Chef Mom

ham and pineapple kabobs

Recipe from Good Gracious

Prep Time: 15 minutes plus 2 hours marinating/Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes.

Serves 4.

Ingredients: 
  • Ham cubes (or slices)
  • Pineapple (pre-heat if fresh)
  • Skewers
  • 1/4 Cup Pineapple Juice (pre-heat if fresh)2
  •  T Soy Sauce
  • 2 T Brown Sugar
  • Ginger to taste
Directions: 
  1. Place ham and pineapple on skewers.
  2. Mix juice with remaining ingredients.
  3. Marinate for 2 hours.
  4. Baste on the grill Grill until heated through

Shredded beef tacos 

Recipe from Give Me Some Oven

Prep Time: 15 minutes/Total time: 6 hours. Serves 4-6.
Head to the site here for the recipe.
Ingredients: 

1-2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds beef (boneless chuck roast)
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 cup beef stock
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced (I love spice and used two!)
1/2 large sweet onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
Flour tortillas
Favorite taco toppings (**ideas below**)

Directions: 

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, combine the chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika in a small bowl.

Rub the spice mix into the beef, covering each side evenly. Once the oil is hot (it will shimmer a bit in the skillet), place the beef in the skillet and sear on each side.

Remove the beef from the skillet and place in the bottom of a slow cooker. Leave the pan on the heat, and add in the beef stock to deglaze, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato paste and minced chipotle and whisk into the pan sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for a few minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.

Add the diced onion and minced garlic on top of the seared beef in the slow cooker. Pour the pan sauce down over the onions, garlic, and beef. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Remove the beef from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Use a slotted spoon to remove the onions from the slow cooker, and mix into the shredded beef.

Serve the beef in the flour tortillas, topped with your favorite taco toppings.

Some topping ideas include:
guacamole or avocado
fresh salsa
Mexican rice
grated cheese
fresh lettuce
tomato
onion
cilantro
squeeze of lime juice

 

Ali’s Tip:

If you’re like me and rarely make it through an entire can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, would highly recommend chipotle powder! It’s now available in most grocery stores, and is so fun to have on hand. For one pepper, I usually substitute in around 1/2 tsp. of the powder.

 Sweet and Sour Meatballes

Prep Time: 15 minutes/Total cooking time: 30 minutes. Serves 6-8
Head to the site here for the recipe.

Ingredients: 

2 pounds lean ground beef

2 eggs

1 cup dry bread crumbs

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons granulated sugar    

1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained with juice reserved

1/3 cup water

3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt

1 large carrot, diced

1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Directions: 

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a large, shallow baking sheet.

  2. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs and onion. Sprinkle with ginger, seasoning salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and sugar. Shape into one inch balls.

  3. Place meatballs in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes; set aside.

  4. To make the sauce, mix enough water with the reserved pineapple juice to make 1 cup. In a large pot over medium heat, combine the juice mixture, 1/3 cup water, vinegar, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Stir in cornstarch, ginger and seasoning salt, until smooth. Cover and cook until thickened.

  5.  Stir pineapple chunks, carrot, green pepper and meatballs into the sauce. Gently stir to coat the meatballs with the sauce. Simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked.

 

Baked Macarorni

Recipe from Ang Sarap

Prep Time: 20 minutes/Total time: 45 minutes. Serves 4-6.

Head to the site here for the recipe

Ingredients: 

400g macaroni
400g minced beef
400g minced pork
6 large tomatoes, chopped
1 large white onion, chopped
1 pcs green capsicum, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 1/2 cup beef stock
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 tsp cayenne
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil
salt
grated cheddar cheese

Directions: 
  1. Cook macaroni according to packet instructions, once cooked drain then set aside.
  2. In a pan add olive oil then sauté garlic, onions and green capsicum. Cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and cook until tender.
  4. Add beef and pork mince and cook until light brown in colour.
  5. Add beef stock, vinegar, tomato paste, sugar and cayenne. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Combine together macaroni and meat sauce, mix it evenly then place on a casserole or baking dish. Top with grated cheddar cheese then bake in a 180C preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven then let it cool before serving.

Hamburger Helper

Recipe from Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body
 
Prep Time: 10 minutes/Total time: 30 minutes. Serves 4-6.

Ingredients: 

Hamburger Helper:
•3 cups (24 oz) marinara sauce (storebought or homemade)
•1 batch easy alfredo sauce (recipe below)
•1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes, with juices
•2 cloves garlic, minced
•2 lbs ground beef (I used extra lean)
•1 1/2 lbs penne noodles (I used whole wheat)
•pinch of salt and pepper
•Garnish: parmesan cheese and julienned basil

Easy Alfredo Sauce:
•4 tbsp unsalted butter
•3/4 cup heavy cream
•1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
•pinch of nutmeg
•Black pepper and salt to taste

Directions: 

To make the alfredo:

Melt the butter in a large sauté pan set over low heat. Add the cream to the butter as it melts. Stir occasionally (keeping the heat on low). Let it simmer for about 15 minutes. When it’s reduced slightly, add the parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper and stir. Set aside while you make the rest of the sauce. Stir the alfredo occasionally. Note: if the alfredo is WAY too thick for your liking, add some extra milk or cream (1 tbsp at a time) after it’s simmered and reduced.
 
