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Simple dessert ideas – “Whatever is On Sale” Recipe

Simple Dessert Ideas

Simple Dessert Ideas - Apple Blueberry Pie

The “Whatever is On Sale” Pie by Chef ManCave

I love to eat desserts. I hate to make them. I am terrible with flour and I hate following directions. Sounds like the typical man cave guy. However, the other day I was out bargain hunting and ran across the ingredients for a fabulous pie. The “Whatever Is On Sale” pie was born.

The Pie Crust

As I pushed the cart around the local grocery store, I spotted premade deep dish pie crusts on sale. Only $3.00 for two deep dish pie crusts already in the pan. I knew I could make a tasty broccoli & bacon quiche in one of the crusts. But what should I do with the other crust?
Besides, how much quiche can one man eat…

Apple Filling – The Bargain Outlet Store

The slogan at our bargain store is “Good Stuff Cheap”. I find inexpensive name brand cookware, fancy oils, odd seasonings and the occasional cookbook at these stores. However, nestled behind a jar of salsa was a can of Apple pie filling for just one dollar. How could I go wrong? The can of pie filling went into the shopping basket.

Blueberries – The Dollar Store

Traditionally I stay away from the food at the so-called dollar stores. I concentrate on household goods like laundry detergent and garbage bags. But as I passed the small cooler section, I spotted a bag of frozen blueberries for … you guessed it … one dollar. I could not resist.

Putting it All Together

On a lazy Saturday afternoon, I put it all together. One deep dish pie crust, one can of Apple pie filling and a bag of thawed blueberries. I sprinkled cinnamon on top for a bit of extra flavor. In the oven at 350 degrees for twenty minutes and the “Whatever is On Sale” pie was born.

Important Notes

  • I did NOT touch any flour!
  • I did NOT follow any directions!
  • I did NOT cut, mince, knead or roll anything!

Thoughts on Simple Dessert Ideas

To the good bakers out there, this recipe is a travesty. This pie is wrong on so many dimensions that I am not going to try to defend this recipe. What can I say? I am a lazy Man Cave guy. I can make Chicken Kiev, homemade spaghetti sauce and pan seared scallops. I only do simple dessert ideas.

Other Simple Dessert Ideas

 

Simple Meatball Recipe

Whether it is for spaghetti, subs or potluck dinners, meatballs are a staple in our household. This simple meatball recipe will make 30 absolutely yummy meatballs.

Simple Meatball Recipe

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My first passion in the kitchen was Italian dishes. Spaghetti and meatballs were (and still are) top of the list. Making my own meatballs is an essential component of many excellent Italian dishes. Since then, I have branched out into meatball subs, potluck meatballs and meatball stew. But it all starts with fresh meatballs!

Recipe adapted from Quinn, Lucinda Scala (2012-08-28). Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys (p. 150). Artisan. Kindle Edition.


 

