Last night at dinner:
Katherine: "Mama, when I'm grown up and I live in my own house, will you give me this recipe so I can cook this casserole?"
Me [dumbstruck]: "Of course! And you don't even have to wait that long. In a couple years, you may cook it for dinner here."
Katherine: "Really? OK!"
What is this fabulous casserole, you might ask? Lobster Risotto? Tuscan Vegetable Stew? Moroccan Chickpeas and Couscous? No! It's Homemade Fake Rice-A-Roni!
The recipe I made is adapted from The Complete Tightwad Gazette, although there are other versions out there.
1 package ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup long grain rice
8 ounces spaghetti, broken into one-inch pieces
4 tablespoons dairy-free margarine
4 cups dairy-free beef bouillon broth
salt and pepper to taste
Brown turkey and onion in a large skillet. Drain and place in a bowl. Melt margarine in the skillet and brown the rice and spaghetti in the margarine. Add the turkey, onion, and bouillon.
Cover and simmer for twenty minutes, or until rice and spaghetti are fully cooked. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with vegetables, and possibly some sort of hot sauce or chutney to liven things up for the adults.