Well, as anyone who follows this blog can see, I am behind on posting. Not to worry, I will get everyone's new recipes up sometime today hopefully. This is not a "real" recipe, but it is something I throw together that doesn't require a lot of pots and a lot of time. This recipe can be varied as you like.
1 pound or a little more of ground beef
1 medium red, white or yellow onion diced
8 ounces sliced mushroom ( canned will do when you don't have fresh)
1/2 medium green or red bell pepper diced
1 or more cloves of garlic minced (depends on how much garlic you like)
2 small zucchini squash sliced lengthwise and then sliced thin
1 14 1/2 to 16 ounce can diced tomatoes with juice ( I use the ones that come with basil, onions and garlic- no sugar added) or if you like, you can dice a couple of large fresh tomatoes instead.
1 1/2 teaspoons each of basil, oregano and parsley (dried)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Good sprinkling each of garlic and onion powder
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes ( optional)
at least one tablespoon Teriyaki or Soy sauce
Worcestershire sauce if desired
Salt and Pepper to taste- taste for this after the whole mixture has cooked together, and then add as you like. I find no additional salt is needed, because of the saltiness of the sauces added.
In a saute pan, crumble the ground beef along with the diced onions and peppers, and minced garlic. Brown the mixture, being careful not to let the garlic burn. As it begins to cook, add all the spices and herbs, and saute a little longer. Then add zucchini, tomatoes and sauces. Stir all together and let simmer till the zucchini is the desired doneness. Throw all in an oven proof casserole dish, cover with grated cheese, and place under the broiler of the oven just until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown. This all takes about thirty minutes and is suitable for all phases. For me this makes about four servings.
Note: you can use other ground meats, add what veggies you want and vary amounts of herbs and spices to your taste. Sometimes I add a little chopped jalapeno that has been cleaned and deveined, if I'm more in the mood for something more spicy. My grandmother used to make this and named it "slumgullion," because almost anything but the kitchen sink could be tossed in. Veggies like carrots and green onions are good in this also. If you use carrots, cook them in the mixture a while before adding the zucchini.