How to Make a Mix and Match Meal

The following recipe has been swapped around the Internet but a basic recipe is found at the Utah State University food extension web site. Select an ingredient from each portion of the list to make this thrifty meal.

Ingredients

BREADS AND CEREALS (1 cup raw)

  • Macaroni
  • Spaghetti
  • Rice (white or brown)
  • Noodles
  • Bulgar
  • Any pasta

SAUCE (1 can soup plus 1 1/2 cans milk, broth or water or 2 cups homemade white sauce)

  • Cream of Mushroom
  • Cream of Celery
  • Cream of Chicken
  • Cream of Potato
  • Tomato Soup
  • French Onion Soup

PROTEIN (1 pound or 1 cup cooked)

  • Chopped beef
  • Chopped pork or ham
  • Ground beef or turkey
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Cooked dry beans
  • Frankfurters
  • Kielbasa

VEGETABLES (1 1/2 to 2 cups canned, cooked or raw)

  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Lima beans
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Celery
  • Green Pepper
  • Whatever you have around

CHEESE

  • 1/2 to 1 cup cheese, shredded can be added at the end of the cooking time.


Steps

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    Choose one food from each of the four groups above.
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    Stir together in skillet.
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    Season to taste with salt, pepper, soy sauce, onion flakes, garlic, etc. Choose spices, herbs and seasonings that you enjoy eating.
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    Bring to a boil.
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    Reduce heat to lowest setting. Cover pan and simmer 30 minutes until pasta or rice is tender.
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    Stir occasionally to prevent rice and pasta from sticking.
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    Stir in cheese, if using.

Tips

  • To bake in oven: mix all ingredients in casserole dish and cover tightly; bake at 350 F for 1 hour.
  • The Utah State University recipe recommends cooking raw meat, poultry or fish before using in recipe. Follow those guidelines.
  • Some favorite combinations include:
  • Chopped broccoli, cubed ham, rice, Cheddar cheese and mushroom soup.
  • Peas, tuna, rice or egg noodles, Cheddar cheese and celery soup.

Things You'll Need

  • Skillet or casserole dish
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cooking spoon


Sources and Citations

Article Info

Categories: Meal Planning