Last night we had a smorgasbord: chili casserole, chicken thighs, chicken soup and garden fresh meatballs. I have already posted these so this is a recipe I made before we came up skiing. I made it twice this month since it was so good. The first time I served it with spaghetti squash, which I liked the best. The second time I served it over zoodles, which the kids liked better.
This was inspired by a post from Stir it up www.stiritup.me. She is a fantastic cook and has yummy, creative, fast, family friendly recipes.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 (this freezes well!)
3 pounds of ground meat (I used grass-fed beef, but you could use turkey or chicken)
- 6 – 8 slices of bacon or turkey bacon if you would rather
- two 6 ounce cans of tomato paste
- 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes or regular diced tomatoes if you can’t find them
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 2 scallions or 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1 tbsp. of garlic infused olive oil or plain if you don’t have it
- 1 tbsp. minced garlic if you use plain olive oil
- 1/3 cup white wine vinegar or white wine
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary or basil
- 2 tbsp. dried oregano or Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook bacon according to package instruction. When cooked, chop it up and save the grease!
- Warm olive oil in a large dutch oven on medium heat.
- Sauté scallions or onion for a minute or two.
- Add ground meat and continue to cook.
- Add bacon and grease (at least some of it, promise me) to meat.
- Once meat is just a little bit pink inside, add tomato paste, stir well.
- Add coconut milk, stir well.
- Add white wine vinegar or white wine, stir well.
- Add fresh and dried herbs, salt and pepper.
- Simmer on low for another 10 minutes or so.
If you are serving with spaghetti squash, (I am assuming you have roasted it already) you can add it right to the meat sauce and combine. If you are serving with zoodles, serve the sauce over the zoodles, don’t combine as zucchini will get way too mushy. If you are looking for a spiralizer, again check out this link http://www.amazon.com/GEFU-13460-Spirelli-Spiral-Cutter/dp/B0026RMEK4/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1388363122&sr=1-2&keywords=spiralizer
Today I tried a new approach to our après ski snack and prepared some munchies in advance. This was to avoid the behavior demonstrated below, which results from too much skiing and too much sugar.
Everything was devoured along with some hot chocolate. I can live with that as a compromise for sure.