Simple Meatball Recipe
Yields 30
Simple meatball recipe for any occasion. Forget frozen processed meatballs. You can make fresh, tasty meatballs in a flash!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. ⅓ cup milk
  2. 2 slices best-quality bread, crusts removed
  3. 1 pound ground pork
  4. 1 pound ground beef
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 2 tablespoons minced onion
  7. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  8. ¾ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for serving
  9. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  10. ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  11. ½ teaspoon coarse salt (use 1 teaspoon if Parmesan is substituted for the Romano)
  12. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  13. 2 28-ounce cans best-quality whole tomatoes, pulsed with juices in a blender
  14. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the milk. Soak the bread in the milk, turning the slices over to absorb it. Cool and mince the bread. Place it in a large bowl. Add the meats, garlic, onion, eggs, cheese, parsley, pepper, and salt. Using clean hands, mix together until completely combined.
  2. Have a rimmed baking sheet or platter ready. If you have time, chill the raw meatballs to firm them up. Roll into 1½-inch meatballs. (If you periodically run cold water over your hands, the meat won’t stick to them as you roll.)
  3. Heat a 14-inch skillet (or two smaller skillets to fry in batches) over high heat. Add the olive oil and when it is very hot, add the meatballs in a single layer. Don’t crowd the pan; work in batches if necessary. Fry the meatballs without moving for a few minutes, then turn as they cook to brown on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Spoon out any excess oil from the pan, carefully scraping around the meatballs.
  4. Add the tomatoes and scrape the bottom of the pan to incorporate all the browned bits. Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot pasta with 3 meatballs on top, some sauce, the grated cheese, and freshly ground black pepper.
Notes
  1. Meatballs in our family are no laughing matter. One set of my father’s Italian grandparents insisted that formed pork meatballs be dropped into the simmering sauce to cook. The other set insisted that the meatballs be fried first and then added to the sauce. My non-Italian mom brought her own refinements to the controversy, making baked mini meatball sandwiches, but she still used only pork meat for her version, never beef. My husband and I are the ones who introduced beef into the mix. Whatever your preference start with 2 pounds of ground meat for this recipe. What type of meat is up to you: all beef, half beef/half pork, part veal. If spaghetti and meatballs are for dinner, you’d better have made enough for seconds, late-night raids, and leftovers. They freeze beautifully in the sauce. Parmesan cheese can be substituted for the Pecorino Romano, but the Romano brings a more pungent flavor.
Adapted from Recipe adapted from Quinn, Lucinda Scala (2012-08-28). Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys (p. 150). Artisan. Kindle Edition.
Adapted from Recipe adapted from Quinn, Lucinda Scala (2012-08-28). Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys (p. 150). Artisan. Kindle Edition.
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Simple Meatball Recipe Video by Lucinda Quinn

Chef Mancave Tips

  • I use coconut or almond milk instead of regular milk for health reasons
  • I use seasoned Italian bread crumbs instead of bread
  • I always chill the meatballs before frying them
  • I make my marinara sauce separately. (see article)

Simple Meatball Recipe Alternatives from Famous Chefs

  • Gordon Ramsay Coconut Meatballs
    Chef Ramsay creates a flavorful gourmet dish of meatballs cooked lemongrass, ginger and coconut milk. All made in one fry pan. Not a single swear word used in this video.
    (watch video)
  • Rachel Ray Meatball Stoup Video
    Rachel Ray demonstrates her “stoup” (stew and soup) meatball dinner. Brilliantly simple to make and oh so delicious.
    (watch video)

Best Omelet Recipe – Yummy Breakfast Ideas

The best omelet recipe features simple ingredients and is easy to make. In my kitchen, simple quick and easy is the rule.

Best Omelet Recipe - Yummy Breakfast Ideas

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The omelet is one of my favorite yummy breakfast ideas because the recipe is versatile. Consider a few of these combinations:

  • Diced Ham, Onions and Green Peppers (Denver omelette)
  • French cheese and chopped spice (Omelet du Fromage)
  • Spinach, Tomatoes and Feta Cheese (Greek Omelette)
  • Sausage, Tomatoes and Jalapeno peppers (Southwestern Omelette)

 

 The following recipe is adapted from “Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys”

Best Omelet Recipe
Serves 1
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 large eggs
  2. 2 teaspoons water
  3. Large pinch of coarse salt
  4. 1½ teaspoons unsalted butter
  5. Filling of choice, such as grated or shredded cheese, herbs, chopped vegetables, sliced cooked bacon, or diced ham
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, water, and salt.
  2. Heat an 8-inch skillet over high heat for 30 seconds. Add the butter. Allow the butter to bubble. Do not let it smoke and burn. (Start over if it burns.) Swirl the butter around the pan making sure the pan is well coated.
  3. Add the egg mixture. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes on a higher heat. As the edges turn opaque, use a spatula (plastic) to pull the cooked eggs away from the sides of the pan. Swirl the pan to fill in the opening with the uncooked eggs. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Repeat swirling until the omelet’s underside is set all around and the top is still slightly undercooked. Starting from the middle, place any filling in the omelet.
  4. Ready a plate, warmed in a low oven or under hot water. Fold one-third of the omelet over the filling, away from the handle side of the pan. Using a spatula, loosen the bottom of the omelet. Holding the pan with your palm under the handle, slide the unfolded edge onto the plate. As it slides off the edge of the pan, use the edge of the pan to help flip the ⅔ folded portion over the unfolded ⅓ portion on the plate. You’ll form a roll with the seam on the bottom. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Early in my career as a cook I learned how to make an omelet. I was taught to use a well-seasoned pan, cook over the proper heat, constantly shake the pan, and to whisk the eggs with a fork. To this day, I use my 8-inch classic French Bon Chef heavy aluminum omelet pan, which I purchased in 1976.
  2. If you’re a novice at omelets, you might prefer an 8-inch pan made of stainless steel with a nonstick finish, sloping sides, flat bottom, and a long handle. The whole process from whisking the eggs to folding the omelet onto the plate shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes.
Adapted from Quinn, Lucinda Scala (2012-08-28). Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys (p. 30). Artisan. Kindle Edition.
Adapted from Quinn, Lucinda Scala (2012-08-28). Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys (p. 30). Artisan. Kindle Edition.
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Best Omelet Recipe Video

