Last night, I was excited to make a meal I knew would be healthy and fast. It literally took at the most a half hour to prepare and make. There aren’t very many ingredients required for the recipe, but I did tweak a few things which is of course optional. We had extra for leftovers and they still were good the next day, so you’ll have something for a healthy lunch too!
1 cup uncooked macaroni noodles (I used whole wheat for added health benefits)
1 lb. lean ground beef (I chose to use ground turkey and my husband didn’t know the difference)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained (I like Rotel with the added chilies)
2/3 cup frozen corn
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup fresh minced cilantro
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
cayenne pepper, to taste
1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a dutch oven or soup pot, cook beef or turkey with the onion until meat is no longer pink, then drain the liquid remaining. Stir in the tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, chilies, cumin, pepper and salt. This is where you would add about a half cup of salsa, black beans and the cayenne pepper as well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 3-4 minutes.
2. Drain macaroni, add to meat mixture. Stir in cilantro and heat through.
This was such a breeze to make. I got the recipe from my Taste of Home cookbook, which I LOVE! There is a section devoted to healthy, 30 minute meals and the nutrition information is included (see below). Now, before you serve the dish, taste it to see if there it’s missing something. You might prefer it on the spicier side or vice versa. This is very versatile so you couldn’t go wrong adding to it. I find it to be perfect for busy, hectic evenings and it will definitely remain on my recipe rotation! Enjoy!
The nutrition facts for this particular recipe (without my optional ingredients) are:
Serving: 1 1/3 cups = 224 calories, 6 grams fat (2 saturated), 24 grams carbs, 4 grams fiber, 19 grams protein