A plate of homemade meatballs that are baked in the oven. A classic Italian part of any meal, but can be used for so many dishes.

Best Homemade Meatballs

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A plate of homemade meatballs that are baked in the oven. A classic Italian part of any meal, but can be used for so many dishes.

Easy Beef Baked Meatballs

I’ve finally achieved THE Best Homemade Meatballs, and they are so versatile too!

You easily make these from scratch in hardly no time at all and they taste better than anything you can purchase.  

Pair them with your favorite spaghetti sauce for meatballs and spaghetti.  Or with marinara sauce on a nice soft hoagie type bun for a meatball sandwich.  Anyway you want to serve these, they will be a hit with your family and guests.

If you are looking for something to take to someone who has just had a baby, or has been ill, these are just the thing.  I have great tips for you in my post What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

I hope you enjoy the BEST Homemade Meatball recipe ever!

 

Best Homemade Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef

1 egg

1 tsp. worchestershire sauce

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika, or regular, your preference

1 small onion, chopped very fine

1/3 cup dry bread crumbs, plain

2 Tbl. grated Parmesan cheese, 

1/2 tsp. beef boullion

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 tsp. oregano leaf (not ground)

1/2 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning

1/2 tsp. Emerills original seasoning

dash of hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco

 

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a jelly roll pan, or cookie sheet with sides with non stick foil, or parchment.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.A plate of homemade meatballs that are baked in the oven. A classic Italian part of any meal, but can be used for so many dishes.

Easy Beef Baked MeatballsShape a ball of the meat mixture, by tossing it from hand to hand 2-3 times, to help it be a little firm. 

Place the formed meatballs onto the foil lined pan, spreading evenly apart.A plate of homemade meatballs that are baked in the oven. A classic Italian part of any meal, but can be used for so many dishes.

Easy Beef Baked MeatballsBake in oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are cooked all the way through.  Test by touching lightly, if the meatball springs back, it is cooked. (Use caution not to burn yourself)

Also check the internal temperature to read 165 degrees.A plate of homemade meatballs that are baked in the oven. A classic Italian part of any meal, but can be used for so many dishes.

Easy Beef Baked MeatballsMake 12 large or 24 smaller meatballs.A plate of homemade meatballs that are baked in the oven. A classic Italian part of any meal, but can be used for so many dishes.

Easy Beef Baked MeatballsServe as is, with spaghetti sauce, in a sandwich as meatball sub, any number of ways, or freeze for later use. 

A plate of homemade meatballs that are baked in the oven. A classic Italian part of any meal, but can be used for so many dishes.

Easy Beef Baked Meatballs

Carrie Groneman’s recipe

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A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Vegetarian Fajitas

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A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas

Because you eat a Vegetarian or Gluten Free food style, do you ever feel cheated on taste?

Not with this Easy Vegetarian Fajita recipe!

It sacrifices nothing in flavor due to the homemade seasonings, which combine the perfect spices to enhance the fresh ingredients.

The vegetables are oven roasted to the right crisp, while maintaining a little crunch. Add in the amazing seasonings and  you have yourself a great fajita.

Now EVERYONE is happy and eating GOOD food!

If you’re looking for a terrific Vegetarian or Gluten-Free meal to take to a friend or neighbor in need, this would be the one.  You can read more here in What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

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Easy Vegetarian Fajitas

Ingredients:

Fajitas – 

2 small onions, or 1 large

2 medium green bell peppers, or 1 green and 1 yellow or orange if desired

1 medium red bell pepper

2 Tbl. vegetable or olive oil, your preference

8-16 ounces sliced mushrooms

1 lime

 

 

Seasoning – 

1 Tbl. chili powder

1/2 Tbl. paprika

1 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 Tbl. Corn Starch

 

Condiments – 

Tortillas

Chopped tomato

Cilantro, washed and stemmed

Salsa, optional and if marked gluten free

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Mix the seasoning ingredients together in a bowl and set aside: chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, sugar, salt and cornstarch.

