Growing up, my dad cooked most of our suppers. While he can follow a recipe, cooking was/is not a hobby of his. I remember many meals of Hamburger Helper, spaghetti, and Sloppy-Joes. At my mother’s insistence there was also a lot of steamed broccoli. Maybe you can relate to just needing to get a meal on the table between work and other activities. Even people without kids often find themselves time crunched and too hungry to contemplate cooking. Getting a healthy and filling meal on the table doesn’t need to be a big affair, and with a few tweaks you can take one idea and turn it into many. I call it the ‘international bowl’. As long as your meat is thawed and you have a few other staples around you can have a meal on the table in 15-30 minutes. Simply heat a large skillet over medium heat along with 1-2 Tbs of butter or olive oil and use the following blue prints to get dinner on the table. Each recipe will feed about 2-4 adults.
1# Ground beef (ground lamb or turkey works well too)
1 Diced onion (optional)
1 Bag baby spinach
1-2 Tbs Greek seasoning
Toppings: Feta Cheese, Hummus, Tabouleh (Tabouli), Tzatziki sauce
1. Brown the beef and onion until cooked.
2. Stir in the seasoning, and add the baby spinach, and cook until it’s wilted.
3. Serve over rice or cauliflower rice or baked potato and add toppings.
1# Ground beef
½ Head shredded cabbage
1 Can diced tomatoes
1 Tbs dried dill
2 tsp fennel or caraway seeds (optional)
Toppings: sour cream or plain yogurt, fresh parsley, fresh dill, lemon wedge
1. Brown the Beef and cabbage in a large skillet.
2. Add the diced tomatoes with liquid, dill, and fennel, cover and simmer until the cabbage is cooked to your liking.
3. Serve over rice, cauliflower rice, or pasta and add toppings
Author: Brenna Thompson