Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy

We all are well versed on how important our slow cooker is on the cool Fall and Winter days.

It's so comforting to come home to a ready cooked meal, that's tender, delicious and well...


So why not use that awesome appliance in the hot months of the Summer as well?

You don't heat up your kitchen, it costs pennies (.12 per hour) to use, and again...

It's comforting. 

And to show you again...

Why on earth wouldn't you want to make these delicious Beef Tips? Especially when it's made using just 4 ingredients, including the beef.

I broke out my slow cooker because the thought of having the stove or oven on for hours was bleh.
Also, the last 3 days we've had some wicked weather, with harrowing winds, rain, thunderstorms and tornados. 

Grilling was out.

Lucky for us, slow cooking is always a winner. 

These Beef Tips are fairly inexpensive, I used a Charcoal steak? They call tough cuts of beef here in Iowa strange names.   

This is generally considered a Top Blade Steak, pretty inexpensive, meaning it's best braised or slow cooked. 

and I was featured:

Perfect for the slow cooker AND this recipe.

2 lbs. beef-top blade, charcoal or other inexpensive cut steak, cut into 1.5" cubes
1 10 oz. can Beef Consomm√© 
1 pkt. Onion Soup mix
1 10 oz. Cream of Mushroom

Spray the inside of a slow cooker with non stick spray. Place beef inside. 
In a bowl whisk together consommé, onion soup mix and cream of mushroom. Pour over beef.
Cook on low, 6-8 hrs or on high for 4-6 hours.
Season with pepper if desired.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Grilled Asian Honey Lemon Chicken Salad

Just looking at this salad, you know it screams 


It's crunchy, it's cool, it's tangy, it's hearty and it packs a Umami punch.

Meaning it's not only chock full of chicken, it's full of FLA-VOR.

This chicken can be grilled the night before, chilled and then served the next day. 

Which means the chicken component is actually a two-fer. (You get 2 meals out of one dish-yay!)

I love to make my dressing from a mix of 3-4 great Asian products, 2 kinds of salad dressings and Ponzu Sauce.

If you haven't tried Ponzu, you really should. It's a citrus based soy sauce and it amps up the flavor of anything you would normally use plain soy sauce in-it's bright and a little tangy.

Sansho pepper is another personal favorite. It's a little harder to find, try the Oriental section of a large grocery store or if your lucky enough to have an Asian market, I'm certain they'll have it. It's pepper-like with a citrus taste also. 

This whole dish has a bright, citrusy thing going on and it's soooo good.

Believe it or not the amount of chicken on this salad is only 2 tenderloins!

You're getting lots of lean, protein packed nutrients in this salad!

And we were featured:

Let's get your Umami on!

Marinade for Chicken
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
juice of 1 lemon
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed or micro planed
1 tbs micro planed ginger or 1 tsp dry powder
1tsp black pepper

Place all in a large sealable bag and mix. add in up to 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken, mixing well and marinate in the frig 2-4 hours or even overnight.

Heat a grill or grill pan and cook 10-14 minutes, turning occasionally or until 160F or juices run clear. Enjoy and then refrigerate the leftovers.

Salad Ingredients

2 cups romaine sliced 
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1 carrot julienned
1/4 cup sugar snap peas sliced on the bias
1 green onion sliced
4 oz. of cooked chicken, sliced
1 tbs Ponzu
1 tbs Oriental dressing 
1 tbs Sesame vinaigrette 
Sansho pepper-opt.

Place salad ingredients in a large shallow bowl. 
Whisk Ponzu and dressing together and drizzle over the salad. Season to taste and enjoy.


 Also shared on Weekend Potluck and FoodieFriendsFriday

This recipe is shared on My Link Parties

Monday, June 9, 2014

Savory Breakfast Cupcakes

It's a crazy good fad that's sweeping the Country....

Cupcakes!!! (saying this in a sing-song voice)

This is the breakfast-lunch-dinner option. 

For the savory lovers in life, this is the perfect alternative  to a sweet offering.

Plus, depending what you add, they are chock full of veggies and or protein!

Look at that goodness, you know you want to take a big bite of all that, right?!

I can't believe I didn't start making these a long time ago. 

Everyone loves them and it's so cool how you can make them with whatever you have in the frig. 

Love bacon? Throw it in.

Have lots of veggies?

Add them in. 


Heck yeah!

Leftover rice?

You bet!

So let's get to making these!


6 eggs
1 cup milk
1-2 tsp hot sauce
2 green onions sliced
1/2 red bell pepper diced
1 cup cooked rice-opt.
1 cup shredded cheese
2 cups spinach, coarsely chopped

*Know that you can add in or sub any ingredient you love or have on hand.


Preheat oven to 350F, spray or line a cupcake pan with 6 openings.
In a bowl whisk eggs, milk and hot sauce and season with salt and pepper.
Add in onions bell pepper, rice and cheese and stir to combine. 
Line the bottom of cups with equal amounts of spinach and then pour equal amounts of the egg mixture into each cup.
Bake for 20-24 minutes or until eggs are set and lightly browned.


This recipe is shared on My Link Parties
Also shared on Weekend Potluck 
and FoodieFriendsFriday