Category Archives: beef

Seared Sirloin with Sweet Balsamic Sauce

The hubs made dinner the other night. He is such a sweet guy… he barely even complains. ;)

I wasn’t as impressed with this meal because I am not a fan of tough meat and I feel like I was constantly chewing and chewing and chewing. He, of course, ate it like candy. But it was good and I really liked the balsamic sauce.

I steamed some cauliflower and had a piece of  a whole wheat baguette.  It looks big, but it wasn’t… I use small plates now so that I don’t overeat. But I could treat myself to some bread because the entire sirloin&sauce recipe was 4 grams of carbs total. And I can eat 60 carbs at each meal! I think I did good. :)

I got this recipe out of my new cookbook I got from Borders before it went out of business. (I ended up paying like $4.50 for it! That is a STEAL and I am so happy.) The title is 15-Minute Diabetic Meals. Check it out!


1 lb boneless sirloin steak, about 1 inch thick, trimmed of fat

1/4 cup water
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp sugar

1. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add beef and cook 4 minutes. Turn and cook 4 minutes longer or until beef is done to your liking.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Stir to blend and set aside.

3. When beef is done, place on cutting board and let stand. Add sauce mixture to pan residue in skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook 1-2 minutes, scraping bottom and sides of skillet.

4. Thinly slice beef and spoon sauce over all.

Stuffed Peppers

I made Stuffed Peppers for dinner last night. It was my first time making them and I thought they turned out really good!

I was so excited because this was one of my favorite meals as a kid. My mom made the absolute BEST stuffed peppers and I wish I knew what recipe she based them off of, so that I could try.

I used to just eat the rice mixture by the spoonful.

(and I wonder why I’m diabetic…. sigh)

My mom never used recipes. Everytime she would cook something, she would guesstimate a tablespoon by a pinch, or assume a plop of that was a cup. We technically never had the same meal twice. Remembering how she used to cook and thinking about how I cook makes me laugh out loud. I am SO strict with my recipes. I would rather dirty every possible measuring device in my kitchen before guessing at anything. I’m sure once I’ve cooked for a family for 20 years, I might change my habits, but for now… my mom and I could not be any less alike. I just wish she was here to see me cook… I think she’d be proud of me.

Seriously, before getting married the extent of my cooking was making a grilled cheese sandwich.

I also thought it was “girlled cheese” until I was about 8. Like boys couldn’t eat it. I was very feminist back then.

But these stuffed peppers were good in their own way. Simple ingredients made it easy, healthy ingredients made it…. healthy! The recipe doesn’t call for cheese, but I was so low on my carb count for the day that I added a pinch (gasp!) of shredded cheddar cheese to each pepper. Yum!

I finished the plate off with a spoonful of mashed potatoes and a crescent roll. Gosh, I love crescent rolls…. I wanted nothing more than to eat the entire tin of them.



French Dip Sandwiches

Tonight the hubs and I hosted dinner and a movie for his parents. I made french dip sandwiches, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.

His mother brought tons of movie goodies and we watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

I could not be more excited to go see HP7 part 2 tomorrow. Seriously, I kind of feel giddy. And nauseous. I don’t want it to be over!

Anyway, I decided to make french dip sandwiches for dinner tonight because they were the first recipe I tried on this blog! See?

I think I made them a lot better this time, and my picture taking abilities have definitely increased. That first picture was taken on my cell phone!

Also, I forgot to take a picture so ignore the third of the sandwich that is missing. Okay, thanks.

Here is a picture of all the goodies we had to snack on… most of it is leftover but that’s okay by us!

I love chocolate covered strawberries. And Draco Malfoy. Yum.




Mexican Bubble Pizza

Mexican Bubble Pizza

Well, I sure as heck don’t see the “bubble” in this recipe…. but to be honest, I’m not sure I care!

