Spaghetti Eggs – A swimmer’s breakfast

Trying to feed a swimmer can at times feel like feeding a child who hasn’t had food in days. On swim meet days I have started feeding my son a hearty breakfast of eggs and carbs, spaghetti eggs. You read that correctly. Spaghetti. Eggs. Together in one dish. And don’t knock it till you try it.

Spaghetti Eggs are full of carbs and protein. Perfect breakfast for any athlete on the day of your activity.

It is really an easy breakfast that even the whole family has grown to enjoy on swim meet day. Since we also seem to have eggs coming out of ears again. Use whatever eggs you normally buy. There seems to be this myth that brown shelled eggs or free range eggs or organic eggs are better for you. Well, of course someone has studied this. We have studied everything under the sun.

But, really research says: housing environment (free-range or caged) does not impact the egg levels of vitamin A or vitamin E. However, β-carotene levels were higher in the range eggs, which may have contributed to the darker colored yolks observed in these eggs during the study. The study also found no difference in cholesterol content between free-range- and cage-produced eggs. No difference. So buy what fits your grocery budget.

Back to feeding my swimmer. The kid seems to be unfillable. Complete bottomless pit. And he is only 10. I feel for the parent’s of teenagers. I truly don’t know how you afford to feed them. Another reason why I love spaghetti eggs. Pasta and eggs are both affordable base ingredients.

I start by cooking cut spaghetti according to the package instructions. While doing that I also cook whatever meat has been requested. Today it was sausage links. Once the spaghetti is cooked I add it to a large skillet, pour scrambled eggs over top and then top with cheese and sausage. 

Stir the eggs to cook and mix cheese and sausage through out the combination. Then stand back and let the crew eat. Protein is such an important part of an athletes diet, but so are carbs. And between the eggs, meat, cheese, and past, my swimmer is set to explode with energy all through the meet. Hopefully, your athlete will come home with a few medals.

Spaghetti Eggs - A swimmer's breakfast

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Serves: 4

Anytime you are in search of a quick and hearty breakfast for a day full of hard work or sports, look no further than this spaghetti egg recipe. It is our go-to swimmer's breakfast.
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup uncooked cut spaghetti or spaghetti noodles broken into 2 inch pieces cooked according to package directions
  • 6 eggs, scrambled
  • 4 slices of bacon or sausage links
  • ½ cup of cheese
  • ½ tablespoon of butter
  • salt and pepper or seasoning salt to flavor.
Instructions
  1. Place butter in bottom of skillet and melt, coating the entire bottom over a medium heat.
  2. Add cooked spaghetti noodles to skillet and spread out over bottom of the skillet. Pour scrambled eggs over the noodles.
  3. Season with salt and pepper or seasoning salt. Sprinkle the top of eggs with sausage or bacon and then cheese.
  4. Stir to incorporate and cook until eggs are no longer runny. Enjoy with toast and big glass of milk.

 

20 Go-To Beef Roast Recipes

20 Go-To Beef Roast Recipes

It is the time of year when grills get used less and less and slow roasting beef roasts happens more and more. So, since I have started searching for the beef roast recipes my family loves as well as a few new ones, I thought I would share 20 go-to beef roast recipes I plan on making sometime soon as well as a few pointers.

  1. Go buy a Crock Pot. Slow Cooker.
  2. When you are making a recipe that calls for a specific kind of roast, most of the time it can be interchangeable. For example, if the recipe calls for a chuck roast but you have a rump roast, as long as the pounds are similar go for it.
  3. Do Not trim all the fat off the beef roast before cooking it. Fat is a flavor conductor. You can peel the fat off after it cooks and also drain any fat off for gravy if you need it. Trust me, keep the fat on!
  4. Go for bone-in roasts. I think bones also add more flavor. After a beef roast has slow cooked all day, the bone falls right off the meat. So go ahead and buy that bone-in roast. No need to pay extra for having it removed. So, now onto the recipes!

