I need to get better at blogging. For real. Each time I get a chance, I feel like it takes me 5 hours to write a post since I have so much to write. Since I used up all my desserts for the last post, I'll highlight some of the dinners made lately. And by lately, I mean 2 months ago. ;)
The reviews of this dish were kind of blah. Which made me very nervous to try it. However, I'm really glad I did. This dish was super yummy and all it needed was some chili powder. I wish the other reviews would have known their way around a spice cabinet so they could taste this yummyness.
Cilantro Beef and Orzo
from Eat Better America
serves 3 for dinner, 6 as a side
- 3 cups beef broth
- 9 oz orzo pasta
- 1 can (11 oz) corn (I used 1/2 cup frozen)
- 1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles, undrained
- 2 tsp. oil (olive, canola, soybean...)
- 1/2 lb. lean ground beef (it says stir fry beef but I just used ground beef...)
- 1 large bell pepper (used 3/4 cup frozen bell pepper and onion mix)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Meanwhile, spray 10-inch skillet with cooking spray. Add oil; heat over medium-high heat. Add beef and bell pepper (I added onion too); cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown.
I'm lazy...so I chop my cilantro with a food processor ;)
Stir beef mixture into pasta mixture. Stir in cilantro.
It tasted like it needed some oomph. So I garnished each with more cilantro and about a tablespoon of chili powder. Perfect. Yumm! I was impressed by this simple, healthy and easy meal.
When I was a kid, my mom had this cookbook for me. It had many recipes for "kids." The language was simple enough for me to understand when I was younger and the recipes were very simple. One of my favorites, to this day, is Oatmeal Pancakes! So I asked my mom and she emailed me the recipe...after changing some of the ingredients for a more filling, grown-up, and healthy pancakes...I made them for dinner. And I think I made something great...even better!
modified from kids cookbook Mom has
makes 12 pancakes
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup buttermilk (1 Tb. white vinegar + enough milk to equal one cup)
- 1 Tb. brown sugar
- 2 Tb. butter, melted
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 package firm or extra-firm tofu, sliced in 1/4-in thick slices, pressed and patted dry
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs, whole wheat if you can find them
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tb. Italian seasoning
- 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce, or your own recipe (this is my own sauce)
- 1/4 cup mozzarella
- 1 lb. black beans, soaked overnight, then simmered until tender
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1-2 cups chicken broth (as needed)
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 tsp canola oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 6 oz can water
- 2 chipotle chiles, from can in adobo sauce, chopped
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 Tb. brown sugar
To make the sauce, add the oil to the pan and sauté the onion until soft. Add the garlic; cook for 2 minutes.
Transfer the mixture to a casserole or baking dish and pour 1 cup of the stock over. (I was so excited to use my new casserole dish I got from my MIL for my birthday!)
Bake the beans, covered, for 20 minutes. Check to see if the mixture is dry and add more stock, if needed. Continue baking an additional 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes, remove from the oven, and fold in the cilantro, if using. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving; it sets up nicely.
I would use 1/2 cup broth the first 20 minutes and then add another 1/2 for the next 20 minutes next time. I think it would've done better. I forgot to use the cilantro since I had to take it somewhere and didn't serve immediately. I bet that would've added to the flavor even more.
Overall, I was impressed with myself. They tasted good. Nothing to swoon over but they tasted like I wanted them to taste so I considered it a success. :)
Well, hopefully I'll be writing again today with the rest of the stuff I promised: an update on us people, instead of the food. Plus those reviews of those Jillian DVDs I promised ages ago! lol Oh, and in case you were wondering if my cat can get any weirder....he can:
Yup, that's the trash.