I never considered myself to be a good cook. I never really enjoyed cooking either to be honest. I really only cooked to give my husband a break, but if I had my choice I’d just assume eat out, or have someone else cook for me. Maybe you can relate…
Growing up my mom cooked dinner most nights. We would also get what we called “payday pizza” which I enjoyed a lot. When I was a teenager my mom went back to school, so my sisters and I would sometime cook for ourselves which was usually top ramen, Mac-n-cheese or spaghetti. That was really the extent of my cooking until I met my husband.
My mom had a few dishes that I really loved and couldn’t wait for, that were later passed on to me to make for my family. These dishes became my go-to meals early on, and were repeated way too much for my poor husband!
One of these dishes was goulash, a meaty, cheesy, veggie, noodle casserole. Yum! The past couple years we have been on a little break from goulash. Haha. I have rarely made it because we got so burnt out on it, but lately with the thoughts of fall, and our temps dropping a WHOLE 10 degrees (from 95 to 85 …lol) I have been wanting to eat some warm hearty food, specifically goulash.
Here’s were the transformation part comes in. Since adopting our Paleo lifestyle (an entire 77 days so far! I’m so proud!) I have been cooking a ton! I LOVE cooking, and my family loves it too! Every weekend I cook things for the week. Every night either myself or my husband cooks a paleo dinner. Then we have healthy leftovers for lunches the next day. We have tried so many new meals in the past 77 days. (including goulash) Foods that I had never tried or wanted to try before, we have eaten, and I would say 90% of it has been great! It is so awesome to know exactly what ingredients are in our food.
I have made homemade ice cream, applesauce, roasted red peppers and red pepper veggie dip, healthy cookies, muffins and bars from scratch, and delicious clean dinners that are all healthy and so yummy. The best and crazy part is, it has been so easy and enjoyable.
If you have considered trying Paleo, just do it! Honest, it will change your life, and I’m not just trying to be a cheesy sap! It is awesome!
Here’s a recipe for a scrumptious Paleo Goulash that I made yesterday:
2lbs grass fed beef
3 small zucchini chopped into bite size pieces (noodles)
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 diced yellow pepper
1 can tomato paste
1 can chopped tomato
1 small can diced green chilis (your desired temp)
3 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
Brown meat with onion, mushrooms, and pepper in a stockpot with s&p.
Add remaining ingredients + more salt and pepper, and cook until zucchini is desired softness. About 10-15 mins. You can leave out the red pepper flakes and put less chili powder if you don’t like spicy.
Would be yummy served with a baked sweet potatoe, or alone. Hope you enjoy!!