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Hamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup

Versatile soup with lots of flavor from roasted veggies that can either be made deliciously fatty (aka fat bomb) for those on keto, low fat, or somewhere in between.

Today’s recipe is a wonderful soup that has lots of flavor added by roasting veggies. The first time I made it, I didn’t have any brussels sprouts and it was good like that as well. This time I had some frozen brussels sprouts to use. You can eliminate whatever veggies you want or substitute veggies. But this combination was really good.

There’s a lot of chopping to be done, so be sure to give yourself enough time to do so. If I were smart, I’d chop the veggies earlier in the day, so I don’t have to be concerned about time. We don’t like big crunchy veggies in our cooked food, so it takes me a little longer. ;)

Begin by preheating the oven to 350º. Cut the brussels sprouts in half or even quarters, if they are large. The ones I have today are small so I only cut them in half. Dice mushrooms into large pieces. I used about 6-8 mushrooms.

Hamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup ~ Lifeofjoy.meDice a large bell pepper. I like the yellow or orange because they add a little color contrast and different colored foods have different nutrients. I got a good deal on the mixed color peppers, so I used an orange one today. I cut it into about the same size chunks as my mushrooms.

Hamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup ~ Lifeofjoy.meDice about 1/3 of a medium large red onion.

Combine these four veggies on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with melted coconut oil, olive oil, or oil of your choosing. Season with salt and pepper.

Hamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Hamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup ~ Lifeofjoy.meMix them up and spread the evenly on the pan.

Hamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup ~ Lifeofjoy.meRoast for 25-30 minutes. Remove when they are as cooked as you like them.

Meanwhile, brown your ground meat over medium low heat. We used ground turkey which is leaner than ground beef, so we added a bit of coconut oil to it as we cooked it.

Hamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhile that is browning, get to dicing the celery. ;) We dice our celery pretty finely. Once again, we don’t like crunchy veggies, so these are rather small. Also mince the garlic.

Hamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd the celery and garlic to the cooking ground meat. If you are on keto, do NOT drain the fat. You may even need to add a little if you used a lean meat like we did. ;)

Once the celery is pretty well cooked, add the broth, tomatoes (which we will puree next time with the hand blender before adding because, we don’t like chunks :D ), tomato paste, oregano, bay leaf, and either cayenne or chili powder.

Combine and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes. (We accidentally put in too much tomato paste! Way too much!)

Hamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup ~ Lifeofjoy.meStir in the roasted veggies and chopped parsley and serve.

Hamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup ~ Lifeofjoy.meHamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup ~ Lifeofjoy.meHamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd because everything is better with cheese, I added just a bit of freshly grated Parmesan on top of my bowl. :)

Hamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Hamburger and Roasted Veggie Soup

Ingredients

  • 200g brussels sprouts, cut in half
  • 125g mushrooms, diced (about 6-8 medium)
  • 200g yellow or orange bell pepper, diced (about 1 large)
  • 125g red onion, diced (about 1 small red onion)
  • 1/4 cup oil (olive, melted coconut, or your preference)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 2 large stalks celery, finely diced (about 70 grams)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, pureed (14-16 ounces)
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch cayenne pepper or 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350º
  2. Combine brussels sprouts, bell pepper, red onion, and mushrooms on a rimmed baking sheet with oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring after about 15 minutes so they don't brown too much on one side.
  4. Brown ground meat in a dutch oven or large pot, over medium low heat.
  5. Add celery and garlic, cook until celery is softened.
  6. Add broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, oregano, and cayenne or chili powder.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Add roasted veggies and chopped parsley.
  10. Serve.
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(I like some measurements in grams because it is more precise, but usually only with baking. However the base recipe for this used grams and I forgot to re-measure into cups.)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Egg Roll in a Bowl ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Egg Roll in a Bowl

This is a lot like the filling I put in my Egg Rolls with ground meat instead of chicken breast. Since it is not in a wrapper, it is low carb.

