Corned Beef and Cabbage

 

Hi everyone! This week I made corned beef and cabbage and now I have leftovers. I had to make corned beef hash.  Corned beef hash is very special to me.  My mom would make it for breakfast growing up and I would devour it.  Growing up, my mom would open a can of hash and cook it until it was crispy.  I loved it.
Fast forward twenty-something years later, I went to a breakfast restaurant and I saw corned beef hash on the menu.  I ordered it expecting corned beef in a can.  To my surprise, there was real corned beef in my hash.  It was so good.  I savored every bite.
The experience ruined me.  I can never eat corned beef hash in a can again.  Having homemade corned beef takes this traditional meal to a whole new level.  Try this recipe and let me know what you think.

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Corned Beef Hash Ingredients:

1 tbs butter

8 ounces cooked corned beef, diced

1 onion, finely chopped

1 bell pepper, finely chopped

(2) medium baking potatoes or (4) baby red potatoes, peeled and shredded

pepper, to taste

1/2 cup shredded cheese

Corned Beef Hash Directions:

1. Heat the butter in a medium skillet over high heat. Add the diced red potatoes. Cook till browned.

2. Add shredded corned beef, diced onions and diced bell peppers. Cook, stirring with a spatula until all ingredients are mixed.

3. Add pepper.  No need to add salt, as corned beef can be naturally salty.

4. Pat down, undisturbed, until brown and crisp on the bottom, about 6 minutes. Continue cooking, turning the corned beef hash as it browns evenly, about 15 more minutes.

5. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the corned beef hash and let it melt, about 1 minute.

6. Add an optional fried egg to serve.

7. Enjoy the corned beef hash

 

 

 

Corned Beef and Cabbage

 

Hi everyone! This week I made corned beef and cabbage.  I know, I know, I should have made this for Saint Patrick’s Day but I didn’t. Never mind that the dish is rarely eaten in Ireland.  I have had a craving for corned beef since March and I finally got around to making it.   
 
My mom used to bake corned beef in the oven and it always came out delicious.  I remember one of my first cooking lessons was my mom teaching me how to properly cut corned beef.  Such an important tip – I cut it the wrong way once and it was tough.  You’ve gotta cut against the grain.
The traditional way to cook corned beef is to boil it, both the beef and the cabbage.  I like it best in the oven – hand’s down.  But, I don’t have time for that anymore.  I always put it in a crockpot.  I used a pressure cooker once and it was good, but not amazing.  On a side note, the pressure cooker disintegrated my cabbage.  The experience traumatized me and now I cook my cabbage in a pan.
 
Try this recipe and let me know what you think. 

 

 

 

 

Corned Beef and Cabbage Ingredients:

1-2 lbs Corned Beef

1 peppercorn spice packet (comes with corned beef)

1 Onion

4 medium Red Potatoes

1 12 Ounce Bottle of Dark Beer

1 cup of beef Broth

2 tbs cinnamon

1 tbs dry mustard

1 tbs allspice

1 tbs nutmeg,

1 tbs pepper

1 tbs clove

3 garlic cloves

1 tsp melted butter

1 head Cabbage, chopped

Corned Beef Cabbage Directions:

1. Quarter the potatoes. No need to peel

2. Slice the onion thinly.

3. In a large slow cooker, place the potatoes and onions on the bottom of the slow cooker

4. Add the corned beef on top of the potatoes and onions.

5. Sprinkle the peppercorns on top of the corned beef. Sprinkle other spices ( half of cinnamon) on top of the corned beef. No salt is necessary as corned beef can be naturally salty.

6. Pour the beer and broth over the ingredients.

7. Set on low and cook for 6-8 hours.

8. Quarter cabbage and then slice thinly. In a separate pan, add butter and garlic and cook until fragrant. Add sliced cabbage.

9. Add 1tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 cup of juice from corn beef, and salt and pepper. Stir and let cabbage simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until desired tenderness is reached.

10. Slice the Corned Beef against the grain and serve with cabbage, potatoes and onions.

11. Enjoy this corned beef and cabbage recipe.

 

 

One Pot Jambalaya

I’ll be the first to admit that my husband is the New Orleans food cook in the house.  His family is from New Orleans and he takes pride in his traditional New Orleans dishes.  He has been making Jambalaya for a while now, usually with fresh shrimp.

