What to cook for supper?  That was my question yesterday.  I was at the grocery store the other day and decided to pick up an egg noodle.  I went with Spaetzle, which is a German noodle.    Then I was asked what else.  I wasn’t sure yet, so after pulling things out of my fridge here is what I came up with.
Prepare Veggies
Choose 3 – 4 different types of veggies
I used
2 white turnip (small) cut in 1/4 chunks
1 yellow turnip (small) cut in 1/4 chunks
1 carrot (large) sliced
1 yellow beat (adds a sweat taste) cut in 1/4 chunks
1 – 2 cups  Broccoli (frozen) left as is or you can chop smaller
Other ingredients:
1 onion
3 gloves of garlic
1/2 lb lean ground beef (or other meat or no meat)
Spaetzle or other egg noodle
2 – 3 tbs of olive oil
2 – 4 tbs of garlic spare rib sauce
1 – 2 tbs of soya sauce
pepper
steak pepper mix (sorry I can’t remember the proper term
Instructions:
1. Prepare veggies
2. in a skillet or wok saute onions in a bit of olive oil and add garlic (squeeze in garlic press for best results or finely chop garlic). After onions are tender or almost translucent add all veggies except for frozen broccoli.  Add more olive oil as needed (about another spoon full, just enough to let veggies cook). Cover and let cook stirring occasionally.
3.  In a frying pan, cook lean ground beef with pepper and steak pepper or other spices/herbs for seasoning.  There is no need to add any oil as the beef will produce it’s own fat.  When it is cooked and the veggies are slightly tender, add to the veggie mix and stir.  Also add the frozen broccoli – it doesn’t need that long to cook.  Cover and let simmer. 
4.  While the veggies continue to cook, boil water and cook spaetzle as directed on package. 
5.  Drain cooked spaetzle and put into the empty frying pan that held the beef.  Cook over medium heat and add 2 – 4 tbs of garlic spare-rib sauce and about 1 – 2 tbs of soya sauce.   Continue to stir and cook for about 5 minutes
6.  Add spaetzle to veggies and mix well.  Let heat through and continue to cook if needed (until veggies are at consistency that you prefer).
The end result:
It was really delicious!  I was quite surprised because I like following recipes, but every once in a while I get creative.  If you ever try it, do let me know if it worked for you.  Sorry, I don’t have exact measurements of ingredients because I wasn’t measuring when I was cooking this, so don’t take the above as exact.  Experiment and have fun!  Just don’t put too much soya sauce and you don’t need a ton of oil.   
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