Corn and Blueberry Salad

This simple corn salad has a pop of sweetness, a little cheese, and lots of yum. One bite and you’ll be hooked!

Corn and Blueberry Salad... a summer side you don't want to miss! #salad #healthy #bbqYou’re going to LOVE this amazingly flavorful Corn and Blueberry Salad. The best of summer, right here! This salad is a guaranteed hit… and it takes just a few minutes to throw together and uses ONLY seven ingredients! What’s not to love?

I shared the recipe on Thriving Home, so check it out now! Enjoy!

Turkey Sloppy Joes

These turkey sloppy joes are full of great flavors and are super easy to throw together after a long day! Plus, this recipe freezes well so make a big batch to enjoy another time too!

Turkey Sloppy Joes | an easy, healthy meal that everyone will love! | thepajamachef.comSummertime makes me think of sloppy joes. I know they’re stereotypically a “kid food” that comes out of a can. However, I don’t really remember eating them until later in life. I always skipped over them in the lunch line in elementary school, so it wasn’t until I worked at a summer camp in college that I really ate them regularly. At camp, you eat what you get… or you eat PBJs. :) And you’re hungry from being outdoors ALL day long, so you really DO want to eat, no matter what’s on the menu. Those were some of the best summers of my life and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. If you work at camp, you’ll understand I’m sure.

Turkey Sloppy Joes | an easy, healthy meal that everyone will love! | thepajamachef.comAround this time, my mom started making homemade sloppy joes using this recipe from the Neely’s. While I love that recipe, it isn’t quite as good with ground turkey so I started trying other recipes online. And this is a recent one I tried that we LOVED! So of course, I had to share it. :) It’s BBQ sauce based, meaning it tastes like a million bucks with minimal effort [read: no measuring a zillion spices]. Just give this a quick 20 minute simmer after cooking the turkey and veggies, and you are golden! It’s not too sweet, not too tangy… absolutely perfect.

Turkey Sloppy Joes | an easy, healthy meal that everyone will love! | thepajamachef.comI’m not much of a “freezer cooking” kind of girl but I do like to make big batches of our favorite meals and freeze some of it for a future busy night. This recipe freezes great, and is a great one to double! I like to let it cool and pop half into a freezer bag for another time, but something else you could try is portioning it out into smaller tupperware containers that you could grab for a work lunch or single serving dinner. I think I’m too messy of an eater to eat sloppy joes in the middle of the work day, but I really like the idea now so I just might try it! :) Enjoy!

one year ago: BBQ Baked Spaghetti
two years ago: Honey Lemon Thyme Iced Tea
three years ago: Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
four years ago: Spiced Waffles

Turkey Sloppy Joes

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 45 minutes
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slightly adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup sweet bell peppers [I used red, yellow, and orange mini peppers]
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce [I like Sweet Baby Ray’s]
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • red pepper flakes, if desired
  • hamburger buns, for serving
Directions:
In a large skillet set over medium heat, heat olive oil. When it’s hot, add onion and peppers and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic at the end and cook an extra 30 seconds or so, until fragrant. Remove veggies from pan and place in a bowl.
Then, add the turkey to the skillet and cook until no longer pink, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go. Drain any grease if necessary. Then add veggies back to the pan, along with the tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, tomato paste, hot sauce, and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
Reduce heat to medium-low, then simmer for 15-20 minutes. Taste and season with red pepper flakes and freshly ground black pepper as desired. Additional brown sugar or even ketchup can be used if the sauce is too tangy/tart. Serve on hamburger buns and enjoy!
This recipe also freezes well!

Menu Plan

Menu Plan | thepajamachef.com

I realize this is Tuesday, but better late than never, right!? :)

Week of July 6

Monday: spaghetti, salad, bread
Tuesday: shrimp pad thai
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: out to eat
Friday: homemade chicken nuggets, green beans, potatoes
Saturday: grilling out!
Sunday: breakfast for dinner, maybe.

What I’m Into (June 2015)

The year is HALFWAY over. Oh man! What a year this has been! :)

What’s Been Happening

Lots of unpacking! And yard work. Our yard is a jungle, for serious. We got most everything unpacked and put away this month. It feels SO goodto get our house in order. I also was a bachelorette for a week, as Ben flew to LA to visit his brother. The kitties kept me good company! :) We also went to Indiana for Father’s Day weekend… it was great to see everyone, including my nephew, grandpa, and great aunt… and to spend Father’s Day with my Dad of course!

Oh rats! Someone's not very happy even with Auntie Sarah! 😭👶

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One highlight of our weekend in Indiana was eating at allll my favorite local places, including the local ice cream shop. My photo [with my best high school pals] was STILL on the wall. So fun!

Ice cream selfie with dad haha! 🍦#westlafayettefieldtrip #icecream

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Another highlight of the month has been the countless hours I’ve spent at the pool in our neighborhood. It’s been super hot, so of course I need to lay out and read, get in the pool, and repeat. Over and over again. :) I took the past week [leading up to the 4th of July] off from work so it’s been awesome to hang out at the pool and relaxxxx.

What I’m Reading

This month I’ve gotten my reading going again. Yay!

June 2015 Reads on thepajamachef.com

Really, every book I read was good. Some better than others, but you’ll have that. You can see my reviews on Goodreads [follow me?]… but the best one was, by far, The Indifferent Stars Above. If you were an Oregon Trail junkie like me, or are fascinated by the Donner Party but want to know a more humanized version of the events, READ THIS! It’s non-fiction but more addictive than a novel. Seriously! I’m still a little short on my reading goal for the year but I think I’ll make it up at the pool over the next two months. :)

I’ve also made a point to save some of the great articles I read online to share here… so in no real order you should check out these articles:

  • Why cursive mattered – interesting, especially since my husband taught computer programming to 5th graders this year at a charter school focused on science and programming. The kids’ handwriting was atrocious. Though my cursive is a bit rusty I think it was a valuable skill to learn.
  • Why you hate Comcast – because it’s a necessary evil. So true! Read this!
  • The internet can’t replace libraries – YES YES YES!
  • 6 wrong reasons to check your phone in the morning – guilty! “What we want in our morning routine is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We want something that gives us a zeal for the glory of Christ for the day’s work. We want to be strengthened to face whatever the day may bring. We want something that gives us joyful courage to resolve to count others better than ourselves and pursue true greatness, like Jesus said, by becoming the servant of all (Matthew 20:26–28). That is our real agenda in the morning.”

What I’ve Been Cooking

Lots of blueberry stuff. I bought a ton early in June, and at the end of June, we went berry picking. So blueberry pancakes, blueberry muffins, and yogurt bowls with blueberries have been on constant rotation in our house. :) I also made a big batch of black bean burgers. I hope to share the recipe soon! Other than that, summer means easy meals here! Like black beans and rice, breakfast sandwiches [bacon + fried egg + english muffin + avocado], baked potatoes, etc. Ha!

What’s On The Blog

My most popular new recipe of the month was Southwestern Cilantro Mac & Cheese. Can’t go wrong with that cheesy goodness!

Southwest Cilantro Mac and Cheese for #HotSummerEats on thepajamachef.com

My top three popular recipes from the archives were: Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake, Buffalo Pretzels, and
Funfetti Cookies. Again! They are pretty good. :)

What were you into in June?

Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.