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Eggplant and Zucchini
Still more zucchinis and now some eggplant ready to harvest. Eggplant Parmesan is one of my favorite meals but I don't really want to take the time to prepare it. I need something fast and easy. I remember a dish my mother used to make that she called Goulash that had chunks of tomato, onion, and green pepper in it, and I thought that maybe it would be good with zucchini and eggplant in it. My mother's version of Goulash may not be the that close to the actual Hungarian Goulash, so don't be surprised if it sounds nothing like what you are used to.
- 1 medium sized eggplant
- 1 medium sized zucchini
- 1 medium green pepper
- 1 medium onion (yellow or white)
- 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes (fresh tomatoes would be better but mine are not ripe yet)
- 1 can (11.5 oz) V8 juice (my mother used to use tomato juice)
- 1 lb. ground beef (optional)
- 1 cup macaroni
- salt and pepper to taste
- paprika (if you like)
- (my son and husband sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top of it)
- It's great with bread and butter and cucumber slices
Cut eggplant and zucchini into cubes of whatever size you want, of course the cooking time will vary depending on the size of the cubes. If you want you can steam the eggplant and zucchini so it is nice and tender and ready to throw together when the macaroni is done. (I didn't do this so my macaroni was a little softer than I would have liked.) Boil the macaroni until almost tender, then drain. While macaroni is boiling brown ground beef. Put all ingredients together except the green bell pepper and bring to a boil, add green bell pepper and simmer about 5 to 8 min depending on how tender you want the peppers. This extra cooking time will cook the macaroni the rest of the way.
You can add cheese on top if you like but it is good as is. Good with cucumber slices or salad, also bread and butter.
Cooking or Creating
I always thought of my mother as a chef since she could come up with all kinds of recipe ideas. With eleven kids there was not a very good chance of having Steak Diane but with what she had to work with she made some real masterpieces. I have tried my hand at it as well and have done alright but never developed the habit of writing down the recipe. This time I decided I would write hubs about it. That way if they were good enough to post here, I may be able to repeat them. Next hub I will be working on a cucumber soup or two, since we have cucumbers "coming out our ears," as my mother would say.