So there are two things that I’m dealing with in today’s blog post. The first one is that I normally would never recommend a recipe to you – my three fateful readers – that I had never tried out myself, especially if the recipe is not from a trusted source (I can typically expect something from Cooking Light or Food & Wine to be good.) But this week I did just that. So I feel really guilty about it.
One of this weeks recipes I found on Pinterest, and as you know if you’ve ever looked up “Pinterest fails” or seen any of those posts online – sometimes Pinterest lies.
As a result, I decided that I needed to make this beef noodle bake to see if it is any good.
The second thing I’m dealing with today is that with the spring sports season everything is so much busier! The girls have two games a week which really causes problems. Not only is it hard for them to get homework done, but for me to plan dinners, it gets complicated since I go to every game, and they typically aren’t over until 8:00 pm. Why do I go to every game you ask? Well of course I’m the team mom. And also: sports.
In any case, this time of year we have fewer nights at home where we can eat together as a family. And I don’t like to eat out that much because we don’t really like fast food, or spending a lot of money on food that isn’t really that good. So I’m looking for ways to cook meals that are easy and fast – like really fast – because when these kids are done with a game, they’re starving.
So back to the beef noodle bake – which looks pretty good on the Pinterest pictures. It seems easy and doesn’t have a lot of ingredients, so I decided to assemble this meal before going to work in the morning, then pop it in the oven after the game.
Details: It took me less than 30 minutes to assemble and put this meal together this morning. It is a little more time-consuming than other recipes because you have to boil the noodles and brown the ground meat. I started putting this together on the stove at 7:07 am and I was finished less than 30 minutes later at 7:35. So that’s how long it took from ingredients to having the assembled dish ready to go into the refrigerator.
I guess you can check back later and see if it was any good!
UPDATE – POST DINNER:
So it turns out that this recipe is really really good. The direct quote I received was “That was good stuff” from a man who seldom helps himself to seconds. The other good news is that we only ate half the pan, so there’s plenty leftover. Also, it tells me that next time, I can make it in two separate pans and freeze or give away the other.
My only complaint about this dish is that it does not contain a vegetable. But since it is basically lasagna, I think that can be fixed. Adding spinach would probably be great. And maybe even some red bell pepper in the ground beef would be good.
Anyway, give this one a try. It worked for us, and everyone here is happy, so hopefully you will be, too!