Homemade frozen dinner? Yes! We made some deer meat and ground turkey spaghetti sauce awhile back and put some of it in the freezer. All I had to do was thaw and and make some gluten free noodles to go with it (no need to give myself a Hashimoto’s flare up!). Did you know that gluten activates autoimmune conditions, even if you don’t test positive for gluten antibodies? It’s best to avoid for anyone with an autoimmune condition. Learn more about this in my ebook.
My husband is in a field exercise out of town, and I have community theatre rehearsals every day and performances Thursday through Sunday. The amount of sauce I thawed was enough for four meals. That’s great because now I’ll only have to come up with a few more to get me through the remainder of the week.
Now, to the recipe:
- 1 lb ground venison
- 1 lb ground turkey (free from hormones & antibiotics)
- 8 organic Roma tomatoes
- 2 organic Sweet Bell Peppers
- ½ organic red onion
- 1 foot of organic garlic
- 1 Tbsp Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- 2 Tbsp organic Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsp organic Fresh Oregano
- 3 Tbsp organic Italian seasoning
- Place tomatoes, peppers, onion, & garlic in a large pot with just enough water to cover them all
- Boil until the skins begin to peel off the tomatoes & peppers
- Turn heat to low
- Blend with an immersion blender until pureed
- Turn the heat back up to medium-high & add the seasonings
- Place the raw, thawed meat in the pot
- Stir continuously until meat breaks apart
- We served with gluten free rice noodles, but you could use zoodles if you need grain free or regular noodles if you aren’t gluten free
You may notice that we used as mostly organic ingredients. We are fortunate enough to have a chain grocery store in town that has a reasonably-priced organic line. They have a wide variety of items that are not much more in cost than traditional items. If you can’t afford to buy all organic, I recommend buying organic animal products as the first priority. You definitely want to avoid animals that are raised in factory farms, fed GMOs, and shot up with hormones and antibiotics. Studies have shown that animals fed a proper diet, raised on a proper farm and not fed hormones & unnecessary antibiotics are healthier, have higher amounts of vitamins and minerals, and have more Omega 3 acids in relation to Omega 6 acids. (Interesting article on this topic). For fruits and vegetables, I recommend focusing on buying the dirty dozen in organic and buy the clean fifteen in non-organic versions. Even if you don’t buy anything organic, you’re still better off making fresh food than eating processed. That’s what clean eating is all about – eating real food instead of processed. Because many people aren’t sure where to start, that’s why I love sharing our clean eating recipes!
This made a huge pot of sauce! Since it’s just the two of us, there’s no way we could eat it all in one week, so we froze at least half of it in quart sized plastic bags. Be sure you wait until the food is cold – you never want to put hot food in plastic because it leeches chemicals into the food. I talk more about what’s wrong with heating food in plastic and more in my ebook.
To thaw the sauce, I let it sit out on the counter until it thawed enough to open the bag & put the sauce in a pot to heat it up. You can portion these depending on how many people you have in the house. It’s nice to be able to thaw only what you need!
If you make this sauce, I’d love to hear what you think! Thanks for reading!