Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What's for Dinner Tuesday...uh...Wednesday?

Well we were supposed to have this today, but we had it yesterday.  I forgot to pull out my big bulk pack of chicken for Tuesday's dinner and the 1 lb of ground beef was much easier to thaw quickly.  The awesome thing about this meal is that it cooks in 5-6 hours, which worked perfectly since I figured out I had not thawed the chicken around 11:30.

Some of the girls were actually talking about crock pot meals at bible study Tuesday, so this meal is quite suitable, being that it is a crock pot meal :) How convenient!

Today's recipe is Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash from Fix It and Forget It Lightly.  Another thing I like about this dish is that you can fix it in a bind as we all have most of the ingredients in our pantry right now for this.  I just had to buy some ground beef and rice.
Here's what you need:

Hungarian Goulash - Slow Cooker Style
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 large onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1-1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 cup water
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cold water

Place meat in the slow cooker and cover with the sliced onions.
Combine garlic, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt, paprika, dry mustard, and 1 cup of water in a bowl and pour over the meat.
Cook on low 5-6 hours.

After 5-6 hours, dissolve the flour in the 1/4 cup of cold water.  Stir into meat mixture.

Cook on high for 10-15 minutes, or until thickened.

Serve over noodles or rice.  Make sure to add a veggie, a fresh salad would be really nice with this.

I wish I had some after photos, it becomes nice and thick.  My kids were apparently dying of starvation by 5pm and I was rushing getting their plates together.  It came out really nice, the hubs really loved it!

Now on a side note.  I have two small children and it is a known fact that kids like all their food separate and not all mixed together.  They may not be jazzed about a goulash.  Don't let that keep you from enjoying!  Serve for your child with the rice or noodles separate from the goulash.  Only give a small amount of goulash and make sure there are at least two fruits or veggies on their plate too (all in separate compartments).  If you are concerned about their protein intake you can always throw a few canned kidney beans (or whatever bean you have) on the side as well.  We shouldn't be afraid to let them try new things, but make it as not scary as possible :)  

This works for me, it may not work for you, but we have noticed a BIG difference since really sticking to the compartment plate method. 

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