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef

slow cooked chipotle shredded beef

 Reuben Sliders

Reuben Sliders

Italian Beef Sandwiches

crock pot italian beef

 Best Ever Slow Cooker Beef Roast

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Italian Beef in a Bucket

Crock Pot Beef and Noodles

beef and noodles in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast

 Another Version Of Italian Beef Sandwiches

Italian Beef Sandwiches (with graphics, thecountrycook.net)

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

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Easy as 1-2-3 Crock Pot Beef Roast

Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches 

Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Easy Make Ahead Beef Roasts to Freeze

Make Ahead Beef Roasts to Freeze

Crock Pot Pepperoncini Beef

Pepperoncini Beef Sandwich

Dr. Pepper Slow Cooked Beef

Dr. Pepper Crock Pot Beef

Shredded Beef TacosShredded Beef Tacos (all rights reserved, thecountrycook.net)

Slow Cooked Italian Pot Roast with Parmesan Risotto

Italian Pot Roast and Parmesan Risotto

 Mexican Beef Roast

Red Wine Beef Roast with Mushrooms and Onions

Slow Cooked Beef and mushrooms in red wine

 Slow Cooker Roast Beef

slow cooker roast beef

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Chipotle Shredded Beef Chili

We love chili at our house. The problem is that I can never make the same batch of chili twice. I am notorious for not being able to duplicate a meal. And this chipotle shredded beef recipe is going to need duplicating so I am here to document the recipe.

Chipotle Shredded Beef Chili. My new favorite chili recipe.

I am all about cooking once and eating twice. The chipotle shredded beef I made for beef sandwiches worked perfectly in this chili. And already had the slow cooked big flavor to help make the chili taste like it simmered all day when only it was ready in 30 minutes. I am telling you, cook once, eat twice is the key to great weeknight meals.

To help give chili the smoky flavor I like, I always, always start with bacon. That’s right bacon. I cut up four to five slices of bacon and fry it in the bottom of my stock pot. I remove the bacon once it is crisp leaving the bacon grease in the pan for the holy trinity of chili to be fried up in it. What is the holy trinity you ask? Well, simply onion, green pepper, and garlic. All diced, of course. Once they just start to get soft, I added the leftover chipotle shredded beef. And stirred till combined and the meat was warmed up.

Bacon is the key to a good Chili Base along with onions, green peppers and garlicWhen the beef is warmed up, start adding the liquids. I added both sauce and canned tomatoes. For me, I add petite diced tomatoes. If I would have had fire-roasted diced tomatoes, I would have added those. But I didn’t have them on hand. I also added baked beans instead of chili beans. I used mesquite thinking it would really add a punch of flavor. I added salt, pepper and chili powder also. I used the chili 3000 from Penzey’s.

diced tomatoes, beans and bacon chili

Then add the remaining bacon and let it simmer till you are ready to eat. I let it simmer about 15 minutes. I was honestly waiting on the cornbread to bake. I got the chili done faster than I could whip together a pan of cornbread. And it was all amazing. We will definitely be making this again.

Chipotle Shredded Beef Chili and Cornbread. My new favorite chili recipe.

Chipotle Shredded Beef Chili
Ingredients
  • 5 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 3 cups Shredded Chipotle Beef
  • 1 can tomato sauce, 15 oz can
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, 15 oz can
  • 1 can of baked beans, 15 oz can
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder (taste for heat preference)
  • Serve with cornbread and top with onions, shredded cheese, sour cream or your normal chili toppings.
Instructions
  1. Fry bacon in the stock pot you plan on making your chili. I cut the bacon into pieces before frying. Remove once it is crisp leaving grease in pan.
  2. Add onion, green pepper and garlic to bacon grease. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the peppers begin to just be soft.
  3. Add the shredded beef to the vegetables in bacon grease. Stir to combine and cook till meat is no longer cold if using leftover meat.
  4. Pour tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and beans to pot. Add reserve bacon to the chili. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Add chili powder tasting for heat as you add a little at a time.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes or until ready to eat.

