Saturday, January 31, 2015

Winter Food

Quinoa Scramble
Cook quinoa in chicken broth (I boil my chicken bones for 4 or 5 hours after I've deboned it and then strain it to make a thick, healthy broth.) While quinoa is cooking, chop carrots and zucchini and green peppers. Saute in a pan with olive oil. Add in frozen corn and leftover chicken (I had a bit of ham too, so I threw that in). Saute until warm. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over warm quinoa.

Harry Potter Movie Night! 
Miss Molly's Meat Pies 
(the easy way)
Ground beef, ketchup and cheese
grilled quesadilla style on a flour tortilla
Carrot Wands
and POPCORN of course

Korean Beef
I found this recipe on Pinterest, but can't access it today for some reason. It is a welcome change from our usual fare. I added black rice and mixed asian frozen vegetables.
Here it is from the best of my memory:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup brown sugar (I thought it was really sweet--you could probably do less)
1/4 cup soy sauce ( I put a little bit more)
1/4 teaspoon ginger
chopped garlic to taste
1/4-1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons oil
Heat oil in pan, add chopped garlic and ground beef. Cook until all pink is gone. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger and hot pepper flakes. Stir and heat through. Add frozen vegetables, cook until tender crisp. Add rice cooked to package directions.
P.S. If you cook your beef in batches and your rice in batches, this is a 10 minute meal! I usually cook 5 or 6 pounds of ground beef at a time, either on medium low on the stove or in the crock pot. After it's cooked, I drain it and put it into baggies and freeze it. 
I do the same thing with black rice. (and brown rice) Cook according to package and then put into family-size portions and freeze. 
In the mornings, I try to decide what we're going to do for dinner. If it involves beef or rice, I pull those bags out of the freezer to thaw. 
This is kind of my half-way cooking ahead of time. I don't have to do any planning ahead of time, but I get the benefit of having the meat already done. 


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