A big welcome to Amy of the This HeArt of Mine blog. I first connected with her when she put word out looking for guest posts for her fabulous 25 days of Cookies around the holiday season. I signed up to contribute, and we’ve been in touch ever since (I’ll be part of her Sum Sum Summertime Series in a few weeks here). Amy’s blog is full of all things creative, crafty, family, and good eating (her baking makes me want to lick the screen). And get THIS: Amy sent me a box of the prepped ingredients
for 4 servings of this meal in the mail…so, so sweet, Amy. Thanks for the thoughtful meal box and for contributing to our series!
Hurray for Baby Owen!
Newborn babies make me smile because they are a wonder. A perfectly made specimen, a brand new life and something so over-the-top amazing, one can only sit and stare at their awesomeness. Their grunts, their sighs, even their crackly cries are all smile-inducing sounds; their little hands and feet must be touched. Oh sweet baby.
As a mother myself, I know that no one really wants to think about food when there is a baby to rock and snuggle and ogle. However, I am a homemade-food foodie and not a fan of take out so I loved Liz’s idea of a series on ‘New Mama Meals’ – a collection of easy-to-make foods for when the world has been turned upside down. Because even when the world is spinning a new way, people do have to eat.
Today, I’m sharing Goulash, a recipe from my childhood. My mom was and is one of those ‘natural’ moms, before the term was coined – homemade, made-from-scratch food was the norm. And, not only did she cook the food but she taught me to cook, and love cooking, as well. Goulash was one of those recipes my younger self could manage to make and succeed. Then, during my senior year of college, goulash was the recipe I made for my boyfriend-now-husband in the kitchen of the house I lived in. It’s good, it’s filling, it’s cheap and it’s easy, especially if you follow the steps below.
I understand this recipe is similar to a Hamburger Helper box mix. Having never had Hamburger Helper myself, I can’t say for certain but here’s how to prep a few ‘mixes’ for yourself so when a new baby arrives or unexpected guests stop by or, oh Lordy, it’s Tuesday, you can prepare a quality meal in 30 minutes or less.
First, tear off a few squares of wax paper. I made four this time around because I liked the sound of it but do what works. Measure out the spice ingredients, one recipe per wax sheet.
Then fold the wax paper to enclose the spices and secure as you wish. Labeling is always nice too. I, for one, have been known to completely forget what things are. I had an empty drink mix container laying around and the mixes fit nicely inside.
You can choose to measure out the noodle part as well, just for extra ease. I chose not to because the noodle bag I buy is 16 oz, exactly double the amount needed for this recipe. I find it easiest to just dump half the bag in when the recipe calls for it. Then I can use the other half the next time. Choose what works for you.
(recipe adapted from Whole Foods for Whole Families)
(yields 4 servings)
This quick homemade goulash recipe can be prepped ahead of time, making it even faster for an easy dinner on busy nights.
8 oz. uncooked broad noodles
1 Tbsp. dried onion flakes
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. oregano
1 lb. ground sausage or beef
3 1/2 c. water
8 oz. can tomato sauce
Brown the sausage (or beef). Rinse the sausage to remove the grease.
In a large saute pan over medium heat, add the water to the meat and bring to a boil.
Add in the spice packet, noodles and tomato sauce. Stir to combine.
Cover and let simmer over medium-low heat, stirring often, for about 20 minutes or until the noodles are done to taste.
Top with Parmesan cheese to serve.