Wednesday, December 05, 2007

wfmw: school lunch

This week is a themed Work For Me Wednesday Week. Here's the gyst. . . . .

It's a busy worknight, kids are screaming for food, and you haven't been grocery shopping in ages.

We've all had nights like that. In this house, because of my pure hatetrid for all things grocery store, it happens more often than it probably should.

Here is one of the recipies I've come up with using ingredients we ALWAYS have on hand.

School Lunch
(now if that title doesn't grab you, I don't know what will)
**Quick notes: This is a vegan dish, but can easily be made non-vegan by removing the crumbles and using 1 lb. of ground beef instead.
I usually double this recipe to feed my family of four, but I live with a bunch of boys.**

1 box of instant potatoes
1 bag of crumbles (or 1 lb. of ground beef, ground turkey, or whatever)
2 packets of gravy mix, made according to directions
1 box of frozen spinach, defrosted and all the water squeezed out

Basically, all you do is make the potatoes according to the directions on the back of the box. Only adding the spinach in with the water and butter, bringing it all to a boil. Then, when you add in the potato flakes it will make the potatoes turn green. The kids love this, we call them monster potatoes. And, it's a great way to get the kids to eat spinach.

Throw crumbles in a skillet with a little oil to keep them from sticking. Cook until they are completley thawed. (with ground meat, cook through, season with a little salt and pepper)

Make gravy as directed (you can also used those jarred gravies if that is easier)

Then, all you do is make a little mountain of potatoes, add the crumbles/ground meat, and throw some gravy on top.

It's actually quite yummy!


For more great, last minute menu ideas, check out Shannon over at Rocks in my Dryer.