Beef Tips with Mushrooms

I’ve come to the conclusion that posting every day is just not going to happen here.  I don’t cook anything new some days.  Some, I don’t cook anything at all.  If I did, I have no idea where I’d put it, as the fridge is usually stuffed to the point of exploding!

Over the weekend, I made some chicken vegetable soup with noodles.  Of course, I forgot to take any pictures of it until it was at the leftover stage, and not looking all that pretty anymore.  😛

Yesterday, I made beef tips with mushrooms.  It was delicious!  And easy!  😀

And warm and beefy, too.

The ingredients list here is fairly short.  Olive oil, red wine, beef, mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and carrots.  I forgot to put the carrots in!  Really, I probably shouldn’t drink and cook.  😛

You’ll need about 2 1/2 pounds of beef.  I got a boneless shoulder roast and cubed it myself.  Stew meat is always rather fatty, I think, and a roast isn’t that much trouble to cube.

Saute 1 cup of shallots and 4 garlic cloves in about 2 tbsp of olive oil.  This is my favorite part.  It smells SO good!

Add the cubes of beef, and brown.

They will get quite juicy!

When the beef cubes are brown, empty the skillet into the crock pot.

I decided to do the mushrooms separately, so they would be nice and brown without being mangled by the meat.

I do love browned mushrooms!

They go in the crock pot also.

Now, the wine.  Some for me…and you…

This was a really tasty Zinfandel, by the way…for under $10!  And my beautiful Christmas-themed glass by Lolita is always fun to use.

Add 1-1 1/2 cup wine to the crock pot.

Cover, and cook on low 6-8 hours.  When the beef tips are tender and almost ready to serve, add 1 bag of frozen carrots (12 oz), or a small bag of baby carrots.  Then, cook until tender.  Serve over egg noodles, or rice.

Bon Appetit!

I actually put some frozen peas into the crock pot, after I had served dinner.  As leftovers, this was even better.  I don’t know if it was the peas, or just because somehow the flavors always meld a bit more overnight.

Either way, this was a win with the family.  And that makes every day a good one.  😀

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Cheese Tortellini Soup

I made this last fall, and since the weather actually got cooler over the weekend (again), I thought I’d give it another go.  Last time, Hubby and Rat Boy decided it should be called kale soup, as I went a bit wild with the kale!  I thought it was great, but the boys grow suspicious of dishes with too many green things.  😛

I must mention here that a little kale goes a long way!  This time, I only used 2 stems out of the bunch.  I do try to keep the peace.

This ended up being an experiment in “everything but the kitchen sink” cooking, which can be good if you’re looking to use up some miscellaneous veggies.

Start with 1 onion, some garlic cloves, and a couple stalks of celery, chopped and sauteed.

I added mushrooms, too.  🙂

I decided to let this finish off in the crock pot, trying to get to yoga, and still not burn down the house!  😛  Next time, I’ll be using a larger pot, however, as my crock pot was full to the brim at the end.

Brown a package of sausage, any will do.  I used chicken for hopefully less fat!

Add 1 tbsp thyme, 2 cartons broth (veggie here), 2 cans of beans (I used 1 of cannellini and 1 navy), 1 bunch of asparagus or whatever other veggie you might be craving.  Don’t forget the kale!  For this batch I used 2 stems, approximately 2 cups as it’s fluffy.  🙂

Simmer on low about 2 hours, or until your veggie is slightly soft, then add 8oz. cheese tortellini, and cook according to package directions.  I prefer to use the fresh pasta, but any will do.

Top with shredded Parmesan or Assagio cheese, and enjoy!

I’d just like to share here, that Hubby has been behind me while I’m writing this, watching funny vids on You Tube.  So just in case it somewhere didn’t make sense….

Vegetable Soup with Chicken Sausage

Finally it feels like Fall in these parts.  Possibly even what passes for winter along the Texas Gulf Coast.  A lovely if brief thunderstorm (yes, rain!) followed by a temperature dip into the 40s last night!

Perfect weather for a nice hot bowl of soup!

