Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday - What to Fix!?

Today is a themed WFMW:

It's 5:15 pm, the kids are hungry, you have a headache, hubby is almost home, and the pantry has three things in it. What is your BEST last-minute meal recipe? Share with everybody this week. We'll call it Works-For-Me Wednesday: The What-Do-I-Fix? Edition.

My best creativity sometimes comes from situations like these. Of course, when asked to remember those recipes later, either to make again or for purposes such as today's blog, I can never remember exactly what it was I pulled from a hat.

But, after some thinking, I can at least share these two:

Spaghetti Bolognese - The first time I tried this recipe, I looked at what went into it and looked at the finished product and felt very skeptical. It looked like plain ol' spaghetti to me! But at first taste, I knew it was different. It tasted like "real food" and not something out of a can! And I have actually made it more than one time. Quite a statement, coming from me! :)

Spaghetti Bolognese

8 oz. spaghetti
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
4 Tbsp. tomato paste
4 Tbsp. Italian Dressing
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

COOK pasta as directed on package.
MEANWHILE, combine meat, onions and garlic in large nonstick skillet; cook on medium heat 5 min. or until onions are crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste and dressing. Bring to boil; cover. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
DRAIN pasta; place in large serving bowl. Add meat sauce; mix lightly. Sprinkle with the cheese.

Okay, okay, I know - that is way more than 3 ingredients. But I have never put in the tomato paste, because I never keep tomato paste on hand. And I even made it without the beef one night because I didn't have any. SO - this recipe is flexible, and most of what it calls for are pantry staples.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burritos - another recipe that had me raising my eyebrows, but I tried it anyway and it has turned into one of our favorites!

Bake a couple of sweet potatoes in the microwave (I suppose a can of well-drained sweet potatoes would work as well, I've just never tried it). Drain a can of black beans. Combine beans and potatoes in large skillet and mash together. Add a cup or so of salsa and some cumin to taste. Heat through and spread on flour tortillas. Good with Monterrey Jack cheese or cilantro, but only if you have them on hand. ;)

For more quick-fix, few ingredient, last-minute recipes, head over to Rocks in my Dryer!
Edited to add:
There is also our other favorite last minute meal: Breakfast for supper! Pancakes or waffles are our favorites. Scramble some eggs, and you've got a meal! :)


4urpets said...

Sweet potatoes and black beans. Who'd a thunk? I love all of those ingredients, and I bet they would taste great together!

Simple Journeys said...

These sweet potato & black bean burritos are really good! An interesting combination that works well together--give it a try!

Kara said...

I'm going to have to try that sweet potato and bean recipe!

Jenni said...

Mmmm! The burritos sound odd, but good - and I could eat them w/ my baby's milk allergy! I'm definitely going to try this... Thanks for the recipe!

Miss Julianne said...

Mmm, I like putting Italian dressing in stuff. It sounds good in spaghetti!