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Cabbage Rolls

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 medium head (about 2 pounds) green cabbage
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup cooked rice (white or brown)
1/4 cup raisins (I use golden)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (16 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon paprika
sour cream, for serving (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13- by 9-inch pan with cooking spray or oil.

In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Using a small, sharp knife, cut in a circle all around the stem of the cabbage and remove the core. Place the cabbage in the boiling water. After about 2 minutes an outside leaf will come loose–pull it off and out of the water using tongs. After another minute the next leaf will come loose. Remove and repeat until you have 8 to 10 leaves.

Pat the leaves dry with paper towels. Cut out the thick part of the rib from the bottom of each leaf, but don’t cut more than a third of the way into the leaf.

In a mixing bowl, combine the beef, cooled onion, rice, raisins, and salt.

With the stem side of the cabbage leaf facing you, place a scant 1/3 cup of the beef mixture in the center of each cabbage leaf. Fold the bottom edge over the mixture and then fold the sides over and roll into a tidy packet.

Place the cabbage rolls, seam side down, in the prepared baking dish.

In a bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, broth, and paprika. Pour evenly over the cabbage rolls. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.

Optional: Serve the cabbage rolls with a big dollop of sour cream.
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Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice

Ingredients

1 lb dried kidney beans, I prefer the pink ones to the dark red ones
1 ham hock (optional)
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper, fresh ground
1 tablespoon chicken stock, powdered
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder, I use one Knorr mini cube (optional)
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
2 – 3 bay leaves
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 – 2 tablespoon salt, according to your taste
1 – 2 teaspoon cajun seasoning, Tony Cacheres and Zatarains brand are both very good
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, Chipotle flavored is really nice
2 tablespoons cornstarch or 2 tablespoons cornflour
1 lb smoked sausage

Directions

These directions are long because I am covering the method quite thoroughly for new-comers.

Soak beans: On Sunday night (or the night before you want to eat these yummy beans), check beans to be sure there are no stones then place beans in a large bowl and fill almost to the top with water. It’s better to have too much water than not enough. The beans will more than double in size overnight. In the morning, I drain beans in a colander and rinse well.

A few personal tricks: One of the first things I do in the morning is fill my Crockpot with hot tap water just to bring it up to temperature much faster. This saves on cooking time and electricity. I also fill and boil my electric jug (or kettle) – this is the water I will use to cook my beans.

Place in crockpot: Beans, ham hock, black pepper, chicken stock powder, chopped garlic, garlic salt, bay leaves, and optional Chipotle powder and liquid smoke. Note: Save adding salt until the end of cook time.

Cover with hot water: Cover beans with hot water from your jug or kettle just until fully covered. Then add an extra inch of water on top of that. This will give your beans a chance to swell even more during cooking. Cover Crockpot with lid.

Quickly: Sauté onions and bell-pepper just until they begin to cook. Add these to the beans and stir.

Cook: If you are going to be gone all day, cook beans on low setting for 6 to 8 hours. If you will be around to stir, etc., I recommend cooking them on high until they are almost fully cooked (about 4 or 5 hours). Then turn them down to low for the last bit of cooking.

Once cooked: When beans are fully cooked, remove bay leaves (if you can find them all) add butter and stir. To thicken beans, add 2 tablespoons corn flour mixed with just enough cold water to dissolve it. Add this to beans and stir for a minute. Beans should thicken a bit in fairly short order. Repeat until you get the desired consistency.

Add: Add salt by half-teaspoon until you reach the level of your liking. It may not take much for you. Also add a bit more fresh ground pepper.

Now: Put your rice on to cook. Slice smoked sausage and cook in a medium-hot cast iron skillet until nicely brown and starting to emit those nice juices. Take skillet off heat but leave sausages where they are. Don’t cover.

Rinse your rice with hot water. Once drained, place about half a cup of hot fluffy rice in a wide, shallow bowl.

Cover rice with a generous amount of red beans. Top with a good amount of hot smoked sausage slices.

Sprinkle with hot sauce and/or more Tony’s if you want it spicy like I do.

Serve with hot buttered, grilled slices of French bread, salad or coleslaw, and a big glass of iced tea.
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Shrimp Fried Rice


Serves 4-6

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups cooked rice (even better if leftover)
1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and de-veined
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
2 green onions, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 scallions (white and green parts), chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 white onion, chopped
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar or dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger powder and white pepper until smooth. Set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat and cool shrimp for 2-3 minutes, or until pink and opaque.

Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.

Add carrots and onions to the same pan and sauté until tender. 5-7 minutes.

During the last 1 minute of cooking, add garlic and cook until fragrant, but not burned.

Transfer onions to same plate as shrimp and set aside.

Pour beaten eggs and egg whites into the skillet and scramble, breaking them up with your spatula as you go. Then transfer to same plate as veggies and shrimp

Heat remaining olive oil in skillet and, once hot, stir in leftover rice.

Use your spatula to form an even layer and let the rice cook, untouched, until semi-browned and crispy.

Flip rice over to brown the other side, then return shrimp, onions and scrambled eggs to the wok.