 

Cut up the onions and peppers into long strips approximately 1/4″ – 1/2″ wide.

Slice the mushrooms if needed. 

 

Place all of the vegetables into a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas

Drizzle the oil over the vegetables and toss to coat everything evenly.A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas

Pour the seasoning mix over the top of the vegetables in the pan; A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Again mix to equally cover.A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitasetarian Fatas

Bake for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are al dente.A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas

Squeeze the lime juice over the vegetables and stir.A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas

To eat, place a spoonful of pepper/mushroom mixture down the center of a tortilla.

Spoon on chopped tomato and cilantro.

Serve with salsa as an option.

A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetarian Fajitas

Thank you Rachel Dennison for sharing this recipe with me

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Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.

Best Anytime Chicken Tacos

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Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.

Fast Mexican flavored Chicken tacese Best Anytime Chicken Tacos

 

I wanted to create for you a really quick taco with all the flavor of a street taco that you can make  at home anytime.  That’s how these Best Anytime Chicken Tacos were born.

Using a rotisserie chicken, it’s so convenient to easily shred the meat.

I have a homemade seasoning that is simple you can put together in just minutes, and the flavor is terrific.  

Combine these, and there you have a great meal for busy weeknights or lazy weekend meals. 

These Best Anytime Chicken Tacos would be fabulous to take to friends and neighbors if they need dinner.  I have more for you in  What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

 

 

Best Anytime Chicken Tacos

Ingredients: 

Rotiserre Chicken 3-4 cups of meat 

3 Tbl. oil, your preference

 

Seasoning – 

1  1/2  tsp chicken bouillon

1  1/2  tsp. brown sugar

1  1/2  tsp. corn starch

1  1/2  tsp smoked paprika

3/4  tsp. onion powder

3/4  tsp. garlic powder

1/2  tsp. cumin

1  1/2 Tbl. oregano leaf (not ground)

3/4 tsp. chili powder

1/2  tsp. salt

 

Condiments – 

Tortillas, hard or soft

Chopped tomato

Shredded lettuce

Salsa

 Sour Cream

 

Directions:

Take the rotisserie chicken off of the bones and shred.

Mix together the seasonings in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat the oil in a frying pan.

Once it’s heated, add in the meat.

Pour in the seasonings Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.

 

 

And stir to coat evenly.Fas

Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.

Fast Mexican flavored Chicken tacos

xican flavored Chicken tacos

Cook through till warmed and hot.

Serve with condiments. Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.

Fast Mexican flavored Chicken tacos

 

Carrie Groneman’s recipe

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Sweets & Not Sweets to Trick on April Fools!

April Fools Fake Out Prank Food

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Not ALL Sweets to Prank on April Fools

 

April Fools Fake Out Prank Food

Are you looking for the Best April Fools Fake Out Prank Foods that are not sweet but for a meal?

No worries because  I have FOUR recipe ideas that are all simple, and all fake-out, prank and are yummy and delicious too!

If you want a great way to prank your family or friends with creative food that will fool them, or maybe something a little sneaky or simply hilarious?  Well, these Not All Sweet April Fools Foods below will help you joke with good humor and yummy tastiness!

 

First lets talk about WHY play tricks at April Fools? 

Here’s my reason:) 

April Fools is a perfect time to tease your kids, family and friends, and imaginative food is a wonderful way to creative memories.

While the kids were at home, April Fools allowed for ‘practice’ time to play a good natured joke or two.  

My handsome hubby Stan and I felt it is an important life-skill for our kids to know how to take, and give, good-natured-teasing (never sarcastic or mean-spirited).  

They all learned this concept very well – too well, I think. In fact you can see how our oldest son, Derek pranked us…and how we got him back HERE

Anyway, a central aspect of gags and nice mischief is learning to be a good sport. It’s OK to laugh at yourself!  Actually it’s healthy!

It’s a lesson to learn at home so you know how to handle yourself when you’re outside ‘your comfort zone’.  People LIKE and RESPECT a person who can take a good tease. 

So, let’s get cooking and have some fun!




