I can't help but wonder where the summer went every year when
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Ames again doubles in size from all of the students ready to start their fall semester
For me, it's a time of bittersweet. I love the fall for its college football, crisp cool nights, and beautiful leaves. At the same time, it's a gentle reminder to savor these remaining summer days
I never want to take for granted throwing on some clothes, shoes, and simply walking out the door. Hanging out with the puppies in the back yard while my husband grills us something for dinner. Listening to the laughter of kids playing down the block
So this past Sunday, we took a chance to slow down and hung around the house with no epic schemes, no lofty missions. A long walk outside through the neighborhood, a bit of cooking, reading, nothing special.
As I do every weekend, I tucked a few recipes into an envelope for one of my kids who lives far away. I'm always looking for ideas that are healthy, inexpensive, and easy to cook. These fit the bill. Not only are they simple but delicious as well.
A perfect blend of flavors and not overly tomatoey, like some can be. If you're looking for a bit of kick, you could substitute half of your favorite bbq sauce. Or if you're like my husband, a dash or two of Tabasco or Sriracha would do nicely.
Who says the mix has to become a sandwich? A few ideas. On top of pasta with a bit of parmesan and a sprinkle of sea salt? Or, maybe served with tortillas with a sprinkle of Mexican cheese, some greek yogurt, and salsa?
Added to your morning omelet?
~ Adapted from Clean Eating magazine | September 2014
Pork, Sweet Corn, and White Bean Sloppy Joes
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 ¼ lb ground pork (or ground turkey or chicken)
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 1 ½ cups fresh sweet corn kernels (~ 2-3 ears corn), shucked and kernels removed
- 1 (15 oz) can white beans, such as navy or cannelloni (or 1 ½ cup cooked)
- 1 Tbsp seasoning blend (a couple that would be good: McCormick Montreal Grill Seasoning or Mrs. Dash seasoning for poultry)
- 2 Tbsp organic brown sugar (or natural sugar)
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
- 6 whole-wheat sandwich thins (gluten-free if you’re avoiding gluten)
- For serving: tomato slices, avocado, onion slices, spinach
- In a 12" skillet, over medium heat, add the oil, red onion, and garlic. Saute until the onion has softened (~ 3 - 4 minutes)
- Add the pork and cook until opaque, breaking up with a wooden spoon (~ 8-10 minutes).
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the grill seasoning blend, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and the tomato sauce.
- When the pork is opaque, add the sauce, corn, and white beans. Turn the heat down to simmer and cook the sloppy mixture for 10 minutes.
- Adjust seasoning to taste
Love the idea of using sandwich thins instead of a burger bun. These sloppy joes look and sound delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe!
Thanks so much Thalia!