Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Beef and Barely Soup

I whipped this up for lunch today oh a whim, and it was really good. Very hearty and warming on a cold snowy day. J. and I loved it, R. was more interested in the crackers. It's reminiscent of the canned stuff I had a child, but much better homemade.

1c dried barely, soaked for at least an hour in warm water, then rinsed and drained
1c frozen peas and carrots mix
beef tips or stew meat
1 potato peeled and cut into small pieces
72oz beef broth (the barely will absorb a lot of liquid)
dried onion flakes, about a tsp
red pepper, garlic, salt all to taste. I like mine a little on the peppery side
about 2 oz tomato sauce added at the end.

Combine all ingredients except tomato sauce and bring to a boil, reduce to medium heat and allow to cook for about an hour or until barely is nice and soft. Add the tomato sauce and allow to simmer for 5-10 more minutes. Makes 5-6 servings.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

1 3/4 c's white sugar
1/2 c milk
1/2 c butter
4tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
bring these ingredients to a boil on medium heat. I suggest melting the butter in the milk, then adding the sugar, then whisking in the cocoa to prevent it from clumping up. Boil for 1.5 minutes (I whisk it while it boils). then remove from heat.
Add 4 c's quick oats (rolled work ok too though) and 1/2 c crunchy peanut butter, stir together, then spoon out onto wax or parchment paper. I put mine in the fridge to cool.

These are my husband's favorite cookies and one of my most frequently requested recipes. I've been told you can substitute almond butter for peanut butter and it's just as good. I also wanted to note that I used almond milk rather than cows milk.