This is sad, three months later, I am finally writing something. Here’s why aside from the obvious. Taking a picture – I wanted to take a picture of what I made but it was too time consuming because I wanted to make it look nice. Stupid reason – so now I’ll just borrow a shot from the folks at Red Gold!
So I received this awesome package of a few different types of canned tomatoes to test out, a cookbook using their tomatoes, and a sweet toy truck that my son loves playing with. And then every time I see it I feel guilty I haven’t written this review yet! Well, now I am and it’s one less thing to feel guilty about…phew. I’ve gotta tell you, I love the cookbook- it seems to me more of a mom cookbook – a pregnant mom who is constantly exhausted and just wants to make something quick ‘n easy. Well, and also a new mom who is constantly exhausted…or just anyone who wants some easy recipes! These recipes are also on their website.
I only have made this one Cheeseburger Macaroni recipe over and over since it’s relatively healthy and my son loves it. The cooked/caramelized onion flavor adds a subtle flavor kick. The mild flavor means my son loves it, while it’s flavorful enough that my husband and I like it too- it’s reminiscent of the old grade-school goulash. You know…the spaghetti kind, not the Hungarian kind. Or…just a much healthier boxed version:) We have a good time cooking it together (he helps measure and add ingredients) – and it ended up being one of my cravings. It was some of the only meat I craved while pregnant and one of the only meaty dishes my son will eat, and since he needs his protein to grow big and strong, I was happy to make this for him. In fact, I think a craving is coming on as I am typing this. Haven’t made this in over a month!
Here’s the original recipe and here’s my adapted version:
- 1 pound ground beef or bison or turkey
- 1/2 chopped onion
- 1 14.5oz can Red Gold diced tomatoes
- 1 cup quinoa pasta veggie curls [gluten free] (fun colored curls entice my 3 year old son)
- 2 cups shredded mild cheddar
- Cook onion over medium heat until clear
- Add meat until cooked- drain if fatty
- Add tomatoes and 1 cup water, boil
- Add veggie curls and bring to a boil
- Cook until pasta is done, add cheese, mix and serve
Disclosure: I received free product from Red Gold Tomatoes