I got this recipe from peaceloveandlowcarb.com recently and I loved it. We’ve made it a few times already and I still really like it. :) It is also really easy to make. Much easier to make than egg rolls, too. :)

Start by heating sesame oil in a large skillet.

Egg Roll in a Bowl ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd the minced garlic, diced onion, and white part of the green onions, sliced and sauté until onions are translucent.

Egg Roll in a Bowl ~ Lifeofjoy.meEgg Roll in a Bowl ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd the ground meat (it can be any meat you like: chicken, turkey, beef, pork, whatever), ground ginger, salt, pepper, and sriracha.

Egg Roll in a Bowl ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Egg Roll in a Bowl ~ Lifeofjoy.meCook meat through. Then add the sliced cabbage (or package of coleslaw). I add one shredded medium carrot to my sliced cabbage because that is what is in a package of coleslaw veggies. :) You don’t have to if you don’t want to, it’ll be less carbs without it.Add the Tamari sauce or soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar. I don’t have rice wine vinegar so I use the seasoned rice  vinegar I do have. :)

Egg Roll in a Bowl ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen the cabbage is wilted, it is ready to serve.

Egg Roll in a Bowl ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see, the cabbage melds right in with the meat. At first it looks overpowering but it really shrinks up.

Egg Roll in a Bowl ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Serve with sliced green onion tops and toasted sesame seeds.

Egg Roll in a Bowl ~ Lifeofjoy.meI served it with tortilla chips and pork rinds last night. I meant to add some shrimp to it and forgot all about it. I bet it would really be good though. There’s always next time. :)

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 5 green onions, sliced
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 14 ounces sliced cabbage with grated carrot or coleslaw package
  • 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or vinegar of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Heat sesame oil in large skillet.
  2. Add diced onion, minced garlic, and sliced green onion (white part)
  3. Sauté until onion is translucent
  4. Add ground meat, ground ginger, salt, pepper, and sriracha.
  5. When meat is cooked through, add cabbage (with the carrot), tamari or soy sauce, and vinegar.
  6. Sauté until the cabbage is wilted.
  7. Serve with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onion (green part).
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Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Sausage Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sausage Balls

An easy appetizer with a few simple ingredients. It’s gluten-free and keto.


I remember having sausage balls at parties. I only made them once or twice quite a few years ago and that was with Bisquick.  I recently came across this recipe over on KetoSizeMe for sausage balls that are gluten-free and legal for keto and I realized what a perfect snack these are.

You simply combine all the ingredients and drop on a cookie sheet and bake at 350º for 16-20 minutes.

Sausage Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.meBelieve it or not, the sausage is down in that bowl. ;)

Sausage Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.meI use a cookie dropper to make short work of forming the balls.

Sausage Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.meI made these with turkey sausage.

Put them in the oven on 350º for 16-20 minutes.

Sausage Balls ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sausage Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 pound breakfast sausage
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Form balls and place on cookie sheet
  4. Bake 16-20 minutes
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Until next tie, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Spaghetti ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Spaghetti

A tomato-based meat sauce with some of the acidity removed.

I’m going to share my “recipe” for spaghetti today. It’s one of those, not-really-a-recipe, kind of recipes though. My mom taught me to make this and she never used a recipe either.

Actually, I use this same sauce, with only slight changes, for lasagna too. Don’t be scared off by the zoodles (the green strands). This is my normal spaghetti sauce that I serve over angel hair pasta but since I’m on keto right now, we are having it over the strips of sauteed zucchini.

So this is super simple. Start by browning one pound of ground meat. I use ground turkey right now. Season with some salt and pepper. Add one 6 ounce can of tomato paste. Then fill the empty can with water and add it as well; add one more can of water and combine.

Spaghetti ~ Lifeofjoy.meMix it in well and add 16 ounces of plain tomato sauce.

Spaghetti ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd a sprinkling of onion powder and a dash of garlic powder. Simmer.

Now the important thing is to add about 1/8th of a teaspoon of baking soda. Stir it around. It will bubble up and remove some of the acidicness. (Yeah, that’s probably not even a word. ;) ) If you cook this in a cast iron skillet like I did, don’t let it simmer very long with the baking soda in it or it will darken on top. It doesn’t do this in any other skillet or pan that I know of.

