In my last post I brought up the idea of teaching my son some cooking skills this summer. I think he should be able to make a few dishes beyond bagel bites and the weird concoctions he makes of different kinds of sodas.
I happened upon the Food Network’s show, “Five Ingredient Fix” and thought that would be a good basis for selecting things for him to attempt. She was making something that looked good but was a “diet buster” (pasta with bacon, tossed in the bacon grease and topped with parmesan cheese!), so I thought I’d first introduce him to one of my own easy recipes. My mom, an admittedly terrible cook, starting making this when I was a kid. I’ve altered it a bit, and it sounds weird, but it’s good! I think my son will do well with this:
Dr. Martin’s Mix (no idea who the doc is)
Serves 2-4, depending upon the appetite
1 lb uncooked turkey breakfast sausage, cut into bite-size pieces or 1 lb. ground beef
2-3 celery stalks, chopped
2-3 green onions, chopped
1 C rice
2 C water
1-2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 t. Worcestshire sauce, optional (I skip)
Brown the sausage (if using ground beef, drain fat after this stage) in a large saucepan. Add all other ingredients, stirring until it comes to a boil. Turn heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes. When done, fluff and serve! Very good with applesauce or cut fruit. It’s also easy to double…you can just add more rice and celery and green onion and take to a potluck.
While it’s got a couple of ingredients beyond five (don’t think water counts, though), it’s simple and filling.
So, any other ideas of simple dinners he can make? Maybe I can make a budding chef out of him this summer!