Thursday, August 25, 2011

Goulash with Fresh Seasonal Veggies

Here's another mom-inspired meal i cooked up recently. I remember requesting "goulash with squeeky beans" pretty often as a kid. Mom always cooked hers with a bit of ground meat - adding frozen beans and tomato sauce was a great way to stretch a pound of meat to feed her little family. Instead of ground beef i used ground turkey (not the recalled type!), and instead of frozen, french cut beans i used fresh beans plus a bunch of other seasonal veggies. Add just a bit of tomato sauce and some curry powder, you've got the essence of my mama's goulash. Delicious! This made just the right amount for us to have 1 serving each for dinner and leftovers for each our lunches. Since i've been relying on the availability of seasonal veggies lately, use my recipes as a starting point or guideline and sub in whatever veggies are available to you. The only necessary items to make this dish feel like itself are tomato sauce, beans and curry powder.

Gosh, i need to work on my presentation. Would help if this apartment had any lights in it.

Not My Mama's Goulash Recipe
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 jar tomato/marinara sauce
  • Generous portion of green beans, ends removed and chopped in half
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 3 smallish asian eggplants, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cayenne pepper, dried and crushed or fresh and diced
  • 1 fresh tomato, diced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Curry powder, generous pinch

Brown the turkey meat with the herbs then add the veggies and sauce, cover and simmer until veggies are cooked to your liking. Pretty simple! If you prefer al dente eggplant, add them after the beans are beginning to cook through. I like my goulash pretty 'mushy' so i threw everything in together to do their thing. You can serve goulash by itself or over noodles or rice.

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