Thursday, February 14, 2008

Quick and easy one skillet homemade meal

Here is a recipe that I created as a homemade alternative to those one skillet meals you can find at the grocery store.

Burger and noodle with vegetables

1 to 1 1/2 pounds of ground meat (we use venison, but beef or turkey would also work)
1 small sweet onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
2-3 handfulls of frozen broccoli
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
2 Tablespoons of parsley
2 teaspoons of basil
1-2 teaspoons of pepper
1/2 to 2/3 of a box of whole wheat rotini noodles whatever fits without overflowing

In a large skillet (we use 14"), brown the ground meat. While the meat is cooking, peel and chop up a small onion. Once the meat is done add the onion to the skillet stirring occasionally. Peel and chop carrots. Add to pan once the onion is translucent. Take 2-3 handfulls of frozen chopped broccoli. Hold it under a stream of hot water for a few seconds to thaw off any ice then add to pan. Sprinkle in garlic powder, parsley, basil, and pepper. Allow vegetables to sautee a few minutes stirring occasionally. Add 3-4 cups of water so that the skillet contents are covered but there is still room to add the noodles. Bring to a boil. Add in noodles and cook for another 6-8 minutes until the noodles are done and the water has boiled off.

Last night we tried substituting boneless, skinless chicken breast for the burger. I started with a few tablespoons of cooking oil, cut 2 large chicken breast in chunks, and cooked them in the skillet in place of the burger. It worked great. It's a nice simple meal that my kids enjoy and as a bonus it's also healthy.

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