Friday, December 2, 2016

Cabbage & Beef Soup

Let me start by saying that I have never had Cabbage soup before. So I wasn't 100% sure how I was going to make it. It was a pretty cold morning here in Germany and soup sounded really good for supper.

I took my youngest to Netto, a discount grocery store here. I knew that I wanted a soup with veggies, but wasn't sure what I wanted for it yet. So we grabbed some potatoes, carrots, and a head of cabbage. I was going to grab some onions too, but decided to do an onion soup mix instead. I know, it was definitely the easy way out, but I really didn't want to cut up onions today.

We ended up not putting potatoes in the soup at all and used a can of Kidney Beans instead. This was the end result. And let me tell you, my boys (ages 3 and 5) gobbled this up! It was a hit with my family and will probably go into our regular rotation for meals.

The inspiration for my soup came from this recipe by NANCYSCOTT1:

I have a family of 4, two of which are under the age of 6. So I made mine a little different than hers. Here are the ingredients for the batch I made today.

1 pound Ground Beef/Ground Pork mix*
1 package of Knorr Zwiebel Suppe Mix (Onion Soup Mix)
1/2 of a head of Cabbage, chopped
4 Medium Carrots diced
1 (16 ounce) can of Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
2 Cups of Water
2 (15 ounce) cans of Tomato Sauce
2 Cups Beef Stock
1 1/5 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp of Black Pepper

Place the meat in a pan on the stove and cook until it is browned and crumbled. Drain the fat (I also rinse the meat in the strainer) and place it in a crockpot. Add 2 cups of beef stock and the onion soup mix. Stir well, then add the cabbage, carrots, beans, and bouillon cube. Add the pepper and ground cumin along with the tomato sauce and stir well. Add in the water 1 cup at a time until the soup is at the preferred consistency. 

Cook on High for 2-3 hours, then on Low for 3 hours. Or you can cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours. Make sure that you stir the soup occasionally so that nothing sticks to the bottom or sides.

*I was looking for ground turkey, but was unable to find it at Netto today. So feel free to use a meat of your choosing. If you make your own batch of Cabbage soup, I'd love to hear from you. Just comment below :)

Thank You,
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Kid Friendly Lunch

Raise your hand if lunch and dinner are the most challenging meals to get your kiddos to eat?

If I had 3 hands, they would all be raised right now. But let's face it, this post ain't gonna type itself. Am I right? 

Back to the point of this post. We all face the challenge of a picker eater. And it can get pretty frustrating trying to think of healthy meals that will get their attention and that they will actually eat. 

Well I have to share this little gem with you. It's a healthy twist on an old favorite. Pizza! My mouth waters just saying the word. And my stomach pushes outward a little bit to remind me why I shouldn't have any. 

Have no fear. This one will please the hangry little ones and you without making you undo the top button on your jeans. 

It's a Tortilla Pizza. Ok, here's a pic to really get your mouth watering. 

We had spaghetti the night before and there was leftover meat sauce (Grandma's Tomato sauce from Fixate cookbook). So we took the sauce and spread it on the tortilla, added some black olives (because my kids love black olives) and some shredded mozzarella.

I turned the oven on Broil and cooked the pizza for 5 minutes.  Just long enough to melt the cheese and brown it a little.

It looks delicious, right? Well, it was but it was also a little messy. One thing I would recommend is topping it with another tortilla and letting the cheese hold it all together.  Then just cut it with a pizza cutter. It will make it a whole lot easier for their little hands to hold onto to and keep all of the toppings from sliding out.

*** You can do this with leftover taco ingredients, ham and cheese, and a ton of other ingredients. The possibilities are endless.***

If you try you make this fun lunch with your kiddos, comment below with how it went. I would love to hear from you.

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