This recipe is good because it’s quick and allows for veggies when you’re not getting enough daily.
- One pound of ground meat (ground beef, chicken, turkey or meat alternative)
- One small pack (4-6)of uncooked sausage or hot links
- One large bell pepper
- One large onion
- One tsp of oil or butter
- 16 oz. can of tomato sauce
- Two tsp of hot sauce
- 1/4 cup of fresh or dried cilantro or epazote*
- 1/2 tsp of cumin
- 1 tsp of chili powder
- 1 tsp of cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of diced jalapenos (optional)
- Favorite buns or rolls
Heat skillet or large pan on medium and remove any casing from sausage before cooking. Add meats to heated skillet and cook for about 15-20 minutes. In the meantime, dice vegetables to about half-inch inch squares.
Remove meat immediately and add vegetables to meat juice (if using turkey or meat alternative, add oil). Stir thoroughly so they will not scorch. When these become soft and translucent, add brown sugar. After vegetables become carmelized, add dry spices and herbs followed by tomato sauce and cooked meat. Stir for five minutes and let sit.
My preference are onion buns but since this filling is rather dense, you may want to use a french roll or similar to support filling
Slice open bread and create a slight ditch (about 1/4 inch from surface) by tearing away a couple of layers of the thicker or top part of roll. Lightly toast to give some sturdiness to handle filling.
Give one last stir to fill add one scoop carefully to toasted bread. Cover with remaining piece and turn over. If filling spills, it’s your call.
*Epazote is an herb similar to cilantro but more related to the oregano family as far as taste goes. Though similar in appearance, epazote is more savory and strong whereas cilantro has a more sharp taste. Fresh or dried, it rarely loses its flavor and can be found at Penzey’s or Latino grocers.
Last week I was in Target and had some incredible hunger pains. My appetite has decreased due to the heat and busy schedule so sometimes I don’t eat until late. Wrong because my head hurt so bad that I wasn’t sure I’d make it home. While picking up some last minute items, grabbed a small bag of their Archer Farms brand Honey Cinnamon Almonds. I knew almonds were healthy and figured they would tie me over until I got home but boy was I surprised that these were not some candy with a piece of almond added.
For one, they roasted the almonds so good, it reminded me of a treat I used to get at Farmer’s Market downtown. They have a sweet taste but it reminds me more of vanilla and unlike the outside vendors’ product, there was almost no cinnamon taste but plenty of almond.
Though I am not a nut meat kind of person, I went back the next day and got the larger size. As I type, the jar is empty and I reminisced about Almond M&Ms and this breakfast cereal from the 80s. Some days, I could sense my mom getting very tired of buying this but I do thank her because it made my day in simpler times.