Friday, March 28, 2008

Beef Barley Stew

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 C sliced celery
  • 1/3 C chopped onion
  • 1 3/4 C water
  • 2 tsp reduced sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 C quick-cooking barley
  • 1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, celery and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.
2. Stir in the water, bouillon, chili powder, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir in barley. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until barley is tender. Stir in tomatoes; heat through.

Robyn's notes: this time I was able to find the quick-cooking barley, which made this recipe go quickly.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Middle Eastern Pasta Skillet

  • 1 C uncooked ziti or penne
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 C cubed eggplant
  • 1/2 small green bell pepper, cut into bite-sized strips
  • 1/2 small onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Italian plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 C) purchased garlic or roasted pepper hummus
1. Cook ziti to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain.
2. Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp of the oil in 12inch skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add eggplant, bell pepper and onion; cover and cook 3 minutes, stirring once. Add water and salt; cook 4 minutes or until eggplant is tender.
3. Stir in tomatoes, hummus and remaining 1 Tbsp oil; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until heated. Add cooked ziti; toss gently to coat.

Robyn's notes: It has taken me a long time to get to updating this blog, so I don't remember exactly the response, just that it was acceptable.