Our son, Theodore, sailed through the kitchen this afternoon, sniffing the air. “What’s for dinner Mom?” he inquired. Now, I get this question every day, multiple times a day. Today, I had no answer. I quickly told him dinner was a surprise. He was thrilled. Eight-year olds love surprises.
My brain began to race and think of the ingredients I had in the house, which weren’t much after a very busy weekend of cooking. I had 3 pounds of ground turkey burger, potatoes, carrots, onions, green beans, and a green pepper. I quickly browned the turkey with chopped onions and green pepper. I located a Lawry’s marinade and tossed that in for the sauce. I threw in 2 cans of green beans and the chopped carrots. Monday Night Surprise was born! The kids sprinkled parmesan cheese on it and ate heartily.
What about the potatoes, you ask? I chopped several russets and tossed with a little butter and salt and pepper. Our chives are growing well now, so I had Olivia harvest some and I added them on top. I baked them at 400 degrees for an hour. I will admit, Theo picked out the chives, but everyone else loved them. Olivia made a garden salad and dinner was complete.
Do you have any last minute dinner ideas to surprise your family?