Cabbage Roll Casserole

Ingredients:
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (15 ounces each)tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups cooked rice
4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 medium head cabbage (2 pounds) shredded
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:
In a large skillet, cook beef, opion and garlic until, meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in one can of tomato sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in rice and bacon; heat through. Remove from heat.

Layer a third of cabbage in greased 13x9x2 baking dish. Top with half meat mixture. Repeat layers; top with remaining cabbage. Pour remainig sauce over top.

Cover and bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese. Bake 10 minuteslonger ir until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 miutes longer before serving.

Enjoy!!

I love stuffed cabbage so this was much easier than hand rolling everything!!

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Beef with Broccoli- Weight Watchers Style!!!


I Love Chinese! Here is a healthier version of Beef with Broccoli. I served it with Brown Rice. Once again I forgot to take a picture- Sorry!!

Beef With Broccoli
(Recipe and Picture from – One Tiny Pink Kitchen)

3/4 lb lean top round steak, cut into thin strips
2 tbsp corn starch
1/2 cup beef broth
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp dry sherry
1 lb broccoli, stalks cut off – (you can use frozen also)
2 tsp canola oil
1 tbsp diced ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced

Directions:

Combine the beef with 1 tbsp corn starch, until evenly coated. Set aside. Combine the remaining corn starch, beef broth, honey, and soy sauce, dry sherry and oyster sauce.

If using fresh broccoli, boil first for several minutes or steam in microwave. If using frozen omit this step.

Heat skillet or wok under HIGH heat. Add oil to pan and swish around to coat. Saute beef until no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and saute an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring around frequently. Add liquid mixture and broccoli and saute until sauce is nice and bubbly.

Serve with rice. Makes 4 servings.

POINTS per serving: 4

Chicken Osso Bucco ( Weight Watchers Recipe)

I am not a Weight Watchers person but I have heard great things about this recipe. I used Chicken breast instead of thighs.

Ingredients:
1 teaspoo olive oil
1 1/2lbs chicken breast (it calls for bonless thighs)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 celery, chopped
2 small carrots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes with juice
2/3 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Directions:
Heat the oil in a large nonstick dutch oven over medium heat. Add in chicken; cook about 5 minutes or until browned on both sides; transfer chicken to a plate. Add in the onion, celery, carrots, and 1/2 of the garlic to the dutch oven. Stir/saute about 8 minutes or until the vegetables are very soft. Add in the tomatoes, broth, wine, and bay leaf, stirring with a fork to break up the tomatoes. Return the chicken to the pan; bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the chicken is tender. Discard the bay leaf. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, lemon zest, and remaining garlic; sprinkle mixture over chicken.
Recipe and nutrition info are available at http://www.recipezaar.com/161194
This was so easy & really good!!!

Spicy Pan Seared Tuna and Fresh Mango Salsa!

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander (optional)
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tuna steaks (6 ounces each), cut about 1 inch thick

Directions:
In a small bowl, stir together the 1 tablespoon ground cumin, 2 teaspoons oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon each of coarsely ground pepper, chili powder, and ground coriander, if using, and 1/2 teaspoon each of cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and ground ginger. Add the 2 tablespoons olive oil and combine thoroughly. Spread the spice rub on both sides of the 4 tuna steaks. Set steaks on a plate until ready to cook. Place a large heavy skillet over high heat until very hot (until a drop of water bounces off surface.) Add tuna steaks to skillet. (There will be considerable smoke from the pan.) Sear about 2 minutes, or until tuna can be turned without sticking. Turn and cook on second side 2 minutes–the tuna will be rare. Or, cook to desired doneness, but do not overcook or the tuna will become dry. To serve, place a serving of tuna and top with fresh Mango Salsa.

Fresh Mango Salsa

Ingredients:
2 ripe mangoes
1 small red onion
1 small jalapeno pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 red pepper or green bell pepper
3 medium limes

Directions:
Peel the 2 mangoes and cut each into 1-inch pieces. Chop enough red onion to measure ½ cup. Seed and mince the 1 jalapeno pepper. Chop enough cilantro to measure 3 tablespoons. Coarsely chop the 1 bell pepper. Squeeze enough lime juice to measure 1/4 cup. In a bowl, combine the mangoes, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and bell pepper. Sprinkle the lime juice over the mixture and toss to combine. Place bowl on table
So healthy and VERY fresh. Great Summer dish also!
(Sorry I forgot to take a picture!)

I’ve been tagged!!!

So I have been VERY slow with blog updates lately. I just noticed that Nikki tagged me so here it is….

P.S. I promise to get better at updating!!!

What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was just starting my second semester of my senior year in college- Yes I know that dates me!!!

What were you doing 1 year ago?
I had been slacking at doing wedding planning so right around now I decided to get my act together.

Five snacks you enjoy:
1. Mango
2. Fresh Mozzarella
3. Wheat Thins
4. Pepperoni
5. Nachos
(The last 2 I try not to have)

Five songs that you know all the lyrics to:
(does it count if I “think” I know the words?)
1. Almost any old School Madonna Song
2. Vacation- The Go-Go’s
3. True Companion- Marc Cohn
4. Dream On – Aerosmith
5. Let’s talk about Sex- Salt n’Pepa

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
1. Make sure all my family shared in the wealth- including In-Laws
2. Buy a Yacht
3. Travel alot!!!
4. Not really work but Volunteer with local marine life agencies
5. Sing If I had a million dollars

Five bad habits:
1. Leaving half empty water bottles around
2. Not always calling people back
3. Leaving everything in my car
4. On occasion biting my nails
5. When I am bored I tend to annoy people

Five things you like doing:
1. Hanging out with Dave
2. Hanging out with family
3. Playing with my dogs
4. Anything athletic and outdoors
5. Going to a really nice dinner

Five things you would never wear again:
1. Balloons Sneakers- you know the kind with 2 velcro straps around the ankle
2. Birkenstocks
3. Jeans that are tight rolled on the bottom
4. Banana Clips
5. Acis Wash Jeans

Five favorite toys:
1. do my dogs count????
2. My Nike Shox ipod sneakers
3. My new pool table
4. New Kayak
5. Wii

So ther you have it- Now it’s your turn…….

Beth

Mel