I think me head got in the picture.  😦  But the soup still looks scrumptious!

As usual, I started by sauteing onion and garlic in a little olive oil.  This time, I added some diced celery.

Smells wonderful.

The other day at the market, I ran across this mix of barley, lentils, and split peas.  I thought it would be good as a side dish, but even better in soup.  Into the pot it went.

Then I added about about 6 cups of vegetable stock.

I love this stock.  I use it in practically everything that needs stock.  Of course, wine is good, too, but I really can’t see putting an entire bottle of wine into anything…except my mouth perhaps.  😛

The day before I set the grill on fire, I had grilled some corn.

I cut a couple of ears worth off the cob, and also diced some of the the red bell pepper that I had grilled.  I love the way grilling brings out the flavour of veggies!

After I added the corn and bell pepper, I also sliced and added the chicken sausage with spinich that I grilled when I was grilling the corn.  I had planned to throw it together with some rice, but this seemed like it would be SO much more interesting

I also added some jalapeno.  We like the spicy!

Stir the whole mess together, adding more broth if needed. Salt and pepper to your taste.  Cover, and simmer a couple of hours to blend the flavours.

After a couple of hours, add some sliced zucchini, and cook about 15 minutes longer.

It’s warm, and comforting, and actually healthy.  Perfect for our little cold snap.  I like bread with soup, and served cornbread with this one, as Hubby has been asking for cornbread.  Honestly, we just love bread.  And soup.

Another 1 pot meal.  🙂

Chicken and Pasta

I realize I’m falling down on the job of posting every day.  Yes, already.  But I will offer up the only excuse I have at the moment…I’m a slacker BEEN BUSY COOKING!!!

LOL.  Kat meme pics are amusing, but that’s not what I intended for this blog to be about.  And while I’m trying to turn Groovy Noms into a real life business, I AM still feeding Rat Boy and Hubby daily.  Some days, it’s just nothing new or interesting.  😦

Today I have good stuff.  The Pioneer Woman gave me the idea, and this is a slightly twisted version of her Penne Pasta with Chicken ThighsDeliciously twisted!

We will begin with chopped onion.  I chopped one half, and diced the other…just to be different.

Add some garlic, of course.

And olive oil.  Saute until tender and glassy.  It will smell divine!

Insert chicken thighs, skin side down so they will brown obediently.  I used my fingers to scoot the onion/garlic mix out of the way.  You might want to use a spoon, however.

I know.  Raw chicken looks…well, raw.  But when it’s brown, it looks golden!

When they ARE brown, flip those thighs over, and drain most of the grease from the pan.  I accomplish this by using a wooden spoon to hold the thighs, and carefully pour out most of the liquid into the sink.

It’s best if the sink is clean, due to occasional unplanned thigh-flight.  Obviously, chickens are unaware they do not fly.

Once the pan is safely back on the stovetop, add a jar of pasta sauce and a can of roasted tomatoes.

Add about 1/2 cup of a nice red wine, and give everything a stir.

This one is very nice.  So I had to drink it.

Let the chicken simmer, uncovered, about an hour on low heat.

Then add zucchini slices, and whatever other veggies you might desire.

Veggies are looking lovely right now.  The corn is for today.  But it looked so pretty, I just had to take a picture while the chicken was simmering.

When the zucchini has cooked, about 10-15 minutes, use a slotted spoon to remove chicken, zucchini, and tomato chunks from the pan.

Turn up the heat, and stirring constantly, reduce what remains of the sauce.

Boil some pasta.  I was feeling the farfalle last night, aka bow tie pasta.  In whole grain, even!

After draining the pasta well, without rinsing, pour the reduced sauce over it and gently mix to coat.  The pasta will soak up the sauce and yummy chicken juices.

Serve chicken over saucy pasta.

Garnish with basil, if so desired.  Hubby and Rat Boy are getting a bit tired of basil this year, but it’s still going strong.  😛

Eat, enjoy, and LOVE that there’s only 2 pans to wash!  (And the collander.  but I’m not counting that one.)