So after our walk yesterday, I needed to get supper on the table. I had already planned to give Michael a "comfort food" meal for last night since I knew he'd had a really long day at work. Fortunately, some of his favorite comfort foods are exceptionally easy. So easy, I can make it in my sleep -- literally. I think that's been the theme for supper this week! Anyway, I'm posting some yawn-worthy recipes... so that if you're as pooped as I am, you, too, can put supper on the table.
First: the drink you'll need in order to get through the cooking.
- Fill a tall glass with ice
- Pour about half a glass full of cold coffee (I seldom drink all the coffee I ambitiously make in the morning)
- Add 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup (the 50% less sugar by Hershey's is great)
- Fill the rest of the glass with cold milk
- Resist giving yourself a freeze-headache by sucking it down as fast as I know you will want to
So after you've had your caffeine fix...
Simple Beef Stroganoff
Serves Six (even though there are only 2 of us, we make the whole batch -- great reheated)
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 small onion, minced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1/2 a small package of mushrooms, diced (if your husband hates mushrooms like mine, still include them... we just make them either extra small so they're not noticeable or extra large so he can pick them out; but it DOES make a difference)
- 1 package of onion soup mix
- 1/4 cup of flour
- 1 small can of beef broth
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 8 oz of medium egg noodles, cooked and lightly buttered
Michael particularly loves this beef stroganoff because once, when we were dating, I tried to make him some Rachael Ray stuff that involved dijon mustard. Kids, don't do it. Don't put mustard in it. We still laugh about it.
And one more super easy pasta dinner...
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon of basil
- 1/4 cup of parmesean cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
Note: Having grown up Italian, I am accustomed to sauce. This is not sauce. This is my easy, "I don't want to slave over a hot stove for four hours" stuff. It's good. It's comparable to what you might get out of a jar, but I think it's cheaper (key) and tastier. If I was of the "canning" type, I would can this stuff so that I would have my own personal stash of jarred spaghetti sauce on hand.
So anyway...here's a few ideas to get your table full tonight! Have a blessed day!