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Monthly Archives: February 2017

No sauce required beef brisket

I don’t know what was more fun either preparing this brisket the day before it had to be slowly cooked in the crockpot for this Sunday Savory Beef Brisket or when I tossed everything into the marvelous machine the next morning.

Oh well lol, but what I do know is that this brisket recipe in my newest favorite. It’s savory and super duper juicy. I’m not kidding either. Here’s my proof when I took my first bite the meat just literally melted in my mouth. I mean it’s so moist and tasty that sauce isn’t even required.

This smoky meat will instantly become a family favorite.

Sunday Savory Beef Brisket

Ingredients

1 4-lb beef brisket
1/4 C packed brown sugar
2 Tbsps smoked paprika
2 Tbsps onion powder
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1/3 C Bragg all purpose seasoning
1 Tbsp Chili powder
1 Tbsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
One red onion
Four russet potatoes, rinsed, peeled and cut into chunks
Three large carrots, washed, peeled, cut into 2-inch chunks
Three stalks celery washed, cut into-2 inch chunks

Directions

1. in a small bowl prepare the spice rub by combining the sugar, paprika, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
Place the meat onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper and rub the spice mixture evenly all over the brisket and flipping it over a few times to get good coverage.

2. Next, carefully put the meat into a container and pour 1/3 cup of Bragg all over the beef. Be sure it’s evenly covered. Then seal it tight with the lid and place the container with the meat inside in the fridge, leave it overnight. Also, to save time cut all of your veggies the night before and put them in airtight containers or Ziploc bags.

3. The next morning grab your 6-quart slow cooker/crockpot insert and put the meat into your slow cooker. Next, Add all of your veggies on top Do not add water. Cover and cook on low for eight to ten hours or until breaks apart easily with a fork.

Source 365 Slow Cooker Suppers `

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Coming up this week on cooking with

Crispy Southwest Warps

Crock pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

Famous Butter Chicken
Roasted Broccoli And Cauliflower Recipe With Parmesan & Garlic

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 Slow-Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

 

Slow-Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

1 to 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or a blend
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
1 C chicken stock, divided, plus more if required
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
1 tsp cumin
1 C brown rice, not quick cooking rice
1 15-oz can Goya black beans, drained and rinsed
1 C frozen corn

Optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, diced avocado, salsa, hot sauce, diced green onions, shredded lettuce

Directions

1. Add the chicken breasts, diced tomatoes, one and a half cup of chicken stock, chili powder, salt, and cumin in the dish of a 2 1/2- to 4-quart crockpot. Make certain the chicken is covered, and combine additional stock if required. Cover with the lid and cook on low for three to four hours.

2. Lift the lid and combine the rice, black beans, frozen corn, and the remaining chicken broth. Return the lid and continue cooking on high for another three to four hours. Examine the rice regularly in the last hour of cooking, stirring a few times to make certain the rice cooks evenly and adding more chicken broth if the mixture seems dry. Cooking is finished when the rice is tender — if the rice is finished while there is still liquid left in the slow cooker, remove the lid and continue to cook on high to let the liquid evaporate.

→ Total cooking time from start to finish is six to eight hours.

Use two forks to shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces. You can do this in the slow cooker itself and then mix it into the rice, or you can carry the chicken to a cutting board if you prefer to keep it separate. Taste the burrito mix and stir in more salt or other seasonings to taste.

Serve burrito bowls with a variety of toppings. The burrito mixture will last for one week refrigerated or three months in the freezer. This recipe makes about seven total cups of burrito mix.

Source  The kitchn

Court’s Cooking notes to prepare the rice separately: If you are not going to be home to combine the rice to the slow cooker, you can skip this step and cook it separately on the stove just before serving (use these directions). To modify the recipe, combine the chicken, diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup of stock, and spices in the slow cooker and cook for six to eight hours on low. Add the black beans and corn, and cook for another 1/2 hour, or until warmed through, while you’re cooking the rice (omit the remaining chicken stock)

The recipe with an incredibly long title

I know that is off topic, but do you want to know something cool? Well, two things lol. Next month will make it a year since I began blogging and I am twenty blog posts away from two hundred. I am in the process of creating a list of random recipes that I want to cook for that number of days. When I complete my list of recipes, and when March rolls around I am going to celebrate my accomplishment. I am excited! Do you have any recipe ideas I should try?