 

Best Omelet Recipe Tips from Chef ManCave

  • Choosing the right pan at the right heat is key to creating great looking omelets. I use a 8 inch nonstick ceramic fry pan. I use less butter (1/2 teaspoon) and preheat the pan on medium heat instead of high heat as the author suggests.
  • Adding coconut or almond milk to your egg mixture will produce a lighter softer omelet. Also, you only need two eggs instead of three. I buy more expensive cage-free organic eggs for health reasons and appreciate the cost savings.
  • I agree with the author; Making omelets takes practice! Do not get frustrated with early failures. Keep trying. Unlike other kitchen failures, a sloppy poorly made omelet is still edible. As an alternative to the traditional omelet, try another of my yummy breakfast ideas in the article How to make breakfast potatoes – The one cup breakfast.

Other Yummy Breakfast Ideas and Tips

  • How to Make an Omelet
    The folks over at The Art of Manliness will show you how to make the perfect omelet with these easy to follow steps.
  • The Perfect Primal Omelet
     Let us know, because we’ve got a dozen eggs in the fridge right now, just begging to be whisked into the Perfect Primal Omelet.

Crock Pot Beef Roast Stew

Crock pot beef roast stew picture

Tender crock pot beef roast stew is a must have recipe. Simple hearty and delicious. Read our tips on cooking this family favorite. Everyone loves a good roast. Make yours great!

Our secret family crock pot beef roast stew recipe is a dinner table favorite. Even the picky eaters will gobble this up and you won’t believe how simple it is to make. See our crock pot tips to creating a delicious home cooked meal. Made with fresh ingredients.

Crock Pot Beef Roast Stew
Serves 4
Tender crock pot beef roast stew is a must have recipe. Simple hearty and delicious. Read our tips on cooking this family favorite. Everyone loves a good roast. Make yours great!
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Prep Time
40 min
Prep Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-1/2 lbs Beef Roast
  2. 4 - 6 Yukon Gold Potatoes (cut into quarters)
  3. 4 - 6 Fresh Carrots (chopped into 1/2 inch slices)
  4. 1 whole clove of garlic (minced)
  5. 1/2 cup of red wine
  6. Beef or Vegetable stock (as needed)
  7. Worcestershire sauce (as needed)
  8. Teriyaki sauce (as needed)
  9. 2 tbsp. of Italian Seasoning
  10. 1/2 tbsp. of crushed red peppers
Instructions
  1. Marinate the meat with Worcestershire sauce. (both sides)
  2. Mince the fresh garlic.
  3. Place garlic, Italian seasoning, red peppers and wine in slow cooker.
  4. Put the beef roast in the slow cooker. Add stock until meat is half covered.
  5. Cook on LOW for 3 hours.
  6. Cut the fresh carrots and Yukon potatoes.
  7. After 3 hours, remove the meat. Carefully trim the fat from the roast.
  8. Flip the roast and return the meat to the slow cooker.
  9. Top meat with Teriyaki sauce.
  10. Add potatoes and carrots to the crock pot.
  11. Add stock until liquid is just below the top of meat.
  12. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5 hours.
  13. Add more time if potatoes and carrots have not softened.
Notes
  1. Resist the temptation to stir the mixture.
  2. Add extra vegetables at the end. (30 min left)
  3. Do not add creamy ingredients like butter or sour cream.
  4. Allow the sauce to be thin.
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crock-pot-beef-roast-stew-snowy-grillWinter Food

Winter in the northern states can be harsh. A good stew is always a welcome treat. Our crock pot beef roast stew recipe will warm your frozen toes while you wait for better weather.

