Comfort food at its best.

Hamburger Stroganoff

This is an easy family favorite and makes great leftovers.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon (approx. 2 cloves) minced garlic
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • chopped chives for garnish (optional)
  • wide egg noodles, cooked according to package directions

Directions

  1. In large skillet over medium-high heat, in hot butter or margarine, cook onion and garlic until golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in ground beef, mushrooms, flour, salt, pepper and paprika; cook, stirring often, until meat is browned.
  2. Stir in undiluted soup; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors. Stir in sour cream and heat (do not boil); sprinkle with chives.
  3. Serve over egg noodles (if you run out of noodles, we’ve found that mashed potatoes, rice, and toast all make good substitutes for leftover stroganoff).

Bran Muffins

Bran Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups wheat bran cereal (e.g., Nabisco 100% Bran or Kellog’s All Bran)
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 optional ingredient (select from below)

Optional Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (my favorite)
  • 1 cup shredded carrot

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a 12-muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine bran and milk; let stand 5 minutes.
  3. In medium bowl, combine next four ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda); set aside.
  4. Slice the butter and microwave in a glass measuring cup for 40 seconds. Mix into the bran mixture along with the egg and optional ingredient. Stir in flour mixture just until blended.
  5. Spoon batter into muffin pan cups. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out mostly clean.

COOK’S NOTES: The optional ingredients listed above are tried and true. Next up to try is 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (with zucchini?).

Carrot Zucchini Multigrain Muffins

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– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
– 3/4 cup oat flour
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 3 eggs
– 1/2  cup vegetable oil
– 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
– 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
– 1 cup white sugar (NOTE: Next time try only 1/2 cup)
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 1 cup shredded zucchini (~1 medium zucchini)
– 1 cup shredded carrot (~1-2 large carrots)
– 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
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1. Preheat oven t0 400 degrees F. Lightly grease 24 muffin cups.
2. In a bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oat flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, vegetable oil, applesauce, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla. Mix the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Fold in the zucchini, carrots, and walnuts.
3. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
4. Bake 18-20 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
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Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

This delicious soup is perfect for fall and easy to make. It’s bound to become a favorite. Next time I’ll probably pair it with a sandwich…I’m thinking turkey or grilled cheese would go well.

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (2-lb) bag Schwan’s roasted sweet potatoes, prepared according to package instructions
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 (14.5-oz) cans chicken broth
  • 1 to 1.5 teaspoons ground thyme (2 teaspoons was too much)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cream

TOOLS: Large boiling pot, large colander, large mixing bowl, food processor.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add onion and chicken broth to the large boiling pot and cook over medium to high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the onion is translucent (approximately 10 minutes).
  2. Add the sweet potato and stir to distribute heat before removing from heat.
  3. Place the colander in the large mixing bowl and use it to separate the solids from the liquid.
  4. Use the food processor to puree the solids in 2-3 batches, depending on the size of the bowl, adding the reserved liquid as needed (I use a measuring cup for this). Add the puree back into the boiling pot, along with any remaining liquid.
  5. Return to low heat.
  6. In a small bowl, mix the flour slowly with a small amount of water until is forms a smooth, thin paste. Add the paste to the pot and stir until well blended.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients, stir until blended, and remove from heat.
  8. Serve when the soup is cool enough to eat.

CREDITS: This recipe was adapted from Simply Recipe’s Roasted Sweet Potato Soup to fit the ingredients I had on hand.

Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops

Ingredients:

  • 4 thick cut pork chops
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 8 oz mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk

Other Item(s) Needed: Large oven-safe skillet.

 Direction
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking spray. Over medium high heat combine butter, garlic, mushrooms, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  3. Once the butter has melted, add the pork chops and cook on each side for a few minutes until lightly browned.
  4. Place the entire skillet in the preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes or until centers are no longer pink.
  5. Remove skillet from oven. Remove the pork chops and set them aside to rest.
  6. After removing the pork chops, whisk flour and milk in the pan with the remaining liquids. Whisk until all lumps are removed. Simmer over low heat for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Serve over the top of the pork chops.

Credits:
Original recipe from: A Mom’s Take – Easy Dinner Recipes: Baked Pork Chops.

Hippy Risotto

This dish bears all the hallmarks of a good comfort food and goes really well with Schwan’s Italian Style Meatballs.

Hippy Risotto

INGREDIENTS:

1 cauliflower head, steamed and cut into florets
approximately 1 cup chicken broth
salt, to taste
1½ cups brown rice, cooked according to package instructions
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons freeze-dried chives
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
approximately 1/4 cup cream
½ cup Mozzarella cheese for topping (more to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cook the rice according to package directions. Set aside.

Puree the cauliflower, adding as much chicken broth as necessary to get a
smooth, creamy consistency. Season with salt to taste. Pour
over the cooked rice and stir to combine.

In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter and add the
garlic, sauteing over low heat until the garlic is
fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. Add the creamy rice mixture,
chives, Parmesan cheese, and approximately 1/4 cup
cream, stirring until the mixture reaches the desired
texture.

Add the Mozzarella cheese and stir it throughout the rice to
get it melted. If necessary, season with additional salt and
pepper to taste.

CREDITS:

Original recipe from Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice | Pinch of Yum

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts

I’ve been looking for the perfect recipe for Brussels sprouts–simple, but rich and delicious. I’m pretty sure this is it. ~K

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons butter
12 oz Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. add the Brussels sprouts and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sprouts are browned in spots, approximately 5 minutes or more.

Pour in the cream and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the sprouts are tender and easily pierced with a fork, 20-35 minutes.

The cream will have reduced in volume and taken on a creamy beige color. Remove the lid and stir in the lemon juice. Allow the sprouts to simmer a few minutes more until the cream thickens an coats the sprouts.

Season to taste with additional salt or lemon juice if desired before serving.

CREDITS:

Adapted from Cream Braised Brussels Sprouts | Allrecipes.com.

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