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On Food Friday today, here’s what we’re having for supper. I looked for an easy recipe, and make-ahead, for my daughter, Kelsey, to make before she left to meet a friend and see her friend’s baby for the first time! They are also going to visit a Nursing Home/Alzheimer’s Unit which they used to minister at with song and hugs. The people there will love to see the baby.
I’m recovering from a “bug” which has zapped me this week. Energy is non-existent. There hasn’t been much going on, including posting on this blog, this week. When I’m not feeling well, I like to use whatever small spurt of energy I have to get supper ready early, not knowing how I’ll feel later. Or, in this case, enlist aid!
I just realized that I forgot to say we’re also trying something new, by making this in the crockpot, instead of on the stove. See below in the directions for our changes.
I’ve always used crockpot recipes for their flexibility, so that we could plan our cooking around our day, instead of planning our day around cooking. (The crockpot you see above is just like the one I am using tonight. I have a few different sizes–this is a smaller one, about 4 quarts.) A Homeschool Mom’s schedule cannot always stop for long drawn-out supper preparations, and I found that late afternoon I had less energy. I planned, while Homeschooling, to do a quick once-over pickup of toys and any clutter in the main areas of the house, especially visible when you walked in the door, and tried to have the kids doing something quieter, so that when my husband opened the door, he wasn’t met by chaos! I believe that the home atmosphere when he walks in sets the tone for the rest of the evening. I did try to be somewhere near the kitchen, though, and to be able to answer, “What’s for supper?” My mother taught me, growing up, that whatever a wife is doing when her husband walks in the door after work he figures she’s been doing all day! (lol) I’ve actually found that to be slightly true! So, it’s nice if he can smell something good coming from the kitchen that lets him know you’ve been thinking of him and his needs.
Tonight’s recipe is a new one called Hamburger Banana Curry, from my friend Kathy who’s a great cook, and I wish you could smell the aroma! Wow. Here’s the recipe (maybe if I have more energy later, I’ll take a picture and add it in):
Hamburger Banana Curry
Serves: 6-8 (it doesn’t say, so I’m guessing:)
- 2 lb ground beef
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 tsp curry powder (can use a little more if you like)
- 4 cups tomato sauce (two 15-oz cans)
- 1/2 cup garlic powder or 2 to 4 cloves minced garlic
- Salt and pepper
Optional Ingredients, as desired:
- Grated Cheddar cheese
- Diced tomato
- Diced onion (green, red, or sweet)
- Chopped green bell pepper
- Diced banana
- Brown ground beef; drain. Yes, we did this.
- Saute onion and garlic with browned beef.
- Add curry powder, tomato sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat through. We did all of the above, and then popped it into the crockpot that looks just like the one above (I’m not sure if it’s even a 4-quart, but it’s just like what you see.) Put it on low, but
I think we’llturn it off after awhile, so it doesn’t burn, as it doesn’t take that long. We put it on at about 12:30 p.m.
- Cook rice. We like brown rice, so I will start that about 45 minutes before we want to eat.
- To serve, spoon rice on plate; top with meat sauce, then top with optional ingredients, as desired.
For best flavor, make sure there is enough banana to get a piece in every bite!
Don’t you just love that instruction?! That’s the kind of personal note that makes a recipe great. I hope you like this recipe!