Best Funny Not All Sweet April Fools Food

There have many things over the years I have done to fool and tease my kids and family.

  • I have colored the milk with food coloring
  • I have made a meatloaf in cake pans, then covered it with masked potatoes and decorated it to look like a cake
  • Frozen cereal in the bowl and then put it out
  • I have made this candy HERE but I decorated it with spring colored or other type of sprinkles

And so many other things, but I wanted to share these FOUR with you that maybe you haven’t seen before

Free-For-All Spaghetti

Stuffed Pig

Swimmy The Fish

Sweet Grilled Cheese



 Free-For-All Spaghetti

Once everyone has their kitchen gadget, put the cooked and drained pasta in the center of the table. Pour the sauce over the pasta. Everyone pulls the amount they want towards them and all eat right from the table – this makes for many laughs as they struggle and watch the others try to eat spaghetti with their not so user friendly utensil too.

Instructions:

The utensils – gather one odd kitchen gadget per person. I have 2 fun options tossed in there also

 Put them in a brown paper bag and have each person choose one out with their eyes closed.

OR

Write the name of each kitchen gadget on a small piece of paper, fold and put in a bowl. Have each person pick out a paper from the bowl for their assigned utensil for the dinner.

The Food

Disposable table cloth

Make your own, or use bottled spaghetti sauce.

Cook up pasta of your choice

April Fools Fake Out Prank Food

 

 

 

Stuff Pig Sandwich April Fools Fake Out Prank Food

My hubby Stan helped me with the pig creation – THANKS sweetie!

I originally found the idea for pig shaped bread in an old Cub Scout Pow Wow Book, in the “Rhodes Dough” section, and decided it would be a perfect thing to ‘stuff’ for April Fools Day.  It turned out so awesome looking and tasted just as good too!




Ingredients:

Frozen bread dough, or you can make your own,

1 lb. loaf per pig

Parchment paper

1 Raisin

1 egg, beaten

Optional:

thin sliced ham, cheese, spinach or lettuce, sliced tomatoes, any condiments or sandwich ingredients you prefer.  




Directions:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Roll out the dough to a rectangle about 12″ x 8″

Make the pig right on parchment paper so it is ready to bake as you form it.April Fools FoodThis will make your pig turn out better, since it won’t have to be transferred.April Fools Food Pig Dough

Cut the front of the ‘face’ taking off about 3″ at the widest part. 

To make a flared snout, pinch the ‘nose’.April Fools Pig Dough 2Carefully move the lower part of the ‘jaw’ to form a mouth.April Fools Pig Dough 3Taking the slanted portion, divide into two large pieces and one small piece.April Fools Pig Dough 4

Roll, or pat, one large piece into a flat rectangle and cut into two triangles for ears.

Brush the entire rectangle (minus the cut off portion) with a beaten egg.

Attach short base of ears to head. On the ear in the back, fold tip over.

The front ear, fold if over.

Use a bit more of the beaten egg for glue.April Fools Pig Dough 4




Shape the other large piece into 4 tear drops and slice part way up.  

Two balls will be a bit larger than the other two, which will give some dimension for the position of the feet.April Fools Pig Dough 5Position the hoofs on the body.

Spread to resemble a hoof. 

Again, use the beaten egg to help attach the dough.April Fools Pig Dough 5




 

Roll the small piece of dough into a rope and curl for the tail and place in desired position.

Use the beaten egg to attach.April Fools Pig Dough 6With the tip of a sharp knife, make a slit in the dough and push the raisin in part way.

This will prevent it from popping out when it rises and bakes.

Brush the entire pig with the remaining beaten egg.April Fools Pig Dough 7

Allow to rise for 30 minutes. 

Meanwhile, heat oven to 350 degrees.




Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until the bread is done and cooked through.April Fools Pig Dough 8Cool completely.

Slice the pig horizontally from the hoof side up to about the ears, but not all the way through.

You want to keep the pig attached to itself towards the top.April Fools Pig Dough 9

Fill with sliced ham, cheese, sliced tomato, lettuce/spinach, whatever you desire.