The hubs and I love tacos, and we pretty much eat some every week, whether it be out of a box or out on the town. We are Mexican food fiends. This was definitely an interesting take on tacos!

The biscuits were soft and moist (note, I hate this word) and the meat sauce was super flavorful and tomato-y.. which is perfect for me! Top it off with some shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, black olives and salsa and you have an easy, quick alternative to your typical taco!

I am definitely making this again.

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

I’m just going to let the pictures tell you how good this was.

Introducing, Baked Spaghetti Casserole.

Getting ready to bake

Deliciously golden brown and melty.

Side view of the casserole lookin’ all tempting

My plate… not the best staging I could have done, but I was SOOO hungry

Honey BBQ Meatloaf

Honey BBQ Meatloaf

For my first attempt at meatloaf, I think I did pretty good….taste wise. It just didn’t stay in proper meatloaf form. I took a knife to it and it just kind of plopped.

But hey, the honey BBQ flavors really made me happy. Pair that with creamy mashed potatoes and corn on the cob and you have one of my favorite dinners. Yummy yummy.

I’m not in a witty mood right now, so I’m gonna head off to bed. Today was exhausting!!

But hey, at least the sun was shining!

For the first time in a week and a half.

And I left my sunglasses at home.

But that’s another story.

Tacos. From a box.

What do you get when you combine a migraine, ground beef and a half an hour?

Taco Bell from a box.

I love it, really, I do. Mostly cause I love going to Taco Bell. Mmmm, mexican pizzas.

And yes, the whole “THE MEAT ISN’T REAL BEEF!!” issue doesn’t bother me.

And the hubs brought me a mini crunch bar from work. What a sweet guy.

The Hubs Made Hamburgers

Well, he actually called himself “The Hubcap” and it made me chuckle. I don’t really know where these things come from in his brain, but I let him bounce around sometimes.

I had a pretty stressful day today. It wasn’t bad in entirety really, but you know those days when that ONE thing goes wrong and then everything snowballs and goes to hell in a handbasket and you just cry those big alligator tears?


The Hubcap.. no I can’t do it.

The hubs came in the door, took one look at me and started making hamburgers. He is super cute and I love him to pieces.

And yes, I am eating Fritos again! Hahaha. We buy that variety bag of chips that has like 3 of each kind and we always end up with Chili Cheese Fritos at the end and he refuses to eat them. That’s why they end up in my dinner so often. I want them out of my pantry!

I also forgot to take a picture before I started eating, so please excuse my big bites. I was hungry. :(

Ps – I’m working on a new theme for the blog. Who’s excited?! I AM!


This is my favorite dinner to make and eat. I found the original recipe online, but tweaked it with additional spices and corn to help make it a little more us. After it was served, I topped it with chili cheese Fritos and shredded cheddar cheese. And look at my pretty bamboo bowls! Crockpot cooking is so easy…. I think I was made to slow cook. Set it and forget it!

Beef enchiladas and Spanish rice

Joey and I both made dinner tonight, and I loved every second of it. This is the first meal we both worked on and it was so much fun. The enchiladas were so easy, while the Spanish rice was a little scary cause it was covered in 28 oz. of tomatoes. And my husband does not particularly like tomatoes. In fact, we spent 5 minutes after picking out big chunks of tomatoes…. but it was worth it. This was definitely a mexican inspired and spicy (not to mention totally yummy) meal!


1 1/2 cup cooked beef

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 onion
1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies
1 can (10 oz.) cream of mushroom soup
1 can (10 oz.) tomato soup
1 can (10 oz.) enchilada sauce
12 corn tortillas

1. Combine beef, 1/2 cheese, onion and green chilies, and set aside. Combine soups and enchilada sauce in a separate bowl.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soften tortilla shells in microwave for 50 seconds. Top each tortilla with one heaping tsp of meat mixture. Roll and place seamside down in a 13×9 dish. Pour sauce over and top with remaining cheese.

3. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Makes 6 servings. Enjoy!