Monday, May 23, 2011

GFCF Uninspired Skillet Dinner

Do you ever have those nights when you have absolutely no idea what to make for dinner? I do! In fact, the last time this happened was only a few days ago. Luckily, I had managed to pull some protein out of the freezer to thaw, but I had no idea what to make with it. I took a quick look in my fridge and saw several kinds of veggies, but nothing was speaking to me. I was uninspired. I had 1 pound of meat and no clue what to do with it. Some of my veggies were getting close to being too old to use, so I knew I wanted to try to incorporate them into the meal. I decided to throw everything into a skillet and see what happened. I knew it could easily be a catastrophic failure of epic proportions, but we had to eat!
I will admit that in the back of my mind I had serious reservations about what I was doing. It didn’t sound all that appetizing, but it was dinner made with fresh, whole, healthy, organic ingredients. Well, I was shocked when it turned out great! I think we all were surprised. In fact, my husband has asked me to remember how I made it so that I can replicate it sometime soon. Miss C was over for dinner that night and she helped herself to a second portion (which almost never happens). Titan and I also indulged in seconds, and my kids even ate it! Yahoo!
The best way I know how to remember a recipe these days is to post it here on this handy-dandy blog of mine. That way you (my wonderful readers!) get the fabulous, tried-and-true recipe, and I have the benefit of not forgetting how I made it when I am a victim of brain drain and exhaustion.  

It's not the prettiest or most elegant
meal, but it sure was tasty!

Basic Ingredients of the Uninspired Skillet Dinner:

1 pound protein (hamburger, ground turkey, diced chicken, or other protein)
Vegetables (whatever is in your fridge or freezer)
1 can organic tomato sauce
Salt, pepper, and other spices to taste

Here are the ingredients I used:
1 pound organic ground beef
1 leek, diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 small head of organic cabbage, cut into small pieces
8 small organic potatoes, peeled and diced
1 can organic tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of each: oregano, basil, thyme, garlic powder, cumin, paprika
In an oiled skillet, season and brown ground beef (or other protein). Saute onions, leek and garlic (or other aromatics) in skillet. Add in potatoes and cabbage (or other vegetables). Stir in can of tomato sauce and add spices to taste. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender.
There’s probably a million ways to make this dish. Try my version or make up your own and then share your success story in the comments for all of us to enjoy. I hope you now have a little bit of dinner inspiration for those uninspiring nights.  
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