Serve over pasta or zoodles or whatever you choose. :)

Spaghetti ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere I added some sauted onions, peppers, and mushrooms on top, as well as shredded cheese. Once stirred altogether, it looks like this.

Spaghetti ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 1# ground meat
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 16 ounces canned tomato sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • Shredded cheese or Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/3 cup diced green, red, orange, or yellow pepper (optional)
  • 1/3 cup diced onion (optional)
  • 1/2 cup diced mushrooms (optional)

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground meat. (Can add the veggies to cook with the meat or saute separately.)
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add tomato paste. Fill empty can with water (two times) and add to meat and tomato paste.
  4. Add tomato sauce.
  5. Sprinkle with onion powder and dash with garlic powder.
  6. Bring to a simmer.
  7. Add the baking soda.
  8. Serve over zoodles or pasta.
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Crazy Cabbage ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Crazy Cabbage

Slow-cooked cabbage with ground meat, bacon, and a touch of tomato sauce.
Crazy Cabbage ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is another of those recipes I got back when I was either on Atkin’s or on the hCG diet. I got it from http://genaw.com/lowcarb/index.html. She has tons of low carb recipes over there. I like a lot of them. The green been and hamburger casserole is a favorite here.

As some of you may recall, Michael is allergic to beef and pork, so I have to change this up a bit for him. However, this is one of those recipes that I’m unwilling to change for myself and the kids. (Yeah, they’re not really “kids” any more but what do you call young adults that still live with you?) So, I change it up a bit for Michael and make it with the beef and bacon for the kids and me.

Start by browning your ground beef with the chopped onion and some salt and pepper.

Crazy Cabbage ~ Lifeofjoy.meChop the cabbage.

Crazy Cabbage ~ Lifeofjoy.meSpray your 9×13 casserole dish. Place half of the cabbage on the bottom of your pan and season with salt and pepper.

Crazy Cabbage ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext place the browned ground meat (and onions) over the cabbage.

Crazy Cabbage ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext add the rest of the cabbage with more salt and pepper.

Crazy Cabbage ~ Lifeofjoy.meSpoon about 2 cups of tomato sauce on top of the cabbage. Then add bacon. The original directions say to place 3 pieces of bacon across the top. I happened to have these bacon pieces so I laid them out evenly over the top.

Crazy Cabbage ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see, I put a bit more than 3 whole pieces but I like the bacon. :)

Cover with foil and bake at 350º for 3 hours. NOW I MUST SAY that I used a glass pan, so I reduced the temperature down to 325º. I also like my bacon a little crispy because I’m going to eat that yummy stuff rather than discard it like the original directions state. Consequently, I removed the foil for the last 30-60 minutes of baking.

I have a gas oven so broiling things is a real pain but if I had an electric oven, I’d just broil it to crisp up the bacon.

Crazy Cabbage ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen I do this with ground turkey and turkey bacon, I add a little coconut oil (or olive oil) because these meats are way too lean.

Crazy Cabbage ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Crazy Cabbage

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • small onion, diced
  • small head of cabbage, coarsely chopped (less than two pounds before trimming)
  • nearly 2 cups tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Brown the beef with the onions, salt, and pepper.
  2. Grease 9x13 casserole dish.
  3. Place half the cabbage in the pan.Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread cooked beef and onions over the cabbage.
  5. Spread remaining cabbage atop the beef. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Spoon tomato sauce atop the cabbage.
  7. Place bacon on top of the tomato sauce.
  8. Cover with foil and bake at 350º for 3 hours. (I removed the foil for the last 30-60 minutes to brown the bacon because I'm not tossing that yumminess.)
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I hope you like this lower carb meal. :) (It is definitely NOT low fat!)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Taco Mac Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Taco Mac Salad

I don’t know why we call this Taco Mac Salad when there is no macaroni in the salad. It should be called Taco Pasta Salad but then I’d mess myself up when I’m looking for the recipe. :D I think I got it from Menus4moms way back when it was free. It is one salad recipe that my family really enjoys and I’m getting some veggies into them.

