So within the past 36 hours, we have had a real crisis here. Big Steve was involved in a bad car crash yesterday and the past day has been a whirlwind of worry and phone calls, seeing to prescriptions and doctor appts, and prayer. Mostly prayer.
So tonight when we got home from the doctor and had a pound and a half of good ground beef thawed from that cow we bought a few weeks back, what could we do? It was alredy 6 pm and we were really bone weary. So it was pantry cooking all the way...and this is where a prepared pantry comes in.
Here's what we had -- we'll call it homemade hamburger helper.
Boil up some pasta -- your choice. Gluten free, or regular, or whole grain, or spinach. The shape or flavor doesnot matter.
In the meantime, fry up some ground beef and some chopped onions. Tonight we used 1.5 lb. pasture fed ground beef and one really large onion, chopped.
Once that is nice and done, stir in some crushed red pepper flakes, some celery seed, some seasoned salt (Morton's is gluten free) some worsterschire sauce (i like it a lot, so we added a good heaping few tablespoons, at least) and a can of crushed tomatoes, or in our case, a quart of Haney frozen chopped tomatoes. Stir it up good.
Not sure where this whole crisis theme will bring us...stay tuned...we've only just begun... I don't want to do stressful crisis cooking every day...so I''m off to check the freezer and pantry for something do-ahead for tomorrow. Our schedule is already daunting...