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Mix and Match Skillet Meal

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Recipe Notes

Ingredient Ideas

Grain - try quicker-cooking grains such as bulgur, macaroni, quinoa, white or quick brown rice

Vegetables - try any mixture you have on hand

Protein - try any type of beef, pork, chicken, turkey, seafood, tofu, beans

Sauce - try one of these:

  • Soup: 1 can (10.75 ounces) condensed soup and 1 1/4 cup water or milk
  • Soy-ginger: 1 Tablespoon corn starch, 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 3/4 cup water or broth, 1 Tablespoon sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
  • Broth: 2 Tablespoons flour (or 1 Tablespoon corn starch), 1 Tablespoon melted margarine or butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt and about 2 cups milk or broth to make 2 1/2 cups
  • Tomato: 1 1/2 cups canned tomatoes with juice or tomato, enchilada or spaghetti sauce and water or stock to make 2 1/2 cups.

Seasoning - try cumin, garlic powder, oregano, basil, cilantro, hot pepper sauce

Topping - try grated cheese, nuts or seeds, crushed whole grain crackers

Kid friendly

Ingredients

1 cup
uncooked grain
2 cups
vegetables, fresh, frozen or canned, cut bite-sized
1 cup
cooked protein, cut bite-sized
2 1⁄2 cups
Sauce
2 teaspoons
seasonings (or more, to taste)
3 Tablespoons
topping

Directions

To make in a skillet:

  1. Combine all ingredients except topping in a large skillet.
  2. Bring to a boil, stir occasionally, and then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until grains are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the grain. Stir occasionally and add water if mixture becomes too dry.
  3. Add topping before serving.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

To bake in oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except topping in a casserole dish. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil and bake until grains are tender, about 45 minutes.
  3. Add topping before serving.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

Notes

Ingredient Ideas

Grain - try quicker-cooking grains such as bulgur, macaroni, quinoa, white or quick brown rice

Vegetables - try any mixture you have on hand

Protein - try any type of beef, pork, chicken, turkey, seafood, tofu, beans

Sauce - try one of these:

  • Soup: 1 can (10.75 ounces) condensed soup and 1 1/4 cup water or milk
  • Soy-ginger: 1 Tablespoon corn starch, 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 3/4 cup water or broth, 1 Tablespoon sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
  • Broth: 2 Tablespoons flour (or 1 Tablespoon corn starch), 1 Tablespoon melted margarine or butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt and about 2 cups milk or broth to make 2 1/2 cups
  • Tomato: 1 1/2 cups canned tomatoes with juice or tomato, enchilada or spaghetti sauce and water or stock to make 2 1/2 cups.

Seasoning - try cumin, garlic powder, oregano, basil, cilantro, hot pepper sauce

Topping - try grated cheese, nuts or seeds, crushed whole grain crackers

Photo of Mix and Match Skillet Meal
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Makes: 6 cups
Nutrition Facts: View Label
Last updated: 07/08/20

3 Comments for "Mix and Match Skillet Meal"

I love using this recipe for KIK's "Go Eat a Plant" lesson. I used cabbage (leaves) - zuchini (fruit) - broccoli (flower) celery (stem) carrot or onion (root) and sunflower seeds on top (seeds). I used fresh ginger and garlic for the seasoning. 92 kids tried it, and 72 liked it a lot! We had teachers coming into our class to see and taste what was smelling so good. A really good recipe to try a wide variety of foods!

Susan Sandperl, Myrtle Point Extension

For vegetarians this is a great dish as the quinoa is a high protein food item.  It is actually a seed although it is grouped as a grain.  It can also go into the protein category.

This is a really great recipe to experiment with-- especially suited for a fun teen cooking challenge. Cooking teams can be organized with each team using a different protein, grain, veggie combo, sauce, and topping. Everyone can sample the end results and vote for their favorite.