Funny about Money

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ―Edmund Burke

Fast & easy one-dish meal…

…in which The Human nabs some of Little Dog’s food and turns it into dinner.

Don’t panic! As some of you know, dog food around here is really human food. We’re still working on the mound of hamburger we got for $1.72 a pound when the Human had an on-sale roast ground at the butcher counter.

Half starved (having consumed one piece of cheese and a handful of blueberries all day long), I didn’t want to wait while food defrosted and the charcoal caught and on & on.

Little Dog needed some rice, she having consumed the leftover potatoes from two nights ago. And some meat: defrosted burger was waiting to be cooked. Since I had to cook the beef and the rice anyway, here’s what I came up with by way of a fine dinner shortcut:

dcp_22021You need:
-As much hamburger as needed for the number of humans on hand
-Ditto, cooked rice or macaroni or potatoes
-A couple cloves of garlic, chopped
-A handful of fresh spinach, chard, or any other stir-fryable or frozen vegetable
-A couple of green onions, chopped
-A tomato or two, cut up
-A small handful of pecans or walnuts
-Some honey
-A little olive oil
-Salt and pepper

My hamburger was already cooked, because you can’t feed a dog garlic and onions. Bad garlic, bad onions! But if I were going to fix this for humans only, here’s how I’d combine the ingredients above:

Skim the bottom of a frying pan with a little olive oil. Over medium heat, cook the garlic and the nuts briefly—don’t let the garlic scorch. Turn up the heat a bit and add the meat. Stir until the meat cooks through. While the meat is cooking, add a little honey (oh, a tablespoon or so), a bit of cinnamon (turn the grinder a few times, or use about 1/8 to 1/4 tsp.), and salt & pepper to taste. When the meat is cooked, add the spinach and green onion and stir around till the leaf vegetable is appropriately limp. Then add the tomato. Toss gently to heat through.

Serve this slumgullion over rice, noodles, macaroni, or potatoes. Very good. Very fast.

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  1. Isn’t it satisfying to cook a simple meal using the ingredients you just scrape together? I love it when I find a way to cook a delish meal using odds n ends I find for mere pennies. I love cleaning out my freezer/pantry near the end of a grocery cycle – sometimes you end up with really tasty creations using very little!

  2. I laughed when I first started reading your article because I thought you were going to say you ate the dog food! I laughed because, although I haven’t done that yet, there have been times when I’ve been pretty hungry and didn’t feel like cooking that the diced chicken, potatoes and carrots looked pretty good! Your recipe sounds delicious. I love cinnamon in savory dishes.