Everyday Mom's Meals: March 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

My Little Sous Chef

I can't remember exactly when it was, but it was sometime right before Christmas. Out of the blue, little man came to me and said "Mommy, will you teach me to cook? Like, cook for real?" Sure, he's been in the kitchen with me since before he could even sit up on his own, and he's always been a fantastic helper, but now he was wanting more. He didn't want to just stir and pour. He wanted to learn how to make dishes from beginning to end. 

Well, you can imagine how excited I was to share my passion with my son. So, we started with some simple things he could easily do 90% on his own, and take the credit for. That first night his dad came home and he proclaimed "Dad, I made supper", the smile on his face said it all.

It's so funny how things work out, because it was only a week or so after he asked me to start teaching him, when the pregnancy test turned positive, and soon after that food became my number one enemy. Little did he know when he asked to learn, just how quick he would be getting some true hands on experience. 

There were many evenings during that first trimester I would give directions to him from my recliner, and he would handle most of the meal. He was such a trooper. Sure, I made sure I planned simple meals he could easily conquer, but still, there he was making sure we still had supper, with only a little help from me. 

Then at Valentine's Day his aunt and uncle got him a kids crock pot cookbook and he dove right in. Marking page after page of things we just had to try. By this time I was feeling a little more human like, so I could direct him a little more, and/or change the recipes a bit to fit our schedule. 

This was the first recipe he wanted to make, and I'm so glad he did. These are super easy, not to mention delicious. Plus, it makes a ton which you can use for leftovers all week, or freeze for another time.

I've always referred to him as my little sous chef, but little did I know just how true that would become over these past few months!

Crock Pot Barbecue Beef Sammies
2 lbs. ground beef
2 TBS dried onion
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 c. ketchup
4 TBS brown sugar
1 c. water
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large skillet, brown beef until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper. Add to slow cooker. In a medium bowl combine ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, dried onion, garlic powder and brown sugar. Mix well. Pour over ground beef. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 1/2 hours. Take lid off for last 30 minutes of cooking. Serve with a slotted spoon on buns. Top with pickles if desired.

Friday, March 4, 2016

So Many Casseroles {A Gooseberry Patch Review & Giveaway}

Yes! I am back with another great cookbook from my friends at Gooseberry Patch. I tell you what, these folks just keep getting better and better with their recipe collections! Each time I get one of their books, I am amazed at how many delicious dishes they can fit between the two covers. 

This one holds a special place in my heart because it is filled with one of my favorite things...casseroles. You have heard your Everyday Mom (Yes, that's me) say it time and time again.."Casseroles are a busy mom, or dad's best friend." A yummy, simple meal that can be on the table when your family is hungry, and you don't have to be in the kitchen for hours preparing it! 

When I started the elimination process of picking one recipe to share with ya'll, it wasn't easy! There are terrific ideas for everything from breakfast and brunch, all the way through dessert. But the minute I saw the word cabbage, I stopped in my tracks.  We are cabbage fiends. Seriously, we can't get enough of the stuff. It's really becoming an addiction of sorts. And even though I have a recipe for a Cabbage Roll Casserole, I knew by reading the ingredients, this one would taste very different, but yet still familiar. 

Now, I will warn you, this one slow cooks in the oven, so make sure you've got a little extra time on your hands. Maybe for a Sunday supper. Or make it ahead and reheat! I'm sure it would taste great like that too. But it's all worth it, because it is so incredibly tasty, and hearty too! We gobbled the entire dish down, and everyone went back for seconds.

If you are a casserole lover like me, this cookbook has to be added to your collection. And you're in luck, because I've got an extra copy to give away! Just scroll to the bottom to see how!

Unstuffed Cabbage
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
3 TBS long grain rice, uncooked
2 eggs
2 tsp. minced white onion
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. white vinegar
2 tsp. dried onion
1 medium head cabbage, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
Dried Parsley, for garnish*
In a large bowl mix together beef, rice, fresh onion, eggs, salt and pepper. Form into (12) 1-inch balls. Set aside. In another bowl, combine tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar and dried onion. Mix well. Grease a 9x13 baking dish and place half of the cabbage in the bottom. Top with half of the tomato mixture. Add meatballs. Pour remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle with remaining cabbage. Cover with foil. Bake at 325 for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 250 and bake an additional 3 hours. Garnish with parsley before serving.

Shared at Weekend Potluck


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Disclaimer: I received two cookbooks in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.