I always find it ironic when I think about posting a recipe, especially in comparison to my past life…I don’t particularly love cooking, in fact, the one luxury I would LOVE to have is a personal chef. Wouldn’t we all? Well not all of us, because there are those for whom cooking is a passion. Not me. It is a labor of love.
Anyway, I bring this up because even though I know there are countless recipe sites and blogs out there, my goal is to exhibit how easy it can be to cook whole, nutritious foods, for yourself and your family when you’re not Martha Stewart.
Tonight our dinner took 12 minutes to make, and both my 2 year old and my husband went back for seconds. AND it contained spinach.
It was another of those “I don’t know what we’re having for dinner” nights, but I remembered I had about 1/4 lb of grass fed beef in the fridge; the perfect amount for pasta,which I always have on hand.
Holly’s 12 Minute Pasta:
Minute 1: fill pot with water, turn heat to high, put a small amount of coconut oil in frying pan, turn heat to medium
Minute 1.5: take meat, pasta sauce, onion and parmesan out of refrigerator and frozen spinach out of freezer.
Minute 2: cut onion in half, remove skin and perfectly dice it in the Vidalia Chop Wizard*
Minute 2.5: Add pasta to boiling water
Minute 3: put onion in frying pan and saute for 3 minutes
Minute 6-9: put grass-fed ground beef in pan with onion and cook through
Minute 10: add half a bag of frozen chopped spinach to onion/beef and gently push around pan to cook spinach
Minute 11: add pasta sauce to frying pan to warm
Minute 12: Check pasta- if it’s done, drain, return to pot and then add all contents from frying pan- mix thoroughly until pasta is nicely coated with sauce
Put in pasta bowls, add grated parmesan and serve!
Whole family is happy.
*This is one kitchen gadget that’s worth the extra space it will take up in the cabinet: Vidalia Chop Wizard. I had perfectly diced onion in no less than 45 seconds, with no tears, and no smell of onion on my hands.