I get it. Some explanation is probably needed around the not-so-appetizing name of this recipe, but I promise you, the ease and flavor are worth giving this one a try! Plus, “goopy” is just fun to say. Ok – the story around the name.
I remember it was the end of a week, and there was a bunch of random ingredients in the fridge, no plan for dinner, a grocery run needed, and an exhausted mama (me). So, I grabbed everything that was in the fridge that needed to be used. You better believe, if it was in there, I sure did use it. We were shocked at how good it actually turned out! In fact, it brought back memories of the boxed hamburger helper we used to eat as kids (please don't eat that).
Our son was maybe 2 at the time and so naturally, we asked him what we should call the meal because I was definitely going to be making it again. He said, “goopy”, and so friends, ‘Goopy' remains the name!
All the veggies & a bit of protein
This is really a “can't do wrong” kind of meal. Have veggies that need to be used? Throw them in. I've used various squash, zucchini, potatoes, and more. I always follow the mentality that my dinner plate should be 75% vegetable-based and 25% protein. This dish definitely allows that, but the veggies and seasonings can, and should, vary depending on what you have laying around! It's a great dish for the end of the week to use up the rest of the week's produce. You can also use any kind of meat you like. Chicken, beef, turkey, sausage – go nuts!
To noodle or not to noodle?
This is chef's choice! I know that most “noodles” don't follow the Paleo lifestyle, but there have been times that this meal needed a little more bulk. For the images used here, I used chickpea noodles. Sometimes a black, or wild, rice adds really nice dimension, too.
Other potential Goopy add-ins
Before we really refined our diet, I have also added beans and cheese to the mix. While we generally steer clear of beans now, there are tons of options for non-dairy cheeses that can be added in order to add some amazing creaminess. I highly recommend using your favorite nondairy cheese! Finally, hot pepper flakes are my personal favorite! I don't get to use them often because my kids aren't a fan of the spice, but if I had it my way, I'd season that meat up with a generous pinch!
Goopy sharing is caring!
Please share your rendition of this recipe! Start with what I've shared here, and then GET CREATIVE! If there is ever a recipe you shouldn't be afraid of messing up, it's totally this one! I'd love to see what you've done with it. Use the hashtag #goopy and tag me so I can celebrate your creations with you!
As always – have fun, be creative, and find joy in the process!
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil divided
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup beef or veggie broth
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1/2 large, yellow onion diced
- 1 bell pepper, any color diced
- 14 oz bag coleslaw mix
- handful spinach and/or kale chopped
- 1 lb ground beef
- noodles or rice optional
- Cook pasta or rice according to package instructions. Set aside.
- Heat 1 TBSP olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the ground beef, breaking up into pieces. Season with garlic powder, salt, & pepper. Once browned, remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside.
- Drain any excess fat from skillet and add remaining olive oil. Cook the broccoli, diced bell pepper & onions until soft.
- Add minced garlic and cook for another minute, stirring continuously to avoid burning. Season veggies with more salt & pepper.
- Add broth to the skillet followed by the bag of coleslaw mix. Cook until the coleslaw mixture has become soft.
- Return the cooked, ground beef to the skillet.
- Add the handful of greens and cook until just wilted.
- Stir in your pasta or rice.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
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