As I am trapped in my house for one more day (because of snowmageddon 2011 or the blizzard of oz…two totally hilarious names I heard today for the copious amounts of snow we have outside), I find that I am starting to scrape my pantry and my freezer. Luckily, my family’s pallets did not have to settle. I used a tube of frozen ground turkey, a package of whole wheat spaghetti, a jar of spaghetti sauce, a tomato who was hiding in the corner of the vegetable drawer, some old bread that I have been keeping safe in the fridge from the evil mold man, and a few spare frozen fancy green beans to create another gorgeous meal.
Here is how to make it! First, boil the water for your WHOLE WHEAT NOODLES. When its boiling, add the noodles.
Whisk an egg with a couple pinches of italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. You can substitute real onion and garlic to make it more gourmet. You could also substitute a fork for a wire whisk. However, I do NOT recommend it. Whisking is just plain fun and good for the soul. Dear Santa, Thank you so much for putting a wire whisk in my stocking when I was 8. It was the best Christmas present ever. I love you! Love, Me…. Add the mushy, thawed ground turkey to the egg mixture. Crunch some crackers over the top or a handful of bread crumbs…whichever is easier at the time. Mix it all together. Heat a few rounds of OLIVE OIL in an electric skillet set at 350 degrees. Form balls with about 1 tablespoon of mixture and drop in oil. Just dig in with your hands. It is so much easier than any alternative. Flip the turkey balls on each side until they are fully cooked. Add one jar of SPAGHETTI SAUCE, heat, and keep warm.
Check the pasta. If it is done, drain it. When I drain my pasta I put a couple of rounds or olive oil on it. This will keep it from sticking together in a giant glob. At this point steam a third of a bag of FROZEN FANCY GREEN BEANS. To steam, just put beans in a microwave-safe bowl with a few tablespoons of water. Cover with a plate and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Leave plate on bowl to continue steaming.
Now for the gorgeous part!!! My favorite concoction in the entire world…
Chopped tomatoes (grape, Roma, regular…it doesn’t matter as long as it is a tomato), minced garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper. Some call it brushetta…I call it LOVE! Add it to chunks of mozzarella cheese, put it on a salad, eat it plain, dip it with crackers, dollop on cucumbers, place it on toast, lick it off your hands…it really doesn’t matter as long as you eat it! It tastes so gorgeous and is even more gorgeous on the pocketbook.
Tonight I put my LOVE on top of some old bread that I toasted under the broiler. I cut the bread, sprinkled on a tiny bit of mozzarella cheese I had left over, and broiled. Then I put a little LOVE on each slice. You could broil with the LOVE on top, but I prefer my love cold instead of hot.
Cost Breakdown: 1 lb Ground Turkey- $1.39, jar of Spaghetti Sauce- $1.00, Fit and Active Whole Wheat spaghetti noodles-89 cents (this is the price for the entire box, but I didn’t quite use all of it), everything it took to make the LOVE- maybe $1, 1/3 a bag of green beans 50 cents= $4.78 to feed a family of four an absolutely gorgeous totally Aldi meal!
I would like to add that Aldi sells pre-made turkey meatballs that taste really good and I remember them being a good price. Use them instead for the nights when the kids have practice or when you leave the spouse to cook while you go take a bubble bath.
Last, turkey balls make me smile. There is a popular festival where people pride themselves in eating a delicacy that comes from a turkey and rhymes with festival. I have yet to try this food. However, if I ever do, I will be bringing my own container of LOVE in my pocket to smother it in.