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Beef Vegetable Skillet

This recipe is a great use for ALL those garden vegetables!  Some of you know what I mean….it’s August, and you’re tired of dealing with the garden, but the pesky things won’t stop growing!  If you have something else you need to use, just toss it in.

Beef Vegetable Skillet
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 C beef stock
  • 1½ C uncooked bow-tie pasta
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ C chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 C chopped yellow squash
  • 1 chopped banana pepper
  • ½ C frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 C chopped tomatoes
  • 1 C shredded Mild Cheddar Jack cheese
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef with onion powder in large skillet; drain.
  2. Add beef stock.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  4. Reduce heat and let simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in seasonings and vegetables.
  6. Add pasta and return to a boil.
  7. Lower heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
  8. Place cheese on top of mixture.
  9. Remove heat and let skillet set 5 minutes while cheese melts before serving.

 

 

Music to Cook By . . . 

 

Until next time, Happy Cooking!  :)

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SAUTEED ZUCCHINI & YELLOW SQUASH (SALTEADO DE CALABACINES Y CALABAZA AMARILLA)

A couple of days ago, Jorge brought home zucchini from one of the local farm markets.  For all the jokes that people make about the overabundance this vegetable every year, I suddenly realized how few times I’ve actually cooked zucchini.  I tried to do something different and Googled zucchini recipes, but who has the time to read all those?  There must be a bazillion of them out there.  So, I did one of my tried and true ideas.  It really isn’t that different from what I’ve done in the past, but hey!  it tasted good.  To me, at least.  Except for one thing:  I wasn’t in the mood to be healthy, so I used……..BACON GREASE!    Gasp!  Horror!  If it bothers you, use olive oil.  So, here it goes.
SAUTEED ZUCCHINI & YELLOW SQUASH (SALTEADO DE CALABACINES Y CALABAZA AMARILLA)
2 zucchini, chopped
2 yellow squash, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tomato, chopped
1 Tbsp GOYA® Recaito
GOYA® Adobo to taste
Using enough bacon grease to cover bottom of cast-iron skillet, heat Recaito on medium for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add garlic and onion; stir throroughly.  Add zucchini and squash; cook for minutes and continue to stir. Stir in tomato and Adobo.  Cook additional 5 minutes.


Upon reading this, I realized a couple of things.  I really use my cast-iron skillet a lot, and this recipe really calls for a lot of stirring, doesn’t it?  : )
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Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )


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SUMMER VEGETABLE MEDLEY

Recently, one of my husband’s friends went to a farm co-op to buy produce.  There, you buy vegetables by the case.  Since he had more than he could use, he shared with us.  It was great and I appreciated it, (who doesn’t appreciate free food, especially fresh produce?), but there was so much I had to get creative to use it all before it ruined.  Every time I see food spoilage, I have a flashback to childhood:  ”Starving children in __(pick your favorite Third World country) would love to have that…..”.  So I cannot let food spoil with a serious guilt trip.  This side dish was the most recent result.

SUMMER VEGETABLE MEDLEY
2 crookneck squash, chopped (medium chunks)
1 bell pepper, chopped (I had an orange bell pepper, but it really doesn’t matter)
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
LAWRY’S® Seasoned Salt  
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Heat oil in skillet.  Add vegetables.  Season with LAWRY’S® Seasoned Salt to taste.  Saute until vegetables are tender.

Easy, right?  That’s one of the reasons I liked it.  It also tasted good and was  healthy.  Yay!

MUSIC TO COOK BY

I think I may have posted this song before, but I really like it!  Enough said….

Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )

A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday. -Erma Bombeck