Sometimes I feel a little like Old Mother Hubbard, especially toward the end of some months. Monday was one of those evenings. As I looked through the freezer and cupboards, I knew I’d have to get creative.
I found 4 frozen hamburger patties, some cans of diced tomatoes, plenty of rice, some cans of baked beans, and a big bag of fiesta blend cheese. I knew I had plenty of spices and seasonings in the cupboard.
I browned the hamburger patties, crumbling it all up to make ground beef. I put the diced tomatoes in the blender and make a thick tomato juice. I added in chili powder, minced onion, a little cumin, a little bit of dried red chili peppers, a dash of paprika, and a few shakes from a packet of taco seasoning. I poured that mixture over my ground beef.
Because I knew that would not be enough chili to feed us all, I made a big pot of white rice and heated up a big can of baked beans. I pulled out the bag of cheese and a box of saltines. Everyone built their own chili-creation. The rice really stretches the chili so more of us can eat with less chili.
It actually was a really tasty meal. The kids kept saying, “I don’t like it. I LOVE it!” And if all of them were saying that, –well, that’s a miracle akin to the fish and loaves and five thousand.
What about you? What meals have you pulled together when your cupboards were nearly bare?