This idea originally started brewing when I was getting us ready for our Camping Adventure(i know, i know, I will definitely have a post by the end of the week!). Each couple/family was assigned a meal to provide for the Camp & we saw that one of the meals was set for Hobo Pizza Pies. The only issue with that is that 'J' can't have cheese. We were left with two options; A) I drive out to the specialty store about 20 mins away & get dairy-free
Then it hit me, why does it have to be pizza? I remembered going to Camp as a Girl Scout & we learned how to make foil pocket dinners on the fire. Basically ground beef, some mixed veggies, sliced up potato & seasoning tossed onto a piece of foil & folded up like a pocket. Toss it on the fire, let it cook, flip it over, cook more, open & eat right out of the packet. BOOM, dinner is served.
So I thought to myself, ok ok- I said out loud to myself, I bet if I made some ground beef & tossed in diced potato & mixed veggies & sauteed it up beforehand, we could make some meat PIES. So that's just what I did. Only I did it really quick with frozen veggies & canned diced potatoes. Over all they were good (except for the part where they were burned really bad in our 1000* fire), but I'm not really a canned/pre-packaged kinda gal. Not that there is anything wrong with that, well to be honest there is... like a crap load of added shit/preservatives that you don't need to be ingesting..., but to each their own, right?
So last night for dinner I decided to do it right. And man was it right.
1.5 lbs fresh ground beef (from our market)
1/2 organic yellow onion, diced (Trader Joe's)
3 cloves (or more to taste) garlic, minced
fresh Thyme (about 1 TBS chopped/5-6 sprigs)
fresh Sage, about 1 TBS chopped
a pinch of fresh Oregano
|Saute' diced onion in Olive Oil until soft, add garlic & some S & P.|
Add ground beef & fresh herbs, cook till brown.
about 5 organic carrots, cut into sticks (TJ's)
1 large zucchini, cut into sticks (gifted from a friends garden)
|Drizzle with Olive Oil, toss to coat. Season with S&P & roast in 400* oven for 20 mins|
|Same prep as above, only these roast for 30-40 mins|
*You could make this Paleo by removing the peas & adding some other veggies, like mushrooms or squash. Replace the potato with some sweet potato or serve over mashed cauliflower. Replace cornstarch with any of the following thickeners: Arrowroot flour, coconut flour or pureed onion.
As part of our Daily Life Skills Learning I had 'J' help set the table :)
And this big guy really enjoyed his dinner snack :)