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One Pot American Goulash + Weekly Menu

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I slept 13 hours yesterday. It was amazing.

I went to tennis in the morning, came home, and pounded out another few miles on the treadmill. I showered and put on clean jammies, plopping into bed. I had the Australian Open on in the background, but I drifted in and out of sleep for 4 hours. I woke-up feeling drunk with relaxation – it took a solid few hours to actually wake-up, wake-up.

Normally, I would consider that a major waste of a beautiful afternoon…but, nah. If was perfect. Especially since I was still able to sleep 11:30pm to 7:30am last night.

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Monday morning could be rough. But hopefully not as rough as last week considering I had a headache for FOUR days.

I barely worked out. I barely cooked. I barely existed. One day at lunch, I laid my head on my desk, hunched over for a solid 40 minutes, willing the throbbing to dull. And it did…for a few hours. I went to bed that night thinking, it has to be gone in the morning (Friday morning). But, nope.

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I’m looking forward to a new week of being back on track with workouts, cooking, and not being a total mope to be around. I’m pretty pumped about this week’s menu and hope my family is, too. There’s no pasta on the weekly menu, so I may have to whip up another batch of this goulash just for Shea. She LOVED it.

I had never had goulash growing up and wasn’t introduced to it until I moved to Tulsa where it was a staple meal in many households. But, there’s nothing not to love about this humble, one pot meal. It’s simple and easy — complete and total comfort food, perfect for this time of year!

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One Pot American Goulash
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Serves: 5 servings
  • 1 lb 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 cups (8 oz) elbow macaroni, uncooked (I used Barilla Plus)
  1. In a large skillet or dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium heat. Drain excess fat.
  2. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is slightly tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, stir well, and bring to a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until macaroni is tender. Stir occasionally and serve hot.
Recipe from Cincy Shopper
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ~1⅔ cups Calories: 380 Fat: 10.4 Carbohydrates: 44.4 Sugar: 10.0 Sodium: 572 Fiber: 7.4 Protein: 29.6 Cholesterol: 57
Weekly Menu: January 31st – February 4th

Be well,


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  1. February 1, 2016 / 1:33 am

    Hi Nicole – I’ve had this before, but never had it called goulash. I thought I was missing out, but it looks like I wasn’t. So glad you’re feeling better! I’ve been a little down last week myself and I’m so excited to get back on track this week. I’m going to just blame the weather – what do you think?

    • Nicole Morrissey
      February 1, 2016 / 8:47 am

      Dade, how interesting! What did you call your “goulash”? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. February 4, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    In New England we call it American Chop Suey. I actually had this for lunch today! So easy and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Vicky
    February 19, 2016 / 11:22 am

    This is so similar to an “old family recipe” from my husband’s family. We use tomato soup in place of the tomato.

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