Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday

I had a super-delicious Wednesday!!  It was a snow day that turned out to be a no-snow day (shocker since I live in Houston), but I was happy to have the day off.  It was cold outside and it was nice to be inside with my blogs, my dog, and my heater!

I started off the day with breakfast fried rice.

Yummy in my tummy.  I dumped my left over jasmine rice in a pan with a little olive oil and let it heat up and then moved it to the side and put in a couple of egg whites and one whole egg.  Once the egg was mostly cooked I tossed it all together.  A little sea salt and done!

In the late afternoon I put some Stuffed Bell Pepper stew on to simmer.

Happy cold day eating, this new recipe was a winner!  I used this recipe from Taste of Home to get me started.  If you know me, I use recipes as a suggestion and I tend to mix it up a bit.  Here is what I did:

1.5 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped in small bite size pieces
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, diced
6 cups beef stock
3 bell peppers, cut in small bite size pieces
2 cans (14.5 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomato
1 cup jasmine rice, raw
1/8 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons beef bouillon
1 teaspoon pepper
sea salt, to taste
Lawry's Season Salt, to taste

In a saute pan I cooked the ground beef with a sprinkling of the Lawry's salt.  While the beef was cooking I sauteed my onion and garlic in my stew pot in the olive oil.  When the beef was done cooking and the onions were beginning to be translucent I drained the beef and added it and the rest of the ingredients.  I let the stew simmer on the lowest setting until dinner time.

My biggest changes were subbing in stock for the water which I think makes the flavor a lot richer.  Since I had the time, I also let the rice cook in the stew.  I think it really added flavor to the rice.  I also added garlic (because I didn't see a reason not to) and onion.

It was great!  I will be happily eating stew leftovers for the rest of the week.

I hope you have a tasty Wednesday as well!

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