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Archive for the month “January, 2015”

Slow Cooker Beefy Burrito Bowl

IMG_9140We may be experiencing some abnormally warm temperatures, but it’s still winter which means my slow cooker stays on the counter.  The moment it comes out of the dishwasher, another recipe goes in.  This week’s dish will be making its way back into my slow cooker time and time again.  Simple, delicious and full or colorful and nutritious ingredients.  This “Slow Cooker Beefy Burrito Bowl” is a must make!

Consuming a diet that contains many different colors is an easy and fun way to encourage a healthy diet for you and your family.  Mexican cuisine is full of bright and radiant colors- see how many different colors you and your family can add to this dish and share a photo using #beautyinthebeef to show us!

Ingredients
1 lb. lean ground beef (I used ground round)
1/2 onion, diced
1-2 bell peppers, diced
2 Tbsp garlic, minced
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
2 Cups dry quinoa
2 Cups low sodium beef broth
1 can diced tomatoes with chilies
1 can low sodium black beans
1 can low sodium pinto beans
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
*avocado, green onion, cilantro, shredded cheese for topping. whole grain tortilla or mixed greens for serving

Directions
1. On the stovetop, brown lean ground beef with onion, peppers, garlic and seasonings.
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2. Add mixture to crockpot and pour in quinoa, beef broth, tomatoes, beans and tomato sauce.  Stir until evenly combined.
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3. Cook on high for 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally.
4. Top with desired ingredients and serve in a bowl, on a whole grain tortilla or over mixed greens.
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5. Enjoy!

BBQ Cheeseburger Cups – For Kids!

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Whew! You made it through the holidays and you’re back to the daily grind.  Perhaps this year you resolved to eat healthier or to be more organized.  I think it’s safe to say those are two things we could all use more of in our daily lives.  That’s what today’s blog recipe is geared towards, a simple meal solution that is nutritious and can be made in a timely manner or ahead of time and frozen.

Some of my favorite recipes to prepare are ones that can include my daughter in the process.  Although she is only two, she loves to help me in the kitchen.  Introducing your children to cooking techniques and fundamentals at a young age may spark an early interest.  This could lead to them being more comfortable preparing foods when they are older and less likely to resort to prepackaged meals and snacks.  Simple tasks such as stirring or pouring ingredients may be all it takes for your child to love the art of cooking!

This recipe is a fun and perfect way start a new year in the kitchen, for yourself and your family!  Wash your hands, roll up your sleeves and let the memories begin as you and your kiddos create these fast, easy and nutritious “BBQ Cheeseburger Cups- For Kids!”

Ingredients: 
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 diced onion
1 Cup BBQ sauce
1 Roll Pillsbury Artesian whole grain pizza crust
Shredded Low Fat Cheddar cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Brown ground beef, draining and rinsing any excess fat.
3. Add diced onion and BBQ sauce. Stir until evenly combined, then reduce heat.
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4. Roll out dough and cut circles using an open end of a drinking glass.  (Get the kiddos to help here!)
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5. Add dough circles to a coated muffin tin and top with BBQ ground beef.
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6. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
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7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cheese has melted and dough is golden.
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8. Enjoy!

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