Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My New Go-to Recipe Source.....Facebook!

If you want your house in total disarray, then pack to move. I promise, in over the several week span that it takes to get your house from "under contract", to the settlement table, you will lose all control over where anything is!

A second promise is that almost anything you are looking for is packed in a box, double-taped, with the word "fragile" on it. And here's the problem, the first thing to get lost in your enthusiasm to move forward is the fact that you STILL HAVE TO LIVE in the house till settlement.

Which brings me the chore of fixing dinner...or lunch...or breakfast, or anything the requires a utensil, a pot or a plate. With half of my cookware packed in storage, it soon became apparent that somehow, the half I kept was never the stuff I used anyway.

Don't ask me how this happened. It seems that seconds after the real estate agent called with an offer of sale, I completely lost my head and started packing my underwear. Seriously, I screwed this packing thing up totally. I actually had to buy a pot, and by God, everything I cook has to fit in it. If it doesn't, I reach for the menu cabinet and my cell phone. 

Which brings me to Facebook. Recently, I have seen some amazing recipes posted mostly by working woman who have little time, and are too tired to take great efforts while still wanting to make great meals for their families.

Such was the case this past Sunday. A rainy, dark day that called for something good to be cooking on the stove. After pouring my morning coffee, I went online to see what my family members and friends were up to. My niece Aimee', had this to share from someone named Kelly Spears who apparently creates and post healthy dishes.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls 

Ingredients:1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef
1 tablespoon oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small cabbage, chopped
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt


In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook, stirring, until ground beef is no longer pink and onion is tender.
Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.

Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8. 

Wow! How easy is this? Where is my pot? Okay, as usual the first thing I did was to "tweak" the ingredients to things I, well, for lack of a better term, prefer. I substituted ground chicken for the beef. And another habit I picked up is that when a recipe calls for two cans of chopped tomatoes, I make one of the cans stewed tomatoes. The sweet and savory mix works magic every time. Also, I replaced the 1/2 cup of water with a 1/2 cup of chicken broth to kick the flavor up a notch. 

It was wonderful! The aroma in the kitchen and the steam on the rainy windows made this recipe and instant favorite. A loaf of Italian bread and a salad was the perfect accompaniment.

Easy, easy, easy! And on Facebook of all places. Kelly hit the ball out of the park with this quick and easy creation. She even encouraged everyone "To "SAVE" this recipe, be sure to click "SHARE" so it will store on your personal page. It is not always easy to remember where you saw a recipe weeks later." So true. I'm so glad my niece had the notion to "share" it with all of us! I must print this and put it in my recipe folder...now what box is that in?

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