When I was trying to think of a recipe for this week, I remembered what I made for dinner on Monday. I've really gotten out of the habit of cooking dinner and want to get back on track. We did much better this week.
I'm finding dinner a challenge. I get home with Sera around 4 pm. Jim gets home around 4:45-5. Sera needs to eat between 5 and 5:30 so she's ready to begin her bedtime routine at 6. The time between 4 and 6 is also when I seem to feel the most exhausted. I could just sit on the couch and veg for those two hours. Sera makes it very difficult to cook, too. As soon as I step foot in the kitchen, she is right there and begging to be picked up.
On Monday, I dragged her high chair into the kitchen and strapped her in. She was not pleased. I gave her cheese and started pulling cans from the pantry. She enjoyed playing with the cans.
I then made this pot luck soup talking to her about what I was doing. She was watching, playing, and occasionally asking to get down. She lasted long enough for me to get everything into the pot. By the time Jim was home, dinner was ready. Sera loved it. She called it mommy's food. Jim loved it, and our surprise to me drop in guest who arrived as we were finishing loved it, too.
Vegetable Beef Soup
1 lb ground beef
1/2 red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lg can tomato sauce
1/2 can water
1 box low-sodium chicken broth
salt, to taste
Paul Prudhomme Sweet 'n Spicy Pasta Magic
1 can red beans
1/2 cup pastina
Brown ground beef with onions and garlic, and drain. In large stockpot, heat chicken broth, tomato sauce, and water. Add ground beef mixture and seasonings to taste. Add whatever vegetables you have on hand. I had peas and corn. Add beans, including liquid, and bring to a boil. Add pastina. Cook for seven minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally as pastina tends to stick to bottom. Serve with French bread.
It was even better on Wednesday when we had it for lunch on our first snow day this week.
Today is our second. Yup, we're home again.
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