Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pepper Steak and Veggies

I'm at a loss for what to call this. It's really good. It's sort of a mix between pepper steak and stir fry. Everyone loved it. Please adjust the amount of beef for the size of your family. I used about 3 and a half pounds of beef, but you can use more or less.

  • 2-3 lbs stir fry steak cut into strips

  • 3 bell peppers cut into thin strips

  • 1 large white onion cut into strips

  • 3 cloves garlic chopped

  • 1 large zucchini cut into pieces

  • 2 cans diced tomatoes

  • 1 small can tomato paste

  • 1 can beef broth

  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

  • salt, pepper and cooking spray

Spray a large pan with cooking spray. Salt and pepper steak and brown the steak pieces. Remove from pan and move to a large pot or crock pot set on low. Saute garlic in pan then add into pot with steak. Add chopped onions and peppers to the skillet with some more cooking spray. Cook until softened then add into pot with steak. Quickly saute zucchini in pan with cooking spray and then add to pot. In the pot add in beef broth, soy sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and corn starch to thicken. Cover and let cook for 1-2 hours. Enjoy over quinoa or brown rice.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Buffalo Chicken Cheeseburgers

Warning: These are delicious! They are so easy and a perfect recipe in time for summer! I made these for non WLS folks today and people raved about them.

  • 1 lb ground chicken

  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped

  • 4 oz crumbled blue cheese

  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder

For the sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons buffalo wing sauce, I used Frank's ( add more or less for desired heat)

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

Mix chicken, bacon, blue cheese and chili powder together. Form into 1/2 inch thick patties. I got 5 out of a pound. Cook on grill, broiler or on the stove top. We grilled ours. Make sure you cook them through because it is chicken and not beef. For the sauce mix the hot sauce and ketchup. This combo is awesome. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Coconut Lemon Tilapia

Woo Hoo the weather is getting so nice!! New Jersey had a record amount of snow this year with a nor eastern and 3 blizzards. It was so awesome to see it in the 70's today! This inspired me to make a delicious seafood dish. Tilapia was on sale. I walked through other random aisles and came up with this recipe.

  • 2 lbs tilapia or any other white flakey fish

  • 1 can coconut milk, unsweetened

  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 Tablespoon lemon pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 lb carrots, sliced and chopped

  • 1 bag frozen sugar snap peas

  • 1 lb chopped mushrooms

In a large baking dish add tilapia in one layer. In a separate bowl mix together coconut milk, lemon juice, lemon pepper, salt, garlic powder and parsley. Dump mixture over fish. Marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator, flipping once at 30 minutes. After the hour remove fish from pan. Add in all the veggies and mix them up in the marinade. Place fish on top of veggies. Sprinkle the top with additional salt, pepper and parsley. Bake in a 350 degree over for 25-30 minutes.

This is SO good. My 12 year old brother ate it. He does not eat anything not battered and fried. And he liked it!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mexican Meat Loaf

I love meatloaf and mexican food. I made this once before but I made some modifications. This meatloaf is so moist and yummy!!

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef or ground turkey

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

  • 1/2 cup salsa, your favorite kind (plus some for top)

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or shredded mexican cheese

  • 1/2 a can black beans, drained

  • 1 small can corn, drained

  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 Tablespoon cumin powder

  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

  • a few grinds of black pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients in large bowl and mix well. Form loaf. Use extra salsa and spread on top after loaf is formed. Place on foil lined baking sheet and cook for an hour.