Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cheapo Meal #2: Vermicelli Mashup


I whipped this one up out of thin air tonight after we got home from Vision Therapy and I realized I had nothing ready to feed the kids. (Ugh, I hate that moment of despair!) Granted, this is not rocket science to cook up some pasta and throw in some meat & veggies, but just in case you are caught in the same icky moment some time soon, maybe this will help inspire you...(And, by the way, this pasta only takes FIVE minutes to cook once your water has boiled *AND* it is cheapo!)

Ingredients
Ener-G Vermicelli (I used 1/2 pkg.)
1 pkg. Wellshire Farms turkey ham steak, cubed small
Small amount of frozen mixed veggies
Coconut oil (unrefined)
Olive oil (a small drizzle)
Garlic powder
Salt

Directions
Boil water & 1 Tbsp. salt in a pasta-sized pot. Drop in the vermicelli
and separate with a fork/spoon. Set your timer for 5 minutes. Put veggies in with the pasta or (if your child doesn't like stuff mixed into his/her pasta), heat it up separately. Heat up the cubed turkey steak (optional). When pasta is ready (5 minutes, I swear!), drain it and rinse it off with warm water. Put it back into the pot and drizzle a bit of olive oil on it. Now scoop in some coconut oil (just a couple of fork-fulls is fine) and throw in some more salt + the garlic powder. Mix it up and then I like to cut the pasta into smaller pieces with fork & knife (to help kids with the eating process). Toss in the turkey & veggies (or leave separate if child needs it that way).

Serving
I served this with some bread by Breads from Anna with some jelly spread on top.

Notes
The kids loved this (I was anticipating disgust)! They both got seconds and possibly even thirds. The 1/2 pkg. of vermicelli made enough for me to have 1 smallish serving of this and for the kids to have 2 or 3 smallish servings. (Hubbie was on travel.) My son, who normally HATES to have things mixed into his pasta, actually asked halfway through if he could dump his turkey ham steak (which was in a separate bowl) into his pasta! Wow!

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