Even though I am on summer break I still like to use my crock pot. I don’t use it as much as I do during the school year, but sometimes I would prefer to do something other than cook. Maybe we have plans for the day or maybe I’m just feeling lazy!
Either way I love my crock pot. This recipe was absolutely delicious!
I apologize for this huge picture! This was just so easy and really hit the spot.
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
- 2 lb beef sirloin steak, cut into 2 inch strips
- 1 garlic powder, to taste
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cube beef bouillon
- 1⁄4 cup hot water
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
- 2 large green bell pepper, roughly chopped
- 1 can (14.5 ounce) stewed tomatoes, with liquid
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp white sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- Sprinkle strips of sirloin with garlic powder to taste. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil and brown the seasoned beef strips. Transfer to a slow cooker
- Mix bouillon cube with hot water until dissolved, then mix in cornstarch until dissolved. Pour into the slow cooker with meat. Stir in onion, green peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt.
- Cover and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours or on Low for 6 to 8 hours.
Can it be any easier than this?
Recipe from Kitch Me
Ropa Vieja translates into “old clothes”. Since this delicious flank steak is served shredded it seems to have a good name. This is one of my favorite meat dishes. The last time I made this I made the mistake of not doubling the recipe. It was so good! We love eating this Cuban dish with rice on the side. If there happen to be nay leftovers this Ropa Vieja is delicious on bolillos. YUM!
Really you need to double this recipe for leftovers. It will not go to waste!
- Cooking spray
- 2 (1-pound) flank steaks, trimmed
- 3 cups thinly vertically sliced red onion
- 2 cups red bell pepper strips (about 2 peppers)
- 2 cups green bell pepper strips (about 2 peppers)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 tablespoons thinly sliced pitted green olives
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 6 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
- 1 tablespoon no-salt-added tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 steak to pan; cook 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove steak from pan. Repeat procedure with cooking spray and remaining steak.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add onion, bell peppers, and garlic to pan; cook 7 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in olives and next 5 ingredients (through black pepper); cook 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in vinegar, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; cook for 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Stir in broth, tomato paste, and bay leaves. Add steaks; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 1 1/2 hours or until steaks are very tender. Discard bay leaves.
- Remove steaks from pan; shred with two forks. Stir shredded beef and cilantro into pan.
I don’t have a recipe for you today but I do have a cute way to eat a hamburger, a mini hamburger. I just had to try making these cute little things.
Just make your favorite hamburger or meatloaf recipe and pat into an 11×17 pan. Bake it in the oven at 350 until cooked. That simple. I took a little bun or roll and put it over the meat pan just to size up for cutting the meat.It’s going to shrink a bit but don’t let the edges go to waste…eat them! Cut it up put it on your bun and add your toppings.
It’s as simple as that. To go from this pan of raw meat to this adorable little hamburger…
This is a great way to make sliders for a crowd or for little hands!
It’s Monday again and the start of a new week! I have been so busy the last several weeks that I kind of don’t know whether I am coming or going. Tomorrow is the first day of school. I can’t believe my baby is in 8th grade! Julian is officially moving into his apartment tomorrow for his last year of school..YAY!!! Julissa has a couple of or weeks before she starts. This means that we will be more on schedule and I am digging that!!!
I haven’t cooked much in the last several weeks because I’ve been so busy. I found the perfect casserole for those days.
This was quick, easy and filling. Best of all there were leftovers!
I mean who doesn’t love cheesy food?
Busy Day Casserole
- 1 cup white rice
- 2 cups water
- 1 can cream of mushroom or chicken soup
- 1 cup carrots, sliced
- 1 lb hamburger, cooked (I used ground turkey)
- mild, medium or sharp cheddar cheese
- Heat oven to 350
- Stir the water, rice, meat, soup and carrots together. place in a 9×9 inch dish and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
- remove from oven and place cheese on the top and place back into the oven until melted.
Easy and delicious!
Recipe source Oh Sweet Basil
There are so many types of meatballs to make that is is truly amazing. It seems that every country or ethnicity has some type of meatball. And I don’t have any problem making and eating as many of them as I can!