Jambalaya Video:

Today my husband made Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, my favorite.  I always think it is like gumbo, a meal that takes a ton of time to cook, but that is far from true.  Jambalaya is easy to prepare and ready in under an hour.  My kind of meal.
 
To start Jambalaya, chop your bell peppers, celery and onions, and sauté the veggies until they’re nice and soft.  Next, add meat.  My husband went with chicken and andouille sausage for this meal but you can use any protein. You can even use the meat from those grocery store roasted chickens. You save so much time with pre-roasted meat.
 
The last step is to pour in crushed tomatoes, broth, seasonings, and rice, and give it a good stir.  Once mixed, cover the Jambalaya and let it simmer on medium-low for about 30 minutes. Then VOILA, a one pot meal.

Jambalaya Ingredients:

* 1 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
* 10 ounces andouille sausage, sliced
* 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
* 1 onion, diced
* 3 garlic cloves
* 3 bay leaves
* 1 small green bell pepper, diced
* 2 stalks celery, diced
* 1 (16 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
* 1 tsp salt and pepper
* 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
* 1 1/4 cups uncooked white rice
* 2 1/2 cups chicken broth

 

Jambalaya Directions:

1. Cut onions, bell peppers and celery. Set aside.

2. Cut chicken and andouille. Set aside.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large heavy cast iron pot over medium heat. Season the sausage and chicken pieces with Cajun seasoning. Saute until browned. Remove with wooden spoon, and set aside. Leave drippings.

4. In the same cast iron pot, saute onion, bell pepper, garlic, bay leaves and celery until tender. Stir in crushed tomatoes, and season with pepper, salt, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in chicken and sausage. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Stir in the rice and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.

6. When rice is done, spoon jambalaya into a dish.

7. Flavor the jambalaya with additional seasonings to get the right taste/spice/heat level.

8. Enjoy the jambalaya!

Lunch Ideas Kids Love

Ok, Ok, I know I am supposed to be a dinner strategist (self proclaimed) but as a parent I have to delve into the lunch arena on daily basis. I try to put myself in my daughters shoes and make lunch extra special. I just remember lunch being my favorite subject (YES) at school. It was the only time, other than recess, where I could talk freely with my friends, express myself and fuel my body. My parents didn’t make my lunch, I had free lunch, so I ate whatever was on the line. My favorite day was usually pizza or nacho day. Whew – I went way back. After two years of making lunch, I will now share some things I’ve learned along the way.

Don’t worry if you give your kids sandwiches everyday.

I read so many blog posts were parents try to re-invent lunch. I have seen everything from black bean tacos, to mediterranean slaw, to cold chicken wings. Some of it looked great – for me. I just wasn’t so sure if my picky 5-year old would enjoy any of it. My fix – I bought a lot of crust cutters and made fun shapes with bread and cold cuts. It delighted her. Soon she started making special requests. She’d say, “I would like a dolphin today.” Sometimes I do change it up. I have substituted the sandwich for a hotdog, wrap or rolled meat and cheese bites.

Come up with fun ways to inject veggies.

42930182-83f9-43d4-aea6-e14e49abcc0dSometimes I worry that my daughter isn’t getting a well-rounded meal. Besides dinner, she didn’t eat many veggies. In order to rectify this, I got a vegetable spiral slicer to make fun spirals out of carrots and zucchini. I would post a pic but the spirals are quickly consumed.

Find fun fruits.

I always try to inject fun fruits into my daughters lunch box. This week I bought a starfruit. She loved it. I did, however, have to watch a YouTube instructional video to cut and serve it. It came out great, although she ate it before I could get it in her lunch box. I also mix and match fruits to add variety. My favorite fruit for her are raspberries because she promptly puts them on all her fingers and waves at me.

Add a treat. Don’t skip this.

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I always try to add a treat as an incentive for my daughter to eat all of her food. Most times I add a cookie or Hershey kiss but lately I have been making fun trail mix. She really likes it and it breaks up the lunch monotony. I normally make it out of whatever I have on hand (candy, nuts, dried fruit) and add it to a plastic baggie.

Don’t always expect a thank you.

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Sad to say but this can be so true. My parting advice is to not expect a thank you…but sometimes kids surprise you with thanks and kisses! I can spend 15 precious minutes customizing the perfect lunchbox and my daughter may say, “can I order lunch instead,” or “can I have a lunchable.” It doesn’t hurt my feelings any longer. I am happy knowing she has the best lunch during the best part of her day.