I know this week's going to be a hectic one for many families as kids go back to school, so I thought I'd post one of my quickest, easiest one-dish-dinner recipes to help make mealtime a little smoother during this week of transition!
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp canola or other light vegetable oil
3/4 to 1 lb ground beef
1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups uncooked macaroni
1 cup salsa
1 tsp each salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups frozen peas, green beans or mixed vegetables (or use up leftover cooked veggies from the fridge!)
1 to 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
In a large frying pan, saute the onion and garlic in oil. Add the ground beef and cook until no trace of pink remains. Add milk, water, macaroni, salsa, salt, pepper and vegetables. Stir to mix well, then cover and simmer on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until macaroni is tender (you may need to add a bit more water if the mixture starts to dry out too much). Once macaroni is cooked, stir in cheese and serve! Serves 4.