Now onto today’s recipe!

So to start things off with this 20 recipes for 20 days, my first dish that
I prepared was this Tortellini with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes in a Rich Garlicky Parmesan Cream Sauce. The preparation overall was relatively easy except for one thing, and that was slicing up the spinach. Why you might ask??? As my knife cutting skills are improving each day; I found the process of cutting up the spinach rather slow and time-consuming lol. However, I was determined to persevere through this hurdle. The result of my determination finally did pay off. After I had finished the job, I did a little happy dance.

My advice to speed up the process of slicing the spinach to somewhat of a degree is I grabbed small bunch of the spinach and piled them on top of each other and sliced them all at once. I repeated the process until I was finished with the job.

This pasta dish is so creamy and unbelievably delicious that you’ll practically forget that it’s entirely meatless. Cheese tortellini is tossed in a smooth Parmesan cream sauce with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. An easy dinner ready in less than thirty minutes!

Tortellini with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes in a Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb Buitoni three cheese tortellini
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 ¼ C heavy cream
½ tsp salt
⅓ C grated Parmesan cheese
5 oz baby spinach, thinly sliced
1 (7-oz) jar sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. While the tortellini is cooking, make the sauce. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Combine the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, approximately one minute.

2. Combine the flour and stir until it has absorbed into the melted butter becomes a paste and begins to smell nutty. Gradually mix in the heavy cream (at first, the mixture will be thick and chunky, but it will smooth and thin out), next combine the salt and Parmesan cheese.

3. Allow simmering until thickened, approximately five minutes. Mix in the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, then carry the cooked and drained tortellini to the pan, gently stirring to coat the tortellini with the sauce. Serve hot.

Source Brown Eyed Baker

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Juicy Baked Chicken

Last week I learned how to do a new cooking skill called brining, I did it for this Juicy Baked Chicken Breast that I cooked for my family and desperately wanted to try. I am so glad that I did because the chicken was unbelievably delicious. I want to show you what brining is and how to do it.

What is brining??? Brining is the process of immersing a piece of meat in a brine solution, which is only salt dissolved in water. The meat absorbs extra liquid and salt, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful final dish. This method is particularly perfect for lean cuts of meat that tend to dry out during cooking!

The method does seem complicated but to tell you the truth it really isn’t all that hard. I promise! 🙂

How do you brine? Place the meat or chicken in this case into a container and fill it with water until meat is covered and pour a few tablespoons of sea salt into the water. Next, you can let the meat sit in the container/bowl for ten minutes at room temperature, or seal it tight and place it in the fridge for up to eight hours or overnight.

What are some other cooking methods you would like to learn?

Juicy Baked Chicken Breast

Ingredients

Brined chicken

Four large Chicken breasts
2 tbsp Sea salt

Preparation

4 tsp Olive oil
4 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp Garlic powder
Sea salt Black pepper

Directions

How to brine the chicken breasts, place them in a large dish with enough water to cover them. Combine sea salt and stir to dissolve mostly. Let them sit for ten minutes at room temperature, or for up to one day in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking pan with foil and lightly grease it.

Pat dry the chicken and place onto the previously prepared lined baking sheet. Coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning (1/2 teaspoon on each side), garlic powder (1/4 teaspoon on each side), sea salt, and black pepper to taste. Copy on the other side.

Bake for twenty- twenty five minutes, until firm and no longer pink.

Source wholesome mum

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Coming up this week 

Slow Cooker Sunday Beef Brisket 

Tortellini in parmesan cream sauce with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes 

Slow-Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Fun and relaxing munchie is gonna be It’s a surprise!!! 😊

A twist on Buffalo wings

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites tastes so much like the favorite chicken Buffalo wings but is a healthy vegetarian alternative and perfect for a light snack.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Ingredients

One head cauliflower
1/2 C flour
1/2 C water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 C Frank’s Buffalo sauce
2 Tbsp butter, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Heavily grease a baking dish with butter or non-stick cooking spray.