Crock Pot Chipotle Shredded Beef

Naturally when I am reviewing a new cookbook I am drawn to the Mexican inspired recipes. When the recipe includes a beef roast and a crock pot, I am sold. Gonna try the recipe. This crock pot chipotle shredded beef did not disappoint anyone in the family.

slow cooked chipotle shredded beefThe recipe called for a chuck roast, but here is the deal, use whatever beef roast you have on hand or is on sale at the grocery story. It will all work the same. Place the beautiful beef roast in the crock pot.

beef chuck roast in crock pot

The original recipe called for cans of diced tomatoes, green chiles and chipotle sauce. I however had enchilada sauce instead of chipotle. It also called for chili powder and cumin. I had Penzey’s Chili 9000 which has cumin and other yummy seasonings and herbs. So, I used two tablespoons of it instead. Topped the roast with sliced onions and the canned goods before letting it slow cook all day. I omitted the beef broth the recipe called for originally.

Chipotle Beef Ingredients

After it has slow cooked all day, you should be able to peel any excess fat off the roast and then shred with two forks. Don’t trim the fat before cooking. Remember fat is the flavor conductor. You want it to cook with the meat all day to add flavor.

crock pot chipotle beef
 The meat should be fairly juicy. Which made me relieved that I didn’t add the two cups of beef broth. You will get quite a bit of beef. This is a great recipe to eat twice.

slow cooked chipotle shredded beef

The cooked meat will freeze nicely to pull out later or go ahead and make some beef enchiladas and use the meat for tacos or on top of Mexican Risotto.

Chipotle shredded beef risottoThe recipe is from 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes which is the combination of three cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch. I will be giving this cookbook away the second week of September 2014. Be sure to check back to register to win and see what other great recipes I made.

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef
Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 lb. beef chuck roast, trimmed
  • 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 7-oz. can chipotle sauce or medium red enchilada sauce
  • 4-oz. can diced green chiles
  • 1 onion, slice
  • 2 T. chili 9000 from Penzey's or 2 T chili powder and 1 t. cumin
Instructions
  1. Place roast in a slow cooker. Top with remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.
  2. Once it is completely cooked, remove any excess fat. With 2 forks, shred the beef roast in slow cooker. Add beef broth if there is not much liquid.
  3. Serve on tortillas with favorite taco toppings, on a bed of lettuce for a salad or in a bowl with Mexican rice.

I received the 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes for free. The recipe ingredients are all on me. The opinions are all mine.

Hunk of Meat Monday: Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

I am giving away my new favorite cookbook. Maybe it is because it is grilling season, and I love to grill on my Big Green EGG. Or maybe it is because I am making food that looks like this Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken.

Bacon wrapped BBQ chickenAnd just how do you get to this end beauty. Start with chicken tenders or in my case chicken breasts and then cut them in half.

Chicken breasts for bacon wrapped BBQ chickenI multi-task in the kitchen so before you start wrapping your chicken, get your special barbecue sauce going. Pick your favorite barbecue sauce and then add two tablespoons of brown sugar and a teaspoon of onion powder.

homemade barbecue sauce

As the sauce simmers, get to wrapping up your chicken. I was able to use one slice per chicken. Some folks may want to hold the bacon in place by toothpicks. I had good luck keeping the bacon in place with the just the barbecue.

bacon wrapped chicken

Once it safely wrapped and completely covered with bacon, it is time to slather each piece with your barbecue sauce.

Barbecue Sauce Bacon Wrapped Chicken

I used a grill brush to put the sauce on but you could also use a spoon.

Brushing on Barbecue Sauce on Bacon Wrapped ChickenThen it is grill time! The bacon will put off bacon grease. So, if you a grilling over a gas grill, you may want to put the chicken a little in between the burners or a more indirect location on the grill.

Grilling Bacon Wrapped ChickenNow, don’t get flip happy. If you flip too much the bacon will fall off. And you don’t want to lose the bacon to the grill. Trust me. I cooked the chicken for about 10-15 minutes on each side. Use a meat thermometer and make sure you cook your chicken to 165 degrees. And plus, you want your bacon done too!! The barbecue and bacon will keep the chicken juicy.

If you want to enjoy a bacon wrapped meal, add some asparagus wrapped in bacon to the grill.

