Slow Cooker Chili con Carne

Chili con Carne with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and corn bread

12 oz. lean ground beef
2 cups red kidney beans (dry)
1 lg onion, diced (or chopped)
1 med. red bell pepper, diced
2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
3-1/2 cups tomatoes, diced (equals one large can)
7-1/4 c. Tomato Sauce (equals 2 large cans)
3 Tbsp Chili powder
3 Tbsp Chili Sauce (Heinz)
1 Tbsp Paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp Bay Leaf, crumbled (or 1/4 tsp powdered)
1-1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

Soak the beans per package directions. Brown the beef and drain well.

Toss everything in the pot, stir, and cook on low for 8-10 hours (or your entire work day + commute)

Serves 16
Per serving 1 cup

Calories – 144.8
Carbohydrates – 19.2g
Sugars – 7.4g
Fiber – 5.3g
Fat – 4.9g
Saturated Fat – 1.9g
Cholesterol – 15.9mg
Protein – 7.8g
Sodium – 776.2mg

CrockPot Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti Sauce served over tri-colored rotini noodles with parmesan

 21 oz lean ground beef
12 oz. chicken sausage
3 – 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes, no salt added
3 – 14.5 oz cans tomato sauce, no salt added
2 med. (or 1 lg) onion, chopped
3 Tbsp garlic, minced
4 c. mushrooms, sliced (approx. 434g)
2 c. bell pepper, diced (approx. 195g)
5 Tbsp oregano, dried
3 Tbsp basil, dried
1 tsp bay leaf, ground (or 3 whole bay leafs broken in half)
1 tsp cayenne pepper, ground

Brown ground beef and sausage in a large skillet. While the meat is browning, chop vegetables, stirring meat occasionally.

When beef and sausage are done, drain off the fat and toss meat, vegetables, spices, and tomato sauce into a slow cooker. Stir to mix ingredients evenly.

Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8-10 hours.

Number of Servings: 20
Serving Size: 1 cup  (approx. 243g)

Calories – 159.0
Carbohydrates – 10.5g
Sugars – 4.4g
Fiber – 2.8g
Fat – 7.4g
Saturated Fat – 2.7g
Cholesterol – 42.5mg
Protein – 12.7g
Sodium – 164.3mg

Bison Tomato Curry

Bison Tomato Curry with quinoa and salad
1 tsp olive oil 
5 oz bison sirloin, lean only, cubed (Image)
1 med. onion, chopped (Image)
1 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)
1-3/4 cup tomatoes, diced 
1Tbsp curry powder 
1 tsp baharat

Heat olive oil in a skillet over med-high heat. Add bison, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly until meat is browned. Add tomatoes and spices, stir well. Reduce heat to med-low and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve over quinoa, cous cous, or brown rice.

Serves 2

Per serving (approx. 207gr)
Calories – 168.9
Carbohydrates – 15.4g
Sugars – 0.1g
Fiber – 3.8g
Fat – 4.6g
Saturated Fat – 0.9g
Cholesterol – 43.9mg
Protein – 17.7g
Sodium – 55.7mg

Chili Meatloaf

Chili Meatloaf with mashed potatoes

2.5 lb lean ground beef
2 slices bread, toasted and crumbed
5 tbsp flax seed, ground
1/2 cup wheat germ
1-1/2 cup diced tomato
1/2 med. onion, diced (Image)
1 cup shredded cilantro
2 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)
2 Tbsp chili sauce
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp mustard
3 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne

It’s meatloaf… Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Place mixture in loaf pans, muffin tins, whatever pan you like to cook meatloaf in. Bake at 375 until internal temperature is at least 160 deg. (approximately 1 hour for loaf pans, less for muffin tins).

Makes 14, 3 oz servings, approx. 1″ slices.

Nutritional Info:
Per serving (approx. 85 gr)
Calories – 237
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 2g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 11g
Saturated Fat – 4g
Cholesterol – 70mg
Protein – 24g
Sodium – 179mg

Sweet & Savory Summer Simmer

Sweet & Savory Summer Simmer with bison, brown rice, and brocolli

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 med. onion, chopped (Image)
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1/4 c. hazelnuts, finely chopped
1-1/2 cup fresh cilantro, shredded
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 tsp. allspice, ground
1-1/2 cup strawberries, sliced

Heat olive oil, over med-high heat, in deep skillet/wok. Saute onions, garlic, mushrooms, and hazelnuts. Once onions are tender; add cilantro, lemon juice, allspice, and strawberries. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium. Place meat of choice on top of strawberry mix. Cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Reduce heat to med-low, stir lightly and turn meat. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, uncovered. Serve strawberry mix as a side dish.