 

Swimmy the FishApril Fools Fake Out Prank Food

Ingredients:

JELLO Berry Blue Jello

Swedish Candy Fish

Ice Cubes

Clear cups

Directions:

Make the blue jello according to the package directions for QUICK SET method.Jello & Fish1




A HUGE trick to making any flavor of jello: when you add the boiling water, STIR for a FULL THREE MINUTES.

Do not stop and no less than 3 minutes. This steps prevents that icky thick layer on the bottom.Jello & Fish2According to the quick set method add in the ice cubes until it thickens. Jello & Fish3Take out any remaining ice.Jello & Fish4




After removing the ice cubes, pour jello into clear cups.  

Insert a few Swedish fish, pushing them down into the jello.   Jello & Fish5Put in the refrigerator to chill and set up completely.Jello & Fish6 About 5-15 minutes before serving insert a fish part way in.

Do not do this step too early as it begins to dissolve the fish and does not appear appetizing.

These are best made and eaten same day.

April Fools Fake Out Prank Food




 

Sweet Grilled Cheese Sandwich

April Fools Fake Out Prank Food

I saw this idea on the internet somewhere, but I can’t remember where and couldn’t find it again, so I ‘winged it’ and I think it turned out great!  Can you tell this sandwich isn’t a grilled cheese it’s really a pound cake with frosting?

Ingredients:

Pound cake, I used a Betty Crocker mix

Vanilla flavored frosting

Yellow & Red food coloring

Butter or Margarine

Directions:

If using a pound cake mix, prepare according to box directions.

Sweet Grilled Cheese 1Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and coat well with spray release.Sweet Grilled Cheese 2




Spread out the batter as evenly as possible, then give it a few sharp taps (like you are dropping it, but only from 2-3 inches height) to cause the air bubbles to the top.Sweet Grilled Cheese 3

When the cake is baked, cool completely.

Slice the pound cake in thick slices, of approx. 2 inches.

Using a fry pan, heat the stove to medium.

Spread a bit of softened butter or margarine on one side of matching slices of pound cake – on the sides which will be the outside.Sweet Grilled Cheese 4Fry in the pan on ONE side – butter side down, just until nice and golden brown.Sweet Grilled Cheese 5




In a small bowl, spoon in desired amount of prepared frosting.

Add in drops of red and yellow as needed to create an orange ‘cheese’ appearance.Sweet Grilled Cheese 6Spread a bit of the frosting on one slice, with enough to squish out to look like melted cheese.Sweet Grilled Cheese 7Top with another slice of cake to form a sandwich.

Fry to toast really well and browned nicely so it resembles a grilled cheese sandwich!April Fools Fake Out Prank Food

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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A sandwich made from marbled rye bread, lots of corned beef made in the crock pot, or slow cooker using my no-fail, easy recipe. Layer on a scrumptious homemade slaw and thousand island dressing that makes up quickly for a great dish. A favorite!

BEST Reuben Sandwich

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Reuben Sandwich

 

You don’t have to wait for St. Patrick’s Day to make the BEST Reuben Sandwich ever!  

This best Reuben Sandwich is a must in your regular meal rotation, because it’s so delicious. 

Start with lots of tender corned beef stuffed in between thick slices of marbled rye bread.

Generously spoon on the quick to make homemade crisp slaw; which compliments the corned beef amazingly. 

Then top it all off with a Thousand Island dressing that you make yourself in hardly any time at all.  This sauce is better than anything you can purchase, seriously it’s fabulous. 

The combination of layers creates one of the most extraordinary sandwiches you’ll ever eat.   

In the Reuben you can use slow cooked corn beef, and the link is HERE , or  you can use deli pastrami to make it even easier. Either way, this sandwich will satisfy even the heartiest appetite.

It’s an excellent choice in sandwich to take on an outing, a picnic, or to make ahead for a busy day because it’s a crowd- pleaser, and your family will ask for it often. 




