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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Goulash aka Comfort Food

Goulash aka Comfort Food

1 lb. elbow macaroni
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes (no salt added)
~2 lbs. ground beef
3 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 small onions, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
2 1/2-3 cups water
3 tbls. Italian seasoning
garlic powder
red pepper flakes
3 tlbs. low sodium soy sauce
12 oz. packaged sliced white mushrooms
dash olive oil
sour cream, for topping

This is one of those glorious one pot wonders. I used my dutch oven. Brown the beef and drain excess fat. Saute onion and bell pepper in a couple splashes of olive oil for about 7 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 additional minute. Return beef to pot. Add mushrooms, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water, bay leaves, soy sauce and spices. Stir to combine. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes on medium heat stirring every so often. While you're waiting...have some wine, you deserve're making a fabulous dinner!!

Dump in the elbow macaroni and cover for an additional 20 minutes or until pasta is done (checking/stirring frequently) and maybe refill your fancy wine glass or red Solo cup... Remove bay leaves and serve with a dollop of sour cream.

Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8-10

Notes: This is a comfort food for me because my mom and grandfather made this dish when I was younger. It's kind of like spaghetti, but a little different and everything is in one large pot. This is not a spicy dish so husband added his usual Tabasco on top. We both gobbled up large helpings! It also smells great in the kitchen. Leftovers are awesome too. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Greek Salad

Greek Salad:

romaine hearts, chopped
kalamata olives, sliced lengthwise (maybe about 10)
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 romas tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cucumber, sliced and quartered
flat leaf parsley, rough chop

1/4 cup EVOO
2 tbls. red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
juice of one lemon
a few kalamata olives, minced
mason jar

Assemble your salad ingredients in a large bowl or a plate. I made myself a pretty good helping and felt like it was a full meal for dinner.

I measured and added all the dressing ingredients into a mason jar, capped it and shook it up for about 30 seconds or so. Then pour (maybe about 1/2 of the dressing) over the yummy salad and you're done.

It's that easy!!! And it's so delicious, not to mention a healthy lunch or dinner option.

Obviously you can add some yummy feta cheese (I didn't have any on hand), peperoncinis or grilled chicken. The combinations are endless. I think balsamic marinated grilled chicken would be delicious. Next time!!

Notes: This is a simple and delicious salad! Store the leftover dressing in the fridge to use for your next salad. And feel free to double or triple in a large bowl if you're serving more folks. Enjoy!!

Recipe: Pioneer Woman