Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I swear I am not making this up

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!"

Me: !!!!

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.


  1. Sounds good! I wonder if the Picky Three would eat it?

  2. K. said that she would leave out the onions, but she happily ate around them. :)

  3. It sounds like you may have a budding chef on your hands. Wouldn't that be awesome?

  4. Sounds yummy to me. No wonder she wants to make it! And she can come cook over here too- I'd love an extra set of useful hands. Right now my two are no help.

  5. I'm featured! hehe :P

    I like this with the meat included - reminds me kind of dirty rice!

  6. That's so cute. I wish someone would say that in my house!

  7. Hey... I can make THAT!! :)

    However... I'm a little curious...
    4 cups of bouillon? or broth?

  8. Where do you get the dairy free bouillon/broth?

  9. Marie, Wyler's HAS dairy, but many generic brands of bouillon (Flavorite, etc.) do not. You can also just use canned/boxed beef broth, but check those labels just to be sure. I like bouillon because I am a salt addict.

  10. My husband loved this as much as your daughter. This one's a keeper! Thanks!

  11. I made this last night and my husband raved about it. Today he had an appt for lunch, but said all he could think about was the leftovers in the fridge from last night. This will be a regular for our home.