Home Made Sloppy Joes

Last night I made home made sloppy joes for the first time! This is a recipe that you can find in the Aldi Meal Plan – Meal 4 located HERE. I altered it a little bit for our family size. I used one pound of ground turkey instead of two, I used about 2 cups of ketchup instead of 1.5 cups, and I diced 1 clove of fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. I like to use fresh produce instead of frozen/canned/powders as much as I can! It tastes a lot better that way 😉

I set it in the crockpot for about 2 hours, 1 on high – 1 on low. I boiled carrots to go with the meal, and while those boiled {for about 5-10 minutes} I turned the crockpot down to warm. I coated the carrots in brown sugar to add some flavor. I toasted bread, we didn’t have buns :-/

Even though I sliced the serving size in half by only cooking 1 pound of ground turkey, it fit our family size perfect. I had 1 serving, my husband had 2, and our 2 year olds shared a sandwich cut in half. We had a large serving left over.

It turned out amazing! I will never buy a can of Manwich again!! Our 2 year olds devoured it even though there’s sliced green pepper in it! Hope you enjoy it, too!

Taco Soup

I cooked the most delicious recipe today, and I want to share! It’s a version of Taco Soup, which is also listed under the ‘Aldi Meal Plan’ tab under ‘Aldi Meal List {Set 1-1}’ up above next to the ‘Home’ tab.

I modified the listed recipe a little.. The chili beans that I had turned out to be expired in Dec 2012, so I went without the chili beans. I also only had one can of diced tomatoes, so I used a half of a jar of salsa instead. Next time that I make it {which will be very soon} I will substitute the second can of diced tomatoes again for salsa.. I think it made it that much better. Then we topped it off with shredded Mexican blend cheese, sour cream, and crushed a few tortilla chips. DELICIOUS! So scrumptious that our 2.5 year old girls even chowed down!

This is the recipe:

Taco Soup

1 pound ground turkey
1 can chili beans, with liquid
1 can kidney beans, with liquid
1 can whole kernel corn, with liquid
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 package of taco seasoning mix

In a medium skillet, cook the ground turkey until browned over medium heat. Drain & set aside. Place the ground turkey, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, & taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend and cook on Low setting for eight hours.

Serve alone or can be topped with shredded cheese & sour cream.
Enjoy!!

I DID IT!

I’m so excited to say that I graduated college a couple of weeks ago!!

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It was a long 3 years, and I can’t believe it is over! I was so proud of those honors chords around my neck that I wore them around the entire night and following day, as well. Hard work DOES pay off!!

Now, I’ve been stressed with the daunting task of getting a hospital to hire me… It feels hopeless. If I am unable to get a job soon, I will probably apply to a university close by to further my education in the medical field. We will see!