The BEST Reuben Sandwich with Homemade Slaw & Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

Ingredients:

Rye Bread OR Marbled Rye Bread

Cooked Corn Beef (click HERE for my recipe to cook it yourself, just stop before adding in the potatoes, cabbage, etc.), deli sliced corn beef or pastrami

Homemade Broccoli Slaw, recipe below

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing, recipe below

 

Directions for assembling the Reuben:

       1- Place a piece of bread on plate.

       2- Generously place cooked corn beef

       3- Spoon mixed slaw liberally over meat

       4- Pour dressing over slaw

       5- Top with another slice of bread

ENJOY!

 

Homemade Broccoli Slaw

Ingredients:

1/3  cup real mayonnaise (can use Miracle Whip, but it tends to overpower it with sweetness)

1/8 tsp. celery seed

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. Emerill Original Seasoning

3 tsp. seasoned rice vinegar (vinegar with sugar added)

12 oz. broccoli slaw

5-6 green onions, sliced thin




Directions for slaw:

To make the Homemade Thousand Island Dressing:

1- Combine the mayonnaise, celery seed, garlic powder, onion powder Emerill’s Original Seasoning and rice wine vinegar.

2- Allow to sit 15 minutes to overnight. 

 

Thirty minutes to 2 hours before serving/assembling the Reuben sandwich:

In a large bowl, combine the broccoli slaw, sliced onions and dressing.

Mix the dressing into the broccoli slaw.

Serve. 

Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator, use within 2 days.Broccoli Slaw 3




Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

Ingredients:

1 cup REAL mayonnaise

1/4 cup chili sauce

1 Tbl. minced yellow onion

1 Tbl. minced dill pickle

1 Tbl. minced celery

1 Tbl. sour cream

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

dash hot pepper sauce

1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. sugar

Salt to taste



Directions for Homemade Thousand Island Dressing:

1- In a bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well.Thousand Island Dressing2- Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.

Best if used within 24 hours.Thousand Island Dressing 1

To make a mouth-watering fabulous sandwich: lay down some of my easy to make crockpot corned beef, or deli pastrami, a generous helping of the slaw and slather with the homemade sauce.  

A sandwich made from marbled rye bread, lots of corned beef made in the crock pot, or slow cooker using my no-fail, easy recipe. Layer on a scrumptious homemade slaw and thousand island dressing that makes up quickly for a great dish. A favorite!

Reuben Sandwich with homemade Slaw and thousand island dressing

You will make this often, it’s so good!!! A sandwich made from marbled rye bread, lots of corned beef made in the crock pot, or slow cooker using my no-fail, easy recipe. Layer on a scrumptious homemade slaw and thousand island dressing that makes up quickly for a great dish. A favorite!

Reuben Sandwich with homemade Slaw and thousand island dressingeuben Sandwich, Slaw and homemade dressing

Carrie Groneman’s recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse

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A nice dinner plate with slices of tender corned beef, al dente cooked cabbage, small red potatoes, Brussel sprouts and mini carrots.

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage

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A nice dinner plate with slices of tender corned beef, al dente cooked cabbage, small red potatoes, Brussel sprouts and mini carrots.

Best Traditional Easy Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage

Are you looking for THE best and easy Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe?

But worried the meat will turn out dry or the seasonings not right?

Hands down, this really is the easiest and tastiest Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe I’ve found and so I use it year after year; I think you’ll really like it too.

You get the traditional Irish Dinner made in your crock pot, or slow cooker,  and it’s really the best method for a no-fuss, no-fail, tender, fall apart tender moist meat that is seasoned perfectly.

Then if you have any leftover meat,  I have a fabulous Reuben recipe you’ll really enjoy HERE

TIP:  When you find a great deal on good cuts (flats with little fat are your best value for the money), buy an extra.  Wrap them well and freeze for later. 

Here’s a little tidbit of information.  Corned beef is prepared by using the brisket, which is cured in a brine solution with seasonings.  So it’s a very special type of meat and really cooks nicely in the crock pot or slow cooker using my recipe slowly in moist heat, which produces a savory, slightly salty extraordinary tender piece of meat.




