Remodeling an old tobacco barn can be time consuming. Very time consuming. So, when it comes to dinners we have two options. Go out or cook simple and quick.
In my childhood, my mom worked second and third shift and so my dad did a lot of the cooking. We had just begun to start eating organic around this time and being accustomed to frozen dinners and processed foods, one could say that it was a difficult adjustment. So, to make the adjustment easier, my dad would cook special meals on Fridays.
Beef ‘n’ Mac, which eventually became a staple, was always a hit in the Goodman household.
1 Bell Pepper
2 Cloves of Garlic
8 ounces of Mushrooms
3 Carrots (Optional)
2 Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese (I normally used a brand with a powdered cheese packet but brand is personal preference.)
1 pound of Ground Beef
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Dash of Cayenne
1. Mince garlic and roughly chop the onion, pepper, carrots, and mushrooms. (Carrots and mushrooms are optional but I do strongly recommend using
onions and peppers since they both play a huge roll in the dish.)
2. Once everything has been chopped, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat and add onions and garlic.
Cook onions and garlic until the onions become translucent and fragrant.
Meanwhile, boil the macaroni noodles according to package directions.
3. Once the onions are translucent, add the ground beef and cook until browned. By this point, the noodles should be cooked.
Make the macaroni, again, according to the package instructions and set aside.
4. After the beef has been cooked through, add the veggies. (Mushrooms, peppers, and carrots) Cook until the carrots are tender.
5. Mix the meat/veggie mixture with the macaroni and season with salt pepper. For the finishing touches, add a dash of cayenne (But just add a small dash unless you want your dish to be spicy.) and dice your tomatoes and sprinkle on top. This adds a surprising freshness to the dish and really brings it all together.
*The tomatoes are also an important part of the dish but can easily be omitted if needed.
And that’s it!
Since this is my recipe, I don’t think that I can properly review it but I will give you guys what, I think, are the pros and cons of the dish nonetheless.
Pros: This dish is simple, easy, and kid friendly. It also can be accompanied by almost any side dish. That is the best thing about this recipe. It is very flexible. I normally serve this with a side salad and/or garlic bread.
Cons: Like I said before, this was a splurge dish in my family. It isn’t necessarily the most fat-free recipe but can easily be altered by using quinoa macaroni and a leaner ground beef.
Honestly guys, this dish is so easy and delicious. It is also a good way to incorporate organic ingredients if your family isn’t partial to them. I would recommend an organic brand macaroni because it definitely yields the best results.
Since this is the first recipe that I have ever shared anywhere, I would love to know what you guys think. So, please like, comment, and let me know what you think of this recipe! Is it a hit or a miss?
Have a great Saturday!