 

 

Why Trim the Fat?

During the cooking process, we trim the fat from the beef roast. The main reason is the picky eaters in our family. They do not like eating meats that have visible fat. It is an “eye thing” – If the food looks good, it will taste good. Trimming the fat does tend to produce a dryer meat but the juices in the crock pot should keep the meat fairly moist.

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Why Yukon Gold Potatoes?

Yukon gold potatoes are perfect for the slow cooking process. This variety of potato is more solid. It can withstand the long cooking process and still retain its shape. Other varieties tend to break down. Choosing a good potato will make your crock pot beef roast stew better. Trust us.

Can I Use Other Vegetables?

Carrots are so typical. You might even say they are boring. Unfortunately, very few vegetables can withstand the crock pot cooking process. Corn, peas, broccoli, and beans become too soft and mushy after 6 to 8 hours of cooking. Once you start adding exotic vegetables like eggplant or brussel sprouts you will lose the “picky eaters” at the table. Add other vegetables at the very end of the cooking process.

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Crock Pot Beef Roast Stew Sauce

The secret to our recipe is the sauce. Use the ingredients recommended in the recipe. The different flavors meld together producing a fabulous sauce. The only way to get this sauce is from 6 to 8 hours of cooking. The sauce should be dark brown and fairly thin. Serve this stew with a basket of warm rolls. Use the rolls to “lap up” the extra sauce.

Taking This Recipe on the Road

I visit friends and family regularly. I often bring my recipe favorites. The crock pot beef roast stew works well as a travelling meal.

Serve crock pot beef roast stew to your friends

Picture from recent visit with my parents. Yummy treat.

Student Recipes | Easy Hero Sandwich

Easy hero sandwich recipe

Make your own Easy Hero Sandwiches. Picture adapted from Wikipedia Commons.

The Student’s Cookbook: An Illustrated Guide to Everyday Essentials

Half-Time Hero Sandwich
Be the hit of your next study group with a fast and easy Hero Sandwich. Great for parties and Saturday football days. Great energy food.
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 loaves of French bread, sliced in half, length-wise
  2. 2 cups of your favorite Italian seasoning
  3. 1 pound of deli roast beef, shaved
  4. 1 pound of deli turkey, shaved
  5. 1 pound of deli ham, shaved
  6. 1 pound American cheese, sliced
  7. 1 pound Swiss cheese, sliced
  8. 1 pound Provolone cheese, sliced
  9. 1 bunch of leaf lettuce, torn and rinsed
  10. 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  11. Sliced sweet or dill pickles
Instructions
  1. Spread ½ cup of dressing on cut side of each of the bread halves.
  2. Layer on bottom halves of the bread, ½ pound of each of the roast beef, the turkey and the ham.
  3. Layer on top halves, ½ pound of each flavor of the sliced cheeses.
  4. Evenly layer the lettuce, red onion , tomatoes and pickles on the meat side of the breads.
  5. Combine two halves.
  6. Secure with frilled sandwich pickles. (Nice touch...)
  7. Cut into desired size of serving slices, width wise.
  8. Can make up to 24 sandwiches.
Notes
  1. Tip: Wrap individual sandwiches in plastic for later use. Store in refrigerator.
Adapted from 27 Easy College Cookbook Recipes for Busy Students
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Making an Easy Hero Sandwich

Walk into Subway™. Order any sub. Within minutes, you have a delicious meal. What does this mean? You can make your own subs. Our easy Hero sandwich recipe will have you creating filling, fresh, healthy sandwiches in minutes. Be as fancy or simple as you like. Serve at parties or study groups. The sandwiches are portable too. Wrap it in plastic and throw one in your backpack. Eat it between classes. Skip that nasty vending machine next to the Chemistry lab.

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Budget Warning

The Easy Hero Sandwich recipe is not budget friendly. Deli meat and cheese tend to be higher priced. You can substitute with cheaper packaged meats and cheeses. However, you will sacrifice flavor. Either way, making a good Hero sandwich is simple and satisfying.

