Archive for the ‘Beef’ Category

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Faux Lasagna Noodle Casserole

May 23, 2018

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We love lasagna but sometimes it feels like a lot of effort to make right. This noodle casserole has all the yummy parts of lasagna (pasta, cheese, sauce) while being a little simpler to put together.

You will need:

  • 12 oz short shaped noodles (works best with farfalle, gemelli, or egg noodles)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 14 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 2 T garlic powder
  • 2 T onion powder
  • 1 T dried minced onion
  • 1 T oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 1 c grated Parmesan
  • 1 small bunch scallions, chopped
  • 3 c shredded cheese (suggest an Italian blend)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Light grease a 9×9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot of salted water, cook your noodles to al dente according to packaging. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the onion and beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until the beef is crumbled and browned (about 7-10 minutes). Drain off any excess fat from the skillet.
  4. Stir the crushed tomatoes into the beef-onion mixture along with 1 tablespoon of the garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of the onion powder, and 1 tablespoon of the oregano. Season with salt and pepper to taste and allow to simmer 5-10 minutes.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sour cream with the cottage cheese, Parmesan, 1 tablespoon of the garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of the onion powder, and scallions. Season with pepper to taste.
  6. Mix the noodles into the sour cream mixture.
  7. Spread half of the noodles in the prepared pan.
  8. Spread half of the beef on top of the noodles.
  9. Spread half of the shredded cheese on top of the noodles.
  10. Repeat with another layer of noodles then beef and finally cheese.
  11. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  12. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted and slightly golden.
  13. Allow to cool five minutes before serving.

 

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Taco Cornbread Casserole

March 26, 2018

This is certainly not a fancy meal, but it is delicious and warm and comforting. We’ve been testing out quick prep meals in advance of baby #2 arriving. This one will definitely be in our rotation. It takes less than 10 minutes to prep and then you can focus on life around you while the casserole bakes. (The leftovers reheat well too!).

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You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef (or meatloaf mix)
  • 2 packets taco seasoning (recommend low sodium)
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz) creamed corn
  • 1 can (14 oz) corn kernels, drained
  • 1 can (14 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chiles, drained
  • 2 (8.5-ounce) boxes corn muffin mix, mixed according to box in a large mixing bowl
  • 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 1/4 t ground chili powder
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 2 c shredded Mexican cheese

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, brown the hamburger with the green pepper and onion.
  4. Mix in the taco seasoning packets, half of the creamed corn, half of the corn kernels, black beans, and green chiles.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, mix the remaining creamed corn and corn plus the cumin, chili powder and garlic powder into the corn muffin mixture.
  6. Spread half of the corn muffin mix in the prepared baking dish.
  7. Top with the beef-veggie mixture.
  8. Sprinkle with half of the cheese.
  9. Spread the other half of the corn muffin mix on top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  10. Bake 35-40 minutes until the cornbread is cooked through and golden.
  11. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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Slow Cooked Shredded Pepper Beef

June 9, 2017

I love using the slow cooker during all seasons. As it’s getting warmer out, it is nice not to add to the heat with the oven. This main dish is incredibly simple and the results are versatile. We had it alongside roasted potatoes the first night, and then had it in sandwiches for lunch several other days that week. It would also be a yummy taco or enchilada filling. Mmmmm….

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 lb pot roast
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, halved and sliced
  • 1 1/2 c beef stock
  • 6 oz hot banana pepper rings (we used jarred)
  • 1/4 c of the liquid from the hot banana pepper jar
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

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Then you will…

  1. Season the pot roast with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Sear the pot roast, 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Place your onions in your slow cooker.
  5. Add the pot roast.
  6. Add the stock, banana peppers and their liquid, and the garlic.
  7. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  8. Remove the roast from the slow cooker and shred.
  9. Return and mix with the sauce. Allow to cook another 15 minutes or so to give the sauce time to soak into the meat.
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Baked Sausage and Beans

March 28, 2017

This is a play on hot dogs and beans, but we dressed it up with yummy sausage. It comes together very quickly and makes excellent leftovers.

