Recipe: Robio’s Skillet Not-Quite-Chili

Robio's Skillet Not-Quite-ChiliTonight I was feeling a bit lazy.  I knew I had hamburger thawed and bacon in the fridge, so while I was at the grocery store, I picked up the corn, one of the cans of beans, and some onions.
The Ingredients
Ground Beef, about a pound
Bacon (about 5 strips – I used thick cut, maple cured)
1 can petite diced tomatoes
2 cans baked beans
1 can whole kernal corn
1 medium vidalia onion
1/2 bottle of Barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory and Brown Sugar)
black pepper
Prep and Cooking
1. Dice the bacon into small pieces
2. Brown beef and bacon in skillet, adding a little black pepper
3. After the beef and bacon are nearly browned, add the chopped onion
4. When the beef and bacon have finished browning, drain the grease, then add the barbecue sauce
5. Let this cook for a few minutes before adding the cans of beans and the drained cans of corn and tomatoes
6. Cook until the mixture is hot throughout
**This really is one of my lazy dinners.  Only two items require chopping, it is all cooked in one skillet, and it doesn’t require much cleanup.

Recipe: Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell PeppersI was trying to think of what to have yesterday while shopping at the local grocery store. While in the produce section, I noticed the red and yellow peppers. While looking at them, I noticed the abundance of green peppers which also looked good. I hadn’t had stuffed peppers in a while and I thought my in-laws might be coming over for dinner tonight and know that they like them, so I decided to make Stuffed Bell Peppers.
I’m not sure if these peppers were thicker or fresher than the ones I’ve had from others’ Stuffed Pepper recipes or if they just cook them longer in the oven, but the ones I made tonight were much more crisp and juicy. I actually liked them better this way, but it did make for a much stronger green pepper flavor. Most times the pepper doesn’t really seem to have a lot of flavor –it seems to only serve as the vessel for holding the beef mixture.
Diced Red and Yellow PeppersThe Ingredients
6 green peppers
1 red and 1 yellow pepper, diced
1lb ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
small chunk of ginger, minced
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
Worcester sauce
shredded cheese
sea salt
cracked black pepper
Peppers stuffed and ready for the ovenPrep and Cooking
1. Prep and start the rice (in a rice cooker)
2. Brown beef in skillet with onion, garlic, ginger, Worcester sauce, salt and pepper
3. Prep the green peppers while the mixture simmers by cutting out the tops and removing the seeds
4. Mix the rice into the beef mixture and stuff the peppers to almost full
5. Spread any remaining mixture across the bottom of the baking dish, emplace the peppers, cover with foil, and place in the oven at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes
6. Remove the dish, fill the peppers the rest of the way with cheese, and place back in the oven, uncovered, until the cheese is melted –about 5 to 10 minutes
**Note: I actually made two separate mixtures with rice. I knew my younger daughter wouldn’t eat the peppers and doesn’t like spicy food so I divided the mixture above prior to adding the can of Tomatoes with Green Chilies and the brown rice -she also doesn’t like brown rice. I made a pot of white rice while the peppers were cooking and stirred it into the remaining mixture.

Recipe: Ginger Garlic Beef with Cilantro

Sorry, no picture. Got everything done and on the table, served the kids, wife, then myself and just started chowing down -forgot all about taking a pic. 😦
**Note: I prepped and started 2 cups of brown rice in the rice cooker before getting busy on the Beef mixture. Taking my time with the recipe below, as well as making salad, I was finished all the prep and cooking about the time the rice finished.
The Ingredients
1 package of ground beef (tonight’s was about 1.3 lbs and 80% lean)
Ginger root, about a thumb-sized piece (peeled and finely diced/minced – added some of this to the rice before starting it in the rice cooker)
3 cloves of garlic
1 carrot, medium
salt/sea salt
black pepper
fresh cilantro
Lemon Juice
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Worcestershire Sauce
Prep and Cooking
1. Finely chop/dice/mince the ginger and garlic
2. Julienne the carrots into small pieces
3. Add the garlic, ginger, carrots, pepper, and salt to the ground beef while browning it
4. Add five or six splashes of Worcestershire Sauce, a small squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and less than a teaspoon of sugar
5. Cover and let simmer 5 to 10 minutes
6. Add the chopped cilantro to the mixture and continue to simmer until rice is done
6. Serve over rice (brown or white…which ever strikes your fancy)
I guess it was good. Everyone liked it and my younger daughter didn’t complain once about the brown rice which she claims to not like.
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