So, tonight for dinner I made a new (to me) one. The wife has made it several times and it’s always a hit with the kids. I think her original recipe was entitled Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers. This takes out a bit of the spice and she’s not a huge fan of black beans (which I would have included). Everything here came from Aldi, except the slices of white American cheese. We just had that on hand, and no shredded cheese. It worked well.
Our 3 year old daughter wolfed down about a pepper and a half worth of filling, skipping the outer pepper for some reason. (She would possibly eat it all, or just the reverse tomorrow.) She said that we should have it every night for dinner. I noted that she really likes these, and her mom’s homemade Manwich-like sloppy joes, and that we should start a food truck that specializes in ground meat and call it “Ground Around Town.” She said we have to paint it pink. I asked if she wanted to cook or wash dishes. She chose cooking.
Out of all the stuff you think kids might be picky about, they gobble this up. (3 yo & 18mo). I like these better than the more traditional meatball w/ rice stuffed in a green pepper & covered in spaghetti sauce or tomato soup. For some reason, I can dig the rice & ground meat mixed… but I do not like rice in meatballs. The red, yellow, & orange peppers are very sweet too. I like them more than the green ones. Also, if you mention that you like your peppers stuffed with sausage, you can just close this tab and move on.
These were really easy to make…
All I did was…
Cook the rice & set it aside. I used the liquid from the can of tomatoes & a beef bullion cube in the water.
Cut the tops off of the peppers, pull out seeds & weird white stuff off of the inside. (Bethany parboils them first, I didn’t. I liked them a bit crunchier.)
Brown the ground beef, season to taste. I added onion powder, garlic powder, & seasoned-salt. (We have also used ground turkey for this. It’s delicious.)
Mix the fire-roasted diced tomatoes into the ground meat after draining the fat off.
Mix the rice & beef/tomatoes together.
Put the peppers in a glass baking dish. Pack the peppers with the tasty rice & beef goodness. Two didn’t stand up well on their own, so I made little foil stands.
I cooked them in a preheated oven at 375° for 20 minutes, then added the slices of cheese for 5 minutes.
Like I said, Bethany parboils the peppers so they’re a bit softer, so she cooks it at 325° for 20-25 minutes.
Next time, if I make this, I may cook the rice in tomato paste or other tomato flavoring, and add the black beans. Not sure what the kids would think. Maybe a little bit of heat would be nice too? This reminds me of Spanish rice in a pepper.
Do you make anything similar? Do you do stuffed peppers a different way? Do you stuff acorn squash like this? Do you do different seasonings? Make ’em meatless? (Toasted garbanzo beans & black beans might be really good in this!) Let me know in the comments!
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This is an incredibly easy & delicious dinner or lunch.
Well, the name’s misleading. Sometimes it’s not exactly nine cans. I’ll give you the recipe as it was given to me…
Nine Can Vegetable Soup
- 2 cans Hormel chili, any variety
- 1 can vegetable soup
- 1 can green beans
- 1 can sliced new potatoes
- 1 can mixed vegetables
- 1 can corn
- 2 cans diced tomatoes (for extra kick, use a can of tomatoes with green chiles in place of one can of diced tomatoes).
Optional: 1lb ground meat*
Dump the entire contents of every can into the crockpot – liquid and
*Brown turkey or beef and drain and add to veggies in crockpot. Heat on low all day, or on high for less than 2 hours.
Well, sometimes I do it like this…
- Hormel Chili with Beans
- Hormel Chili with No Beans
- Campbell’s Beef With Barley & Vegetables Soup
- Campbell’s Vegetable Beef Soup
- Cut Green & Wax Beans
- Diced New Potatoes
- Succotash (Corn & Lima Beans)
- Mixed Vegetables with Potatoes
- Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, & Oregano
- Petit Diced Tomatoes
I didn’t take this picture, or make this soup. This is pretty much what it looks like though. (athomewithkim.com)
Sometimes I add other stuff. I think I’ve put in Garbanzo Beans, Mexicorn, or
the diced tomatoes with jalapeño or chili peppers, and even plain old navy or black beans. Sometimes I dump some of the liquid of the cans out. I like thick soup.