This recipe is easily adaptable to whatever you have, there are just some items that are musts: pasta, raw greens, meat, and cheese.

Let’s get started. When we made this yesterday, I cheated and had purchased a bag salad. :) So we just emptied that into a bowl.

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I chopped up about a half cup of green pepper.

Taco Mac Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meBrown the ground meat and put a pot of water on to boil for the tri-color spiral pasta.

Taco Mac Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meShred the cheese. This night we used Pepper Jack Cheese.

Taco Mac Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen the meat is browned and broken up into small bits, add the taco seasoning. So far I’ve used pre-packaged seasoning because it is easiest but in the future we may use a mixture of onion powder, garlic powder, salt, freshly ground pepper, paprika, cumin, and chili powder OR we may just forego the taco seasoning altogether since it seems to bother some members of the family.

Combine the lettuce, green pepper, cheese, meat, and drained pasta.

Taco Mac Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meI let each person put the nacho chips on their plate rather than mixing it in the whole bowl; that way, if we don’t eat it all in one sitting, the chips don’t get all soggy and thus nasty.

Taco Mac Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd salad and combine.

Taco Mac Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meI also do not put dressing on this in the bowl, but let each person put on how much they want. Some of my kids don’t use any dressing at all. I also have diced tomato and either diced onion or green onion available for those that want them. As you may guess, some of my kids don’t like these items either. This night I had some avocado available as well.

Taco Mac Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like a little Catalina (as the recipe calls for) and a little Ranch on mine. :)

Taco Mac Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meMike chose to use plain tortilla chips in his because he said there was enough spiciness with the taco meat and pepper jack cheese.

Taco Mac Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo you can see this is a very versatile recipe and lends itself to whatever you happen to have on hand. :)

Taco Mac Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meI hope you’ll give this a try. It really is quite good.

Taco Mac Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 box (8 oz) tri-color spiral pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 head of lettuce, broken into bite-size pieces
  • 8 oz. cheese, shredded (We've used cheddar, colby-jack, and pepper jack cheeses.)
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 bag (16 oz) Nacho chips (like Doritos)
  • other items as desired: tomato, onion or green pepper, avocado, et cetera
  • 1/2 cup Catalina dressing (or dressing of your choosing)

Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta and drain.
  2. Brown the ground meat, drain if greasy, and add taco seasoning.
  3. Combine all ingredients except chips and taco seasoning.
  4. Serve with chips crushed in bowl with salad and add dressing as desired.
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

PS. The original recipe said to combine the cooked pasta, lettuce, green pepper, and 1/2 cup diced onion with some salt and pepper and chill. Then when you are ready to serve it, add the warm meat, chips, and 1/2 cup French dressing; toss gently and sprinkle with the cheese just before serving.

Undone Cabbage Roll Skillet ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Undone Cabbage Roll Skillet

This is one recipe that I was skeptical of even trying because I didn’t care for cooked cabbage. I got this about a dozen or more years ago. It was part of a weekly menu and grocery list, so to give the whole menu thing a decent go, we tried it. I was pleasantly surprised.

I actually think I like it better than I would actual cabbage rolls because you can modify how much cabbage you use. So let’s get to it. :)

Brown one and a half pounds of ground meat (I use ground turkey) with either onion and garlic or onion powder and garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Brown meat w/seasonings ~ LifeofJoy.me

Meanwhile, slice or chop half a head of cabbage. I slice it on my mandolin.

Shred Cabbage ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Break up the browned meat. Drain, if you have fatty meat. The turkey I use, although by the numbers it should be rather fatty, most of the moisture evaporates and I have no need to drain it.

Brown Turkey ~ Lifeofjoy.me

That handy gadget is one I got from Pampered Chef and I really like it for breaking up the meat.

Add the cabbage, bit by bit. If you try to add it all in at once, you will most likely, have a big mess on your hands. But if you add it bit by bit, it wilts and there is plenty of room for it all. :)

Add Cabbage ~ Lifeofjoy.me Add the V-8 juice.

