Simple Healthy Goulash

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Goulash has been a quick go to meal at our house for years. It used to be a pound of ground beef and a can of spaghetti sauce. Over the years it has transformed into this… a much more healthy but just as easy quick meal.

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While I’m waiting for my pan to heat up on the stove I chop up about 1/2 of an onion. Red, white, yellow… really doesn’t matter to me…

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Then I do a quick dice of garlic. This was about 4 cloves… garlic is SOOOO good for you!! Google it 😉

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Here’s another thing I add… to the untrained eye it may look like orange sherbet… it’s mash leftover from our juicer. This is everything left of a carrot after the juice has been removed from it! If you’re not a juice just finely grate a carrot and you’ll be up to speed. I’ve also finely… FINELY chopped broccoli and used it in this too… undetected!!

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Once again… here I am with the flax. Rose and Art Behren’s organically grow this amazing dark flax right here in the heartland. I plan to tell you more about them soon. I usually get the whole seeds and grind them as I use them… which preserves their nutritional value but today I grabbed a bag of ground. Flax contains oils and therefore should be kept in the freezer or fridge when you’re not using it.

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So… now that you’re pan is hot throw in your beef, sausage, ground turkey, ground chicken… whatever. Season with salt and pepper.

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Drop in your diced onion and garlic. If you grated a raw carrot you’ll want to add this now to and give it time in the pan to soften.

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Keep that moving around the pan…

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This is when I added my frozen mash…

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Once it was softened I added the can of sauce. Yes, I still use canned sauce when I need a quick meal.

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Finally… about a Tablespoon of ground flax. In its ground state it’s virtually undetectable…

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Give it a stir before anyone sees you…

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Next comes the pasta. I am so thankful for Trader Joe’s organic brown rice pasta. They have 3 varieties and each is only about 2 bucks for a 1 pound bag. Deal! They have penne

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spaghetti…

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and fusilli, which is what I used in this meal.

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Once the past is ready, drain it and dump the sauce on top of it. Take it off of heat to keep the noodles from continuing to cook.

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If you’re a little person in our house your plate will look like this. With a side of cucumber sticks and do it yourself cheese sprinkles (parmesan) you’re set!

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For the big kids I finely chop a handful of fresh baby spinach and toss it together with a dash of cheese sprinkles to pull it all together. Sorry… you use that term enough times and it becomes the “normal” way to say it 🙂

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This is quick, easy, and comforting…. and healthy!!! Try it!!

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