Bacon wrapped grilled chicken Love this recipe, go register to win this cookbook!

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken
Ingredients
  • 1 cup favorite BBQ sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half
  • ½-1 lb bacon
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine barbecue sauce, brown sugar and onion powder. Simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile wrap chicken breast with one to two slices bacon each. Set aside ¾ cup sauce mixture. Brush remaining sauce mixture over chicken.
  3. Place chicken on grill not directly over flames to prevent flare ups with a medium-high heat. Grill for 25-30 minutes, flipping twice, until nearly done. Brush chicken well with reserved sauce mixture.
  4. Cook until chicken juices run clear and sauce is caramelized. Always cook chicken to 165 degrees.

April’s Grilled Barbecue Chicken

Sometimes you get a cookbook that you literally want to make every recipe in the cookbook. Every single one. This new Grilling and Campfire Cooking Cookbook is that cookbook for me.

Grilling and Campfire Cooking Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch

Maybe it is because I am obsessed with my Big Green Egg. Or maybe because we had a hard, cold winter. Or the recipes are just that good. The chapters of the cookbook lend to your summer day’s cuisine desire. Whether you are grilling out, looking for a side dish, on a campfire or just looking for a cool crisp salad, you will find it in this cookbook.

Grilling Campfire Cooking table of contentsHere is a sneak peak into a few of my dishes.

April's barbecue chicken

April’s Barbecue Chicken

Bacon wrapped grilled chicken and asparagus

Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Sizzling Bacon Asparagus

Backyard Cheddar BBQ Burgers

Backyard BBQ Cheddar Burgers

I also made the Lemony Grilled Broccoli and Versatile Grilled Veggies. Both were awesome grilled side dishes.

But, don’t just take my word for it, checkout some of these recipes from a few of my friends.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Campfire Burritos

Balsamic Grilled Tomatoes

Sweet and Spicy Chicken

Are you dying to get your hands on the cookbook? Register to win one by leaving a comment on what your favorite summertime or grilled dish is. Can’t wait for the 10 days I will be running this giveaway, go buy the Cookbook. Be sure to register by July 1 or you will have no chance to win it! To give you an idea of just how yummy this cookbook can be, here is one of the recipes I prepared

April's Barbecue Chicken
This is a juicy grilled chicken recipe with an easy homemade barbecue sauce.
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs chicken or chicken pieces
  • 1 T. plus 1 t. garlic powder, divided
  • 1½ t. onion powder, divided
  • 2 c. ketchup
  • 1 to 2 c. brown sugar, packed and divided
  • ½ t. dry mustard
  • ½ t. chili powder
  • 1 t. liquid smoke
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot, place chicken and cover with water, one tablespoon garlic powder and one teaspoon of onion powder. Cook on medium-high heat till the pot comes to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. While chicken is cooking, combine ketchup, one cup brown sugar, mustard, chili powder and remaining garlic and onion powders in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Simmer for 15 minutes adding liquid smoke and remaining brown sugar to your taste.
  3. Once chicken has simmered, place on medium-high heated grill. Grill for 30-40 minutes or till chicken reaches an internal temp of 165. Baste with barbecue sauce as it grills.

This cookbook was given to me by Gooseberry Patch to review and giveaway. The recipes were prepared by me and enjoyed by family. 

Hunk of Meat Monday: Bowtie Pasta and Sausage

Have you ever become obsessed with something? So obsessed it makes the people you life with crazy. This bowties and sausage recipe brings to light two obsessions in the Beyer household: a pot and smoked sausage.