To make the hamburger helper:

Brown the ground beef in a large skillet then drain the fat.

Add the garlic to the drained beef and cook for about 30 seconds. Then add the marinara and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, turn down the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the alfredo sauce a few minutes before you add the noodles.
 
While the sauce is cooking, boil the pasta noodles.

Using a slotted spoon (or pasta scoop) spoon the noodles into the sauce pan.

On a low heat, mix the noddles and sauce for about 3 minutes. Note: if you sauce is too thick, add some of the reserved pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time.
 
Serve immediately with parmesan cheese and julienned basil on the top.

 Strawberry bars

Recipe from A Pastry Affair

Prep Time: 15 minutes/Total time: 40 minutes. Makes 12-16 bars..
 
Yields 1 8x8-inch pan
 
 
Ingredients: 

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup strawberry jam

Directions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x8-inch pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg and honey, mixing until blended. Stir in the oats, flours, baking soda, and salt. Batter will be slightly sticky. Using floured hands, press 3/4 of the batter into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread strawberry jam evenly over the top. Crumble the remaining 1/4 of the batter on top.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly in pan before serving.
Recipe from Sarah of Blue Ridge Baker
Prep Time: 15 min/Total Time: 45 min.
Makes an 8x8 pan of bars.

Can I Get the Recipe Tip: Easy and quick to put together, these bars are an excellent lunch or after school snack. Change the kind of fruit spread you use each time you make these so they are a different flavour each time.

Ingredients: 

½ cup unsalted butter
 ½ cup palm sugar (or regular sugar)
 ¼ teaspoon salt
 1 cup unbleached white flour (or any other flour)
 1 cup whole old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
 1 (9oz) jar fruit spread, any flavour

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.

Cream butter with sugar and salt. Add flour and mix until just combined. Stir in oats. It is okay if the mixture is crumbly.

Press about 2/3 of mixture into prepared pan, firmly and evenly. Place jam in small saucepan and cook over lowest heat until it becomes pourable.

Pour jam over dough layer in pan. Sprinkle remaining dough over jam. Bake for about 30 minutes.

Cool in pan for 30 minutes, then lift out by edges of parchment and cool completely on rack before cutting.

 Kale Chips

Excerpted from The Cleaner Plate Club by Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin © 2010 used with permission from Storey Publishing. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Prep Time: minutes/Total time: minutes. Serves 4

Can I Get the Recipe Tip: Try this recipe with a little vinegar, tahini paste, or any other flavour you find appealing.

 

 

Ingredients: 

large bunch of kale, stems removed and torn into chip sized pieces

olive oil

salt

 

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place kale pieces on a tray that’s been lightly coated with olive oil. 

Sprinkle with salt (if you sprinkle with salt while the leaves are still wet, the salt just melts right into the leaves.) Place in oven until crispy, about 10 minutes.

Smoothie 

Recipe from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod

Prep Time: 5 min/Total Time: 10 min.

Makes 1 large smoothie.

Ingredients: 

1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use our homemade yogurt)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 frozen banana
5 frozen strawberries
Splash of skim or soy milk

Directions: 

1. Add the yogurt, blueberries, banana, and strawberries into the blender. If you aren't using frozen fruit, throw in a couple of ice cubes.

2. Add in a splash of skim or soy milk. Place the blender lid on tightly. Puree smoothie until it is smooth and creamy. I like my smoothies thick, if you prefer a thinner smoothie, add more milk and puree for a little longer. Enjoy!

 Healthy Potato Skins

Recipe from Recipe Diaries
 
Prep Time: 10 minutes/Total time: 60 minutes. Serves 8.

servings: 8

Points Plus: 4

Ingredients: 

4 medium sized russet potatoes
 4 slices of bacon
 8 tablespoons of fat free sour cream
 4 oz of light cheddar cheese
 2 green onions
 Cooking Spray
 Salt
 Pepper

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray potatoes with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.
 Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
 
2. Take the potatoes out of the oven. Cut them in half. Scoop out the insides so that there’s just enough potato
 around the skin. Use the leftovers for soup or something else.
 
3. Spray the potatoes again with cooking spray or butter spray to give them more flavor. Lay them on their flat side
 on the baking sheet and bake again for an additional 10 minutes.
 
4. Take them out oven and sprinkle with cheese. Place back in the oven until the cheese is melted.
 
5. top with your favorite potato ingredients such as bacon, green onions, and sour cream.

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