The weather has been getting warmer and that means grill season is upon us!! We grill most of the summer and I can’t wait to try new recipes this summer. Grilled meats, vegetables and fruit – YUM!! I took advantage of the warm weather to whip up a steak bowl. You could always add in a scoop of cilantro rice; I opted to leave it out and pack my bowl with veggies. The steak had a great flavor even with only a short amount of time to marinate. I completely forgot to take it out of the freezer the night before to start thawing. Next time, I plan to marinate it for the full 2 hours to really pack in the cilantro lime flavor. Continue reading
There’s nothing more simple than throwing a chuck roast, onions and spices into a slow cooker and letting it cook all day long to show up 6 hours later and dinner is cooked. This pot roast was delicious and we all loved the cooked onions that went with it. I served it over egg noodles, a la “stroganoff.” It made for great leftovers too!
Another delicious recipe made in my Instant Pot! I’m really enjoying the ability to make inexpensive cuts of beef taste like they’ve been cooking all day long in such a short amount of time. This was a big hit with everyone in my family including my 4 year old who is currently being super picky! I loved the addition of the spinach too!
My noodles were a little soft and when I make it next time, I’m going to try whole wheat noodles to see if that helps. If you’re using regular egg noodles, I would drop the time down 1-2 minutes to see if that helps. Even with the soft noodles, it was a delicious dish!
As you’ve probably noticed, it’s been a little quite on the blog the past week. Work has been busy, cheer is over and we’re all trying to slow down a little. I’m also working on getting back to eating healthy and working out again. My company is doing a “Maintain, Don’t Gain” challenge later this month for the holidays and I’m trying to get a jump start on it and actually lose weight.
The weather is so wonky (is that a real word?) lately and one day it’s cold and then the next day it’s warm. It makes it really hard to plan meals when I don’t know if we can grill one day or I need a bowl of this stew to warm up. This stew was delicious and everyone loved it. We ate it for dinner for two nights and two days for lunch…it was that good! It takes a little time to make, but it’s completely worth it!!
It’s been an insane week here lately. Cooper and I both have had colds that we’re fighting and Madeline is in a walking boot. I want to restart March over again!
Now that the weather is finally turning, I’ve been trying hard to get back into eating healthy and working out again…especially since I have to run a 5K in May with Madeline. I found this recipe for a healthy slaw and it reminded me of an eggroll…without the roll. The kids were iffy on it, but I enjoyed it and it’s great that it’s made in one pan! Quick and easy!
I haven’t made a stir fry in a while and we’ve been ordering Chinese food way too much, so I thought it was about time I made something at home. I have had this recipe saved for months and have been wanting to make it. I thought it would be something the kids would enjoy – WRONG. Madeline complained about it and Cooper ate only the carrots. He gets a pass though because later that night I realized he was burning up and had a high fever…which explains the absence of new posts last week. Surviving is the only thing that happens when you have a sick kid.
This meal came together really quickly…I think it took longer for me to get everything prepped than to do the actual cooking. I tossed it with whole wheat linguine noodles but you could serve it with rice or just eat it alone. The steak was super tender and I loved the flavor of the peanut-soy dressing.
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup orange juice
3 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp sugar
4 tsp canola oil, divided
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb sirloin steak, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 small head of Savoy cabbage, shredded
2 -5 Tbsp water
2 medium carrots, grated
4 oz button mushrooms, quartered
1/4 cup chopped unsalted roasted peanuts
In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, OJ, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar until smooth. Set aside.
In a large skillet or wok, heat two teaspoons of oil over medium-high heat. Toss in the minced garlic and stir until fragrant, then add in the steak. Cook until it’s browned but still pink in the middle. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Reduce the heat on your stove to medium and add in the remaining two teaspoons of oil. Add the shredded cabbage and two tablespoons of water. Stir the cabbage until it begins to wilt (about 5 minutes) and then add the mushrooms and carrots. Add additional water if needed to prevent the vegetables from sticking or burning. Once the mushrooms are cooked through and the cabbage is wilted to your liking, add the reserved steak and garlic to the pan. Pour the peanut sauce on and toss to coat. Serve and then sprinkle the peanuts on top if using.
Source: Eating Well Magazine
I rarely make meatloaf. I’m not sure why, it’s just something I don’t think about making when I’m putting together our weekly menus. I was searching Pinterest for inspiration last week and stumbled across a picture of this meatloaf….and onto our weekly menu it went. I had all the ingredients in my kitchen so I quickly throw everything together and into the oven it went.
Overall we were happy with it, but it was a little wet. I think next time I make it I’m going to up the amount of breadcrumbs. It was a great flavor and I liked the mixture of ground turkey and beef…changed it up and made it a lighter meatloaf.
Welcome to this month’s Secret Recipe club! Every month I look forward to my assignment for the Secret Recipe Club and I’m always excited to go and scour for a recipe. This month I was assigned C Mom Cook. I was excited to see I was assigned Shelley’s blog! Shelley and I met each other through the SRC and found out we don’t live too far from each other – small world!
I’m envious of Shelley’s bread making skills and knew I wanted to make something with homemade dough. I would have loved to make one of her many sourdough recipes or chocolate brioche buns. I knew this month was going to limited on time and settled on her recipe for cheesesteak buns. Since we’re both close to Philly, I figured it would be a great way to celebrate one of the famous foods of the area.
I whipped these together and I loved how quick and easy they were to make. They were great for dinner and perfect for lunch leftovers the next day. The best part…I had some leftover dough and made dessert ones with caramelized bananas. YUM!
My husband is a huge fan of short ribs and it seems whenever we’re out for a fancy dinner, that’s what he gets. I treated myself this Christmas and bought a dutch oven. I’ve been wanting one for a couple months and finally Kohls had a great sale that I couldn’t pass up. So far, I’m loving it and can’t wait to cook more using it.
These short ribs are amazing! They are fall off the bone delicious. I know whenever I want to make a special meal for my husband, this is what I’m going to make. The polenta makes a nice bed for the short ribs to rest on and I loved the first bite of short rib, polenta and sauce. YUM!
8 whole beef short ribs
1/4 cups flour
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 medium carrots, diced
2 shallots, finely minced
2 cups red wine
2 cups beef or chicken broth
2 sprigs rosemary
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season the ribs with salt and pepper and then drege in the flour. Set aside while you heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven. Once the oil is hot, brown the ribs on all sides, approximately 45 seconds per side. Remove the ribs and set aside to rest.
Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions, carrots and shallots to the dutch oven and cook for 2 minutes. Add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to release the cooked on pieces of veggies and meat. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Add the broth and then season with salt and fresh ground pepper. Add the browned ribs to the liquid. They should be almost submerged, if not, add additional broth so they are almost covered. Add in the rosemary sprigs.
Put the lid on the pan and place in the preheated oven. Cook for 2 hours and then reduce the heat to 325 and cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes. The ribs should be fork-tender and just about ready to fall off the bone. Remove the pan and allow to sit covered for at least 20 minutes before serving. Skim any fat off the top of the broth before serving.
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter
4 ozs sharp cheddar cheese
In a medium pot, bring 4 1/2 cups water to a boil. Add the cornmeal in a thin stream, whisking continously to avoid clumps. I need to get better at this since our polenta was a little lumpy…it was still tasty!
Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and extra tablespoons of water as needed. When polenta is cooked, stir in the butter and cheese. Season with additional salt if needed.
Source: The Pioneer Woman