When it comes to the GGG boys I have to admit, I am one lucky Mama. Not only are they funny, witty and keep me on my toes, but they are also awesome foodies. They rarely give me a hard time at dinnertime and for the most part, I can dish out pretty much anything to them and they eat it with pleasure. But, I know when to push it and when not to push it. At times, I make super friendly kid recipes to keep the perpetual food scales balanced.
The weather is warming up beautifully here on the East Coast, rather quickly, after several days of back-to-back ice storms and snow storms so I figured I only had a small window to crank out a few more “comfort food” winter meals before we moved onto lighter or grilled fare.
One of the boys favorite dishes are my super simple one pot meals and this kid-friendly American goulash is a total winner.
I like to make my kid-friendly American goulash with ground turkey, but you can also make it with ground beef. To begin, I begin by sautéing freshly chopped garlic and onion in two tablespoons of olive oil until translucent. Once the onions and garlic were cooked I added the ground turkey and cooked until the meat was no longer pink. Once cooked I added a spice blend to the mixture and continued to cook over medium heat.
I then added the crushed tomatoes, dried elbow pasta and water.
Once the goulash was almost cooked, I finished the dish with kidney beans and allowed it to simmer uncovered to allow to thicken. The kidney beans are completely optional. I like to add them for extra protein and fiber – but it is totally up to you.
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
- 1 cup crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups water
- 2 Teaspoons - chili powder
- 2 teaspoons - paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- generous sprinkling of salt
- 1 cup - elbow macaroni, uncooked
- 1 16 oz can kidney beans (optional)
- shredded cheese to top (optional)
- In a large, deep pan cook the onions and garlic over medium heat. Cook until the onions are translucent. Add the ground turkey. Continue to cook the ground turkey over medium heat, breaking up the turkey as it cooks into small pieces. Cook until the ground turkey is cooked through and there's no longer any pink. Stir in the spices, crushed tomatoes,water and salt and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the pasta, cover, and simmer over low heat until the pasta is tender, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans (if using). Serve warm. Top with shredded cheese (optional).
Such a fun meal without a lot of fuss. So whether you call it American Goulash, Goulash, Beef and Mac or Chop Suey (from what I hear this is what they call it on the West Coast), you will find yourself (and your kids) reaching for seconds.
This post was written by Linda Arceo for Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps. All rights reserved.