Category: Beef


My son, Donnie, loves Cheesesteak, but is eating healthier nowadays and limiting his cheese intake.  A sale at the local market on deli roast beef inspired a healthier take on Cheesesteak!

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1 1/2 lb. deli roast beef, mine was sliced a little thicker than usual.

8 oz. baby portobello mushrooms, sliced

1 sweet onion, sliced or chopped

1 yellow pepper, chopped

1/4 c. champagne vinaigrette dressing

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. balsamic glaze

In a large bowl, combine mushrooms, onions, and yellow pepper.

Add roast beef, cut into thin strips.

Combine dressing, oil and balsamic glaze.

Toss with steak and veggies.

Spread out on a foil lined sheet pan, with the meat piled up in the center, surrounded by a single layer of the veggies.

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Bake at 400F until veggies are tender, about 15-20 minutes.

You could at this point, top it with cheese for sandwiches, or have a sandwich without cheese.  The really healthy way is to eat this atop brown rice or other healthy grain.  It also works well atop a salad.

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Florida is an interesting place to live during hurricane season.  Anytime one heads our way, folks clear the shelves in the local stores of water, canned goods, bread, etc.  The threat of at the very least losing power makes the thought of what’s in the fridge and freezer going bad!  I feel so fortunate that we dodged the bullet this time.  When I see reports of the devastation, I know just how lucky we are that it skirted by us.

My daughter and son in law made a huge batch of taco meat and rice in case they had guests (since their house is inland and has hurricane shutters).  I was blessed with the leftovers, and we had a fantastic dinner thanks to them.

4 cups leftover taco meat

4 cups leftover cooked rice

1 jar salsa

1 can of black beans

1 package (20) fajita style flour tortillas

Shredded Cheese

Tomatoes

Shredded Lettuce

Diced Onion

I added salsa to the taco meat and heated it up.

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I added black beans to the rice and heated it up.

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Meanwhile, I put the tortillas on a large baking sheet in a 200F oven to heat.

Toppings included cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and onion.  We were missing sour cream and avocado, but the tacos were so yummy, we didn’t miss them.

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The kids all voted for tacos more often!

 

Burgers Cooked in the Oven!

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We had a crowd over for Tuesday Night Girls’ Wine Club!  I didn’t want to stand over the stove to cook the burgers or corn, so I wrapped the corn in foil with butter and salt, and placed the burgers on a baking sheet.  350 F for 30 minutes and both were perfect!  So so easy and I will cook burgers that way the next time I’m feeding a crowd!

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3-4 lb. London Broil

1 c. barbecue sauce (homemade or bottle – I used Sweet Baby Rays)

1/2 sweet onion, coarsely chopped

1/2 green pepper, coarsely chopped

1/2 yellow pepper, coarsely chopped

1/2 red pepper, coarsely chopped

1 Tbsp. garlic

1 can garbanzo beans

1 can cannelloni beans

1/2 c. leftover corn and black bean salad from yesterday’s Little Big Meal

1/4 c. seasoned bread crumbs

Toppings:

Finely chopped sweet onion and green onion

Defrosted frozen peas

Shredded cheese

Hot sauce

Sour cream

Marinade meat in barbecue sauce mixed with peppers, onions, and garlic at least 20 minutes or overnight.

Place in crockpot on low and cook 8-10 hours.  The meat will shred easily.

Add in beans, leftover corn and black bean salad and bread crumbs.  Continue to cook until the rice is done.

I am sold on using a rice cooker now.  So easy.  I added in butter and garlic in tonight’s rice.  I also toasted up some garlic toast.

My kids said if they had this in a restaurant, they would go back there!

 

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This was one of those meals that smelled so delicious, and everyone was sooooo hungry, we didn’t get a picture of the food plated.

I love love love this Little Big Meal deal.  Amazing products!  I got extra lean sirloin, key lime cilantro taco sauce (Rick Bayless’ brand), white corn tortillas, sour cream, Mexican mix cheese, guacamole, and the roasted corn and black bean salad.

First I put some rice in the rice cooker, to make to go farther.  I chopped a small sweet onion.

Brown the meat and onions chopping up finely.   Add sauce and simmer until rice is done cooking.

Meanwhile, heat the tortillas on a baking sheet 3-5 minutes at 300 F.

Add cooked rice to the meat mixture.

I laid it out like a taco bar.  So yummy.  The tortillas were the best I’ve had.  It tasted like someone just made them.  The sauce is amazing.  Everyone loved the roasted corn and black bean salad (which is a little on the sweet/pickled side).

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This is such a hit, my next two Thursdays are set!

 

Stuffed Poblano Pepper Casserole

I had bought some ground Angus beef at the store and cooked it up with onions and peppers with no particular meal in mind.  Then my friend shared some poblano peppers and this recipe was born!

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He cut the poblanos in half and took out all the seeds.  I put them in a glass bowl with a little water in the microwave to soften them up. (about 6 minutes)

6 poblano peppers

5 lb. ground Angus beef

1 onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 yellow pepper, chopped

1 packet taco seasoning (or make your own mix.  I got packets on sale for $.29 so I have some on hand!)

