In this house I have two children who are lactose intolerant, one child who is gluten sensitive, one adult who is allergic to everything (me!) and, luckily a husband and older child who will eat almost anything put in front of them. With this always in the back of my mind, I try to create delicious and nutritious meals that are also filling. This is one of the meals they continually ask for, and I don't mind providing as it is inexpensive and relatively easy to make!
1 bag gluten free pasta (brown rice pasta works really well, but corn is good too)
1 pound ground turkey
6-12 ripe tomatoes or 1 can diced tomatoes (I buy the no salt added)
1 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning
1 can black beans
1. Boil a pot of water. I add a little bit of sea salt to my water, but no oil when working with gluten free pastas. Once boiling, cook the pasta according to package directions. Be sure to drain and rinse!
2. In a separate pan, using a little bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, brown the ground turkey.
3. Once the ground turkey is browned (do not drain), add the black beans, the tomatoes and the taco seasoning. My kids prefer the mild seasonings, but if you have a spicy palate go ahead and enjoy jalapenos in this mix as well. Stir until well mixed and slightly thickened.
4. Add the cooked pasta to the mixture and stir. Dinner is ready
My family enjoys this meal because we change it up. Sometimes I have a little bit of ranch dressing they can add to the top. I always provided a shredded sharp cheddar for those who can eat it, and I personally enjoy it with sliced avocado.
Dinner is often a crazy and hectic time in our house. This meal is really quick and easy to make, but if you're feeling the crunch, make the ground turkey mixture ahead of time, leave it in the pot and heat it up while you boil the pasta.
Stay tuned for what I'm whipping up next in this crazy kitchen of mine, and later this month - I'll feature cooking without counter-tops while trying not to step on a two-year old!
Amanda is not a chef by trade, but enjoys experimenting with flavors and foods to get her kids to eat new and exciting things!