Posts Tagged ‘Food’

A Recipe

No, the world is not coming to an end. Hell has not frozen over (as far as I know). 😉 I am having to cook a lot on this diet. I did tonight what the husband fears, I made something up. It turned out really well, so I thought I would share. This also has the added benefit, that I can look it up again later if I forget.

Mexican Pot Roast
There are a ton of recipes on the web with this name, but none of them were what I had in mind.

1 piece of beef, at least 1 pound. (I believe the cut I used was London Broil, the actual pot roast looked too fatty.)
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 can black beans undrained
1 small can green chiles undrained
1 jar salsa (I used medium)
1 yellow pepper sliced
1 red pepper sliced
1 bunch green onions chopped
1 zucchini chopped
1 yellow squash chopped
1 eggplant chopped ( I only used 1/2)
a little olive oil

– Pre-heat the oven to 350
– slice and chop all veggies listed above, and put into a large bowl
– add the salsa, green chiles and black beans to the veggies and stir gently until mixed
– set aside
– Lightly coat a pan with olive oil, put on medium heat.
– Brown your piece of beef in the pan for just a few minutes, and pour the taco seasoning on at this time, so it gets seared into the skin (I only used 1/2 the packet)
– Place beef in a dutch oven
– Pour veggie mixture over and around
– Put in the oven for at least an hour. My piece was 1.3 pounds and I did 1 hour & 20 minutes (might have been 5 to 10 minutes too long)
– Serve in large bowls and slice avocado over the top of each bowl

***This mixture is soupy enough that you could use stew meat, and make a stew.***

Sorry about the ugly pic. I promise it tastes good!

Hamburger Pie

It’s a miracle! I am actually posting a recipe. This is a recipe that I originally got from my friend Julia a few years ago. It looks like she got it from a magazine, but there is nothing on my copy to say which one, or I would definitely give some credit. It’s basically a shepherd’s pie. I have modified it by adding more vegetables, replacing the mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower, and coming up with a way to use only two pots instead of four. And I think I fiddled with the Worcestershire sauce measurement, but Julia told me to do that. 🙂

I took a bunch of PW style photos while I was cooking:

The hamburger and onion right at the beginning.

Steaming the cauliflower.

The Veggies have been added!

I want to pause here and say how much I love this pot. Not only is it rockin red, but it can go from stove top to oven to fridge! I’ve only owned a dutch oven type pot for a couple of years. But I really have this “Where have you been all my life?” feeling towards it. Which is pretty unusual, since it has to do with cooking. 😉

I used my food processor!

Right before it goes in the oven.


Here is the recipe:

Hamburger Pie

fresh green beans or frozen if you can’t find fresh
1 pkg. frozen mixed veggies (I usually use corn, peas & carrots)
1 pound ground beef
a tiny bit of olive oil for the pan
½ chopped onion
1 10 3/4-11 oz. can condensed tomato soup
1 tblsp. Worcestershire sauce
¼ t. dried thyme, crushed
¼ t. pepper
mashed cauliflower (use 1 head of cauliflower)

Run cold water over veggies to separate. In a dutch oven cook
meat and onion till meat is brown. Drain (I don’t usually need to drain since I use very lean hamburger.). Stir in all veggies and ¼ to ½ (¼ if you skip the green beans, and ½ if you don’t) cup water into dutch oven. Cook on low, covered, 5-10 min. or till tender. Turn off heat. Stir in soup, Worcestershire, thyme and pepper. Drop mashed cauliflower (directions below) in mounds atop hot mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake covered in 375 degrees oven for 25-30 min. or till hot.
(Dish may be frozen and baked later. Although, I’m unsure about putting a dutch oven in the freezer. See first comment for more info.!)
Serves 4 to 6

Mashed Cauliflower**

Steam cauliflower until tender
run through food processor
add ½ to 1 t. sea salt (depends on how salty you like stuff)
add 2 tblsp. butter
add a splash of milk
Pulse until combined
add to mixture above at this point, if making Hamburger Pie
If you are making mashed cauliflower on it’s own:
Bake in a casserole dish at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

**Mashed cauliflower recipe adapted from the one at Elana’s Pantry.**

For those of you who think that your kids and/or spouses won’t go for the cauliflower substitute – Don’t Tell Them! The husband absolutely hates it when I mess with recipes because he doesn’t think I have a clue in the kitchen (he might be right). Even he had to admit that this tasted good. And he happily ate it as leftovers the next night as well. I hope you make this and it’s a hit!

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