Have you ever had food on your refrigerator and you just really weren’t sure what to do with it? I’m that way when it comes to ground beef. I think its because there are so many different ways to prepare it and I’m indecisive and cant figure out what sounds the best.
Last night I had a package of ground beef in the fridge and all day
at work I kept thinking about different dishes I could prepare with it. Finally, once I was home from work I asked the husband, “Is spaghetti ok?” His response was “heck yeah”. Spaghetti happens to be one of our favorite foods and its such a quick, easy meal.
Normally I would just brown the hamburger meat, drain it and pour in a bottle of spaghetti sauce (my favorite is Prego….and no they arent paying me to say that!). But last night I decided to get a little fancy.
I had half of an onion in the fridge and some mushrooms that I got for a really great price at Kroger last week. I put J (my husband) to work browning the meat while I sliced up the mushrooms and onion. It really can be a great time together if you and your spouse share the cooking duties. This gave us time to talk about how our days went.
Once the veggies were sliced I drizzled olive oil in my pan that had been heating on medium high heat. After giving the oil a minute to heat up, in the veggies went. I then added some garlic, oregano, Basil, and crushed red pepper flakes. I was using a wooden spoon to stir the veggies but J thought he would be all fancy and flip the skillet like chefs do. Thankfully we didn’t lose any veggies!
By this time the meat was finished so we drained the grease off, added the veggies and a jar of spaghetti sauce. I turned the heat down to low and let the sauce simmer while I cooked the pasta.
Once the pasta was finished, we drained it and poured the sauce over the pasta and stirred it all together. At this point we realized we didn’t have any garlic bread. However we did have a package of hot dog buns sitting on the counter. I told J we would just improvise and make “end of the month” garlic bread.
I think he thought I was a little crazy but I explained to him, when I was growing up my mom only got paid once a month, so we had to learn to make our groceries last until the next payday. Whenever she had to improvise with a recipe, to use what we had on hand, it became an “end of the month” recipe. So here’s how we made the end of the month garlic bread.
You will need hot dog buns although any type of bread will do.
Spread butter or margarine onto the bread. Then sprinkle with garlic powder. You could always mix the butter and garlic in a small bowl before hand but this is the fastest way.
I then placed the bread in my toaster oven until brown but if you don’t have a toaster oven you can always do this under the broiler in your oven, just don’t walk away because the broiler can burn your bread very quickly!
And there you have it, spaghetti and end of the month garlic bread. What adjustments do you make to recipes if you don’t have all of the ingredients on hand?