stove and bring to a boil.  Meanwhile, cut the ends off the zucchini and slice lengthwise. Halve the zucchini if necessary.
  2. Add the zucchini to the boiling water and cook 10 minutes or until tender.
  3. In a skillet, brown ground beef and onions.  Add spaghetti sauce and seasoning. 
  4. Remove the zucchini from the water.  When cool enough to handle, scoop the inside of the zucchinis into the ground beef mixture and stir well.
  5. Arrange the zucchini on a baking tray and fill with ground beef mixture.  Top with cheese.
  6. Bake until cheese is melted.

You may also enjoy Italian Sausage and Summer Squash Skillet and Summer Squash and Chicken Skillet.

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Zucchini: Cheeseburger Zucchini Boats

Getting children to eat green and slimy vegetables can be a challenge.  Sometimes all you need is a toothpick and a piece of paper to build enthusiasm.  My little ones were actually excited to try these.  They got 2 thumbs up from everyone but the youngest.  She was able to eat them once we covered them with ketchup.

This recipe comes from Laura at Heavenly Homemakers.  This week I’m going to make it with Italian seasoning or possibly spaghetti sauce.  I’ll let you know how it works out.

Update: We tried spaghetti sauce!  Check out our spaghetti zucchini boats here.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large Zucchini
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cheddar or Daiya Cheese

Directions:

  1. Put a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil.  Cut the ends off the zucchini and slice lengthwise.  Halve the zucchini if necessary.  Boil the zucchini for about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, brown the ground beef and onions and season with garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Scoop the “meat” out of the zucchini and into the beef.  Stir well.
  4. Fill the zucchini with hamburger mixture and top with cheese.  Bake until cheese is melted.

You may also enjoy Italian Sausage and Summer Squash Skillet and Summer Squash and Chicken Skillet.

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Chicken Fajitas

Who can resist the sound of sizzling fajitas being carried to your table at your favorite Mexican restaurant?  Fixing fajitas at home may not be as much fun but they are easy and just as tasty!  I usually use leftover chicken (Ginger-Lime Chicken is my favorite!) but it doesn’t take much more time to cook some chopped chicken in a hot, oiled skillet before you add the veggies.  Serve with rice and beans.  You can buy rice or corn tortillas but Bella likes to eat her fajita on a plate with a fork.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Palm Shortening or oil of your choice
  • 2 Onions, sliced
  • Green Pepper, sliced
  • Red Pepper, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning (Gluten-Free Recipe Here)
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • Salt and Pepper

 

Topping Options:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Daiya Cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat.  Add onions.  Cook until soft, stirring often.
  2. Add red and green peppers, taco seasoning, lime juice and salt and pepper to skillet.  Cook just until peppers are soft, stirring often.
  3. Transfer peppers and onions to plate.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to the skillet.  Cook until liquid is almost gone.  Serve immediately.

 You may also enjoy Taco Potato.

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Photo Credit: gkdavie

Italian Sausage and Summer Squash Skillet

Did I mention we eat a lot of squash in the summer?  Squash cooks so fast that it makes a wonderful, healthy lunch.  While squash alone can be pretty bland, this recipe is full of flavor.  Here’s how I fix my my favorite squash skillet.

Ingredients:

  • Palm Shortening or oil of choice
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Pound Italian Sausage Links, sliced
  • 9-12 Small Summer Squash, sliced
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in skillet.  Cook onion and sausage until onion is clear and sausage is brown.
  2. Add squash and season liberally with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.  Cook until squash is tender.

You may also enjoy Summer Squash and Chicken Skillet and Nancy’s Green Beans and Sausage.

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Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken in the CrockPot Recipe

Here’s another great recipe for your whole chicken. As I shared before, cooking your chicken in the crockpot produces tender, fall off the bone chicken.  The longer you cook it, the more it will fall apart.  If you want yours to keep it’s shape like the one in my picture, start checking for doneness after 6 hours.

This chicken is full of lemony-garlic flavor.  It has just the right amount of lemon flavor.  You can taste it but it is not overwhelming.  My kids love it.  I lost track of how many helpings my five year old had tonight.   This would also be divine served with garlic mashed potatoes or rice.  I think next time I make this I will try adding green beans with the onions.  Make sure you go heavy with the seasonings or the flavor won’t penetrate the skin.  Don’t forget to save the bones for homemade stock with a hint of lemon.  I use the broth to make rice.  Yum!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 1-2 Large Yellow Onions, sliced into wedges
  • 2 Lemons or 1/2 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Rosemary

Directions:

1.  Place onions in crockpot.

2.  Place the chicken on top of onions.

3.  Pour or squeeze lemon juice over chicken.  Try to get some juice in the cavity.

4.  Heavily salt and pepper the chicken outside and inside.

5.  Sprinkle garlic powder outside and inside of bird.

6.  Liberally sprinkle rosemary over outside and inside chicken.

7.  Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.

UPDATE:  Be sure to check out this post on How to Have Crispy Skin in the Crockpot.  I haven’t tried it on this particular recipe yet, but I’m sure it would work.

Here are some of my favorite crockpot whole chicken recipes for the crockpot:

 

 

This recipe is based on this recipe at A Year of Slow Cooking.

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Barbecue Potato Recipe

Who needs a wheat bun when you can have a smooth, buttery potato?  This is another quick lunch idea that uses leftover chicken.

Ingredients:

  • Cooked Potato (yellow potatoes taste extra buttery)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Leftover Chicken
  • Barbecue Sauce

Directions:

  1. Layer ingredients on a plate and enjoy!

You may also enjoy Easy Pulled Barbecue Chicken and Taco Potato.