Meatballs and Spanish Rice

I found this recipe in Whole Foods for the Whole Family cookbook.  I’ve done a little altering to it though.  First, it calls for brown rice, which I swear I bought, but is nowhere to be found in my pantry.  So I subbed white rice.

The method for making this involves baking the raw meatballs on top of the rice.  Because of this, you’re going to need to use very lean meat or else the dish will be too greasy.  I’ve made it before with ground bison.  This time I used some of the 88 meatballs I made and froze.  I froze some of them raw, specifically to use in this dish.  A quick thaw in the microwave was all they needed.  It sped up the prep work a lot to start with the meatballs already made.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more...]

Ingredient Spotlight: Broth

How do you like the new look of the site?  If you’re reading in a reader or email, click over and have a look.  Shannon at Eight Crazy Designs has done a fabulous job with the redesign.  There are a few things I still need to tweak, but I’m thrilled with the new look.  I’ll also be adding a recipe index soon.  Well, as soon as I finish recategorizing all of my posts and since there are 619 that might take a while!

After taking a few weeks break, we’re back with Ingredient Spotlight.  I’ll have a schedule to share with you soon, in case you like to know what’s coming.  Today we’re focusing on broth.  Canned broth is one convenience item I always like to keep on hand.

Here are a few of my recipes that use broth: [Read more...]

Italian Sausage and Bean Soup

At the end of January I posted 19 Soup Recipes to Warm You Up.  I asked for your favorite recipes and several of you passed on good ones.  This recipe was shared by Connie.  It caught my eye for two reasons. 1) It uses Italian sausage and I have a freezer full of the stuff from my niece’s 4-H project. 2) It’s fast and easy.

The soup was delicious.  I admit to being skeptical when I poured in the can of butter beans.  I wasn’t too sure it looked good and I didn’t think my kids would eat it.  I was wrong.  The soup was wonderful and the kids loved it (except my child who hates all things sausage).  My youngest, very picky son even loved the butter beans.  The wonders never cease.  [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup

So, I made up a new soup recipe.  I wanted a beef vegetable soup that I could just throw the ingredients in the crockpot and let it all cook together.  Most of the beef vegetable soups I’ve seen involve cooking the beef first and then adding it to the soup.  I was feeling too lazy for that.  Here’s what I came up with.  Substitute as needed. [Read more...]

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