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Serve over rice, like we did this night, or with baked potatoes. If you prefer to have a low carb meal, you could serve it with cauliflower or spaghetti squash.

Served over Rice ~ Lifeofjoy.me

This night I served it with rice and that wonderful homemade artisan bread that I mentioned last Friday. I’ll be whipping up a batch of this awesome bread again today and will take pictures to share in the next couple of weeks.

The original recipe suggested serving with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Undone Cabbage Roll Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground meat
  • 1 onion, chopped or some onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or some garlic powder
  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped or sliced
  • 8 ounces V-8 vegetable juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, start browning the meat, adding the onion and garlic or onion powder and garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Drain grease as necessary.
  3. Add the cabbage bit by bit, as it wilts, add more.
  4. Add the V-8, simmer on low for 7 minutes on low, covered
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Meatloaf

Today’s recipe is another of those ‘not really a recipe’ recipes. ;) My mom taught me how to make this and that means that I watched her make it to learn how to make it.

Brian’s birthday is later this week. We will go there for some swimming and fireworks. This year we will be doing the extended family celebration of his birthday that day instead of Sunday at my mom and dad’s. So today we are celebrating his birthday with just our immediate family. Thus, he gets to pick his meal and dessert. He chose meatloaf and scalloped potatoes and strawberry cheesecake. I’m surprised because he usually picks chicken enchiladas and mud pie (which I hope to make soon so that I can include it on the blog).

I double this ‘recipe’ when I make it for all of us, so the pictures will look much bigger than what this ‘recipe’ will look like without doubling.

Start by crumbling or chunking one pound of ground beef (I use ground turkey for Mike – meatloaf is one of the few things I do not like made with ground turkey) into your pan. I use a 9×13. Next crumble 1-2 pieces of bread on top of the meat.

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Then break one egg on top (you could beat it slightly if you wanted).

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Then pour about 1/8-1/3 cup of milk on the bread. You want to moisten all the bread. (If you wanted, you could break up the bread into a bowl and pour the milk on the bread and let it soak it all up and then add to the ground meat.)

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Then mix it all up. I just use my hands. Form into a short loaf – no more than 1 1/2 inches tall. Any thicker and it will take longer to cook.

Mixing Meatloaf ~ LifeofJoy.meForming Loaf ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlatten A Bit ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Finally top with ketchup, smearing all over the loaf. Sean and Tiffany don’t like much ketchup on it but Brian, Lauren and I do. :) So one end gets just a hint of ketchup and the other 2/3 gets a much thicker coating.

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Put in the over on 350º-375º for about 45-60 minutes, until the fat that is rendered browns just a bit. Cut it in half to ensure there is NO PINK left in the loaf.

Slice of Meatloaf ~ LifeofJoy.me

Mom always made meatloaf with scalloped potatoes. We never had one without the other. It’s actually funny because for years I didn’t make one without the other. In the last several years I started making scalloped potatoes with other meals too. :D

I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as we do. OH! This is another Picky Eater Award recipe (a.k.a. Lauren, who has never liked meatloaf, likes this)!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Chili

Chili ~ LifeofJoy.meI never really liked chili until Mike and I were dating. One winter Sunday, he took me to his dad and stepmom’s  place and she fixed chili. As you might imagine, I wasn’t very excited about it but felt I should force some down.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that she served shredded cheddar cheese with her chili. I thought, I might actually be able eat this now. I piled the cheese on my half bowl of chili and took one tenuous bite. I was surprised yet again, to find that I actually liked it! Turns out, it wasn’t just the cheese that made the difference; her chili was sweet! Needless to say, I’d never had sweet chili before. It was delicious!

After we got married, I asked Mary (Mike’s stepmom) for her chili recipe. I have made it many times since, especially once the weather turns cold. The weather had turned nice for about a week or so, I even had to open the windows one day and then it got cold and snowed. So I made this recipe and it warmed us right up.

