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Cuban Picadillo in the Crock Pot

Posted on 30. Jan, 2013 in Food

Picadillo, a flavorful Cuban dish made with ground beef (or turkey) and a sauce made from simmering tomatoes, green olives, bell peppers, cumin, and spices is one of my family’s favorite weeknight meals.  Trust me on this one, if you want a recipe the whole family will love, this is it! It’s inexpensive, kid-friendly, freezer friendly and gluten-free. It‘s even better since the lean beef cooks longer and becomes very tender the longer it simmers.  This makes a lot, so you’ll get several meals out of it. We serve it over brown rice or quinoa.

Anytime you use ground beef in the crock pot, you’ll need to brown it first on the stove. Since the skillet is already out, I threw the onions, peppers and garlic in with the meat to let the flavors bloom.

If you want to prep this the night before, the meat is fully cooked, so you can add all the ingredients into the crock pot, then refrigerate. The next morning plug it in and go to work, or go on with your day. When you come home, you’ll just have to make some rice and a salad and dinner is ready!

By the way, lean beef is the meat of choice for this dish in my house, but you can also use lean bison or ground turkey if desired. Raisins are commonly added to this dish, but we prefer this without.

 Slow Cooker Picadillo

Servings: 11 • Size: 1/2 cup • Old Points: 4 pts • Weight Watchers Points+: 4 pts

Calories: 170 • Fat: 7 g • Protein: 22.5 g • Carb: 4.5 g • Fiber: 1 g • Sugar: 1.5 g

Sodium: 237 mg (without the salt)

Ingredients:

2 1/2 lbs 93% lean ground beef (or turkey)

1 cup minced onion

1 cup diced red bell peppers

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup minced cilantro

1 small tomato, diced

8 oz can tomato sauce

1/4 cup alcaparrado (manzanilla olives, pimientos, capers) or green olives

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp garlic powder

2 bay leaves

kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste

Directions:

Brown meat in a large deep skillet on medium-high heat; season with generously with salt and a little pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat up into small pieces. When meat is no longer pink, drain all the liquid from pan. Add the onions, garlic and bell peppers to the meat and cook an addition 3-4 minutes.

Transfer the meat to the slow cooker, then add tomato, cilantro, tomato sauce, 1 1/4 cups water, alcaparrado (or olives) [I usually add some of the brine from the jar for added flavor] then add the spices.

Set slow cooker to HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 8. After it’s ready, taste for salt and add more as needed [I added a little more cumin and garlic powder at the end as well since the crock pot tends to mute the flavors of herbs and spices]. Discard the bay leaves and serve over brown rice.

Makes about 5 3/4 cups.

 

Weekly Tips for May 21, 2012

Posted on 20. May, 2012 in Uncategorized

Where does the time go? It seems like last week we were just talking about our New Year’s Resolutions, candy or not for Valentine’s Day! Now it is time to get ready for SUMMER! The most (2nd) wonderful time of the year! Working on the annual SUMMERTIME FUN FOR FAMILIES. It should be ready first of June, check back. There will also be a Mom’s Camp list that a friend put together that is phenomenal! Stay tuned…  (more…)

Weekly Tips for February 5, 2012

Posted on 06. Feb, 2012 in Uncategorized

February is a short month with lots going on; Groundhog Day (more winter), Super Bowl Sunday (Monday recovery is painful), Valentine’s Day (no pressure there), President’s Weekend (have to plan something fun and exciting for the kids) and Mardi Gras (another temptation).

This week’s tips are for you to remain calm and stress free with all of these events on your busy schedule. (more…)

Weekly Tips for November 28, 2011

Posted on 27. Nov, 2011 in Uncategorized

Well, it is official — “The Holidays are here!”. Even though we still may think it is summertime here in Southern Cal or a warm autumn in the rest of the country, the calendar does not lie. (more…)

Shopping for Thanksgiving AND Saving $$$

Posted on 20. Nov, 2011 in Uncategorized

The holidays can be so expensive so here are good tips for saving money where you can… (more…)

Summer Corn and White Bean Soup

Posted on 23. Aug, 2011 in Food

What?! Soup in August? Yes, here is a great summer recipe.  It can get cool at night, especially on the West Coast.  Try it out or save it for when your area cools down.

This quick, fiber-packed soup is a terrific way to use fresh corn. Add a slight kick with a sprinkle of Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers just before serving. (more…)

Weekly Tips for July 25, 2011

Posted on 24. Jul, 2011 in Uncategorized

Are you “done” with summer and getting ready for back to school or trying to enjoy every last minute? This launch pad is trying to squeeze as much fun as possible out of every minute. (more…)

Weekly Tips for June 7, 2011

Posted on 05. Jun, 2011 in Uncategorized

If your babes are not already out of school, I am sure they are counting down the days.  RockIt Mom has finished and posted the “suggested” Summer Camps 2011.  Look for the Summer Fun Ideas coming soon. This list will include fun suggestions to do with the kiddos that are inexpensive and fun for all ages.  The ideas will be “Southern California” influenced but hopefully will inspire ideas for your area.    Remember Father’s Day is fast approaching.  Start working on those crafts for Dad.  One favorite it to take a picture of the kids, buy a wooden frame from craft store and cover it in buttons.  Then put “Cute as a Button” on the frame or picture.  (more…)

Weekly Tips for April 25, 2011

Posted on 25. Apr, 2011 in Uncategorized

Well, glad E. Bunny has come and gone.  He left those crazy Cadbury crunch eggs.  OD’d on them in less than 3 hours.  What candy did you enjoy this past weekend?

Looks like from the national weather reports that Spring has finally sprung! High heat in the south, warmer temps and less storms in the north and east and sunny skies in the west. Time to start focusing on summer, summer, summer!  What are your plans? Camps, vacations, pool parties or beach days? (more…)

Spinach & Cheese Calzones

Posted on 11. Apr, 2011 in Food

The combination of onions, mushrooms, and fresh spinach packs a serving of veggies into each of these easy, impressive calzones. We found that a pizza cutter works well for dividing the refrigerated dough into 4 equal portions.

Ingredients

1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust

Cooking spray

4 garlic cloves, minced

4 cups spinach leaves

8 (1/8-inch-thick) slices Vidalia or other sweet onion

1 1/3 cups sliced cremini or button mushrooms

3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled blue cheese

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425°.

Unroll dough onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; cut into 4 quarters. Pat each quarter into a 6 x 5-inch rectangle. Sprinkle garlic evenly over rectangles. Top each rectangle with 1 cup spinach, 2 onion slices, 1/3 cup mushrooms, and 3 tablespoons cheese. Bring 2 opposite corners to center, pinching points to seal. Bring remaining 2 corners to center, pinching all points together to seal. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until golden.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving – This recipe makes 4 servings.

 Calories: 297

Calories from fat: 28%

Fat: 9.1g

Saturated fat: 4g

Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g

Polyunsaturated fat: 1g

Protein: 13.4g

Carbohydrate: 40.7g

Fiber: 5.1g

Cholesterol: 16mg

Iron: 3.8mg

Sodium: 818mg

Calcium: 180mg