Shopping at the Deli

Nowadays most grocery stores have a deli counter. Learn to visit the deli. The selection of meats and cheese is far more extensive than a typical sandwich meat department. The meat is more flavorful. Often healthier too. Yes, the deli can be more expensive but you need to splurge from time to time.

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Hero Sandwich History

Whether you call this a Hero, Sub or Hoagie, the design is the same. Lots of meat. Lots of Cheese. Bread. Toss in lettuce, tomato and onion for some flair. Many interesting stories float around about the origin of the different names, but most of the stories are related to the shipyards on the Eastern U.S. seaboard. Read Article from BonAppetit website.

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Student Recipes | Fettuccine Primavera Alfredo Pasta

Plate of Fettuccine Primavera Alfredo Pasta

Shown with Shrimp Added. Picture Adapted from Wikipedia Commons.

The Really Hungry Student Cookbook: How to Eat Well on a Budget

Fettuccine Primavera Alfredo Pasta
Serves 4
Pasta is a family favorite in our home. This is a slimmed down version with a creamy white sauce!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound of fettuccine or other type of pasta (can use whole grain pasta)
  2. 8 ounces of low fat or non-fat cream cheese, cut into pieces
  3. ½ cup of chicken broth
  4. 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  5. ¼ cup of skim, 1%, or 2% milk
  6. 1-16 ounce bag of frozen Italian, California blend, or other mix of vegetables
Instructions
  1. Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil.
  2. Add the pasta, and bring to a full boil for 2 minutes, stirring to separate.
  3. Cover and let set for 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Place the vegetables in a microwavable bowl and cook for 5 minutes on high in a microwave.
  5. Remove from microwave. Stir. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  6. In a separate pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Turn the heat to low.
  7. Add the cream cheese and whisk until smooth.
  8. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, milk and garlic salt. Whisk until smooth.
  9. Drain the pasta. Place noodles into a large serving bowl.
  10. Place the cooked veggies on top of the pasta.
  11. Pour the creamy sauce on top.
  12. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Adapted from 27 Easy College Cookbook Recipes for Busy Students
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Fettuccine Primavera Alfredo Pasta

What do think of when you hear Fettuccine Primavera Alfredo Pasta? You think Olive Garden™. Time and time again, people say “That’s too hard to make” or “That is way outside my budget”. Just stop. Put down the iPad. Put the package of Ramen noodles back in the cabinet. With just a tiny bit of imagination and 30 minutes of effort, you can be serving Fettuccine Primavera Alfredo Pasta to your roommates. And, you do not have be a genius. Even a first year Business Communication major can make this dish.

The Starving Students’ Cookbook

Too Hard to Make

I will admit this recipe will exercise the limits of most college student kitchens. It requires several pots and kitchen utensils. It requires a working knowledge of your stovetop. It requires a microwave bowl and serving bowl. Holy crap Batman, it even needs real plates and silverware. But college students tend be resourceful. You are studying Quantum Physics and Organic Chemistry. I know you can master a Fettuccine Primavera Alfredo Pasta recipe.

The Ultimate Student Cookbook: From Chicken to Chili

Outside My Budget

Your food budget is limited. I understand this. But this entire dish will cost $12.00 to make. The recipe will serve 4. If my old school math still works that comes out to $3.00 per person. What kind of meal can you get at Burger King™ for $3.00? Answer: A Whopper™, fries and a coke. Take a second to compare the two. Primavera Pasta versus a Whopper™. (Repeat this several times) If it helps at all, Fettuccine Primavera Alfredo Pasta is 10 times healthier than a sack of burgers or tacos.

The $5 a Meal College Cookbook: Good Cheap Food for When You Need to Eat

For the Guys

OK guys. Listen up. Women like men who are strong, confident, funny and good looking. Most of us don’t fall into that category. But women also like men with Social Skills. Cooking is a social skill. Imagine the points you can score with Fettuccine Primavera Alfredo Pasta. This recipe is low fat and vegetarian. More points. Any fool can take a woman out to dinner but how many guys can cook a fancy meal? More points.

