BUT once in a while we just start throwing together ingredients...making up our own recipes! Here are two that were big hits recently at our house!
For the Vikings championship game (which they sadly LOST), we invited our small group over and made some WONDERFUL turkey stew. (I can't take credit for it, my husband threw it together!) Here's what it included:
16 cups of turkey broth mixed with turkey meat shreds (we had frozen this from leftover from HERE)
4-5 carrots (peeled & diced)
1-2 yellow onions (diced)
2 - 16 oz. pkgs of wild/brown rice blend
2 - 12 oz. pkgs of pre-rinsed quinoa
4-5 stalks of celery (diced)
4 c. frozen corn
4 c. dried split peas
(NOTE: This makes enough to fill TWO large crockpots, so cut the recipe in half to create one crock-pot worth of stew)
Strain the broth/meat to remove any remaining bones and/or turkey skin. Add all ingredients to the crock pot along with the seasonings of your choice (husband used garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper). Cook on Medium-High heat for 6 hours, adding water if needed. The quinoa and rice wll hydrate with the broth, creating a stew-like consistency. It was a huge hit amongst all of our friends...they would have neve known how healthy and natural it was for them!
Little Sassafrass even loved this one
(and clearly the dog was interested too!)
"Sloppy Joe Pizza Pie"
This recipe was inspired by a recipe I found on Cooks.com AND what Kat Does Diets posted HERE about low-carb skillet pizza. Basically it came down to me having low motivation for cooking, and scratching my head while staring at the random ingredients in our kitchen, thinking about the recipes mentioned above, and then coming up with THIS:
1.5 pounds lean ground turkey
half a large white onion (diced)
half of a large green pepper (diced)
2 stalks of celery (diced)
2 T. olive oil
3/4 can of tomato sauce
Blend of spices (I used garlic powder, onion powder, italian seasoning, paprika and a teeny dash of ground cayenne red pepper for a little kick)
shredded mozzerella cheese
Dice the onion, celery and green pepper and add to one large skillet (add the T. of olive oil first and allow to heat slightly). Meanwhile, brown the ground turkey in another skillet. Once the turkey is browned, add it to the larger skillet with the onion and green pepper. Add the tomato sauce and spices of your choice, then stir to spread evenly. Once fully stirred, form into a flat-ish circle, then sprinkle shredded mozzerella cheese on top. I then covered the pan with a lid to allow the cheese to melt on top more quickly. Once the cheese was melted, I removed the pan from heat and allowed it to sit for a couple minutes. Then I cut it in *slices*, though it had to be served up with a serving spoon (and eaten with a spoon too). I served it with a 1/2 slice of homemade whole grain bread too. It was a HIT! My son said "I was a little worried about what this would taste like (he's not a fan of green pepper), but it is actually delicious!" (Yay, victory!)
So there you have it, a few more natural healthy living recipes that have been tried and tested and are mother AND kid approved!
Have you tried any new recipes lately? What have been your faves? Have you made any new meals up and written a post about it? Let me know in the comments!