1 can garbanzo beans, drained

1 can black beans

1 jar salsa (I used peach)

4 c. cooked wild and brown rice

2 c. shredded cheese (I used a mix of Italian and Mexican)

1. Brown the meat with chopped onions and peppers.  Add taco seasoning and remaining ingredients except poblanos.

2.  Spray two 13 x 9 baking dishes with coconut oil.

3.  Arrange poblano halves in both dishes.

4.  Top with meat mixture.

5.  Sprinkle with cheese.

6.  Bake 350 F for 30 minutes.

7.  ENJOY!!

 

I woke up Sunday morning and made the kids an apple dumpling casserole for breakfast.  While I was at it, I a Taco Cornbread Casserole for them to have for dinner, as I was heading out for the day.

First I wrapped the apple slices (2 apples cut into 8ths) in crescent dough (2 tubes) and placed them in a 13 x 9 baking dish sprayed with coconut oil.

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Then, I made the cornbread:

1 Package corn bread mix (I used XO Baking Co. Gluten Free)

 

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2 eggs

1 c. vanilla almond milk

1 can cream style corn

1 can whole kernel corn

Mix and pour into 13 x 9 baking dish sprayed with coconut oil.

Bake 350F for 20 minutes.   I did this alongside the apple dumpling casserole, which also cooks for 20 minutes at 350.

 

Meanwhile, I prepared the taco meat for the taco casserole:

2 lb. cooked crumbled ground meat with onion (I keep 2 lb. tupperware of cooked ground meat in the freezer).

Mix with 2 pouches Taco Sauce.  I used Frontera Texas Original Taco Skillet Sauce.  It is very mild, so next time I would punch it up with some jalapeno or something.

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Remove both baking dishes and prepare as follows:

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Spread taco meat mixture over baked cornbread.  Cover and refrigerate for later use.  When ready to eat, sprinkle with shredded cheese and bake for 30 minutes.

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At the point I took the cornbread and crescent rolls from the oven, I had also already made the custard to pour over it:

4 eggs

1 c. milk

1/2 c. sugar

1 Tbsp. vanilla

Pour over baked cresent rolls

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and bake at 350 for 20 minutes until custard is golden.

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Serve with vanilla yogurt.

I like to make multiple dishes simultaneously to cut down on dishes.  In this instance, the bowl I mixed up the cornbread batter in was rinsed and then used to mix the taco meat and sauce.

 

Meatballs a la olivia

1/2 lb. ground pork

1/2 lb. ground chicken

2 lb. ground chuck

8 oz. ricotta cheese

2 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish

2 Tbsp. pesto

1/2 c. oats

Salt and pepper

Combine ingredients and form into balls.

Place in 13 x 9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Drizzle with chili oil and bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes.

These freeze well.  I made some for Olivia who just had the baby a few weeks ago.  She defrosted them.

Browned them in a little oil and butter.  Poured sauce over and heated through.

She cooked some peppers and onions and added into the sauce and served them over linguini with steamed asparagus.

Olivia texted “Those meatballs were amazing!!! I did it with marinara and sauteed peppers and onions you left here – over linguini with asparagus!!

I’m just glad I can help her out a little and that they enjoyed the meatballs.

She posted a picture on her social media page saying  – “The little things..making dinner this pepper I was cutting looked like a heart 💛 ‪#‎yum‬”

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Here are her little sweethearts Kaden and Konnor

Out front of their house

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3 lb. organic ground beef (I used Kirkland brand), browned and drained

16 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

1 large sweet onion, chopped

1 container mixed cherry and grape tomatoes, cut in half

1 orange pepper, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

4 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. pesto

1/4 c. red wine

1 can tomato paste

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Brown and drain ground beef.  Discard grease.

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Cook vegetables in butter and olive oil until softened.  Add in tomato paste and pesto.  Cook for a few minutes, stirring regularly.  Add in red wine.  Simmer for 10 minutes.

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Combine meat and vegetables in crock pot.  Cook on low 8 to 10 hours.

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Make a slurry of corn starch and sherry and add in to thicken before serving, if necessary.

I cooked some Linguini and tossed it with butter, pesto, and Parmesan cheese before serving it with the sauce over it.

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The Trader Joe’s pesto is yummy.  Plugra is one of my favorite butters.

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1 1/3 lb. organic ground beef (I bought this at Costco – Kirkland brand)

1 lb. elbow noodles, cooked according to directions

1 large sweet onion, chopped

8 oz. fresh mushrooms

1 jar cheese sauce (I used Ragu double cheddar)

2 c. shredded cheese (I used monterey jack)

Brown beef.  Reserve drippings.

Drain on paper towels.

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Mix cheese sauce and macaroni.

In the drippings from meat, cook mushrooms and onions until golden brown.  (I added 1 Tbsp. butter to help them along).

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Add meat back in and use a little milk to get the last of the cheese sauce out of the jar and pour it over the meat and veggies.

Spray deep lasagne dish with cooking spray.

Layer noodles in baking dish.  Top with meat and veggie mixture.

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Sprinkle with shredded cheese.

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Bake 350F for 30 minutes.

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