“Girls only like guys who have great skills.”

– Napoleon Dynamite  

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Crock Pot Stew with Meatballs

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We live in a cold northern state. Nothing says Winter like a hot bowl of beef stew. Our crock pot stew with meatballs recipe is a family favorite. Best of all, this recipe so simple to make. Freeze the leftovers for the next snowy, 5 below zero day.

Crock Pot Stew with Meatballs
Looking for a great crock pot stew recipe? Our Meatball Stew recipe will delight your family. Easy simple ingredients. Delicious results.
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lbs of Ground Beef (80/20)
  2. 4 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce
  3. 2 tbsp. of Spicy Mustard
  4. 16 oz package of mixed vegetables (frozen)
  5. Beef Stock
  6. Crushed Chili Peppers
  7. Franks Hot Sauce ™
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the meat, Worcestershire sauce and spicy mustard.
  2. Form into meatballs and place on baking sheet.
  3. Put in oven at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and put meatballs in the crock pot.
  5. Add enough beef stock to cover 3/4 of the meatballs.
  6. Sprinkle in some crushed peppers and add some hot sauce.
  7. Add the bag of mixed vegetables. (Try to break them up before adding them)
  8. Add enough beef stock so you can see the liquid.
  9. Add more crushed peppers and hot sauce.
  10. Cook for 6 hours (low) or 3 hours (high).
Notes
  1. Stir occasionally
  2. Add more beef stock if necessary
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 Keys to Success

  • Use Higher Fat Ground Beef
    I know this goes against our message of healthy diet but cooking crock pot stew is a very different process. Meat that cooks 3 to 6 hours will breakdown and lose its’ juicy taste. We recommend 80/20 Ground Round.
  • Preseason the Meatballs
    Adding Worcestershire sauce and spicy mustard will give your meatballs extra flavor that can be lost with crock pot stew recipes. This does require a little extra effort, but your taste buds will thank you later.
  • Pre-cook the Meatballs
    Bake your meatballs in the oven 15 to 20 minutes. This will help your meatballs to keep their shape during the long cooking process. Alternatively, you can brown the meatballs in a large skillet.
  • Use Frozen Vegetables
    Do not thaw your vegetables. The cooking process will perform this for you. Just dump the bag of frozen vegetables in the crock pot. This, in part, is why crock pot stew so simple to make. We do, however, recommend breaking the vegetables apart as best you can.
  • Add Distinctive Flavorings to the Stock
    Choose a limited number of distinctive flavorings. Again, crock pot cooking will blend these flavors together. Be careful not to over-spice your crock pot stew. We recommend hot sauce and crushed chili peppers. Feel free to experiment but remember “Less is More” in the cooking world.

Crock Pot Stew Story

Crockpot Meatball Stew - Dinty Moore Syndrome

Adapted from MeSoHungry Website

As a long time Boy Scout, I often included Dinty Moore™ Beef Stew on the campout menus. And why not. Open the can. Throw it in a pot. Twenty minutes later you had food. Unfortunately, the Dinty Moore™ habit stuck with me into my adult life. If I wanted beef stew, I got out the can opener. By far, the Dinty Moore™ syndrome was the toughest to overcome. Just a mere 5 years ago, I made my first batch of crock pot stew. After the first taste, I donated my extensive collection of can stew and chili to the local food drive.

Hot Breakfast Recipe – The One Cup Delight

One Cup Hot Breakfast Recipe

Courtesy of Carl Dunn © 2013

We love hot breakfast ideas. However, we do not always have the time to prepare one. We throw pop tarts in the toaster or stop at local fast food place for a biscuit and egg sandwich. With our One Cup Hot Breakfast Recipe, you can have a healthy hot breakfast in less than 5 minutes. Best of all, it is half the cost of a fast food breakfast, far more healthy and tastes better.

