For weeknight dinners, my mom would mix peas & corn and call them “Packer vegetables”. Peas are a legume and corn is a grain, but that isn’t Mom’s fault. Know better, do better – and anyone who fed 4 (then 5) ravenous children every day for 28 odd years (and counting) is immune to fault in my book.
Like all my favorite foods from pre-whole food days, I’ve taken the best memories and turned them into dishes that make me happy. I’ve been getting back into stir-frys, for what could be easier than using ground meat, chopped veggies, and a little dash of coconut aminos to make dinner quick & simple? Yesterday I would have eaten the entire skillet (I’ve been SO hungry lately!), but I wanted to save a little bit for breakfast today. So I threw some homemade guacamole & salad in with dinner and survived til morning
The Packers, for any of you who don’t know, are an American football team and so full of history, tradition, and community that I am fiercely proud of them and unusually attached to a sports team! We grew up just under an hour away from the stadium, so I’ve been lucky enough to go to many games and even be down on the field twice. But my favorite memory is watching the Packer preseason games while barbequeing outside with my family. We’d run a tiny 8 inch tv outside with a long cable, but my parents didn’t like the national commentators. So we’d turn the volume OFF on the tv and turn on the radio to listen to the Packers Radio Network. Following a meal of burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and other bounties of August, I’d sneak as much Hershey’s chocolate as possible for my s’mores while my mom nervously eyed the dog for signs of puking. Dad usually fed him a couple of hot dogs on the sly. We’d also try not to be eaten alive by mosquitos, or let the cat escape via the frequent opening and closing of our sticky screen door. He usually got out at least once or twice a month, little bugger. But the bug bites, cat shenanigans, and once even a deliquent vole were not enough to stop us from having a good time.
This August I was nowhere near Lambeau Field, but I had my own little mini tradition of making this Packer skillet before game day. I’m working on a brat recipe too, because I KNOW the world needs more of that Wisconsin tradition. Where are my Wisconsin readers? Shout out to the Packer/Badger nation!
cast iron skillet
1 T coconut oil
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground chicken
1 small onion
1 c chopped cabbage
1 medium yellow zucchini, shredded
1 medium green zucchini, shredded
1 T garlic powder or 1 t chopped garlic, optional
2 T coconut aminos
1. Set heat to medium-high and add coconut oil to cast iron pan. Allow to heat up for about a minute.
2. Dice onion. Saute onion for about 2-3 minutes, then add ground beef and chicken. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
3. Add in 1 cup of chopped cabbage. Saute for another 8 minutes.
4. Add in the shredded zucchini, coconut aminos, and garlic if using. Mix well, turn the heat down to medium, and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the zucchini is soft and meat is cooked through.