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Friday, February 01, 2008
Favorite Ingredients Friday!

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
palmful cumin
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.

Go visit Overwhelmed with Joy for more fantastic recipes!

Past FIF recipes:
Stuffed Cabbage Soup
Raspberry Pie & White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie
Breakfast Granola
Shrimp Creole
Lazy Man's Lasagna & Apple Cake
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Jim's Favorite Jelly Cookie
Eye of Round Roast
Mozzarella & Tomato Sandwich
Marcia's Taco Soup
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Cajun Baked Catfish
Jim's Snickers Pancake
Crawfish Monica
Grilled Meats and Vegetables over Saffron Orzo
Crockpot Red Beans
Better Than Almost Anything Cake
Fruity Sangria
Outrageous Brownies
Enchiladas de Pollo
Catalina Chicken
Croissant French Toast
Corned Beef
Sloppy Joe, Mac 'n Cheese Casserole
Shredded Chicken
Baked Bean & Burger Casserole
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Crab Rangoon
Sausage con Queso and Ro-tel Cheese Dip
Blueberry Multigrain Coffeecake
Banana Bread
Bananas Foster
Old-Time Beef Stew
White Chocolate Snack Mix
Gorilla Bread
Ginger Shrimp
Roast Chicken
Tex-Mex Chicken Taco Soup
Shrimp Mold
Pasta Puttanesca
Pork Milanese
Pumpkin Dip
Oven-fried Chicken
Best Bundt Cake Ever
Hot Dog Casserole
Chicken & Rice
Peanut Butter Fudge
Omelets in a Bag
Shrimp Boil
Apple Cheese
Pulled Pork BBQ

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Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

This sounds so yummy! It is a must try! I love soups.

When my Tara and Luke were little (just 17 months apart) I put them in high chairs with homemade playdo - safe to eat ☺ - and plastic utensils, bowls and them the create, make, "cook" right along with me. They loved it. Hugs!

Blogger Kim Davis said...

Sounds so good for such a cold weekend!!!

Blogger Kiy said...

This looks good! But, um, pastina? Help a gal out here? :)

And yah, this mommy-thing is seriously kicking my butt. How in the world do you do it AND work full time? You are my hero!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That recipe sounds great!!

I have a 1 & 3 year old. Dinner time is the most stressful time of the year. I've recently found a solution that works for us. On a day that my hubby is home, I will cook up a bunch of meals and freeze them. That way when dinner rolls around, it ready, all I have to do is pop it in the oven. Don't know if that is something that might work for you but I thought I would share!! :)

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!

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