Ground Beef/Ground Turkey

Sweet Potato Taco Packets

Sweet Potato Taco Packets are so good, and so healthy! They’re packed with sweet potatoes, ground turkey, black beans, and spinach. Don’t want to heat up the kitchen? Throw them on the grill instead!

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey (ground beef works too!)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 cans (15-ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped small (1/2-inch pieces)
  • Toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, avocados or guacamole, salsa, olives, cilantro

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425.

In a large skillet, brown the ground meat and onion. Drain grease, if needed.

Add the seasonings, and tomato sauce, stirring well.  Add the water, spinach and beans and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat

Lightly grease the center of 6-8 foil pieces, each about 12-inches long.

Place about 1 cup of sweet potato chunks in the center of each piece of foil arranging them into somewhat of a single layer; sprinkle with salt and pepper (don’t skip this step!). Add a heaping 1/2 cup or so of the meat mixture on top. Bring the long sides of foil together over the filling and fold tightly down. Fold and crimp each edge until tightly sealed and a little packet is formed. Repeat with all the pieces of foil and ingredients.

Place the foil packets in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

Carefully open the foil packets and add your favorite taco toppings!

Recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

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Ham · Main Dish

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Quinoa Bites

These are so fun and great for packing in lunches!

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 Cups deli ham, chopped fine
  • 2 cups finely chopped steamed broccoli
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, stir together all the ingredients until combined. Lightly grease a mini-muffin tin. Scoop the quinoa mixture into the tin, filling the cups all the way to the top and lightly pressing to pack the mixture a bit. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown.

Adapted slightly from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

 

Ground Beef/Ground Turkey · Main Dish

Meatloaf

I was never a big fan of meatloaf…until I made Paula Deen’s recipe. This is so good ya’ll (that sounds like something Paula would say, right?)! My husband and kids LOVE this one! So much so, that I started doubling the recipe and baking it in a 8.5×11 pan, just so there wouldn’t be any fighting over the last slice.

If you’re in a hurry, frozen chopped onions and frozen chopped bell peppers work great!

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper (any color), chopped
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard

Directions

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large bowl, mix ground beef, salt, pepper, onions, bell peppers, eggs, tomatoes and oats together and place in a greased 8.5×11 baking dish (I don’t like washing dishes, so I just mix everything up right in the baking dish!).

Mix ketchup, brown sugar and mustard in a small bowl and spread on top. Bake for 1 hour, or until cooked though.

Slightly adapted from Paula Deen

Ground Beef/Ground Turkey · Main Dish

Homemade Sloppy Joes

“Which dinners will someday have the power to transport our kids back to their childhoods?”  Jenny Rosenstrach  asks this question in her book, How to Celebrate Everything. For my family, the answer is definitely these sloppy joes!

My husband and kids request them all the time!  They seriously get giddy when they find out it’s sloppy joe night! I usually double the recipe- it doesn’t take any more effort, and then I can save half in the freezer for another night! Want to avoid hamburger buns? This is yummy on top of a baked potato, or spooned over some oven roasted diced sweet potatoes!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 c. ketchup
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 3 Tbl brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/3-1/2 c. water to reach desired consistency
  • salt & pepper

Directions

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the meat and drain excess grease if necessary. Add the onions, bell pepper, and garlic and cook until onions and peppers start to soften. Add the remaining ingredients. Turn heat to low, and cover with a lid. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add a little water if needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe from Our Best Bites

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