Bowties and sausage | Beyer BewareThe pot is my obsession. It is the Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 3-1/2-Quart Round French Oven in cherry. Big enough for a one pot wonder for a family of 4 but small enough that I can actually lift it up with a meal in it. Obsessed. You may remember if you follow me on Instagram when I lost my mind at the Le Creuset outlet.
Le Creuset Outlet in South CarolinaAnd the smoked sausge…that would be my daughter. She is a healthy eater who finds higher end meats more desirable. I can’t say I blame her. Except for smoked sausage. She could eat her weight in smoked sausage. So, when I saw this recipe in the Good-For-You Everyday Meals Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch, I knew that at least one person in my family would be simply in love. And boy was I right. Big hit at the dinner table and once again it was a quick prep.

smoked sausage with onion and pepper
Simple ingredients with the smoked sausage, onions and peppers. Slice them all up and get them going in the skillet. Notice I have cheese filled sausage. Use what you like. All beef, jalapeño, skinless, not skinless, all will work just fine. Slice the sausage, pepper and onion up and get sautéing.

Sausage with onions and peppers While the sausage and veggies are cooking, get your pasta cooking. I have a favorite gluten free pasta that I used. The original recipe called for bowtie pasta. Again, use what you have on hand.

My favorite gluten free pastaCook according to the package directions, drain and add to the sausage and veggies.

Gluten free pasta with sausage onions and peppersAdd beef broth to the pot and stir together. Serve to your hungry family with some buttered bread and big glasses of milk.

pot of pasta and smoke sausageLove this recipe and want some more like it? Go check out the giveaway for the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook!

Bowties and Sausage

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This quick and easy bowties and sausage recipe is one of my daughter's favorites. Serve with some buttered bread and fill your family's bellies.
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces of bowtie pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of Italian pork sausage or smoked sausage cut in ½ inch pieces
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or pan over medium heat and add sausage, onion and pepper. Cook until sausage is fully cooked and vegetables are tender.
  2. Drain any grease or fat and return to pan.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions while sausage and vegetables cook. Drain.
  4. Add beef broth to sausage and vegetables and bring to a boil.
  5. Stir in cooked pasta.

 

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

We can all pretend that we are always ready to whip up a meal for our starving kids. But, after being on the road or on a plane for a month straight, I would rather everyone just make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

When I came across the recipe for quick spicy beef burritos in my latest Gooseberry Patch Cookbook I am reviewing on the way home from a week on the beach, I knew even my kicking and screaming bad attitude towards cooking right now could handle it.

Quick Spicy Beef burritos on corn tortillasThe great thing about this recipe is Beyer pantry friendly ingredients.

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos Recipe

Don’t we all have refried beans, diced tomatoes and chilies and taco seasoning in bulk? Or just me?

Taco Meat add ins

Of course, I always have literally hundreds of pounds of meat just laying around in one of my two chest freezers. I get the frozen pound of ground beef going with a quarter cup of diced onions.

Browning beef for burritosOnce the beef is browned, drained of any excess grease, add those tomatoes, beans and seasoning.

Quick Spicy Beef Burrito FillingsStir to combine and let simmer for several minutes. And I dare you not to steal a bite.

Beef Burrito FillingYou will notice my spoon is missing from my awesome Fighting Illini spoon rest.

Quick Beef Burrito filling with Illini spoon restNow, stop sneaking bites and start assembling. For a healthier option, grab whole wheat tortillas. If you are gluten free, go for the corn. If you are me and you are going with what you have, you will use run of the mill flour tortillas for the family.

Quick beef burritos

Add shredded cheese and roll up tortillas and serve.

Quick Spicy Beef burritos on corn tortillasNotice, I have some corn tortillas in the mix. And if you like more filling in your burritos, go for it. Add some guacamole. It’s healthy!

Quick Spicy Beef BurritosLooking for healthier ideas for any night of the week? Come back tomorrow and register to win this Good-For-You Everyday Meals Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. Or go buy it now!

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

Serves: 5

Serving size: 1 burrito

Lovers of Tex-Mex food looking for a change of pace from regular tacos will fall in love with these quick spicy beef burritos.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • ¼ c. diced onion
  • 1-1/4 ounce package of taco seasoning
  • 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown beef with onion.
  2. Drain off any excess grease and stir in the taco seasoning, beans and tomatoes and chilies. Simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Warm up flour tortillas or crisp up corn tortillas and fill with beef filling.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese and then roll up and serve immediately.

This recipe is from a cookbook given to me by Gooseberry Patch. The recipe commentary and opinions are mine.

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