Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sloppy Joes, Cornbread and Creamed Kale

Delicious.  Healthy.  Frugal.

My hubby has to work tonight, so our bigger meal of the day was lunch.  He was a very happy man.

Sloppy Joes

1lb. ground beef (grass-fed, local)
1/2 white onion, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 tsp. sea salt
4 grinds of fresh black pepper

3/4 c. ketchup (you can make your own or use the organic version)
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. garlic powder (or you could use fresh garlic and cook with above ingredients)
1 1/2 tsp. soy sauce
1 t. molasses (or honey)

Cook the meat and veggies together and drain fat.  Mix together sauce ingredients while meat mixture cooks.  When meat is cooked, stir in sauce.  Turn heat to low and simmer until meal time (or at least 30 minutes).

(Inspiration for this recipe found here at Heavenly Homemakers. Fantastic recipes!!)

I served this with our favorite cornbread recipe:

Honey Corn Bread

1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 c. cornmeal
1/4 c. sucanat (or molasses)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/3 c. milk or buttermilk
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. honey, molasses, or pure maple syrup
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla (more or less to taste)

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  In another bowl, combine wet ingredients.  Stir wet ingredients into dry, just until moist.
Pour into buttered 9x9 dish.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

(Inspiration for this recipe found here.)

California Creamed Kale

2 bunches of kale, leaves removed from stems, chopped and washed
1 c. raw cashews
1 c. milk
1-2 tsp. onion powder (to taste)
1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste)

Steam kale until soft (10-20minutes).  While kale steams, place remaining ingredients in a high powered blender (I have a Vitamix.), and blend until smooth.

Combine kale and cashew sauce.  If you have leftover cashew sauce, it is also great on broccoli and spinach as well.

(This recipe can be found in the cookbook Eat for Health.)

Come and join the frugal fun over at the Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet.  Enjoy your day!

1 comment:

  1. This looks so good! I haven't made sloppy Joes in a long time. I think my hubby would like this a lot. Thanks for the recipe!