Best Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Ingredients:Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage

5-6 lbs. corned brisket of beef – get a ‘flat cut’, with as little fat as possible

2 medium to large onions, peeled and sliced thick

4 ribs celery, chopped

2 tsp. whole peppercorns

3 tsp. whole cloves

4 whole garlic cloves OR 2 Tbl. minced garlic

8 bay leaves

2 tsp. mustard seeds

5-6 medium red skinned, or thin white skinned potatoes

1 – 1 ½ lbs. baby carrots

1-2 pkgs. frozen Brussels sprouts

1 small white cabbage, cut into quarters (red cabbage “bleeds” and loses its color)

3-4 Tbl. fresh parsley, chopped

 

Optional:  

Stone ground mustard, Dijon mustard and creamed horseradish




Directions:

In the bottom of the crock pot add:

1 sliced onion, 2 chopped celery ribs, 1 ½ tsp. peppercorns, 1 ½ tsp. whole cloves, half of the garlic cloves or 1 Tbl. minced garlic, 4 bay leaves and 1 tsp. mustard seedsCorned Beef and Vegetables 2Rinse the corned beef off  in cold water.Corned Beef and Vegetables 3

Place it in the crock pot with the fat layer on the topside, if there is a side with more of a layer of fat

On top of the corned beef, layer the rest of the onion, celery, peppercorns, whole cloves, garlic, bay leaves and mustard seed.

Then pour in enough water to cover the corned beef. Corned Beef and Vegetables 4Place on lid and cook on high for 4 hours. 

THEN Corned Beef and Vegetables 5




Turn down heat to low for approximately 4 more hours or until the meat is tender and shreds easily.Corned Beef and Vegetables 6When the meat is done, remove the hot meat to an oven proof dish/platter, cover with tin foil and place in a warm oven.Corned Beef and Vegetables 7Carefully strain the hot cooking liquid through a strainer into a large pot, discard the seasonings and cooked vegetables.Corned Beef and Vegetables 8To the strained liquid in the large pot, add in the cut potatoes and mini carrots.Corned Beef and Vegetables 9




Cover and simmer over a medium heat until al dente tender.

Meaning they  still have a slight crunch to the bite. 

Add in the Brussel Sprouts to the hot liquid and cook for 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the cabbage, taking out the center core and chop into pieces or leave in chunks; as you desire.Corned Beef and Vegetables 10To the boiling al dente cooked vegetables, now add in the cabbage and parsley.

Cook just until the cabbage is tender but not mushy.

The key is to not over cook the vegetables!Corned Beef and Vegetables 11Take the meat from the tin foil.  Scrap off any layers of fat.

Slice the corned beef on a cutting board.

Using a slotted spoon, take out the cooked vegetables and place in a serving bowl; pour some of the hot cooking liquid on top.

Serve with mustard and horseradish on the side along with Irish Soda Bread.  Click HERE for that AMAZING recipeEasy Corned Beef and Cabbage

Serve with traditional Irish Soda Bread with Raisins, click HERE

If you have any extra corned beef, this Reuben Sandwich is fabulous with my easy homemade slaw and dressing.  The recipes are HERE

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Guiltless Full Flavor Pizza

Guiltless Pizza

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Guiltless Full Flavor Pizza

Pizza without the guilt, but all the flavor

I love a good piece of pizza BUT I do not like all the extra calories I have to work off.

So to the rescue is this pizza and it is sssooooo GOOD! So often the ‘low fat’ versions are – well – kinda icky.  But not this pizza.

Really, you can trust me on this one.  It’s not only low in fat, less calories, it’s figure friendly too, and best of all……dum, dum, dum….it actually fills you up!

Give it a try tonight.  Oh, and by the way, this skinny version pizza that’s packed full of flavor, is so quick and easy, you will make it often – I do!