One Cup Hot Breakfast Recipe
Serves 1
Need a Hot breakfast recipe? Try the quick one cup breakfast idea from Chef ManCave. Simple ingredients. Make it anywhere. Home, Work, or Travel. Takes 5 minutes or less.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 small potato (cubed)
  2. 1 egg
  3. 2 Sausage Links (precooked)
  4. 1 oz of shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. Place cubed potatoes in microwave safe coffee cup. Add a 2 tbsp of water. Cook in microwave for 1 minute.
  2. Remove cup. Add chopped sausage links. Cook in microwave for 15 seconds.
  3. Remove cup. Add 1 egg. Cook in microwave for 15 seconds.
  4. Remove cup. Add cheese. Cook in microwave for 25 seconds.
  5. Remove cup. Let cool for 1 minute.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve Hot.
Notes
  1. • Smoky Link sausage works the best
  2. • Add some hot sauce when adding the sausage (optional)
  3. • Top with chopped green scallions (optional)
  4. • Ok to use the same cup for a second helping
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From the Road Warrior Handbook

Business travelers and other road warriors will tell you how difficult finding a hot breakfast is. You are often forced to stop at McDonalds or Burger King. For $5, you get a high sodium, high fat, and rather tasteless bag of preprocessed food. Continental breakfast at hotels is definitely healthier but often lacks the “hot and delicious” factor. On a particularly difficult business trip, I stumbled upon the One Cup Hot Breakfast recipe, and I have carried it with me ever since.

So Simple – Why Didn’t I Think of it Before?

What I love about this recipe is the pure simplicity. Potatoes, Sausage links, an egg and some shredded cheese. The ingredients are widely available and do not necessarily require refrigeration. And the cost? About $2.00 per cup. Cooking requirements? Nowadays, most hotel rooms have a microwave oven, so you are set there. All that is left is a coffee cup and a knife. And there you have it…the One Cup Hot Breakfast Recipe.

Anywhere, Any Time

From New York City to Prarie Du Sac Wisconsin, you can make this hot breakfast recipe. You can enjoy this delicious treat at home or work. How about a late night snack? Absolutely. A cup, a microwave and a few simple ingredients are all you need. Shower shave and a hot, healthy breakfast. Sounds like the start of a fabulous day!

Cook well eat well, live well.

Other Hot Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Creamy Baked Spaghetti Secrets

Picture of Creamy Baked Spaghetti On a PlateCreamy Baked Spaghetti – Secrets from our kitchen

We love Italian food. My family begs for spaghetti night or chicken parmesan night. A favorite around our house is creamy baked spaghetti. As a cook, I love the extra care and time it takes to make a pan of baked spaghetti. So does my family. However, it wasn’t always true. Learn the secrets that transformed a dry, tasteless recipe into a rich, creamy baked spaghetti delight.

Creamy Baked Spaghetti recipe
Serves 6
Looking for a creamy baked spaghetti recipe. Look no further. Learn the kitchen secrets of making the best baked spaghetti. Your family will love every bite.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 12 oz of spaghetti noodles
  2. 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  3. 8 oz of mozzarella cheese
  4. 8 oz of Cream Cheese
  5. 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  6. 1 egg
  7. Chopped green scallions
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Boil the spaghetti until Almost done. Drain and wash the spaghetti.
  3. Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, and egg together.
  4. In a baking dish, place a touch of oil, water and lemon juice. Don't over-do it.
  5. Add enough spaghetti sauce to thoroughly coat the bottom of the baking dish.
  6. Add half of the spaghetti noodles. We are going layer the ingredients.
  7. Now add half of the cream cheese mixture and top with more spaghetti sauce.
  8. Build another layer of noodles, cream cheese mixture and spaghetti sauce.
  9. Top with mozzarella cheese and place dish in preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Top with chopped green scallions.
  11. Serve hot.
Notes
  1. Alternatives
  2. • Use crushed red peppers instead of scallions.
  3. • Substitute ricotta cheese for cream cheese.
  4. • Sprinkle Italian seasoning in the dish for more flavor.
  5. • Add browned meat in the dish.
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A Dark Family Secret

For years my family kept a dark secret from me. They hated my baked spaghetti recipe. My baked spaghetti was dry & tasteless. They would smile and say it was delicious but in reality their tastebuds were left unfulfilled. Eventually their deception was revealed.
I made a few batches of baked spaghetti. And Know what? My family was right. ( I hate it when that happens! ) My baked spaghetti was indeed dry and tasteless. For months, I struggled with recipes and ingredients until one day I produced a pan of creamy baked spaghetti.

