Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WNW: Need Leftovers? Try Pakistani Kima!

Part of my meal-planning involves making sure we have leftovers.  It cuts back on waste and ensures that I get few nights off of making dinner (a MUST when one is pregnant and has a toddler running around).

Many of my recipes are online, but I also have a few trusty cookbooks to fall back on.  One in particular is an oldy-but-goody.  It's written by some Mennonites who collected recipes from all over -- in order to help people buy wisely (meaning saving money AND being conscientious of environmental impact).

Now, to be honest, I haven't found a TON of recipes that I LOVE in here (if you have it and have a few favorites, please comment!).  Some of the recipes are extremely bland.  But there's one that is a smash hit that I wanted to share with you (and share my own take on it).  The best part about it (besides it being super simple and DELICIOUS) is that if you're a small family, you will have TONS of leftovers.

Pakistani Kima
(Found on page 131)

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes 

3 T. butter
1 c. chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic

1 lb ground beef   
(I usually use ground turkey)

1 T. curry powder
1 1/2 t. salt
dash pepper
dash of cinnamon, ginger, tumeric

2 c. cooked tomatoes
(to save on time, I used Trader Joe's canned diced tomatoes) 
2 potatoes, diced
(I usually use sweet potatoes for a healthier meal)
2 c. frozen peas or green beans

1.  Saute the butter, onion, and garlic until slightly golden. 

2. Add beef (or turkey) and brown well.

3. Stir in the spices.

4. Add the tomatoes and potatoes and mix well.

5. Add in the frozen veggies, mix together, and cover.

6. Simmer for 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

7. Serve over brown rice or millet.

Cooking the onions/butter/garlic.

 Prepping the spices!  YUMMY!

 Starting the grain (this time, brown rice!).

Stirring in the ground turkey.

 Browning the turkey.

 Adding those delicious spices!

 Adding the diced tomatoes and stirring well. 

Stirring in the potatoes.
 The final touch: frozen greens!

 Letting the simmering do the work.

 And we're ready to eat!

  • Have you used this cookbook?  What are your favorite recipes?
  • Please link to a favorite recipe of your own that allows you to enjoy leftovers. 

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