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Go ahead and wipe the drool off your mouth…. this picture will do that to you, and yes it really is that good. This is not a fast recipe, but it is worth the wait.  The meal itself is rather easy most the time is just waiting for it to cook and to get the meat to the point that it falls apart and melts in your mouth.  This recipe is also great as leftovers or to freeze part of it for a super fast and easy dinner idea another night. We eat it on top of mashed potatoes but you can also eat it over rice or noodles.

Ingredients

2 pounds of beef, cubed
Olive oil
6 carrots, diced
2 celery sticks, choped
1 onion, sliced
1 shallot, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 small can of diced tomatoes (any size is ok, depending how thick you’d like the stew)
1 quart of beef broth
1/2 cup of red wine
2 Tbsp of Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
handful of parsley, chopped
1 cup of frozen peas
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of flour

 

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Season meat with salt and pepper. In a bowl coat the meat with the flour and remove any excess flour. Brown meat in a large pan with the olive oil. Then add the onions, shallots, garlic and celery. Cook for a couple of minutes or until onions are softened, in medium heat. Deglaze the pan with the wine or grape juice. Cook for about 5 minutes, add the tomatoes and crush them a little with a wooden spoon.
Then add the italian seasoning, the bay leaf and beef broth. Stir. Lower heat and allow to simmer for 3 hours, stirring frequently.
Once the beef is tender, remove the bay leaf. Add the carrots. Test flavor, add salt if needed. Allow the carrots to cook for another 50 minutes in low heat. Put in the frozen peas during the last 10 minutes of cooking.
Before serving add more fresh parsley. Serve over mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Weeknight Dinner Idea Italian Beef Stew ~ Good Homecooked Recipes
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of beef, cubed
  • Olive oil
  • 6 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small can of diced tomatoes (any size is ok, depending how thick you'd like the stew)
  • 1 quart of beef broth
  • ½ cup of red wine
  • 2 Tbsp of Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • handful of parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup of flour
Instructions
  1. Season meat with salt and pepper. In a bowl coat the meat with the flour and remove any excess flour. Brown meat in a large pan with the olive oil. Then add the onions, shallots, garlic and celery. Cook for a couple of minutes or until onions are softened, in medium heat. Deglaze the pan with the wine or grape juice. Cook for about 5 minutes, add the tomatoes and crush them a little with a wooden spoon.
  2. Then add the italian seasoning, the bay leaf and beef broth. Stir. Lower heat and allow to simmer for 3 hours, stirring frequently.
  3. Once the beef is tender, remove the bay leaf. Add the carrots. Test flavor, add salt if needed. Allow the carrots to cook for another 50 minutes in low heat. Put in the frozen peas during the last 10 minutes of cooking.
  4. Before serving add more fresh parsley. Serve over mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

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Breakfast Burritos ~ Freezer Friendly Camping Recipe

This Breakfast Burritos recipe is awesome for camping or just for an easy breakfast idea. Did I mention that it is also freezer friendly, you can make up a big batch of Breakfast Burritos and enjoy them for weeks to come.  You can heat them up over a fire, in the oven or in the microwave (take the foil off), or fry the Breakfast Burritos up in a skillet.

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Breakfast Burritos ~ Freezer Friendly Camping Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 8 eggs scrambled
  • 4 -5 cups potatoes (cooked) butter and seasoning salt
  • 1-2 cups breakfast sausage or italian sausage (more if you like)
  • 2 cups grated cheese ( I use mexican blend)
  • medium sized flour tortillas (10-15)
  • Foil to wrap them in

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Directions:

You can customize these however you like. But this is how I make them for my family.  I start by cooking up the sausage. I like to mix breakfast sausage and mild italian sausage. If you like a LOT of meat you might add more, but I normally cook about 1 1/2- 2 cups of sausage.  I chop it into small pieces, once it is cooked thru I put it in bowl and set it aside.  In the SAME pan that I just cooked the meat in I add the potatoes (washed and cleaned and chopped into bite sized pieces).  The fat or drippings from the sausage helps flavor the potatoes, and it also helps them NOT stick to the pan. I like to season the potatoes with steak seasoning, seasoning salt and garlic powder.

Love the butter

If they look like they are sticking you can add a little butter to the pan. I also like to add about a 1/2 cup of water to the pan and put the lid on. This helps the potatoes cook faster. Once the water is gone, I take the lid off and let them crisp up and brown  a bit. Once the potatoes are cooked I put them aside with the meat. I then whisk the eggs and cook the scrambled eggs.

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Once you have the eggs, sausage and potatoes cooked it is time to assemble your burritos.  You can use any tortilla, I use the medium sized ones. This recipe will normally make about 15 burritos. If your kids are not picky and will eat everything in the burritos you can now combine the eggs, meat and potatoes. If they are picky keep them separate  so you can custom make their burritos. Add a scoop of filling to the middle of the tortilla top with cheese, fold the sides in roll up to create a burrito, wrap in foil.

Storage:

You can now store them in a ziploc bag in the freezer till you are ready to eat them. Once ready to eat thaw, then heat them up over a fire, in the oven or in the microwave (take the foil off), or fry them up in a skillet.  If you are heating them over a fire put them in the coals (not an open flame) and turn them every few minutes. They should be ready to eat in about 6-9 minutes depending on the temperature of the coals. camping menu recipe ideas, breakfast burritos made on the campfire, camping hacks, breakfast ideas for outdoor cooking, menu plan

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Meals By The Week – 1-Week Free Trial

 Meals by the Week takes meal planning off your plate. We plan dinner menus based on sale items at your grocery store. Currently, Meals by the Week publishes 18 different menus each week for grocery store chains, including Safeway, Hy-Vee, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, and others. We also publish a Vegetarian and a 400 Calorie menu. Our recipes are family-friendly, and we like to build convenient menus based on real food.

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What is on a the menu at our house?

I get an email at least once a week asking me what I feed my family. Most of them are  just wanting to learn how to cross over from the habit of shopping daily for that days menu plan.  While others are convinced we eat  nothing but processed food.  They see the photos of what I buy that week and can not seem to wrap their brain around the idea of cooking from that weeks promo items and your stockpile.

Some of you “type A” personality’s  are much more organized than me, and I am sure there is a rotation chart or something fancy that would make menu planning easier.  But I do what works for me, I plan my meals around the fresh promo items that I get that week.  As well as what I get in my Bountiful Basket that week.  I then use my food storage or stockpile items, as well as freezer items to plan my meals.

Being that I do not write my menu out a week in advance  I am sharing last weeks menu with you!  Hope it helps you understand that eating from your stockpile can be made a way of life,  is both rewarding and thrifty!

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Sunday

Monday

  • Breakfast- Cheesy Grits
  • Lunch- Ham and cheese omelette
  • Dinner- Ham rolls, rice, green beans and corn

Tuesday

  • Breakfast-Yogurt, toast and hot chocolate
  • Lunch- Potato Soup with grilled cheese
  • Dinner- Hawaiian  Hay-Stacks (rice, chicken, gravy, cheese, celery, onions, almonds, green olives, pineapple, tomatoes)

Wednesday

  • Breakfast- Hot oatmeal
  • Lunch- Left over Hawiian Hay Stack
  • Dinner-  Baked Potatoes with chili and cheese

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

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