I’ve used ground beef & ground turkey… both work really well. I’m sure a vegetarian version of this would be easy to make. (Hormel makes a vegetarian chili, you can get vegetarian vegetable soup from Campbell’s, & the ground tofu, seitan, or tempeh would work well… or you could just add more beans or vegetables.)
I just put it into the crock pot on low all day. Dinner’s ready when you get home!
I like to have it with homemade bread, or over biscuits like a pot pie. If you’re camping and have a mountain pie iron or if you have en electric sandwich maker that seals the edges you can add some flour to thicken it up or strain it a little to make incredible filling.
I also like the tiny saltine crackers.
A any rate, we make some & it lasts a while… as a main dish, or a side with sandwiches. It freezes & re-heats easily.
Do you make something like this?
What are some good soup recipes or easy crock-pot recipes?
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Want 13 of these?
OK. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I have an entire case (& a little more) of Arby’s delicious Bronco Berry Sauce just taking up space in my dining room. I would eat it all if I could, but it’s probably not an achievable (or wise) goal. Sadly, my Bronco Berry Sauce will have to go without its perfect partner Arby’s delicious Jalapeño Bites… as they have not yet returned to the menu here in Pittsburgh. Perhaps there is still reason to Occupy Arby’s even if Hala asked me nicely not to?
I’m left with a few tasks… figuring out what to do with the sauce besides dunking Tyson’s chicken tenders in it, and trying to pawn some off on friends, family, and maybe even a busker. It expires in June, and I’d hate for any (more) to go to waste.
I was thinking it may make an excellent glaze for meatloaf, or even as an internal ingredient. It would also probably be good as a glaze on grilled or baked chicken, but I’m guessing the high sugar content would make it blacken quite quickly. I wonder if it will freeze? A Bronco Berry Popsicle could be either incredible or disastrous. Would there be a way to work it into an icing (or again as an ingredient) in a chocolate cupcake?
My readers and commenters are obviously the most enlightened and intelligent group of people I know, so I’m turning to you for ideas.
I promise to wrap it better than my last gift from Arby's if I need to mail it to you.
Here’s where the contest comes in. Give me your recipe for something including Arby’s Bronco Berry Sauce as an ingredient. You may want to familiarize yourself with it if you’ve never tried it. The name is misleading, it contains no berries or horses. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s awesome. This will be like Chopped or Iron Chef, except instead of TV fame and butt-loads of money the prize is… Let’s say 13 packs of Bronco Berry Sauce, because I like the number 13. Also, I’m not Alton Brown or Ted Allen. If it’s really good, we’ll maybe eventually have to make copycat recipes to continue making the prize winner.
You have until Friday May 4th to get your recipes to me. I’ll post them in a blog, put up a poll, and have the readers vote. We’ll close the poll & pick a winner on May 13th. You can enter multiple times within reason. Voting will happen with the little poll widget here, so encourage your friends, neighbors, family, and even enemies to vote for you.
The only way to enter: You can email your fantastically delicious recipe to email@example.com with the subject containing the hashtag “#Bronco13” & the name of your recipe. We’ll annoy people with it on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, & wherever else hashtags work.
In the event of a tie, both of you will get 13 packets of Bronco Berry Sauce.
What are you waiting for? Get to work!
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So, I made some really easy turkey noodle soup yesterday. It turned out to be pretty delicious, and I lucked out because a lot of the ingredients were on sale.
My cell phone takes absolutely terrible photos, but trust me... this was delicious.
In the morning, I popped 2 turkey breast cutlets into the crock pot, piled on top of chopped baby-cut carrots & celery. I added some a cup of water with a chicken bullion cube… and piled on some spices; Poultry Seasoning, Season All, black pepper, garlic, sage, and parsley. I should have probably added an onion, but I forgot.
