Monday, October 22, 2012

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You Say Goulash, I say Chop Suey.

Monday again! Had a GREAT weekend of course it being my birthday! Did the usual birthday stuff like, had funfetti cake, went out for breakfast, and oh yeah, went skydiving!!

A "to do" on my bucket list, skydiving was a must for me. And let me tell you what a rush (pun intended). Can't wait to do it again! Props to the roomie for a great day and jumping out of a plane with me. Next up, bull riding!!
Backflipping out of ze plane!
I don't like to ramble too much, but thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate the big 2-3. I think I'll remember this one.

Now I know this is a New England dish, from heavy research and an episode of Diner's Drive In's and Dives. American Chop Suey. No, it is not anything like chinese food. Pretty much some pasta with meat sauce, but it gets a clever name because it's AMERICAN! God Bless the U.S of A.

I've grown up calling this dish American Chop Suey, but was enlightened to the term "Goulash" by my bestest, Hillary aka Hillry. I was utterly confused at this term, but have come to love it more than ACS. Oh, and thanks again for my b-day Pumpkinfest pumpkin Hillry!

Thanks Hillry!

Now this dish is typically made with ground beef, but I of course took a vegetarian spin on it, and substituted with some kidney beans. Overall the taste was great, and super filling! This may become a comfort food staple in my book!
Goulash served up with mashed cauliflower and sauteed mustard greens

Vegetarian Goulash
serves 3-4
1 1/2 cups whole wheat penne, uncooked
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
salt & pepper to taste

Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat, and cook the onions until softened (about 5 minutes).

Next, add the remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove the lid and cook an additional 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens.

I love the mild heat the chili powder gives, and the whole wheat penne makes this dish extra filling and full of fiber too! I suggest topping a bowl with some shredded cheese and inhaling quickly. : )

American Chop Suey or Goulash? What do you call it?

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