Monday, December 1, 2014

Cold Day. Warm Food. {What We Ate}

Hi friends! I have been HORRIBLE at blogging, and my blog has just begun. We are in the process of getting our house sell ready and its taking up all my free time. But I have been keeping up with taking pictures in my kitchen (which we just painted the cabinets and I can't wait for you to see the outcome!) so thought I would share some hot meals we've eaten lately. Seemed fitting since its barely 30º today. Brrrr.


Slow-Cooker Mongolian Beef 
recipe [here]

I served the beef with white rice, steamed broccoli, and frozen spring rolls.

This was delicious! My family loved it. I will definitely be making it again and again and again. Its being added to the rotation. It is so easy to throw together and it cooks really fast. So its something you can throw in the crockpot in the early afternoon.

Next time I make it I will use double the red pepper flakes and use low-sodium soy sauce.


Basic Meat Loaf
[recipe adapted from Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible]

1 pound ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes, drain half liquid
1 cup quick-cooking oats (or more to soak up juice)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard

Preheat oven to 375º. Add all loaf ingredients to a large bowl and mix well with hands. Shape into a loaf and put into a small baking dish (I use a 7x11 pyrex).
In a small bowl, combine all topping ingredients.
Spread the ketchup mixture on top of the loaf and bake for around 1 hour/browned.

Pan-Seared Fresh Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

fresh green beans
2 tablespoons butter
salt and black pepper to taste
sliced almonds.

Melt butter in pan. Add green beans and salt and pepper and cook until tender.
Put almonds in a 375º oven until browned. Watch carefully, happens fast.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes
recipe [here]
*** I used 1/2 heavy cream, 1/2 half and half instead of milk :)


Slow-Cooker White Chili
[recipe from Fix It and Forget It Cookbook]

3 15-ounce cans Great Northern Beans, drained
8 ounce cooked and shredded chicken breasts or a rotisserie chicken
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (any color)
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
3 1/2 cups chicken broth

sour cream
shredded cheddar
tortilla chips

Add all soup ingredients to crockpot and cook on low 8 hours or high 4 hours.
Top with suggested toppings or toppings of your choice. I also like to serve this soup with Pioneer Woman's Jalapeno Cornbread. This simple chili is delicious and healthy.

Hope y'all are staying warm on this cold day. That is, if its cold where you are. I found frozen Wild Rice and Sausage Soup in my freezer this morning, so we are staying put!! I can put off grocery shopping another day. That is a good Monday in my opinion.


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