Ready for back to school? Tomorrow is my grandson, A’s, first day back. He and his sister, Mag, spent about ten days with me and BeeBop a couple of weeks ago and we had a huge, great time! We went to the Georgia Aquarium, Stone Mountain, swimming, ball games…we packed a lot into those days.
A, Mag and Mommy went to school orientation this morning and L said he was very excited. His school is doing something really unique. His entire class, along with their teacher, is moving together from third to fourth grade. It’s going to be so neat that they all already know each other and won’t have to spend those first few weeks figuring out how to best work together. Plus, A really, really likes his teacher. I hope they all move to fifth grade together, too!
So tomorrow is back to the regular school routine. And who doesn’t need something quick and easy to put on the table on a school night. Especially after you’ve worked all day yourself and you’re pretty tired, huh?
There’s nothing really new or different or unique about this recipe. It’s about as standard as they come, but it’s a good one to have in your repertoire. You can also make the meat sauce ahead and freeze it. Just thaw it in the microwave and supper’s ready!
1 tblsp canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper
1 lb ground beef
1 15-oz can tomato sauce
¼ cup catsup
1 tblsp Worcestershire sauce
4 hamburger buns, toasted
Start by chopping the onion, bell pepper and celery and mince the garlic.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are softened (about 5-7 minutes).
Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook while breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until it is no longer pink (about 6-8 minutes).
Stir in the tomato sauce, catsup and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 minutes.
Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if needed. Spread toasted buns with mustard. Spoon beef mixture onto buns and serve immediately.
–From “Good Food Fast,” by Martha Stewart Omnimedia
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