These meatballs were delicious. My kids really loved them! They are so pretty swimming in their sauce.
Unfortunately there were no leftovers when I made these so next time I will definitely double the recipe.
Sorry about the sloppiness of this picture! The sauce was all over the place!
These meatballs were lick your finger good!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1/2 cup Panko
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- Sesame seeds, for garnish
For the Teriyaki Sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons honey
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a cooling rack with nonstick spray and place on baking sheet; set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1/4 cup water; set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic powder, honey and 1 cup water; bring to a simmer. Stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, Panko, egg yolks, green onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and white pepper. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 40 meatballs.
Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.
Serve meatballs immediately with teriyaki sauce, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired.
Make these tender delicious meatballs. You can have them as a meal or even as an appetizer on cute little toothpicks. You won’t regret it!
Recipe Source Damn Delicious
Yea, baby! It’s Friday! Best day of the week.
Yesterday was my son’s 22nd birthday. I can’t believe the time has gone by so quickly. He is twenty-two now and he has grown into a wonderful young man. Unfortunately he hasn’t been feeling too good so we did not get to go out to celebrate. We celebrated here at home with some delicious grilled steaks. This year he didn’t even want cake. He wanted pie so that’s what he had.
It’s so funny because every year it looks like the same picture because everyone has their own “assigned” seat at the kitchen table.
I love one pot meals. They are just so easy and time saving! One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole tastes just like a cheeseburger. It was kind of weird… cheeseburger without the bun but delicious!
This had all the cheeseburger fixings and since my daughters don’t like tomatoes they were picking them out. Their loss because tomatoes are delicious too.
One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 pound rotini pasta
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 Roma tomato, diced
- 2 green onions, sliced
- Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and onion and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drain excess fat.
- Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, ketchup, mustard, pasta and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes.
- Remove from heat and top with cheese. Cover until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes.
- Serve immediately, garnished with tomato and green onions, if desired.
Recipe source Damn Delicious
It was a great weekend. I almost wish it would go on for a few more days! Friday we checked out a restaurant that we have never been to but have passed by a million times. We wanted to go to a place for fried fish. The place was pretty busy. Since we had ordered the fish fry it was all you could eat-which was what we wanted.
Two large pieces of fried fish with french fries and cole slaw…delicious. Believe it or not we were each only able to eat our first serving! I don’t know if that’s good or bad!
Saturday morning I must have woken up with a lot of energy! This is terrible to confess but I am not a “spring cleaner”. I just clean stuff when I feel I have to do it. Well, Saturday was one of those days. After getting showered and dressed I marched down to my laundry/utility room and cleaned the heck out of it. I dropped off three large boxes full of things we haven’t used in years at a local donation center. It felt soooo good to purge! After that we went to see The Muppets Most Wanted. It was a great movie. It was perfect for all ages. After the movie we met a friend of mine for an early dinner. I have passed by this place a million times too! The food was good but what I loved was the Salsa Bar they had.
This was only about one-fourth of the salsa bar. Decisions, decisions!
When I cook I like to cook in large quantity. I think it just makes it easier so that there are leftovers or so that if someone stops by they can have lunch or dinner with us. This Meatball Sub Casserole is tasted just like a sub sandwich!
This is a great casserole to serve to a crowd. Just add a salad or a side to it and you are set. The gooey cheese was super gooey!
Meatball Sub Casserole
- loaf of white bread, cut into 1-inch thick slices. (I used French bread)
- 1-lb. pkg. fully cooked frozen meatballs ( made my one meatballs)
- 1 jar pasta sauce
- 1 8oz package cream cheese
- 1/2 cup 0% greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- ) Preheat oven to 350.
- 2) In medium sauce pan, place a few table spoons of water, sauce and meatballs. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until meatballs are warmed.
- Place bread slices in an ungreased 9×13 baking dish.
- Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, and seasonings.
- Spread cheese mixture over bread slices. Sprinkle 1 cup mozzarella. Spoon meat & sauce over bread. Sprinkle cheese.
- Bake uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Pretty easy, huh?
Recipe source chefrecipes