You will need:

  • 16 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 4 T sherry vinegar
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 2 t dried parsley
  • ½ t ground pepper
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage (or your favorite sausage), each sausage cut into two pieces
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) low sodium great northern beans, drained and rinsed

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large ovenproof Dutch oven, mix together the cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, parsley, pepper and salt. (You can also use a 9×13 baking dish).
  3. Mix in the sausage.
  4. Bake 35 minutes, until the sausages are roasted and cooked through. Stir once in the middle of the baking time.
  5. Stir in the beans.
  6. Return to oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the beans are warmed through.
  7. Serve with crusty bread and a fresh salad!

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Beef Stew with Red Wine and Cranberries

March 12, 2017

Beef stew was a staple in my childhood home. This version has some bacon for extra yumminess. We also added red wine and cranberries…this gives the stew extra richness and makes it a little unusual. If you have a Parmesan rind, feel free to add it to the sauce for even more flavor.

You will need:

  • 1 lb thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 2 lb steak, cut into 1-inch cubes (pick your favorite stew cut)
  • 1/3 c T all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t paprika
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 16 oz baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
  • 3 c carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c port
  • 1 bottle (750 mL) dry red wine
  • 2-3 c unsalted beef broth
  • 4 T tomato paste
  • 2 or 3 bay leaves
  • 2 c cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Line a diner plate with two sheets of paper towel.
  2. In a large dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium high heat until starting to crisp.
  3. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon. Place on the prepared plate.
  4. Pat the beef dry with paper towel.
  5. In a large ziplock, combine 1/3 cup of the flour with the 1/2 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the paprika.
  6. Toss the beef in the flour mixture.
  7. Add the beef to the dutch oven and saute over medium high heat until golden on each side, about 5 minutes.
  8. Transfer the beef to the plate with the bacon.
  9. Add the onions and mushrooms to the dutch oven. Saute for 5 minutes.
  10. Add the carrots and garlic. Saute another 5 minutes.
  11. Mix in the port, and allow to reduce by half.
  12. Stir in the wine, 2 cups of the broth, and the tomato paste.
  13. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  14. Return the beef to the dutch oven.
  15. Stir in the cranberries.
  16. Add the bay leaves.
  17. Bake for 2 hours. Remove the bay leaves.
  18. Stir in the potatoes and add more broth as needed.
  19. Bake for another 45 minutes to an hour, or until the potato is tender.
  20. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  21. Serve with crumbled bacon on top!

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Asian Beef and Cabbage with Noodles

December 7, 2016

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This dinner is easy to mix together and tastes every better as leftovers. You could substitute chicken, pork or tofu for the beef. Whatever sounds yummiest to you!

You will need:

  • 1/2 c low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 T sambal oeleck or other chili paste/sauce (like sriracha)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 lb skirt steak, sliced thin against the grain
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz of your favorite Asian noodles (we used udon, but rice noodles would be great too)
  • 2 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 bag (~14 oz) chopped cabbage or coleslaw mix
  • 1/3 c chopped scallions

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, water, sambal oeleck, garlic, and ginger. Set aside.
  2. Pat the steak dry and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook the noodles according to their direction. Drain.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, heat one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat.
  5. Add the beef and allow to sear on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side max.
  6. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.
  7. Heat the remaining olive oil and then add the cabbage and scallions. Saute for 2 minutes, or until starting to wilt.
  8. Add the noodles and saute for another minute before adding the sauce.
  9. Allow the sauce to cook down for another 4-5 minutes, before return the beef and its juices to the pan.
  10. Once everything is warmed through, serve hot!
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Sticky Garlic Meatballs

November 12, 2016

These are very yummy and particularly kid friendly. You can prep the meatballs in advance and then warm them up in a slow cooker or a low heat oven when your family and friends gather.

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You will need:

  • 2 lb ground beef or meatloaf mix
  • 1 c old-fashioned oats
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t basil
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c ketchup
  • 2/3 c honey
  • 2 T soy sauce

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking dish with foil and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the beef with the oats, egg, milk, garlic powder, basil, oregano, pepper and salt.
  3. Form the mixture into two dozen meatballs and place them on the lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through and starting to turn golden on the edges.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic with the ketchup, honey and soy sauce.
  6. Mix the meatballs with the sauce and heat through. Serve with friends!

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