Monday, September 13, 2010

Egg Noodles, Remnants of Nesting

We're almost half way through the month and the Great Pantry Experiment and we have used a little over half of our monthly budget so we're doing okay. A trip to the grocery store for a little produce happened this weekend and I got some great deals on organics but I feel some major creativity will be needed in the kitchen this week. About two weeks before my due date with my little one late last year, I decided it was necessary to make casseroles and stews to freeze for when the baby comes since we would be too tired to cook. In theory this is a great idea but no one told me the things I thought sounded good 38 weeks pregnant like tuna casserole would be the last thing I would want to eat at two weeks post-partum. In fact, I never ate tuna casserole before I was pregnant so it really didn't make sense. As a result of nesting, I have a freezer full of tuna casserole and bags of egg noodles in my pantry. The casserole just went in the trash and some of the egg noodles went to a tasty batch of Beef Stroganoff which was even tastier as leftovers. I'm really into one skillet meals these days since it cuts down on water usage (who are we kidding, it cuts down on dishes I have to wash) and I have used this recipe a few times from Cooking Light. As always, I use substitutions to make life easier while maintaining the healthiness of the recipe. This recipe is actually called Skillet Stroganoff and uses ground turkey and and ground pork but I used organic ground beef. I didn't have any dried tarragon or parsley so I used dried basil and garlic powder and added a pinch of salt and a dash of pepper. Instead of using beef bouillon I used vegetable broth and I omitted the green onions. Of course I didn't use rye breadcrumbs either because I didn't even know these existed. The recipe doesn't take long to make and my husband says it's one of his favorites.
Tasty Score 9   Healthy Score 7.5 (we used more sour cream than the recipe calls out)

 We still have a lot of steel cut oats to deal with, I'm just a procrastinator.

1 comment:

  1. Hey! Trader Joe's just came out with Steel Cut Oat Bran Muffins. Maybe you could whip something like that up? Maybe even mini ones for the little one? This series is SERIOUSLY inspiring me!