Easy recipe

Amazing Crockpot Shredded Beef

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If you are like me, you don't always have tons of time to spend in the kitchen preparing dinner. Between my children's packed schedules and my own busy life, sometimes it is a scramble at dinner time to get something on the table that is both quick and healthy. 

That is why the crockpot is my best friend. Nothing brings me peace of mind on a busy day like knowing I already threw something (lovingly, of course) into my crockpot and that dinner will be ready when I get home. 

This is one of those recipes. It is Called Amazing Crockpot Shredded Beef. "Amazing" because it is so easy to prepare AND because everyone in my house will gobble it up, no complaints. It is a huge hit with my mob.

Depending on the size of your crew, this recipe could give you dinner and some leftovers for later in the week. (A real dream come true for this busy mom!)

What could you do with a crockpot full of shredded beef?

  • yummy beef tacos
  • add it to your salad
  • top your sweet potato with a big scoop
  • serve it with a plate full of your favorite roasted veggies
  • filling for lettuce cups
  • serve over a whole grain pilaf

This is a pretty versatile dish and I am sure that you have some creative ways to use it as well... so don't be shy about sharing! 

 

Here is what I do to create Amazing Crockpot Shredded Beef... 

Ingredients:

3 lb under blade chuck beef

2-3 yellow onions

1 head of garlic, peeled

1/2 cup beef broth

1 tbsp coconut aminos

1-2 splashes of Red Boat fish sauce

salt & pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Place beef in crock pot. Add beef broth and then rest of the ingredients on top of the beef.
  2. Cover the crockpot and set on low. Cook for 6-8 hours, until the beef easily shreds. 
  3. Serve over veggies, rice, quinoa, in tacos or any ol' way you choose!

 

And enjoy! 

Simple enough, right?

 

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Next Day Kasha

Next Day Kasha 

This month in the Real Moms' Inner Circle we have been focusing on the The Busy Mom's Healthy Pantry and with good reason. The healthier our pantries, the healthier our food options, the better we will eat. You have heard it before, right? Keep good food at home and you will eat good food.  

Your healthy pantry might include whole grains. Whole grains provide a ton of nutrients including fiber, protein and more. The choices of whole grains are many and one that I will highlight in this post is kasha

Kasha, which is toasted buckwheat, is good anytime of the year but I always associate it with winter because it is such a hearty, belly-filling type of grain.  Kasha is super nutritious, it can help you maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is not only full of fiber and protein, but also vitamin K and the B-complex vitamins.

Kasha is also a gluten-free grain. 

When cooking grains I always recommend cooking more than you need and I recommend the same with kasha.  Then you will have some on reserve for a quick dish later in the week OR, as I will show you here, a hearty and healthy breakfast the next day! 

 

NEXT DAY KASHA

 

Ingredients:                                                                  

 

  • 1 cup of leftover kasha     
  • about 1/2 cup of coconut milk 
  • 1/8 cup sunflower seeds  
  • 1/8 cup raisins  
  • 1/8 cup dried cherries or any other dried fruit                              
  • 1/8 cup of chopped apples
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon  
  • 1-2 tablespoons of high quality maple syrup 

 

 Directions:

1. Add all ingredients to a pot and heat thoroughly on low heat. 

2. Transfer the kasha to a bowl and add your favorite topping. I used more chopped apples and cinnamon. Other choices could be chopped almonds, seeds, blueberries,...really the options are endless. 

2. Enjoy and then go have an awesome day. 

 

Here is a BONUS!

Kids love to pick their own ingredients, add their own toppings and be involved with a simple dish like this. When they get to be hands on, they are more likely to try new things! 

I hope this easy recipe is one more easy step in a healthy direction for you and your family! Enjoy! 

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Simple Veggie Quinoa

Quinoa has become a really popular alternative grain to use when looking for easy to use healthy options. And why not? (Ok, it is not really a grain but rather a seed or a "pseudo-cereal... but you can go ahead and treat it like a grain.) 

Quinoa is loaded with nutrients. When you include quinoa in a meal, you know you are getting:

  • Protein (a COMPLETE protein with all essential amino acids)
  • Fiber (more than almost any other whole grain)
  • Mangenese
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Potassium

Not only that but quinoa is full of antioxidants that go after any trouble makers (aka disease causing) free radicals in our bodies. Quinoa is gluten free so anyone with a gluten intolerance can still include quinoa in their diet. 

Quinoa is easy to add into your diet. When I first starting incorporating it, I simply used it in place of rice.  If you are just starting to cook with quinoa or if you have been using it and just need a quick and easy recipe, this one I am sharing with you is perfect. You can use this dish anyway that works best for you:

  • as a side or main dish for dinner
  • as part of a healthy lunch box for the kids or yourself
  • add a scoop to your favorite green salad

Remember to use your KIDS' favorite vegetables to make sure this recipe is kid-approved! 

 

Simple Veggie Quinoa

Ingredients:

4-6 cups of your favorite chopped veggies (onions, garlic, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, carrot, celery, broccoli, greens, to name a few. Use whatever you like best!)

coconut oil for cooking

2 cups of water

tumeric

garlic powder

1 piece of Kombu seaweed (optional) 

salt

1 cup of quinoa, rinsed

Additional seasoning like coconut aminos or any other you like! 

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan with 2 cups of water, sprinkle tumeric, garlic powder and salt across the top. Add one pice of Kombu and 1 cup of quinoa. 
  2. Bring the saucepan to a boil. Then cover and reduce heat for a simmer.
  3. Allow quinoa to simmer for 15 minutes. 
  4. While quinoa is cooking, heat coconut oil in a pan. Add your favorite chopped veggies and cook. Allow veggies to soften to desired texture. 
  5. When quinoa is finished the water will be mostly absorbed and fluffy. Remove the kombu. It can be chopped and added to your final dish or discarded. Your call. 
  6. Combine the quinoa and the veggies. Season it up with coconut aminos, salt, pepper or anything else you like! 
  7. Enjoy! 

 


Need some of the ingredients to get started? I suggest buying as much as you can from your local health food store, but if you need options, here you go! 


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