IMG_9085First brown 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of ground meat. I use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

Sometimes I add finely diced onion and green pepper to the meat as it is browning and sometimes I just add onion powder to the meat, about 1/4 teaspoon or so. I basically just sprinkle it over the meat until I can smell the onion scent.

Next add a can of kidney beans and a can of crushed tomatoes. If I have a packet of chili seasoning I add it now as well. If I don’t have that, I just use some seasonings. (1½ tablespoons chili powder, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon pepper, ½ teaspoon paprika, and salt to taste)

Next add a squirt of mustard and ¼ cup brown sugar. Simmer for 2 hours or as long as you can wait. It’s great served with bread or cornbread.

Mustard in Chili ~ LIfeOfJoy.me

Cheeseless Bowl of Chili ~ LifeofJoy.meCheesy Chili ~ LifeofJoy.meSean prefers it over corn chips. Served that way, we have it other times of the year as well.

If you’ve never tried sweet chili before, give this one a shot. If you aren’t a fan of beans, you can leave them out as well but you may need to add a bit of tomato sauce or more tomatoes or it may be too thick.

Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 - 1½ pounds ground meat (turkey or beef)
  • 15 oz. can kidney beans
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/3 of a green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 of an onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • squirt of mustard (about 1½ tablespoons)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chili seasoning packet (or 1½ tablespoons chili powder, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon pepper, ½ teaspoon paprika, and salt to taste)

Instructions

  1. Brown ground meat with onion and green pepper or just with just onion powder. Drain any grease if more than a couple of tablespoons worth.
  2. Add other ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for a couple of hours or as long as you can manage to wait. 😉
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Burgers ~ LifeOfJoy.me

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Burgers ~ LifeOfJoy.me

I fixed these last week when Brian and Lauren came for dinner. Since there were 6 of us, I doubled this recipe. And since Mike cannot have beef and Lauren doesn’t like turkey, I made one pound with ground beef and one pound with ground turkey. Both were delicious! I divided each pound of meat into 3 burgers, making 3 third pound burgers but with the cheese and bacon in them, they were even larger. I do believe that one pound of meat could be stretched to feed 6 if some were smaller children, but we have 6 adults. I will also note that those of us that ate the beef burgers were too full for dessert even an hour or more later.

Ground turkey with worcestershire sauce ~ LifeOfJoy.meI break up the meat in a mixing bowl and add 3-4 shakes of Worcestershire Sauce. (I know this is kind of unappetizing as far as pictures go, but I wanted you to see about how much Worcestershire sauce there is.) Add salt and pepper as desired; I use about 3-4 shakes of my table salt shaker and about 2-3 twists of my pepper mill.

Then cut the cheddar cheese into small cubes. These need to be big enough that they will melt into cheesy pockets of yumminess but small enough that you can get the ground meat worked around them. I used about 3½ ounces of cheddar cheese and cut them into about ¼-inch cubes.

Next cut TURKEY BACON into about ¼-inch square pieces. I do this by stacking about 3 slices of turkey bacon on top of each other. I then cut them in half along the length of the pieces and then cut into approximately ¼-inch pieces all the way down the stack.

Now mix it all together ensuring that you are getting as much of that cheese covered with the meat as possible, so that the yummy goodness is melting inside your burger rather than in your pan. ;)

Put them in a pan and cook. When I want to hurry them along, I put a lid on the pan, because it will help it to begin cooking on the top as the bottom cooks. Flip when the bottom is browned.Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Burger Close-up ~ LifeOfJoy.me

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 3-4 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 3-4 slices turkey bacon, cut into small pieces about ¼-inch by ¼-inch
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Break thawed meat into a medium size mixing bowl.
  2. Add 3-4 shakes of Worcestershire Sauce, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add cheese cubes and turkey pieces.
  4. Combine as best you can.
  5. Separate into 3-6 burgers (I did 3 for adults but it was VERY filling.)
  6. Fry in non-stick skillet or pan sprayed with oil spray like Pam. Brown on both sides.
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Until next time, God bless,
Michele ºÜº