This week was back to reality with a GIANT THUD being my first week back at work after the Christmas and New Year’s break. The holidays feel like a dream now and I find that I’m dragging myself around the office with a serious case of the holiday blues. That said, I like to look at the holiday blues as a positive, so here is my personal diagnosis of what the holiday blues is really about.
There you go… do my words of wisdom help you feel a little better about getting back into the old routine??
Anyway, old routine resumed (grudgingly) and the quick family meal recipes are once again back in demand. So I cooked this beef goulash recipe last night after work. It’s a Hungarian classic with a dash of Indian spices to make this a delish family meal.
I call this goulash a ‘crumbly’ goulash because I’ve chosen to use minced beef in this recipe over the usual chunks of beef so it’s much quicker from stove to table. And this satisfying, hassle-free meal and is even quicker because you simply serve it up with a freshly baked baguette from the supermarket. Or other alternatives are:
- Part-baked baguettes which you can buy from the supermarket. I LURVE these – ready in 10mins, warm, soft and fluffy straight from the oven. They keep in the cupboard for a few weeks too so a great purchase for your food cupboard.
- Garlic bread. Definitely not the traditional way to serve this meal but it tastes good so I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. Another one that keeps for a while… just whack it in your freezer.
Finally just before I get to the recipe, here’s my usual summary of the superfoods and superspices included in this meal:
SuperFoods included – olive oil, onion, garlic, tomatoes, green bell pepper, yogurt
SuperSpices included – paprika, cardamom, black pepper, cayenne pepper (if used)
Total cooking and preparation time: 35-40mins
Serves a family of 4
Drizzle of olive oil
500g (1lb 2oz.) lean mined beef – washed, drained
1 onion – peeled, chopped
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. ground paprika
2 cardamom pods – green, crushed
1 x 400g (14 oz.) can of chopped tomatoes
120g (4 oz.) macaroni pasta
250ml (8 fl oz. / 1 cup) of water
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1 green bell pepper – washed, de-seeded, diced
Salt to taste (optional)
Ground cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
Greek style yogurt – to serve
Heat the oil in a pan, add the mince and stir-fry until browned (approx. 10mins).
Add the onions, garlic, paprika and cardamom and cook for 2mins. Then add the tomatoes, macaroni, water, black pepper. Stir, cover and simmer for 7mins.
Add the bell pepper, stir, cover and continue to simmer for a further 7-8mins until the peppers, macaroni and beef are all cooked.
Serve with a dollop of greek style yogurt and a baguette of your choice.
Tip: If you want to add salt and chillies to your serving but don’t want to include any in your kids meals, simply remove a serving or two from the main pot and set aside for the kids. Then feel free to add salt and chillies to the main pot and stir.