Nightshade skillet meal: Go ahead, honey!

Everyone has that go-to meal for long days and times when there’s just no time.  This is one of my favorite last minute standbys.  It is ready in less than 20 minutes, and it’s a healthy, tasty, simple meal. I really enjoy it, there’s something that’s very ‘comfort food’ about its simplicity for me.  And it’s easy enough that my husband has made it, too.

I tend to be a very “cook it from scratch” kind of gal, but there’s a time and place for canned and frozen foods, too.  Especially when paired with herbs from my garden, you never know the difference.  For the protein, I have used ground chicken, turkey, or beef, though I’m sure soy crumbles would work too.  When DH is out of town, I half the amount of protein, the same amount of veggies and cut back a bit on the herbs.

In the summer months, the peppers are usually from my garden, and it’s a good way to use up those green peppers that are too harshly flavored to eat on their own.  One of the peppers for this one was this summer’s first (sorry, I forgot to take his picture).

When I have more time, I will saute two large fennel bulb and then continue with the recipe.  I love how fennel works with this.

We serve this with steamed broccoli, brown rice (thawed from frozen) or avocado, which is my personal fave. Also, for variety, sometimes we add black olives, sometimes garlic powder, sometimes a little parsley, etc. It mostly depends on my mood.

1 lb ground turkey, chicken, beef, etc.
1 14 oz can of Eden or other diced tomatoes (if you are using tomatoes with chilis, leave out the cayenne)
4 medium sized green peppers, torn coarsely
1/3 cup fresh herbs–combo of thyme, oregano and a little marjoram, rosemary, and basil
2 Tablespoons of mixed dried spices
1/4-1/2 teaspoon of cayenne, to taste
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
1 can sliced black olives (optional)
Parm cheese or almond slivers (optional)

This is my entry for this month’s “Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten Free” blogging event, started by Naomi at Straight into Bed Cakefree and Dried. This month’s host is Carrie over at Ginger Lemon Girl, and the theme is one pot meals.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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2 Responses to Nightshade skillet meal: Go ahead, honey!

  1. pamela says:

    This sounds great for this time of year, for a quick meal anytime, really.

  2. I can’t believe this recipe doesn’t have a MILLION comments on it! This was awesome and so easy. I think I figured it was too easy to really be a showstopper of a meal… but it was serious comfort food with no grains! I LOVED it! I used butterball ground turkey, used italian seasoning and dried minced onions for the herbs you called for, and added about half a can of tomato sauce to make it more “stew-y” (is that a word?) lol! I also used the can of sliced black olives like you recommended! YUM! Hubs had it over GF pasta, I had it with the avocados.. REALLY really good Cheryl! What a neat combination and a truly great recipe! Thank you!! This will definitely become a regular meal at our house! And completely slow cooker friendly!

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