Serves 4

Nutrients per Serving (Side dish only)
Calories – 114
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 8g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 0mg
Protein – 2g
Sodium – 4mg

Calories per Serving (with various meats)

Chicken Round Steak Bison Pork Loin
1/2 breast
meat only
4 oz.
4 oz.
4 oz.
Calories – 244
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 9g
Saturated Fat – 2g
Cholesterol – 68mg
Protein – 29g
Sodium – 81mg
Calories – 287
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 15g
Saturated Fat – 5g
Cholesterol – 65mg
Protein – 28g
Sodium – 63mg
Calories – 237
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 10g
Saturated Fat – 3g
Cholesterol – 70mg
Protein – 26g
Sodium – 65mg
Calories – 250
Carbohydrates – 10g
Sugars – 4g
Fiber – 3g
Fat – 12g
Saturated Fat – 3g
Cholesterol – 74mg
Protein – 26g
Sodium – 61mg

Cheese & Veggie Stuffed Steak

16 oz Beef, round, lean only (4- 4oz. slices, thin sliced/pounded flat)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 c. mushrooms, sliced
1/2 med. yellow onion, chopped (Image)
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
1/2 c. spinach, frozen or fresh wilted
1/2 med. red bell pepper, diced
1/2 med. yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 c. goat cheese, crumbled
1-1/2 c. Shredded Italian Cheese Blend (I used Great Value brand)

Pound the slices of steak to approximately 1/4 in. thick (or ask butcher to do so).

Heat olive oil in skillet. Saute mushrooms, onion, garlic, and peppers in olive oil until onions are translucent. Turn off heat and add goat cheese, stir until melted/combined with vegetables.

Lay out slice of beef, sprinkle 1/4 of the Italian cheese blend on it, spreading evenly.  Put 1/4 of the veggie mix in the middle of the slice and roll beef up like a burrito. Skewer with toothpick to hold closed. Place in lightly greased (Pam) baking dish. Repeat for 3 remaining slices of beef.

Optional, sprinkle choice of spices on each roll.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 deg.  Serve warm.

If you find that 1/4 of the mix is too much for one slice, the leftovers make a great side dish.

Serves 4

Per serving
Calories – 353
Carbohydrates – 7g
Sugars – 2g
Fiber – 2g
Fat – 21g
Saturated Fat – 9g
Cholesterol – 126mg 
Protein – 38g
Sodium – 357mg

Cheesy Potato Casserole

6 medium potatoes, sliced
21 oz. 90% lean ground beef
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 med. yellow onion, chopped (Image)
1 c. mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced (Image)
2 c. skim milk
2 eggs
1/2 c. Parmesan, grated
4-1/2. cheddar cheese, shredded

Slice potatoes.

In a large skillet, saute onion and mushroom in olive oil until onion is translucent. Add ground beef and continue cooking until meat is browned. Drain any excess liquid/fat.

While meat is browning, in a 1-2 qt. saucepan, beat the eggs into the milk until thoroughly mixed. Turn heat on low and add cheeses. Stir constantly until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

Put potatoes and beef mixture into a 10″ x 15″ x 2″ (or 4 qt) flat baking dish, mixing them up well.

Pour cheese mixture over the top. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes or until potatoes are tender. (To speed up the baking process, boil the potato slices for 10 minutes, while browning the meat, before adding to baking dish. This will reduce the time by 15 min.).

Serves 15 as main dish (more as a side dish)

Per serving
Calories 351
Carbohydrates 19g
Sugars 3g
Fiber 2g
Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol – 103mg 
Protein 25g
Sodium 375mg

Southwest Bison

Southwest inspired meat dish. Could be used as taco/burrito meat, for enchiladas, or served over any whole grain. 

Southwest Bison with Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, and Corn Tortillas

14. oz Bison Ribeye, cubed (lean beef would work too) (Image)
2 c. mushrooms, sliced
1 med. red bell pepper, diced
1 med. yellow onion, chopped (Image)
1 Tbsp garlic, minced (Image)
3-1/2 c. tomatoes, diced
1/2 c. cilantro, hand shredded
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/4. tsp ground chili pepper
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
1 Tbsp. olive oil

In a big wok/skillet heat olive oil on medium. Saute onions, mushrooms, and garlic until onions are translucent. Add bison (or beef), stirring lightly until browned.  Add bell pepper, tomatoes, and spices. Lower heat. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for at least 20 minutes (can be longer, imagine it would be awesome in a crock pot).  Uncover and simmer until liquid consistency is what you like.

Serves at least 8… maybe more.

Per serving (at 1/8 per serving):
Calories – 110
Carbohydrates – 8g
Sugar – 4g
Fat – 3g
Saturated Fat – 1g
Cholesterol – 31mg 
Protein – 13g
Fiber – 2g
Sodium – 76mg