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Beef & Rice Bowl

I think we’ve all got one of those go-to recipes – the kind where you always have all the ingredients on hand, doesn’t take long to cook and doesn’t take a lot of effort to put together. Not counting boxed dinners (hellooooo tacos!), this is mine. I literally don’t have a recipe for it, and it doesn’t really need one…but I wrote one up anyway! Next time you’ve got some odds and ends kicking around in the vegetable drawer, grab some rice and some ground beef – you’ve got dinner!

the lineup

the lineup

Here’s what you need – change it up however you like! Grab your favourite veggies and spices, anything goes in this recipe.

chop it up

chop it up

Chop the veggies in a pretty small dice. I just got a new knife, I’m getting better…haha.

start your rice

start your rice

Depending on how far you want to stretch your dinner, make 1 to 2 cups of rice. I think 1 cup works the best, and it should give you about 4 servings.

fry time

fry time

Once the rice is on, start frying up your beef. Don’t be like me and forget to add your spices…yeah. I generally like to add them after the meat just starts to brown up a bit, but do what you like. This time I forgot them until the very end, which kind of sucked. 😐

throw the veggies in

throw the veggies in

After the meat is about halfway browned, add your veggies. You might want to add the onion and garlic first to soften it up, and add the rest later to keep them crisp. Personally, I like everything to be about the same consistency on this one, so I just add everything at once. See? I said this recipe was super flexible!

almost there

almost there

Once your rice is done, take it off the heat and let it stand for a few minutes, while the beef cooks the rest of the way. I don’t screw around with ground beef – cook it well, every time! Oh – and hopefully you manage your rice better than I do…mine boiled over more than once, haha. Once everything’s ready, throw the beef mixture into the pot with the rice, and mix well!

yeah, you probably don't want to serve this when company's coming over

yeah, you probably don't want to serve this when company's coming over

That’s it! If you’ve got some parsley, chop it up and throw it on to try and make this look a little fancier. So it doesn’t look all that exciting, but trust me – it tastes good, it’s pretty healthy, and it reheats perfectly when you take it to work for lunch. Not bad! By the way – a little soy sauce is great on it too!

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1 tbsp olive oil
1lb lean ground beef
1-2 cups chopped veggies, such as onion, peppers, broccoli, carrots, etc.
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 cup rice (uncooked)
Italian seasoning (1-2 tsp or to taste)
seasoning salt (1 tsp or to taste)
crushed red pepper flakes (1/2 tsp or to taste)
fresh parsley, for garnish

1. Cook rice according to package directions.
2. While rice is cooking, heat olive oil in frying pan, and cook ground beef for about 3 minutes.
3. Add chopped vegetables, garlic, and spices to beef. Stir often and continue cooking until beef is fully browned and cooked through.
4. When rice is cooked, remove from heat and add beef and vegetable mixture to the pot and mix thoroughly.
5. Sprinkle with parsley and soy sauce to serve.

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Ultimate Shepherd’s Pie

I love shepherd’s pie. I was really feeling like having it for dinner last week, but I had never made it for myself before (well, unless you count my “attempt” at a frozen version – read about that experience here). So I flipped through my two favourite recipe books looking for a recipe. Surprisingly, I didn’t fine one! But of course, I got one easily enough online…and it turned out to be the best shepherd’s pie I’ve ever had!

It all starts with my favourite ingredient – potato.

oh my favourite

oh my favourite

That being said, I hate peeling them. Anyway, there’s more peeling and chopping ahead, so might as well get on with it.

carrots, onion & garlic

carrots, onion & garlic

Now you’re ready to throw the potatoes in to boil, and start sauteing the vegetables.

everything's on

everything's on

After a few minutes of sauteing the veg, add the ground beef. I usually cook beef first, but this seemed to work fine, and I knew it would be baked after. Otherwise I’m pretty careful at making sure the beef is totally brown before adding additional ingredients.

ground beef joins in

ground beef joins in

Check your potatoes around this time…they should be done boiling after about 15-20 minutes or so. Drain and return them to the pot.

potatoes about to be mashed

potatoes about to be mashed

Before you get to mashing those things and making them about a million times better with some certain ingredients, do a couple more steps with your meat mixture. Add in the Worcestershire sauce and peas (as the recipe called for, or corn if you’re like me and are not a big fan of peas).

it's smelling pretty good at this point

it's smelling pretty good at this point

Ok, back to the potato. Here’s where it gets good! Add some chives, milk, butter, and CREAM CHEESE. Yes, it makes these potatoes awesome! All I had on hand was herb & garlic cream cheese and I think it might have been even better than plain. It’s only a couple tablespoons worth, but next time I think I’m going to double it 😉

it's hard to mash with a plastic spoon

it's hard to mash with a plastic spoon

Yeah, I think I actually threw my back out trying to mash like this. Trust me, I’ve since bought a proper masher!

first layer

first layer

Now it’s time to start layering in the baking dish…meat goes in first, and then the potatoes.

potatoes on, time to bake

potatoes on, time to bake

I ended up a little short on the potato…it called for four, but the ones I had were pretty big so I only used three. I think I should have used all of them.

can't wait to eat

can't wait to eat

And that’s it! Best Shepherd’s Pie ever. Also a quick note – you won’t be seeing much more of those ugly green plates. We did a little more kitchen shopping recently (which included a dishwasher….HOORAY!) and got some much nicer plates. They’ll be showing up soon!

Now, for the recipe – it’s over here at 1001recipe.com. I’ve written it out as well and included my modifications.

