Ever get back from vacation and feel like you need a vacation? You know, you have suitcases to empty, laundry from your trip, and an empty fridge that means you need to take a trip to the grocery store…
That’s how it’s been here.
I didn’t feel like toting the kids to the store with me the day after we got back, but I still wanted to cook a home-cooked meal and not just heat up a can of soup for dinner. So, I hunted around… We had one chicken breast in the freezer upstairs (not enough for 4 of us), and no fresh veggies, spaghetti, or other “quick to fix” items. I headed downstairs to check that freezer and found a box of pierogies. Usually I serve them as a side dish, but then I found a pound of frozen ground turkey and decided to get a little creative.
I browned the ground turkey in a skillet. Then I added some spaghetti sauce. I mixed the frozen pierogies and ground turkey mixture in a cake pan and stuck it in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Then I covered it with the last bit of shredded cheese we had in the refrigerator and baked it another 10 minutes.
It was smelling pretty good — even my oldest came out to investigate what smelled so good.
I dished up a cheese-covered pierogi and a little meat for each kid. My youngest likes to turn away anything “different,” so I told him it was lasagna and reminded him how he liked lasagna. He took one bite, and said, “Yum!”
After my oldest had 3 helpings, I had to tell her we needed to save some for Daddy.
Next time I’m hoping to have some onion to add to the adult half, and maybe some mushrooms or green pepper…. But this is definitely going to be added to my quick meals list!