Guiltless Full Flavor Pizza

Ingredients:

Pita Bread, whole wheat or white

Your favorite pizza sauce

1 slice smoked provolone cheese per pizza or string cheese (the string cheese does NOT melt as well and was the same points in WW as the slice of smoked provolone,- I preferred the provolone)

Portabella mushrooms and 3-4 shallots; see instructions below

Spinach

Roasted Red Bell Pepper, bottled or click HERE for a recipe to easily roast your own peppers

Optional additional ingredients: 

sauteed onions, sliced olives, turkey pepperoni



Directions:

Slice mushrooms into thick slices.Guiltless Pizza 2Heat 2 Tbl. butter flavored olive oil or butter (may need a bit more if too dry to saute) over med-high in a skillet.  Add in the mushrooms and diced shallots; cook until almost tender. Guiltless Pizza 3Then add in 2 tsp. sugar and 1-2 Tbl. balsamic vinegar, to your taste.  Cook until the mushrooms are cooked through and glazed.  Set aside to use on the pizza.Guiltless Pizza 4



 

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Place a pita bread on baking sheet. 

Spread pizza sauce evenly over the pita.

Break up cheese slice to cover sauce.

Lay spinach leaves to cover the pizza well.Guiltless Pizza 5Spoon mushrooms over the pizza. 

Top with sliced roasted red bell pepper.Guiltless Pizza 6Bake for 8-12 minutes, just until cheese is melted and ingredients are heated through.Guiltless Pizza 7

Adapted slightly from Weight Watchers, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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Salisbury Steak & Mushroom Gravy

Homemade Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy

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Salisbury Steak & Mushroom Gravy

Salisbury Steak & Mushroom Gravy

Homemade Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy is COMFORT food at it’s BEST, while easy and quick too!

Hands down, this Homemade Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.  

It’s also a fabulous way to stretch the budget with a meal that is packed with flavor and satisfies. 

It is home cooking, but it is also considered in the category of gourmet and company elegant. Serve this Homemade Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy over noodles or rice.

I have a trick to share. If you are feeding a bunch of munchkins and need to stretch the meat budget; after cooking the beef patties, simply cut them into pieces to reaaallllyyy extend the meat.  So instead of everyone getting a meat patty, they get lots of bite-sized pieces.  Either way –  YUMMY! 

Homemade Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy

Ingredients:
2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

1 small onion, minced

1 Tbl. balsamic vinegar

1 Tbl. garlic, minced

1 tsp. beef bouillon

1 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp Montreal steak seasoning

4 Tbl. butter, divided

1 (8 – 16 oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms

1 cup water

1 (1.2 oz) packet brown gravy mix

1 (10 oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup milk

1 Tbl. balsamic vinegar

2 Tbl. sour cream

12-16 oz. pasta of your choice or rice *AMS reader Tasha suggested mashed potatoes for this dish – YUMMY!

Directions:
In a large bowl beat eggs.

Homemade Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy

Homemade Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy

Then add in the beef, bread crumbs, onion, vinegar, garlic, beef, bouillon, Worcestershire and steak seasoning.

Mix thoroughly.

Then shape into 4 oval patties.

In a large skillet, melt 2 Tbl. butter over med-high heat.

Homemade Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy

Homemade Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy

Place the patties into the pan.

Brown patties on both sides and transfer to a plate.Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy 3

To the pan add remaining 2 Tbl. butter and mushrooms; sauté for 7-8 minutes.

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If the mixture runs dry, add more butter, or a bit of water.

In a bowl, add the water and whisk in gravy mix until smooth stir in cream of mushroom soup, milk, balsamic vinegar and sour cream.

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Stir into the mushroom mixture and cook for 2 minutes.Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy 7

Return the browned hamburger patties to skillet and spoon gravy over top.

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Cover the pan and simmer the meat and gravy together for 20-25 minutes or until the meat is cooked completely through.

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As you can see, the gravy will thicken while cooking.Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy 10

*While the meat and gravy are simmering, cook your rice, pasta or potatoes.

Homemade Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy

Homemade Salisbury Steak and Mushroom Gravy

Serve Salisbury steaks and mushroom gravy over hot cooked rice, cooked pasta or mashed potatoes

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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