1 lb ground beef or lamb
1/2 cup frozen green peas
(I substituted corn)
1/4 cup chopped carrot
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, diced
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, or your favourite steak sauce
(I increased this to 4 Tbsp to increase the flavour – I would definitely recommend doing so, 2 Tbsp won’t add much)
4 potatoes, peeled and chopped for boiling
1 Tbsp onion spring, chopped
(I am guessing this is the same as green onion. I didn’t have any fresh, so I used dried chives – worked great)
1-2 Tbsp cream cheese
(I used herb & garlic flavoured, it was excellent)
1-2 Tbsp milk
2-3 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 F.

1. Boil potatoes in salted water for 15 min or till tender.

2. Meanwhile, saute chopped onion, carrots and garlic with vegetable oil in a frying pan for 5 min.

3. Add ground meat and saute for 10 min until no longer pink. Add salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce and cook for 5 more min. Add frozen peas and cook 2-3 more min.

4. Mash hot potatoes and melt butter with them. Add milk, chopped onion springs and cream cheese. Use a spoon to mix them well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Transfer meat to a baking dish and cover with mashed potatoes.

6. Cook in 400 F preheated oven for 30 min until crisp on top.

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Something Quick – Tacos in a Box

For something that comes out of a box, this was a pretty good dinner! It was a nice change, and without a doubt – super easy to put together.

the picture on the box DEFIES GRAVITY!

the picture on the box DEFIES GRAVITY!

First of all – I guess I should have known what I was getting into. There it is, right on the box, a taco falling over. Yes, we will never again buy these ones – we’ll only be buying the ones with a flat bottom so they can stand up while we fill it! The one thing this box doesn’t show? The fact that everything in the taco falls out all over the place…it doesn’t just sit in there politely while the taco is CLEARLY on it’s side. Hmmmm. 😉

simple stuff

simple stuff

I chose to add some onion in with the beef, might go with some green pepper next time as well, just to add something different.

probably my favourite part

probably my favourite part

dinner's ready

dinner's ready

Sadly I forgot to buy lettuce – my favourite thing to put on tacos! So I just chopped up some tomato, found some shredded cheese & sour cream, and…the stuff in the little bag came in the box is supposed to be “sauce” – I call ketchup. Ketchup with a bit of spice. Not all that appetizing on a taco, especially when the meat is pretty heavily seasoned.

pretty messy stuff (check out that flash, too)

pretty messy stuff (check out that flash, too)

Not bad for a night when you don’t feel like cooking a lot! But yeah – get the ones with the flat bottom 🙂

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Sorry Company’s Coming Casseroles. This one was a bust.

Frying beef

Frying beef

Yep, it’s that simple. Chopped some veggies, fried some beef, boiled some noodles.

more chopped veggies

more chopped veggies

Have I mentioned lately how much I don’t like chopping vegetables? I want one of those handy gadgets that chop for you for Christmas. Something like this…

As Seen On TV! (omg that makes it amazing right?)

As Seen On TV! (omg that makes it amazing right?)

Anyway. So you after the noodles are boiled (very al dente), stick them in a casserole dish.

noodles

noodles

Throw the veggies in the with ground beef and continue frying. And not that the recipe calls for it, but for God’s sake, add some spice or something just so there’s SOME flavour going on there.

ground beef mix

ground beef mix

But you might want to check what sort of pasta sauce you have first so you don’t overload the spices…haha. I forgot that all I had was the extra spicy stuff that had been relegated to the back of the cupboard because nobody wanted it.

looks pretty boring but...it's actually pretty HOT

looks pretty boring but...it's actually pretty HOT

So mix the pasta sauce with some grated parmesan and a touch of Worcestershire sauce, then add on top of the ground beef mix.

now if that's not exciting...

now if that's not exciting...

Yep, that’s it. Looks like a mystery casserole. No-one knows what lurks beneath…and nobody really cares enough to bother finding out, either.

want some? no? are you sure?

want some? no? are you sure?

Oh, so that’s what’s in there. It’s basically exactly what I do anytime I just make some pasta with sauce from a jar (add some beef, veggies and extra seasoning). Except now it’s been baked which really didn’t add anything extra to the final dish. Maybe the next recipe out of Casseroles will be better…

So I make it up to you with some cookies, which I baked just so I could feel like I accomplished something after the blah casserole.

ingredients

ingredients

Hard to believe that turns into cookies, sort of…

mmm chocolate

mmm chocolate

After you’ve mixed in the flour, add the chocolate chips.

PERFECT!

PERFECT!

And finally…perfectly baked cookies, NOT burnt or anything! YES! I think I figured out the problem anyway; I think my oven runs a little hot. Probably after a couple years of frustration.

According to Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, these are “The Best Cooky of 1935 to 1940 – Chocolate Chip Cookies”. As if I need to post the recipe! Everyone knows this one! Here it is anyway, just in case you live under a rock.

New Cooky Sweeps The Nation – This luscious cooky from the New England Toll House, Witman, Mass., enjoyed immediate and continuing popularity. It was introduced to homemakers in 1939 on our radio series “Famous Foods from Famous Places.”

2/3 cup shortening (I used butter, it worked well)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups Gold Medal Flour
1/2 tsp soda
(I assumed this meant baking soda, I have to be honest but I wasn’t sure!)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts
(I replaced these with white chocolate chips)
1 pkg or 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate pieces (1 cup)

Heat oven to 375 F. Mix shortening, sugars, egg, and vanilla thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping methord or by sifting. (For a softer, rounded cookie, add 1/4 cup more flour [I did not]). Stir dry ingriedents together; blend in. Mix in nuts and chocolate pieces. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough about 2″ apart on ungreased baking sheet. (Cookies should still be soft.) Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet. Makes 4-5 dozen 2″ cookies. (Uh, microscopic cookies? I don’t know what world they were living in. I got about 30.)

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