Nobody likes a sad, skinny baby...nobody!

Whether I’m ordering a meal at a restaurant or cooking up something at home, enjoying what I eat brings me immense satisfaction. On the other hand, being disappointed in a meal sends me into tantrum mode.

I expect certain things out of a dining experience. I’m realistic about the standards I hold for each place, from the local taco bar to the five star steak house. What I've decided is that it's about a perfect balance between service, food quality, ambiance and price. That may seem like a lot to juggle, but Houston is a big city with a plethora of restaurants to choose from. There’s no reason to expect anything less than the best.

If you strip my needs down to the bare essentials, you'll find I'm very much like a baby; I love tasty food and I love to be happy. If an experience doesn't generate a sense of fulfillment for those two basic needs...you're gonna hear me cry.

Nobody likes a sad, skinny baby...nobody!

Super Lazy Sloppy Joes w/ Field Green Salad

Didn't feel like chopping anything, didn't feel like much of a cleanup either. I just wanted a simple dish to make at home for me and my 15 year old goddaughter who was too busy updating her Facebook profile to weigh in on dinner options.

This recipe was little more than the result of a survey I took on my kitchen contents. I had ground turkey, buns, and a pantry full of spices & condiments. That being said; it was fun, simple, and not terribly unhealthy.

(This recipe could serve three, but in this case it served two with some meat leftover)

MEAT
lb: Lean Ground Turkey (brown completely)

SAUCE
1/2cup: Ketchup
2tbs: Olive Oil
1tbs: Red cooking wine (just cause I had some)
dash: White Vinegar
1/8cup: Worcestershire sauce
1/8cup: Brown sugar
tsp: Garlic Powder
1/2tsp: celery seeds (just because I had some)

Salt and pepper to taste

OTHER STUFF
vinegar
olive oil
buns

I made the sauce separately while the ground turkey cooked completely and browned in a pan, then I stirred in the sauce and let it cook into the meat. (medium heat)

I threw a couple of whole wheat buns in the toaster. While I was waiting for them to toast up a bit, I got a big bowl and filled it with about two hefty hand-fulls of Field Greens, tossed in some olive oil(about 2tbs), rice vinegar(about 4tbs), pinch of garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste and then put the servings on their plates.

Buns popped up, threw them on a plate and used a table spoon almost like an icecream scooper, to serve tight portions of the loose meat on the bun. I packed it on and let it spill over a bit onto the plate, then I took the top of the bun and pressed it on to hold the meat in.

Grab a fork, napkin (make that two) and a glass of cold water. It was great!

1 comment:

Jackie Ewing said...

You seem to have a passion for food, so I was wondering if you have a some healthy recipes of your own that you make. If you do, you should send them into this contest I know of that’s making its way around the country, the Aetna Healthy Food Fight. It’s coming to San Antonio on October 2-3 and Houston on October 9-10! I noticed your blog and thought you would be interested. You could get great exposure for your recipes and meet celebrity cooks (Bobby Flay, Sunny Anderson, Sara Moulton, or Cat Cora). All you have to do is go to healthyfoodfight.com to submit one of your healthy recipes. Deadline to sign up for San Antonio is September 15th and Houston is September 22nd so hurry! Good luck if you decide to enter, and if not, keep posting! :)