This afternoon my husband called me and told me he invited his parents and some family to dinner.....a few hours later. Then he told me he wanted spaghetti. Spaghetti? Okay, simple enough. So I packed up the kiddies, drove to the store, spent 40 minutes shopping for what should have taken 15 and began cooking in a frenzy. A frenzy is usually about the worst way to do something, especially cook but what choice did I have?
I filld a big pot with a bunch of water, and added 1 1/2 pounds whole wheat spaghett, no salt because I was cooking for a no-sodium crowd. So I grabbed my Ninja (remind me to rave to you all about this wonderful little machine later) and buzzed 1 onion, 1/2 of a green and 1/2 of a red bell pepper, and 3 cloves of garlic. I added it to a hot pan with about 2 teaspoons of oil, sunflower oil to be exact. Then I added
- 1/2 lb. of 93/7 ground turkey
- 1/2 pound 96/4 ground beef
- 1/2 pound 93/7 ground beef.
- 1 can of diced tomatoes with basil,oregano and garlic,
- 1 can crushed tomatoes with garlic and olive oil
- 1 can crushed tomatoes with basil
Somewhere in this frenzy, I sliced two zucchini and 1/2 an onion and added them to a piping hot pan with 1 tb of Smart Balance and let it get all brown and tasty, then I added black pepper and garlic powder. Then for 20 minutes the cheese melted and browned, and then we all ate baked spaghetti and zucchini with smiles on our faces :)
P.S. What is your go-to meal when you have last minute company?
*I apologize for the lack of pictures, I told you I was in a frenzy right? And oh yea, did I mention this meal had NO added salt, and a negligible amount of added fat? With whole grain? Yea, pick up your brain off the edge of the lamp shade, because you mind has officially been blown.
UPDATE 3:13 AM
This is the broken glass from the bowl that fell out of a cabinet and bounced off my chest before crashing to the floor at 3 am. Great! I needed this with two kiddies running around! Who else would this happen to besides me? Maybe you? What's your clumsy cook story?