Saturday, June 12, 2010

Will They Eat This? #20

Time seems to be a commodity always in short supply around here. And, the other night when there were too many activities and not enough ME to go around, I had to come up with something quick for dinner. I had ground turkey, but didn't have time to do meatloaf, wasn't in the mood for tacos, and had to consider that we'd be running out the door in about an hour. I quickly headed to the computer and searched recipes for ground turkey. I found one at that sounded easy, and like something I have made many times before, but with chicken. I adapted the recipe because some of the ingredients I didn't have on hand or just weren't the taste I was looking for at the time. The recipe was easy and kid friendly -- it looked like hamburger helper, but tasted much, much better.

Ground Turkey Paprikash
(adapted from a recipe for Ground Beef Paprikash at

1 lb lean ground turkey
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
2 tbs paprika
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
8 oz egg noodles
3/4 cup light sour cream
dried parsley (as a garnish)

Brown meat in large family sized skillet; drain. Stir in garlic, onion and mushrooms, simmer for about 3-4 min. Add paprika and noodles; pour broth over the noodle and meat mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer 8-10 minutes until noodles are tender. When noodles are tender, stir sour cream into noodle mixture. Simmer 2-3 minutes, stirring often to keep from sticking. Serve and enjoy.

Noodles after boiling for 8-10 min.

adding the sour cream

But, wait...even though I said I was running out of time to get dinner on the table, I managed to whip together a dessert that made everyone happy when we all got home from our respective evening activities. It takes about 3 min. to put together and about an hour to bake. Again, I adapted the recipe to use ingredients that I had on hand -- don't be afraid to experiment with ingredient substitutions.

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

1 egg
1/2 cp sugar
1 1/4 cp milk
3 cp Bisquick
1/2 c. Greek Yogurt -- vanilla flavored
3-4 mashed bananas
1/2 cp chocolate chips

Mix first 4 ingredients. Beat hard for 30 seconds. Stir in yogurt and bananas. Stir in chocolate chips. Grease 1 9x13 pan. Pour into pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing.

The Stats:

3 out of 5 kids really enjoyed this dinner. One had just plain egg noodles and the other ate left overs -- which are always yummy in my house. My largest child was working late, so he didn't eat dinner with us.

5 out of 5 at the banana bread (I served fresh mangos with it -- only 3 would eat the mango)

The Verdict:

This meal will be a new monthly standard around here. It main dish quick, easy and delicious. The dessert takes a while to bake, but is well worth the taste and it's good for you -- fat free yogurt and bananas -- it's almost health food.

Remember: Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. (Lk 6:21)


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