Category Archives: Beef

Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas

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Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas

I have to say, these are so good they are addicting.  Very easy and a quick supper on the table in no time.

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 (16-oz.) can refried beans, heated
  • 2 avocados, peeled, halved, seeded and sliced
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat and cook until browned, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks.  Drain excess fat and stir in taco seasoning and green chiles; set aside.

Top tortilla with refried beans, ground beef mixture, avocado and mozzarella, and then top with another tortilla.  Repeat with remaining tortillas to make 4 quesadillas.

Place quesadillas onto the prepared baking sheet.  Place into oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 8-10 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.

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Korean Beef Bowl

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Korean Beef Bowl

Leftover rice?  Try this quick and easy recipe.

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, more or less to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Rice

In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and ginger.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.

Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Serve immediately, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired.

Serves 4.

“We honor the Creator when we honor the memory of His creatures.”

Cocktail Sausage Meatballs

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Cocktail Sausage Meatballs

This is good for just about any kind of social function.  Entertaining at home or for a potluck.  I know I don’t need another meatball recipe on my blog, but my husband insisted I put it on.

  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 pound bulk sausage (I used mild)
  • 1/4 pound lean ground beef (I used 1/3 lb.)
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed soda crackers
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce

Combine egg, sausage, ground beef, crackers, milk, and sage until well mixed.  Shape into meatballs and brown in a small amount of oil in a large pot.  (Or, like I did, put into a pan and bake 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes until brown.)  Drain the meatballs and place in a baking dish.  Combine water, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, and barbecue sauce in a bowl.  Stir until well blended.  Pour sauce over meatballs and bake 30 minutes at 325 degrees.

Serves 8 to 12.

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Meatball Soup

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Meatball Soup

You can make this quick and easy soup in a half hour if you have all the ingredients on hand.  This is scrumptiously delicious!  On this beautiful, but very cold day, it tasted so good.  I can’t wait to have seconds.

  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 to 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 (14.5-oz.) cans beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (32-oz.) pkg. frozen meatballs (I used slightly more)
  • 1 1/2 cups small pasta, uncooked  (I used ditalini)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish:  grated Parmesan cheese

Mix together all ingredients except garnish in a large stock pot over medium heat.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, or until pasta is tender and meatballs are warmed through.  Garnish servings with Parmesan cheese.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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Quick Meatloaf Chili

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Quick Meatloaf Chili

Normally, I don’t have any leftover meatloaf, but because I had made a larger than normal recipe, I had leftovers.  I decided to try this with it and it was really delicious.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 – 2 jalapeno peppers, minced (I used jarred jalapenos)
  • 2 – 3 cups crumbled leftover meatloaf
  • 2 (14-oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 ( 8-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup beef broth
  • 2 (15-oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic; cook and stir for 5 minutes.  Add jalapeno pepper; cook and stir for 3 minutes.

Add meatloaf, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, black beans, chili powder, cumin, Tabasco, and salt and pepper to taste.  Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 – 35 minutes until slightly thickened.  Serve immediately with sour cream, Parmesan cheese, and more jalapenos.

(I thought this was going to be pretty spicy, but it really wasn’t.)

Serves 6.

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Shepherd’s Pie

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Shepherd’s Pie

This is comfort food at it’s best.  Yummy!

Filling

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped fine
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup beer (mild lager or non-alcoholic)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cups mixed frozen veggies

Topping

  • 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream, warmed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Heat butter in large skillet over medium-high heat until foaming.  Add onion and cook until soft, about 8 minutes.  Add meat, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, breaking up meat into small pieces with wooden spoon, until browned, about 12 minutes.  Add flour and tomato paste and cook until paste begins to darken, about 1 minute.

Add cream and cook until it spatters, about 1 minute.  Add broth, beer, soy sauce, and simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is thick but still saucy, 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in veggies, adjust seasonings, and transfer to broiler-safe 2-quart casserole dish.

Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees.  Bring potatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and water to cover to boil in large saucepan over high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.  Drain potatoes, return to saucepan, and mash potatoes with butter and cream until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.

Spread potatoes over filling, using spatula to smooth top.  Brush with egg and drag fork across top to make ridges.  Bake until filling is bubbling, about 15 minutes.  Turn on broil and cook until top is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes.  Serve.

Serves 6 to 8.

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Spaghetti & Meatball Soup

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Spaghetti & Meatball Soup

This soup is classic comfort food.  My husband says this is one  of the best soups I have ever made.  You can make your own meatballs if you like, but buying them is a quicker way of getting supper on the table.  And you can use any small pasta you like.

  • 1 lb. purchased frozen beef meatballs
  • 1/2 cup each chopped carrots, celery and onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, opt.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cups low-sodium beef broth, divided
  • 2 (15-oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz. dry spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Arrange meatballs on a baking sheet.  Bake meatballs according to package directions.

Mince carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in a food processor.

Saute’ carrot mixture, Italian herbs, and pepper flakes in oil in a pot over medium-high heat until softened, about 3 minutes.

Stir in 4 cups broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil.  Add spaghetti and meatballs and simmer soup until pasta is al dente, 10 minutes.  Stir in remaining 2 cups broth and season with salt and pepper.  Stir in basil right before serving.  Sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese and serve.

Makes 6 servings (12 cups).

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