I’m obsessed with my skillet…basically anything you can make in one pan is my go to for weeknight dinners. I also love sweet potatoes more than anything in the world and vegetables are a close second. My roommates find my love for these things very odd, but to each their own right?
This weekend we got about 2.5-3 ft of snow, so we were stuck inside for the majority of the time. When I’m stuck in my house, I like to do 2 things…bake and cook. And I always have to do homework, but I don’t like to do it haha 😛 So those are the three things I spend the majority of my weekend doing.
I decided I’d try and make something new for dinner incorporating my favorite foods and my best kitchen item! I always have veggies and sweet potatoes (they are some of the staples that I buy every week) and I needed to use the ones that I had before they went bad. I also had some ground beef that my mom had given me (my parents like to buy a half a cow every year, so we have plentyyyyyyy of ground beef) and I wanted to use it before it got buried in our overcrowded freezer.
I looked up some recipes on Pinterest to get some inspiration, and one that caught my eye was a sweet potato skillet…I was intrigued, but when I checked the recipe, I didn’t have many of the ingredients, so I was bummed. However, as I kept scrolling through all the pretty pictures, I remembered that one of my favorite meals that my mom used to make all the time was just ground beef browned with some onions and garlic, some chopped up carrots and a couple of cans of diced tomatoes. It’s the world’s easiest recipe…so I thought I’d make that with just a couple of changes for what I had at home.
Here’s the recipe:
1 lb ground beef
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 large carrots, chopped
3 medium sweet potatoes, diced
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
a sprinkle of paprika (the best spice out there)
a little salt and pepper
I simply browned the ground beef up in my skillet with the diced onions and garlic until it was cooked all the way through. Then drain the leftover meat juice and add everything else! Cook it on medium heat with the lid on until the sweet potatoes are nice and tender. You’ll have to stir occasionally and it takes about a half hour for everything to cook up nicely!
I forgot to take a picture since there were about 7 people in my teeny little kitchen, but I promise I will next time!
What are some of your favorite skillet meals?