Thursday, November 15, 2012

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

I adapted this recipe off of a blog called Skinny Taste.  I changed it a bit, but the original is over there.  We love stuffed cabbage and are excited for this easier recipe with similar flavors! -Kristin

1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 tsp. ground thyme
1 teaspoon paprika
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large head green cabbage, coarsely chopped
3 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

  • Cook ground beef with diced onion.  Drain and rinse.
  • Add cooked beef and onion back to the pan and add the minced garlic.  Cook for a minute.
  • Then add the thyme and paprika.  Cook for 1 minute.
  • Then add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and salt.  Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in large pan or pot.  Add the chopped cabbage and cook and stir often for about 20 minutes until the cabbage is mostly softened. 
  • Add salt and pepper to taste to the cabbage. (If you have any Penzy's Forward this is great added too)
  • After about 20 minutes stir in the cooked brown rice to the tomato mixture.
  • Grease a lasagna dish.
  • Place cabbage evenly on the bottom.
  • Top that with tomato mixture.
  • Cover tightly with foil.
  • Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle the mozzarella over.
  • Bake an additional 10 or so until cheese is bubbly.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Well, the name says it all!  Oatmeal, coconut, chocolate and pecans all in one cookie.  I wrote this recipe down and don't remember where it came from.  These cookies are great...I love the coconut, pecan and chocolate combination!! -Kristin

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (can use sweetened if desired)
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

  • Beat butter and sugars together until creamy.
  • Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. 
  • Beat in dry ingredient mixture to the butter mixture.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sausage and Bean Goulash

This is a hearty and yummy and perfect for a lunch or dinner!  I changed this recipe quite a bit from the original to make it stretch for our family.  If you don't have time do use the dried beans, just stir in canned white beans at the end of cooking time.  You can't go wrong with this combination! -Kristin

1 pound ground pork bulk sausage
1 cup dried white beans, cooked according to package directions
1 medium onion, diced
3 medium carrot, diced
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
8-9 cups chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste 
2-3 cups ditalini pasta, or any small pasta
1/3-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 

  • Cook sausage.  Drain and rinse sausage and set aside.
  • Heat 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil and saute the onion and carrot for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and saute another minute.
  • Add remaining ingredients except the Parmesan cheese.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cover. 
  • Cook until noodles are tender.  About 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese and adjust the salt and pepper.