I need easy. I am sure I am a lot like you. My life has ALOT of moving parts and everyday I am trying to keep it together and enjoy the journey of life, right?! So when I can save a step or two and even a buck or two, I am game. Are you with me?
Today I did my grocery shopping for the week at Kroger. Many of you know I have multiple food intolerances as well as SIBO and Candida overgrowth so I need to meal prep and shop with that in mind so I can support my body as it heals. SO my game plan when shopping at the grocery store is to go through every aisle mainly spending most of my time around the perimeter of the store where all the fresh and “good for me” items are located. I am always on the lookout for the marked down, sale or closeout items. This trip, I hit it big finding the butternut squash spirals marked down. I decided four containers were better than one. I have to cook anyway, so I determined to cook all containers at once and freeze half for a later time.
Eating a grain free and dairy free diet has it challenges, but presents a great opportunity to be creative. My husband is such a trooper by not complaining when I greatly tweak traditional recipes. This time it was sloppy joes for dinner but bunless…no bread needed at all! Butternut squash spirals were a perfect substitute and..why not? It actually did sound yummy when the idea popped in my head. And of course the sloppy joes have to be “clean.” No artificial preservatives or colors, etc, so I buy organic ingredients when possible to make this clean version. Days of using a can of Manwhich is completely gone. Even if/when my stomach is healed, I can never go back to the way I used to eat. I know too much now to do that in good conscience and I am ok with that.
So here it goes…please let me know what you think! And don’t be afraid to double the recipe and freeze half or more for later. Afterall our time is precious and if this can save time I say go for it.
Clean Sloppy Joes on Butternut Squash Spirals
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 cup diced veggie mix celery, onion and bell peppers
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 2 15 oz cans plain tomato sauce
- 2 T brown sugar
- 3 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 T mixed seasonings i use Bragg's seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt I use himalayan salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper or one drop Young Living Vitality line black pepper essential oil*
- 1/2 T garlic powder don't use if you want a low FODMAP meal
- 10 oz butternut squash spiral noodles
- olive oil