Cheesy Beef Goulash

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Looking for more easy dinner ideas to add to your weekly menu? This amazing cheesy beef goulash should do the trick for you. This is not only an easy dinner idea it's also one of the healthy meal ideas you can whip up when you're not sure what to make. Goulash is a Hungarian type of stew made with meat and vegetables which is seasoned with paprika and other spices. It comes from medieval Hungary, and it's quite popular throughout Europe. The recipe goes all the way back to the 9th century when Hungarian shepherds would dry out the meat with the sun and put it into a bag made from the sheep's stomach. Then, while they were out in the pastures, all they would need to do is then add water to the meat to make it a meal. Although, spices didn't make an appearance in the recipes until the 16th century when more spices and herbs were introduced from other countries. The name Goulash comes from the Hungarian word gulyás which means herd of cattle, and eventually, it was called gulyáshús which means goulash meat meaning that it was meat that was prepared by shepherds. Now, goulash can include beef, veal, lamb or pork, but you could also make it with some chicken or turkey as a leaner option. Then, tomatoes and spices are added as well as noodles to make a very hearty meal.

Kristyn from Lil' Luna says that goulash is a hodgepodge of different ingredients including noodles, hamburger, tomatoes, spices and, of course, cheese. Even though there are a lot of different ingredients in this recipe it's also very simple too which means that pretty much anyone would love it, including kids if you have them. Some of the other easy dinner ideas and recipes from Lil' Luna include Spaghetti Chili, Taco Casserole, and Beef Enchiladas. So if you try out this recipe and you really enjoy it, you can try out some of the other healthy meal ideas she has on her website. The recipe makes enough for six to seven servings so you could even end up with some leftovers if you're lucky. It would make a great lunch the next day too. All you need is some ground beef, or you can use ground chicken or turkey if you prefer. You could also use vegan meat too if you like. If you use real meat always try and get organic, pasture-raised meats since they are raised more humanely, and they are healthier overall. Pasture-raised animals are given a healthier diet than factory raised animals which includes no soy products that lead to excess fat content in the meat.

You will also need some garlic, water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, bay leaves, soy sauce or Braggs liquid aminos, macaroni and cheese. For a gluten-free option, use some rice pasta instead, or there is even quinoa pasta now too which is really good. If you're sensitive to dairy or you're vegan, you could use a cheese replacement like Daiya, or if you can still have cheese, for an easy to digest diary product, you could switch over to goat's cheese. All you do is brown the meat up in the skillet until it's cooked all the way through. Then drain out any fat. Add the garlic and simmer for a few minutes and then add in the water and tomatoes with the spices and seasonings. Allow everything to cook together for about 20 minutes and then add in the pasta uncooked and let it cook for another 30 minutes. Then, all you have to do is add the cheese right before you serve it up. Enjoy this and other easy dinner ideas from Lil' Luna.***

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