Slow-Cooked Beef in Tomato Sauce with Spinach and Peas

Slow-Cooked Beef in Tomato Sauce with Spinach and Peas

Slow-Cooked Beef in Tomato Sauce with Spinach and Peas

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Slow-Cooked Beef with Tomatoes and Prunes, and Pomegranate Gremolata

Slow-cooked Beef with Tomatoes and Prunes, and Pomegranate Gremolata

There is something about the comfort food that we all love and adore. We all have our own version of comfort food and for a lot of us it’s the food we grew up eating. Continue reading

Moroccan Beef with Harissa and Fruit

Moroccan Beef with Harissa and Fruit

 

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The most rewarding recipes are the ones that combine new ingredients and create a taste that did not expect. I am always trying to do this and this week I have been experimenting with Harissa Sauce in Moroccan cuisines. I choose Harissa because I was looking for something that I could combine with the sweet taste of fruit that would add something unique. This combination really exceeded my expectation on all counts. My husband said its one of the best dishes I ever made! I only had 5 minutes to take the picture as he was standing with the spoon behind me, waiting for me to finish so he can eat. The taste is incredible, savory, sweet, spicy, tangy and you can’t just stop eating. Hope you try this recipe and like it as much as we did!

Moroccan Beef with Harissa and Fruit

 

Similar recipe: Stewed Beef with Tomatoes, Chipotle Peppers and Currants

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Stewed Beef with Tomatoes, Chipotle Peppers and Currants

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I realize that this recipe does not exactly scream spring, but I think every season has room for a good comfort food recipe – especially with a twist. This recipe began as something completely different, but as I started gathering ingredients from the cupboard, a new concoction emerged in my head. My husband often tells me these “improvisational recipes” are his favorite, so I ran with it. What I ended up with was a bold and spicy twist on beef stew. The tomatoes, chipotle peppers and currants combined create new flavors and surprises for the palate, while the rich red sauce perfectly compliments the tender medallions of meat. The combination of the meat and sauce create a rich, deep red color that looks fantastic! I served this dish on a bed of brown rice and with a side salad to add additional texture and color.

I am bringing this delicious beef stew over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday this week!

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Beef Carnitas with Lime Cauliflower Rice, Roasted Garlic and Pineapple Orange Salsa

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Carnitas, literally “little meats,” is a dish where meat has first been braised or roasted until tender, and then pan-fried or sautéed until browning occurs in Mexican Cuisine. It’s normally made from pork but I thought I would try to use beef instead for this recipe. The beef comes out of the slow cooker or pressure cooker bursting with flavor and extra tender. These carnitas are so versatile and you can serve them in tacos, over the lettuce as a salad or in my case with lime cauliflower rice, roasted garlic and cilantro. I used a pressure cooker and added smoked flavor by using natural liquid smoke. I added chili garlic sauce for a bit of heat. The meat just falls apart and I loved the smoked flavor. The cauliflower rice is a healthy, no-carb alternative to your regular rice and it’s really delicious. I added roasted garlic, lime juice, lime zest and fresh cilantro to bring up the flavors in the cauliflower rice. I finished this dish with pineapple orange salsa, which were a perfect addition to this meal. Zesty, sweet, tangy and a little spicy. Continue reading