Saturday, January 8, 2011

Tomato Free Sloppy Joe

As the mother to a very allergic kiddo, I do a lot of cooking. A lot. I have notebooks full of recipes that I have created, copied, and modified laying around the house. The computer holds a zillion and three bookmarks for recipes that I have used or want to use. And my head holds the all important card catalog of where to look for the recipe I want to use, and the modifications that will need to be made to make it safe for our family.
I know that in the past I have written about how important it is to train someone to safely prepare meals for your family in your unexpected absence. And I have been slowly working toward that, but not with any degree of respectable efficiency. Until recently.
Several things happened in my life all at once that made me realize that I can not continue to be the sole source of information control on all things food in my home. If I am going to be a truly successful mama, I need to make sure that no matter what, my allergic kiddo can eat safely and thrive even if I am not there.
I apologize for my lack of blogging lately, I have been focused on updating my files, creating an up-to-date cookbook and menu plans that anyone could step in and utilize in my absence.
This little non-recipe is one that I have been making a lot lately, because it is so quick and easy, and the kids love it. I was surprised when my husband decided to make dinner one night and asked me where to find the recipe. So. Here is my little non recipe, just so you can try it too.

Tomato Free Sloppy Joe

1 lb ground turkey
1 small zucchini or yellow squash, chpd fine (I use a grater.)
1/3 small onion, chpd fine
1/2 red bell pepper, chpd fine
1/3 green bell pepper, chpd fine
1/2 envelope Simply Organic Sloppy Joe Seasoning
1 jar stage 2 Carrot baby food

Brown turkey, onion and zucchini in large skillet. (I often shred additional veggies and throw them in too!) While that is browning, add half the envelope of seasoning mix, the jar of baby food and 1/3 cup of water to a small bowl and stir until dissolved. When ground turkey is cooked through, add seasoning and simmer to desired thickness. Serve over tater tots, french fries, pasta, or buns of choice.

*edited 9-17-13 to add:
I have long since quit using the Simply Organic seasoning this recipe called for, due to the formulation being changed to include soy.  I now use a variation of the recipe here.  

1 comment:

  1. I should update this post to reflect that Simply Organic has added soy to their seasoning pack, so now I season on my own. Remember to always check ingredients! ;)


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