turkey infused sloppy joe's

mood: encouraged
listening to: snoop dogg :: sexual eruption

i decided to try my hand at an old school favorite and an american past-time. think back to your childhood and remember when you had a bad day and mom had sloppy joe's waiting for you. those messy little manifestos made my day... and of course, they were a million times better than the crap that the lunch lady used to serve in the cafeteria (see adam sandler's "lunchlady land" for further analysis). instead of going the normal route and using ground beef and mix like manwich, i wanted to see if i could concoct something just as potent and even tastier. the jury is still out, but initial results are proving positive.

1 lb. ground turkey
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 in. of ginger, minced
canola oil
lemon juice
2 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce

1/3 bottle of barbeque sauce
chili powder
garam masala
cajun seasoning
worcestershire sauce
hot sauce
crushed red pepper flakes

- in small sauce pan, heat canola oil on medium heat
- add ginger and garlic and cook till slightly brown
- add onion and red pepper and cook on medium heat, sprinkle lemon juice over mixture
- in separate large pan, begin to brown turkey
- when turkey begins to brown, add in mixture from other pan and heat on medium heat
- add tomato and barbeque sauce, mix thoroughly
- add chili powder, garam masala, crushed red pepper, and worcestershire and hot sauce
- add in cajun seasoning and salt to desire and mix
- when ready, serve on hamburger bun

enjoy those childhood memories or give your children new memories to enjoy.


grilled chicken with jalapeno and cilantro sauce

so it's been a while and i've slacked once again, but i've found a good one where the basis actually comes from a site that i have some familiarity with. meals.com had a dish that really caught my attention, but as usual, i kicked things up a notch. the original recipe called for 5 ingredients... i added in a bunch more. enjoy!

3 boneless chicken breasts
yellow pepper, sliced
red pepper, sliced
5 green onions, chopped
lemon juice
tabasco sauce
1 tbsp. of canola oil
3 cups of brown rice
pinch of salt

2 tbsp. of white vinegar
2 tbsp. of soy sauce
2 tbsp. of worcestershire sauce
sriracha sauce
lemon juice
chili powder
cumin powder
olive oil/balsamic vinegar dressing
Jalapeno/Cilantro Sauce:
2 tbsp. of white vinegar
4 green onions
2 large cloves of garlic
1 in. of ginger
2/3 cup of cilantro, chopped
4 jalapenos, sliced
2 tbsp. of lemon juice
2 tbsp. of worcestershire sauce
tabasco sauce
fennel seed
coriander seed

- place chicken breasts in marinade (if possible, marinate for a few hours)
- when ready, place chicken pieces on grill; grill until chicken is ready, set aside
- in blender, combine all ingredients for jalapeno and cilantro sauce
- make 3 cups of brown rice
- in a sauce pan, heat canola oil until ready; add chopped green onions and peppers
- heat on medium heat and add lemon juice, tabasco sauce and a pinch of salt
- when ready, serve chicken, onions and peppers over rice
- pour jalapeno/cilantro sauce over top

that's all... enjoy!