August....hot, busy, work, both daughters back to jobs and college, and school about to start. Life is full and busy around our house and ranch. We've been blessed and our guardian angels have watched over us this summer as I totalled out my car while sitting at a stop sign (God love that little 88 year old). We were all unharmed along with the other three cars. Later in the summer we made the nine hour drive home from our National Jr. Hereford Show to yet drive another 5 hours the next day after the youngest had braces put on after teeth removed..(my plan was to do laundry and nurse her and her mouth back to health)! But an emergency appendectomy was on the slate for our oldest daughter so what does any parent do? You hop back in that car and get there asap! All went well and home again the next day to help both girls recuperate and allow both the parents and the suburban rest! A special thank you to her best childhood friend Kalyn for taking good care of her until we got there!
So now as school begins and I've been so far to a wonderful 3 day writing training with Abydos Literacy Learning. Only after teaching four days of new and returning teacher inservice last week I've tried my best to cook dinner! The dish I made a couple of nights ago was with what I had in left my pantry out of desperation. I'll have to say it turned out pretty darn good and will now become a regular until the hubby says to stop making it! It's pretty economically priced using Italian seasoned frozen ground turkey meat and a dollar can of Hunt's Four Cheese Tomato Sauce with cooked elbow macaroni. As we are still getting fresh zucchini from our garden, I cooked that on the side with a can of Hunt's Chopped Tomatoes with Onions and Bell Peppers. Using this last of tomato can on the zucchini recipe below is why I had to get creative by using the spaghetti sauce!
Hope you'll try this not so expensive recipe idea. I layered grated cheddar cheese on at the end on this goulash resisting the urge to pour Tony Chachere's Cajun Seasoning on it! If you are regular on my blog you know how I love Tony C's!!
Spaghetti Sauce Goulash
1 pound Italian Ground Turkey Meat
1 onion chopped
1 -16 ounce can of Hunt's Four Cheese Spaghetti Sauce
2-3 cups water
2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning spice
1 bell pepper chopped, optional
3 cups grated Cheddar Cheese
Brown ground turkey meat and chopped onion in skillet. I prefer to use a Teflon coated skillet. Drain off excess grease. Add elbow macaroni noodles and then Hunt's Four Cheese Spaghetti Sauce and 2 -3 cups water. You'll want just enough water to cover your noodles and mixture by 1/2 inch. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to a low fire (low boil). Cover mixture and stir occasionall. Cook for about twenty minutes until noodles are fork tender. Turn off heat, uncover and add 3 cups of cheddar cheese. Allow cheers to melt and then serve with the zucchini recipe below.
Dinner in under minutes! Yes! Hot, filling and twice as good the next night!
Zucchini and Tomatoes
1 small to medium sized zucchini, chopped in one inch quarters
1/2 onion, chopped
1 - 8 ounce can of Hunt's Tomatoes with Bell Peppers and Onions
Garlic salt and Italian seasoning to taste
Slice zucchini and onion and place ina small sauce pan. Add Hunt's Tomatoes and 1/2 cup water. Cook on medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low, season with Italian Seasoning and garlic salt, and continue cooking uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until zucchini and onions are tender. Serve as a side vegetable with any meal. It's is especially good spooned over cornbread.