8 hours later, I boiled some wide noodles in 2 cans of turkey broth, 2 cans of vegetable broth, and 2 cans of low sodium chicken broth. When the noodles were cooked, I chopped up the turkey boobs, and dumped the contents from the crock pot into the boiling pot of noodles for the soup… I added a little more water, another bullion cube, and simmered for a while.
Result? Rather effortless yet delicious soup.
I found myself wondering if the broth & noodles would have cooked well in the crock pot. Will noodles cook well without the boiling & just the saturation? Would they eventually fall apart if over-cooked?
I’ve also done something similar with a rotisserie chicken… I’ll sauté the carrots, celery, & maybe garlic & onion with some butter in the soup pot, then add chicken and/or vegetable broth, boil the noodles, & add chicken.
How do you make chicken or turkey noodle soup?
How do you make your other favorite kinds of soup?
Have any secret ingredients?
I generally put in cayenne or something else hot… but I’ve been told to cool it with the spices for a while thanks to G.E.R.D. lately. Sometimes I add beer to soups… just because I can. I dunno if it’d go well in chicken or turkey noodle though?
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I’ve been quiet with blogging lately. I’m not all that busy, and I’m certainly not out of things to ramble on about. I guess I’ve just been doing other stuff. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday & any time with friends, family, or time off of work. Today. I was inspired to make a post about buttermilk, and thought I’d get it down before I forgot about it.
Charlie’s Old Fashioned Buttermilk
I like buttermilk. Occasionally, when at the grocery store… something hits me that says I want buttermilk. Much to my wife’s dismay, I listen. Buttermilk is an acquired taste to say the least. Most people any more seem to see it as a cooking ingredient. It makes great pancakes, ranch dressing, and mashed potatoes. It’s a good dredge for breading. It’s good in many recipes. But, it’s also a delicious drink.
Generally I prefer Charlie’s Old Time Buttermilk (by Turner’s) or Country Charm Cultured Buttermilk (by Dean’s). Uncle Charlie’s has the tiny added butter flecks. If you like things like sour cream, cottage cheese, or stinky cheeses… you may also like buttermilk. (Maybe if you like yogurt too… but I personally hate yogurt.) You may like it only after your first couple of tries, like beer or coffee.
No, it’s not higher in fat than regular milk like you’d expect. It’s good for you.
I don’t remember not liking buttermilk, but there aren’t many of “us” out there. My parents always drank it, my grandparents drank it. I was used to it forever I guess. It’s delicious, and now something I crave like a special treat. I’ve had people make horrible faces after trying it. I’ve had people swear at me, and even hit me after letting them try it. This is how you man up (no offense to ladies, the dairy-allergic, or the lactose intolerant) & drink buttermilk the right way:
- Get a nice tall glass. (I like a nice beer mug or even a really tall weizen or pilsner glass.)
- Pour in just enough buttermilk to cover the bottom.
- Add salt & pepper to cover a good portion of the top of the buttermilk. (Paprika like on old-school diner cottage cheese if you’re fancy.)
- Pour buttermilk to the top of glass. Top off with more salt & pepper if desired.
- Make the first gulp obnoxiously large.
- Make a refreshing “ahhh” sigh.
- Enjoy the rest at a relaxed pace.
…or just drink straight from the tiny jug or carton if you’re a barbarian.
Tall glass of buttermilk
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I can’t wait to make stuffing again. It’s ridiculously tasty. I love the carb overload. Maybe I will get those goggles, and I need to pick up some Yuengling. A week from tonight, I should be in the process of creating this awesomeness.
I’ll show you my stuffing recipe if you show me yours.
How do you do it?
Maybe this year, I’ll try to make some Potato Filling too. There are a bunch of recipes for it out there. Maybe stuffing balls would be good… Now I’m hungry.
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