Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S Food at home: Cooking and Eating Semi-Homemade
Every now and then from time to time, one needs to refrain from the so easy to go for take out urge. I’m sure there are many valid reasons for doing so. For myself, usually that means I’m sick of eating take out by the time I feel inclined to cook at home versus ordering out. On a day I say to myself I’m gonna cook I usually decide to cook something that doesn’t require a lot of time to prepare and is relatively easy to make. Ladies and gentlemen, if you guessed pizza you are…wrong but not far off.
A classic meal I love to eat is spaghetti and meatballs. For the purposes of this post I title it Semi Homemade because while my delicious meal was prepared at home by myself, I didn’t make my own tomato sauce or pasta from scratch. Both are store bought products. That being said I altered the store bought tomato sauce by adding some other herbs and spices to it and adding home cooked ground turkey instead of beef to it. I chose egg noodles over traditional spaghetti this time around as I like how healthy egg noodles are and the fact that they are broad curly noodles similar to those found in Spice Restaurants Black Noodle dish.
I used lots of pepper in my sauce as I really like my pasta spicy. Cayenne, Crushed Red Pepper, Black Pepper, and Habanero Pepper, and a small amount of a yogurt based green pepper sauce I bought from an Indian food restaurant. All were added to the sauce along with some extra Oregano. The ground turkey was seasoned lightly with a little Adobo and Sea Salt. I let the ground turkey (lean 97% fat free) cook for a little while in a pot with a little extra virgin olive oil, fresh sliced garlic, and white onions before adding it to the spiced up tomato sauce I had simmering. After letting the sauce simmer with the newly added ground turkey for about 20 minutes, I turned my attention to the egg noodles. Egg Noodles cook in no time (about 8 minutes) so most of the prep time for my meal went towards the sauce.
Once I drained my boiled noodles I rinsed them with cold water for 20 seconds before adding them to the simmering meat sauce.
I let the sauce and pasta bubble on low heat for another 5 minutes before breaking out a bowl and dishing up. Not to toot my own horn but this dish was so good I had to have a second helping and while I’m sure many would avoid the extra carbohydrates I splurged on a second helping with a piece of Roti under the pasta and sauce. I mean even when one goes out to eat at restaurants, usually bread is offered so I see no big deal here.
Now here’s the kicker if I were to have ordered this dish in a restaurant in the city it would probably cost me somewhere around $12 to $16 depending on the restaurant. All totaled this dish cost me $8 between the package of Egg Noodles, Tomato Sauce, and Ground Turkey. I know exactly what’s in my meal and I’m saving money as most of us need to during these tough economic times. And understand I had more than one helping. So in effect that pot can feed 6 to 8 people. So for argument sake let’s say 6 people can be fed from what I prepared. At $12 to $16 dollars a person in a restaurant, I’ve saved anywhere from $72 to $96. Eating good and saving money is always a win win in my book. Food for thought.
Till next time this has been THEJNSREPORT’S: FOOD Semi-Homemade.