Pot Roast for a Small Family

Ingredients:

1 (small 1 1/2 lb) chuck roast
2 T all-purpose flour
Fresh ground black pepper to cover the roast
a little bit of salt to accompany the pepper
1 1/2 T vegetable oil (or your favorite high heat oil)
1 small sweet onion, cut into large pieces
3 slender carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal into 1 1/2” lengths
1 stalk celery, include some leaves, and cut into large diagonal pieces
1/2 green bell pepper, deseeded and cut into large pieces
3 garlic cloves
1 cup beef stock
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t dried thyme
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 bay leaf

Optional: 2 sprigs fresh thyme Read More


Bok Choy and Mushroom Adobo Soup

Ingredients:

1/3 cup soy sauce, reduced sodium
1/3 cup rice vinegar
4 large cloves of garlic, thinly sliced or rough chopped
1 bay leaf
2 T olive oil
1 1/2 cups yellow onion, chopped
4 oz maitake mushroom, cleaned root ends removed, pieces separated
4 oz white beech mushroom, cleaned, root ends removed, stems separated
8 oz baby bok choy, sliced on the diagonal into 1-2 inch wide strips
4 cups chicken stock, reduced sodium
4 green onions, white and light green, thinly sliced
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1 cup uncooked brown jasmine rice to be cooked according to package directions Read More



Meatballs with Pork and Cream

Meatball Pork CreamIngredients:

2 slices of whole wheat bread, torn into small pieces
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 T finely minced onion
1 T fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 T ground garlic
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 t dried thyme
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 lb lean ground grass fed beef
1 lb natural ground pork
1 cup Parmesan Reggiano, shredded Read More


Pinto Bean Soup

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Ingredients:

1 lb dried pinto beans
cold water
2 T olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken stock, low sodium
2 t Mexican oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 t ground black pepper
6 slices thick meaty bacon, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 (14.5 oz) can tomatoes, diced
1 (4 oz) can mild or hot green chiles, chopped
1/4 t cayenne – or more to taste
1 T cilantro
Sea salt to taste

Garnishes: Mexican melting cheese or fresh crumbling cheese, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, and sliced green onions, pico de gallo, serranos, jalapenos Read More




Grilled Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

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Makes 24 meatballs

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb 93% lean ground beef
1 large egg
2/3 cup fine bread crumbs
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
2 t ground garlic – more if you love garlic
1 1/2 t ground onion
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried parsley
1/4 t ground black pepper
8 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into 24 small chunks
24 thin slices pancetta, tear one end of each piece, opening it up so it is a long strip instead of round
24 toothpicks, soaked in water
1 cup of your favorite pasta sauce Read More



Italian Beef Stew with Mushrooms

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Ingredients:

3 lb chuck roast, trimmed of fat and cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
3 medium red potatoes, chopped, skin on
28 oz tomatoes, squished by hand the Italian way
2 cups carrots, sliced
1/2 cup celery, sliced
6 oz mushrooms, small crimini can be left whole, if large, slice in half
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried thyme
1/2 t fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn in half
1/2 cup beef stock
1 T olive oil
1 bay leaf Read More