Secret #1 – The Creamy Mixture

Secret #1 - Creamy Baked Spaghetti MixtureThe true secret of creamy baked spaghetti is the mixture. The ingredients are simple; cream cheese, mayo and 1 egg. Mix them together until the mixture has a smooth texture. Resist adding extra flavorings like garlic or Italian seasoning.

Secret #2 – Better Spaghetti Noodles

Creamy Baked Spaghetti Organic NoodlesSpend a little more on your spaghetti noodles. Your baked spaghetti will cook and taste better. Boil your noodles for baked spaghetti until they are almost done. ( 2 – 3 minutes less than normal. ) The baking process will cook the noodles the rest of the way.

 

Secret #3 – Thinner Spaghetti Sauce

Creamy Baked Spaghetti - Homemade SauceAnother secret is to use a thinner spaghetti sauce. Unfortunately, most store bought spaghetti sauces are rather tasteless. I encourage my readers to make their own spaghetti sauce. Making your own spaghetti sauce allows you to control the thickness as well as the flavor. See Making Homemade Spaghetti Sauce article.

 

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Baked Cheesy Mushroom Bean Recipe

Hearty Winter Food – Baked Cheesy Mushroom Bean Recipe

Winter in the northern states brings snow and cold temperatures. We always look
for good hearty recipes. Stew, soup, and chili are favorites. Our baked cheesy
mushroom bean recipe is a perfect choice for the coldest of days. Don’t let
the wintertime blues dampen your kitchen creativity. Try this recipe today.

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Baked Cheesy Mushroom Bean Recipe
Serves 6
Baked Cheesy Mushroom Beans are delicious and healthy. Simple recipe that will delight your tastebuds. Good hearty winter food. Easy to make.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz package of sliced mushrooms
  2. 1 can of chili beans
  3. 1 can of diced tomatoes
  4. 1 8oz package of Mozzarella Cheese
  5. Jar of Italian Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash the mushrooms.
  3. Divide the mushrooms between two meatloaf pans.
  4. Spread chili beans on top of mushrooms.
  5. Top with diced tomatoes.
  6. Top with Mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven. Sprinkle Italian Seasoning on top.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Optional Suggestions
  1. • Add 1/4 cup of Vegetable Stock in each pan
  2. • Use Crushed Red Peppers instead of Italian Seasoning
  3. • Include chopped yellow peppers
  4. • Experiment with different sauces like Worcestershire
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Simple Ingredients

Baked-Cheesy-Mushroom-Beans-IngredientsOne of the best features of this recipe is the simple ingredients. They can be easily found at nearly every grocery store. And the ingredients are relatively cheap. In fact, many of us already have the ingredients in the pantry. Remember to read the labels on the can goods. You can find low sodium, low fat canned goods if you look hard enough.

Easy to Prepare

Baked-Cheesy-Mushroom-Beans-Easy-to-PrepareAnother great feature is how easy this recipe is to prepare. Beans on top of mushrooms, tomatoes on top of beans and cheese on top of beans. Throw it in the oven and you have baked cheesy mushroom beans! There is not many ways to “mess up” this dish. I am sure we will hear of a few colossal failures but I am confident many more cooks will enjoy this hearty recipe on their dinner tables.

Hearty Winter Food

Baked-Cheesy-Mushroom-Beans-Hearty-FoodIn our neck of the woods, winters are cold and harsh. We shovel snow, battle icy roads and survive bitter cold temperatures. We need our hearty recipes. We love our hearty recipes. And we continue to make our hearty recipes. Here is a photo of Chef ManCave himself waiting patiently for warmer weather.

Side Dish or a Meal?

The recipe is designed to be a simple side dish. However, incorporating meat into the baked cheesy mushroom bean recipe can instantly turn this into a tasty complete meal. Adding a few extra veggies and skipping the meat will satisfy the vegetarians in the world.

Leftover Factor

We love this dish for it’s leftover factor. You can use baked cheesy mushroom beans with almost any dinner or lunch. Serve it with beef, chicken, pork or fish. Heat it up at work. Eat it as a late night snack. Best of all, this is healthy food.

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