Separate the cauliflower into bite sized chunks. In a large bowl, mix flour, water, olive oil, garlic powder and salt until well combined. Combine cauliflower and gently toss to coat each piece evenly. Transfer coated cauliflower to the previously prepared baking dish and bake in preheated oven for fifteen minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time. Remove from oven. In a large bowl, combine hot sauce and melted butter.

Add partially baked cauliflower and gently toss to spread evenly. Return cauliflower to the baking sheet and continue cooking for an additional twenty-twenty five minutes, turning once, until pieces start to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and serve hot with blue cheese dressing and fresh celery sticks.

Source Self Proclaimed Foodie

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Frozen Food Storage

Have you ever wondered how long you could store certain foods in the freezer or do you look into your freezer for some chicken or a veggie and find that freezer burn has ruined what you’re looking for due to it being in the fridge too long? If you have answered one or both questions well then today’s lucky day because today I am going to show you what and how long and how to properly store certain foods in the freezer, by sharing with you an infographic covering frozen food storage that I designed.

frozen-food-sto_19616871_306e0fb747a4cb4ee9b1a11dc0ee1c5de4199ac5.jpegNotes: Always be sure to put a label and the date on the item(s) before you place them in the fridge.

 

Peanut Butter Pork Chops

 

Peanut Butter Pork Chops

Ingredients

4-6 Pork chops

1 onion, sliced into thin rings

4 garlic cloves minced

3/4 C creamy peanut butter

1/3 C  honey

1/3 C  Bragg or low sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar

Directions

Use a 4 or 6-quart slow cooker. Separate the onion rings and place them into the insert. In a medium bowl combine the garlic, peanut butter, honey, Bragg, and vinegar. Stir until well combined. Smear this mixture on each side of the pork chops -it will be pretty thick. Add the chops to the insert. Cover and cook on low for five to six hours or on high for approximately three to four hours.

Source 365 Slow Cooker Suppers `

 

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Meat Lovers Casserole

As this 30-day healthy eating challenge comes to an end, I thought I would make a somewhat unhealthy meal to celebrate the accomplishment that I ate rather healthy for thirty days lol. On a scale 1-10, one being bad and ten being amazing I would give myself a six for the challenge overall. Although this is not the end of eating healthy for me, I still am going to try hard to make healthier food choices.

Anyway, to commemorate my accomplishment, I chose to make this tasty Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole. I am not a huge fan of Casseroles because most of them require a lot of work, and they are high in carbs, but this one, however, doesn’t have as many carbs.
It only has 4.4g of carbs and 3.8g per serving. Ha, isn’t that just awesome? You won’t have to feel as guilty after eating this delicious dish. And oh, let’s not forget about cooking/work because well to tell you the truth making this casserole was easy as 1-2-3.

Do you need an easy ground beef casserole to serve your family or friends? Well, then you should feed them this savory, and tangy dish. They will enjoy this simple low carb bacon cheeseburger casserole.

Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs ground beef or 1lb low carb pork sausage + 1lb ground beef
2 garlic cloves minced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 lb bacon cooked and chopped
8 eggs
One can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 C heavy cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
12 oz grated cheddar cheese divided

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a large baking sheet with foil and grease it with cooking spray.

1. Cook and brown the ground beef with the garlic and onion powder.
Discard excess grease then spread beef onto the bottom of the previously prepared baking pan. Combine bacon pieces into the cooked beef.Combine bacon pieces into the cooked beef.

2. In a medium bowl, mix with eggs, tomato paste, heavy cream, salt, and pepper until well combined. Mix in eight ounces shredded cheese into egg mixture. Pour the egg mixture over beef and bacon. Top with remaining four ounces of grated cheese. Bake for thirty-thirty five minutes or until golden brown on top.

Source low-carb yum

 

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