Easy Mexican Meals: Part 2 – Sloppy Joses over Polenta
By most people’s standards, my grandpa was a very difficult man. He was often labeled as stubborn, tough, and bull-headed, but to me he was a loving grandfather with so much wisdom from life. He dropped out of school in the 8th grade. He built his first fortune from scratch in his twenties. He lost it all. He built his second fortune. And once again, he lost it all. He built his third fortune (no, this man was not a quitter!), but this time he held onto it, invested wisely, and lived a comfortable and long retirement.
Of course, my fondest childhood memories of my grandpa revolved around food. He loved my grandma’s loganberry jam and pies; OH how he clamored for those pies! But he always took a minute away from his dessert cravings to make sure my grandma put out an antipasto platter filled with black olives when we were coming for dinner. Within minutes of our arrival I would find my way to the olives, popping one on each finger and nibbling them away one by one until dinnertime. It always made my grandpa smile and laugh.
My grandpa passed away last month, but he fought his way to the wonderful age of 91. Though I miss him greatly, I think he would be happy to know that I am still playing with my olives …
Turkey Sloppy Joses over Polenta
This recipe is Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Low-Fat, and Sugar-Free (depending on your tomato sauce)
This version is served over polenta, but you can use rice or a hamburger bun (with some lettuce of course!) as your base if you prefer. My husband convinced me long ago that Worcestershire sauce adds a “meaty” flavor to ground turkey that it seems to be lacking, so I frequently use it in dishes such as this one.
- 2 Teaspoons Grapeseed or Olive Oil
- 1 Medium Onion, Diced
- 1 20-ounce Package Lean Ground Turkey
- 2 to 3 Teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce (optional)
- 1 8-ounce Can Tomato Sauce (like Hunt’s or a generic)
- 2 Medium Tomatoes (around 3/4 to 1 lb), diced
- 1 Batch Alisa’s Homemade Taco Seasoning, black pepper omitted (can sub 1 packet of premade taco seasoning, but if you ask me, mine’s better)
- 1 Cup Frozen Corn*
- 1 Chub Prepared Polenta*
- About 1 Dozen Black Olives, sliced
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, and sauté for two minutes. Add the turkey, and sprinkle with the Worcestershire if using. Sauté, breaking up the turkey as you go, until it is cooked through (no pink!). Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, and corn. Stir until everything is well combined. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and allow it to simmer for a few minutes or longer if you prefer.
While that is simmering, slice the polenta into 1/2-inch thick slices, and heat it in a lightly oiled skillet over medium heat, flipping once. Divide the polenta between four plates, and top with the turkey mixture. Sprinkle with olives and serve.
*Since corn is a top GMO product in the U.S., I always purchase organic corn products. Organic frozen corn shouldn’t set you back more than an extra quarter or two depending on where you shop. Most chub polenta that I see is organic, so it shouldn’t be hard to find by default. Do not purchase the polenta at a local grocer unless on sale, they tend to charge way too much. You should be able to find it for around $2.00 to $2.50.
Yields 4 sloppy servings
- I am submitting this recipe to Thrift Thursdays at Amanda’s Cookin’.
- I also just discovered the wonderful “food movement” at Food Renegade. I am submitting last week’s recipe, the Sweet Strawberry-Watermelon Soul Smoothie for Fight Back Fridays on that blog.
- Submitted this recipe to the BSI (Blogger Secret Ingredient) – Turkey on Debbi Does Dinner.
5 Good Things Since My Last Post (oops, I almost forgot!)
- I emailed with a good foodie friend whom I hadn’t heard from in a very long while.
- When picking up some weights we happened across a clearance sale at a sporting goods store. While looking through the shoes my husband handed me a pair that were in the wrong section and said “these belong in the 6’s.” Me, not listening, thought he handed them to me to try on. So I put them on and they fit great! Up until that point only Asics fit my narrow heel and wider forefoot, but the Renegade Brooks fit like a glove and were on sale for a steal! I should not listen to him more often!
- I made fresh-squeezed lemonade, yum!
- Today I finished 3 big to-do items from my list. Yes, I am a list freak.
- I was honored with some personal tips from the blogger guru, Zesty, so you may see a facelift on this blog soon!