Posts Tagged ‘tomato’

Vegetable Chili

In Comfort Food, Entrees, Leftovers on February 24, 2011 at 1:25 am

As you all already know, I LOVE chili and I really LOVE when there are a lot of leftovers. I normally make my chili with some kind of meat, but this was just too good a recipe to pass up. My friend, Steph sent me this recipe and I just had to give it a try. Check out the ingredients I used:

Ingredients

I started by adding all the canned ingredients (jalapeno peppers, garbanzo beans and the whole tomatoes) to the crockpot. Then, I added the garlic, cumin, salt, oregano and chili pepper.

Canned Good and Spices

Next, I set to work chopping up the red pepper.

Red Pepper

Once the red pepper was chopped and added to the crockpot I added the thinly sliced zucchini.

Add the Zucchini

The last item to go in was the chopped onion.

Onions In

I cooked the chili on low for 7 hours, and then topped with cheese before serving.

Ready to Serve

This was delicious, and despite the fact that I was concerned that it wouldn’t be spicy enough since there was no hot sauce in the recipe. This was an amazing treat! I was really glad to have changed up my traditional chili recipe. This was a definite…

Bon Appetit!

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Cowboy Stew

In Comfort Food, Entrees, Leftovers on January 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

There is only one word to describe today’s cooking experience…FIASCO! I should preface that with the fact that the food turned out AMAZINGLY, but the process of getting it moving was a FIASCO! Today was a very cold winter day in Beantown. Naturally my first thought was…comfort food. Originally I thought the way to go was  vegetarian chili, then I checked me email, and found a bunch of slow cooker recipes that my friend Steph had sent me. I saw this recipe, and I had to run to the store and pick up a few items :-). After I got back from the store I started getting everything together and when I tried to get the slow cooker down from a top shelf in my kitchen (you should probably know that I’m 5’2″ on a good day, it helps with the mental picture) it slipped and came crashing down on my head. Then it hit the floor, HARD, and the ceramic  part of it smashed into a lot of pieces all over my kitchen floor. My head is fine, though I do have a nice egg on it, and I had to borrow a slow cooker from a neighbor who came over to investigate the crash. Apparently it was that loud a crash.  But let’s get back to the recipe, which I am happy to report will last me the better part of a week in leftovers. Let’s take a look at what I picked up at the grocery store:

Ingredients

I started by browning the ground beef on the stove. While the beef browned I poured all the canned goods into the slow cooker (the one I borrowed, this is all after mine broke everywhere).

Canned Goods in The Slow Cooker

Once the beef had browned I drained the excess fat and added it to the slow cooker. Once everything else was combined I added a cup of water and the garlic cloves that I had minced.

Add the Beef

The stew then cooked on low for 9 hours. The recipe calls for 8-10 on low, and if you are in a hurry it can be 4-5 on high. My friend did note that the stew tastes better the longer it cooks, and since it was a cold, snowy day, I had the time to cook it for 9 hours. The result was FANTASTIC!

FANTASTIC! Cowboy Stew!

I will be more than happy to try this recipe again, though there are, as always, a few things I want to tweak about it.  I would love to try this with turkey instead of beef. I’d also like to turn up the heat, and add some diced jalapenos. I like my food spicy. I will also slice the potatoes at least in half next time, they were a little too big, and I think they would be better bite size.  Overall, it was FANTASTIC! A definite must for a cold day, especially when with a busy week ahead is set to follow. Stay tuned for more winter recipes, and probably a few good desserts too.  In the meantime…

Bon Appetit!

Slow Cooker American Chop Suey

In Comfort Food, Entrees, Leftovers on January 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I stumbled upon this recipe for Slow Cooker American Chop Suey, while browsing the web for something to make in my slow cooker on a snowy, winter day.  Chili is always a GREAT go to, but I wanted something a little different. I also wanted to use ground turkey instead of ground beef, as a way to keep with my healthier eating resolution. So here are the ingredients I used:

I started by dicing the green pepper and onion into small pieces. I then cooked the ground turkey with the diced onion and diced green pepper in a large skillet.

Turkey, Green Pepper, and Onion in the Skillet

Once the meat was thoroughly cooked, I transferred the mixture into my slow cooker, and added the garlic powder, paprika, cheese, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes. Then it was cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.

American Chop Suey

About 10 minutes before I was done cooking I added the cooked macaroni. This made a delicious and easy meal that will keep me very happily eating leftovers for a few days. You all know how much I love meals that leave me with leftovers. This will certainly be a wonderful slow cooker treat to try again, possibly with more spices to turn up the heat!

What do you like to make in your slow cooker? Any tips or recipes I should try?

See you all next time and in the meantime…

Bon Appetit!

Turkey Pizza

In Comfort Food, Entrees, Leftovers on November 26, 2010 at 8:20 pm

There is maybe one thing better than Thanksgiving dinner…Thanksgiving leftovers! Turkey Pizza is a favorite in my house, and for this I couldn’t think of a better recipe to follow than my mom’s. Here are the ingredients:

Ingredients

  • Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Turkey (net wt. 6 oz)
  • 1 can Campbell’s Tomato Soup (11 oz.)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Leftover Turkey

My next step was to make the stuffing. I followed the directions on the box, and boiled 1-1/2 cups of water, but only used a tablespoon of butter, in a medium sauce pan. Once the contents of the pan had boiled I removed it from the heat and stirred in the stuffing mix. I then let it sit for about 5 minutes, before fluffing it with a fork. It was them into the pie pan for the stuffing, since it was the first layer of the pie.

Layer 1-Stuffing

My next task was to cut up the leftover turkey for the next later of the pie.

Turkey

The turkey slices were then layered on top of the stuffing in the pie pan.

Layer 2-Turkey

Next, I poured the tomato soup over the turkey, though this time I had to use old fashioned tomato rice, since my parents didn’t have any classic tomato in the house. It was a good improvisation though.

Layer 3-Tomato Soup

Next, and possibly my favorite part, sprinkle cheese over the top of the pie. Add as much as you like, though watch the edges, you don’t want it to burn in the oven.

Layer 4-Cheese

The pie then gets baked at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted and the turkey is HOT!

Ready to Serve

This is a delicious way to serve leftover turkey, though I don’t recommend serving the leftover cranberry sauce with it. Cranberry sauce and tomato, I don’t think so! But it does have some delicious looking layers all the same.

Look at those Layers

This is a delicious, quick and easy dish, that is perfect when you come home late from some successful Black Friday shopping. Hope everyone had a successful shopping excursion, and a tasty Thanksgiving. What were some of your favorite parts? Any favorite ways to serve leftovers?

Let me know! I’m ALWAYS hungry for a new idea!

Bon Appetit!