Pour in soy sauce mixture and scallions and toss to coat.

Transfer to bowls and serve immediately
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Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes


(Makes 10 servings)

Ingredients:

10 large tomatoes
3/4 cup un-cooked short grain rice
2 zucchini, peeled and grated
1 onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)
2 tablespoons dry mint
4 tablespoons fresh parsley (or 4 teaspoons dried)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 pounds potatoes

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Slice the tops off the tomatoes (keep the tops, though) and use a spoon to empty out the middle of the tomato. Reserve the juice in one bowl and insides of the tomato in a separate bowl. Make small slits in the inside bottom of the tomatoes – making sure not to cut all the way through the tomatoes.

Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish and place the tomatoes inside the pan.

Put the onion, garlic, a teaspoon of oil, and a pinch of salt into a food processor and mix it just a bit. (Or, simply mix in a bowl with a spoon if you don’t have a food processor – just chop the onions and garlic a little more finely).

Take the insides of the tomato and chop them into small pieces, and then add them to a large bowl with the grated zucchini. Then, add 1 tablespoon of salt, the dry mint, parsley, and tomato paste and combine. Finally, add the uncooked short-grain rice, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 3/4 cup olive oil and let the mixture sit.

In the meantime, peel the potatoes and cut them into chunks. Toss them with the tablespoon of oregano, 3/4 cup olive oil, and some salt and pepper. Mix them well and then add the reserved tomato juice.

Fill the tomatoes to the top with the rice mixture and top them with their caps. Then, place the potatoes/tomato juice in the empty space around the tomatoes – also add any leftover rice mixture in the gaps, too.

Add a cup of water to the corner of the pan and tilt it so that the water is evenly distributed.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees F, and then reduce the heat to 325 degrees F and bake them for another 60-90 minutes. If it seems dry during the process, add a little more water to the pan.
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Pressure Cooker Risotto With Asparagus

The asparagus is added raw to the rice after it is cooked, letting the delicate green stalks cook just briefly. This light touch leaves the asparagus bright green and slightly crunchy. If you like your asparagus cooked more, you can grill or saute it briefly before adding it to the risotto. But do not add it to the pressure cooker at the same time as the rice or it will overcook.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large shallot, chopped or thinly sliced
1 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups no-salt chicken broth
Pinch of salt, plus more to taste
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup small asparagus tips and tops, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Instructions

In a medium pressure cooked over medium, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the shallot and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, or until translucent.

Increase heat to high and add the rice, stirring to coat. Toast the rice, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the wine and cook until evaporated.

Add the broth and a pinch each of salt and red pepper flakes. Stir until the mixture comes to a simmer, then lock on the pressure cooker’s lid. Set a timer for 9 minutes. Bring the cooker up to full pressure, then reduce the heat to maintain that level. Cook until the timer goes off.

Take the cooker off the heat and wait 3 minutes, then put the pot in the sink and run cold water over it to release the pressure.

Open the cooker; the rice should be creamy.

Return the pot to the stovetop over medium heat. Add the butter, asparagus, cheese and chives.

Stir until heated through and the butter and cheese have melted.

Season with salt and pepper.
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Caribbean Chicken

Ingredients

1 pound skinned and boned chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
2 cups pineapple tidbits, drained, reserve 1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon dried garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon dried ginger
1 medium diced banana
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup uncooked brown rice

Directions

Cook 1 cup Jasmine rice 2 cups low sodium chicken broth 14-16 mins in Rice Cooker.

In a large skillet sprayed with vegetable cooking spray, sauté chicken for 5 minutes until tender. Stir in pineapple and green pepper.

In a small bowl combine the 1/4 cup reserved pineapple juice, water, cornstarch, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger. Stir well.

Pour mixture into chicken mixture. Mix well to combine. Continue cooking for 5 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring often.

Fold in banana and almonds. Heat through.

Prepare brown rice according to package directions.

Serve over cooked brown or jasmine rice

Makes 6 servings
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Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Ingredients

5 cups broccoli florets
3 T. Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Butter
1/2 of a medium sized onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
2 stalk celery (chopped )
1 cup mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
2 cans evaporated milk (fat free works great)
2 T. Flour
salt and pepper (to taste)
3 1/2 cups shredded cheese (such as cheddar/jack blend)
1 rotisserie chicken
2 1/2 cups cooked rice

Directions

Steam broccoli until slightly tender (don’t overcook!) Can use a microwavable steamer bowl for about 4 min. Drain broccoli and mix with lemon juice.

In a large skillet saute onion, garlic, celery and mushrooms in butter until softened.

Whisk flour and milk together in a small bowl. Pour milk mixture slowly over onion mixture. Cook until thickened (about 4 minutes) stirring constantly. Add salt, pepper, and cheese and continue to cook over medium heat.

Remove chicken from the bones and shred or chop. Combine broccoli, cheese sauce, chicken and rice in a 9×13 in. casserole dish. If too thick, add milk 1 T. at a time until you reach desired consistency. Top with additional cheese (optional).

Bake at 350F degrees for approx. 25 minutes or until heated through.
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