Meatballs and Cabbage

Meatballs and cabbage is a quick and easy one-skillet meal that sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Make it gluten-free by using rolled oats when making the meatballs.

Meatballs and Cabbage
Meatballs and Cabbage

Meatballs and Cabbage

 

1 tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)

1 (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tsp beef bouillon powder

Salt and pepper to taste

8 Best Italian Meatballs*

6 cups coarsely chopped green cabbage (1¼ lb)

Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

 

Heat oil over medium heat in a heavy skillet.  Add onions and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent (5-7 minutes).  Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Mix together tomatoes, brown sugar, vinegar and beef bouillon powder.  Pour into the skillet and add the meatballs.

Cover with cabbage and cook for 30-40 minutes until cabbage is tender and meatballs are cooked to an internal temperature of 160℉.  Turn cabbage and meatballs gently and occasionally to ensure even cooking.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired, and serve immediately.

 

*To make this recipe gluten-free, use the gluten-free version option of the meatball recipe.

 

2 servings, 480 calories per serving

 

Hack:  Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days or freeze in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months.

Hack:  Check the produce department for loose celery stalks.  If you don’t see them, ask a clerk if they’re available.

Hack:  Shop the salad bar if you just need a small amount of an item that you don’t think you’ll use again before it “goes over”.

Hack:  Ask the produce clerk to cut a head of cabbage into wedges so you’ll only have to buy what you need.  They’ll wrap the leftover pieces and put it back on the shelf for sale.

Hack: Use leftover green cabbage to make Andouille Sausage With Fried CabbageHomemade Chinese Dumplings or Simple Healthy Coleslaw!

Summer Squash Sausage Skillet

This summer squash sausage skillet combines caramelized onions and summer squash with Italian sausage for an easy one-pan meal that’s low in carbs and calories!

Summer Squash Sausage Skillet
Summer Squash Sausage Skillet

Summer Squash Sausage Skillet

 

water

2 Italian sausage links (6 oz)

1 medium summer squash (12 oz)

½ Vidalia or sweet onion

4 tbsp butter

½ tsp dried thyme

½ tsp dried rosemary

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

 

Pour water into a skillet until it measures ½“ and put on the stove over medium-high heat.  Add Italian sausage links and simmer, turning occasionally, until sausage reaches an internal temperature of 160℉, 12-15 minutes.

While the sausage is cooking, cut summer squash into ¼“ rounds and thinly slice the onion.

Remove sausage from skillet and turn heat to medium-low.  Put butter, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, salt and pepper in the skillet.  Allow butter to melt and add squash and onion.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions and squash are soft and caramelized, about 45 minutes.  Add more butter, if necessary, to keep the food from sticking.

While the vegetables are cooking, slice sausage into rounds. Add the pan when vegetables are done and heat through.

Serve immediately.

 

3 servings, 405 calories per serving

Hack:  Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen in airtight containers for up to 12 months.

Stewed Beef with Egg Noodles

Stewed Beef with Egg Noodles is an easy, nutritious and satisfying meal. Serve it with hearty bread, over egg noodles, potatoes or rice!

Stewed Beef with Egg Noodles
Stewed Beef with Egg Noodles

Stewed Beef with Egg Noodles

 

6 oz beef, cut into 1” cubes

2 tbsp flour

2 tbsp olive oil

½ cup red wine (non-alcoholic or regular)

1½  cups beef broth

1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)

1 cup chopped onion

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

¾ cup fresh mushrooms, sliced (5 oz)

1 tbsp cornstarch

¼ cup water

2 cups uncooked egg noodles

 

Sprinkle flour over beef cubes and toss to coat.

Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat.  Add beef and stir gently until browned, about 5 minutes.  Add wine and beef broth.

Add garlic, onion, pepper, carrot, celery, and mushrooms.  Bring to boil.

Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 2½ hours.

Dissolve cornstarch in water and stir into pan.  Simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Cook egg noodles according to package directions and serve covered with stewed beef.

 

3 servings, 505 calories per serving

 

Hack:  Store leftover stewed beef and egg noodles separately to avoid soggy egg noodles.

Hack:  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Hack: Although egg noodles can be frozen, they are better cooked fresh.  If possible, only cook what you’ll be using within 5 days.

Hack:  Frozen or dehydrated vegetables will work well in this recipe

Roasted Red Cabbage with Shrimp

Roasted Red Cabbage with Shrimp
Roasted Red Cabbage with Shrimp

Roasted Red Cabbage with Shrimp

 

8 oz red cabbage, roughly chopped (3 cups)

1 cup onion, sliced

½“ ginger root, finely diced

2 tsp olive oil

Salt and black pepper to taste

8 oz 50-70 count raw shrimp, deveined and shelled

2 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp soy sauce

3 tbsp Sweet And Hot Chili Sauce

½ tsp sesame oil

1 cup cooked rice, hot

 

Preheat to 450°F. LIne a 9’ x 13” baking pan with parchment paper.

Place the cabbage, chopped ginger, and onion in the baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste; toss to coat. Arrange in an even layer. Roast 14 to 16 minutes, or until slightly tender.

In the meantime, combine the garlic, honey, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce and sesame oil to make a sauce. Dry shrimp with paper towels and place in a bowl.  Toss with 2 tablespoons sauce. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes.  Reserve remaining sauce.

When cabbage is done roasting, remove the pan from the oven, leaving the oven on.  Push cabbage to one side of the pan and lay shrimp on the other side of the pan in a single layer.  Discard any leftover marinade.

Roast 5 to 7 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Remove from the oven. Stir the roasted shrimp and cabbage to combine.

Serve the roasted shrimp and cabbage with the cooked rice. Top with the reserved sauce.

 

2 servings, 410 calories per serving

Hack:  Shrimp can be purchased individually from the seafood counter at most grocery stores.  Alternately, it can be purchased frozen in larger portions if you wish to keep some on hand.  Thaw needed amounts before cooking.

Hack:  Shrimp can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator.  It can be thawed more quickly by placing it in a sealable bag and submerging in a bath of cold water for about an hour.

Hack:  Ask the produce clerk to cut a head of cabbage into wedges so you’ll only have to buy what you need.  They’ll wrap the leftover pieces and put it back on the shelf for sale.  If you find that you have leftover cabbage, use it to make this tasty Broccoli Coleslaw or Oven Braised Pork Roast with Red Cabbage and Leek!

Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in it’s frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Hack:  Place any leftover rice while still warm (to retain moisture) in serving size containers and freeze for future use.

 

Andouille Sausage With Fried Cabbage

 

Andouille Sausage With Fried Cabbage
Andouille Sausage With Fried Cabbage

Andouille Sausage With Fried Cabbage

 

6 slices bacon

4 cooked cajun style andouille sausage (Chef Bruce Aidells recommended)

1 red bell pepper

1 green bell pepper

1 onion

3  cloves garlic, minced (1 tbsp)

1 tsp cajun seasoning

1 tsp black pepper

1 small head green cabbage (1 lb)

 

Using kitchen shears or a sharp knife, cut bacon into small pieces.  Slice sausage into ½” rounds.  Cook bacon and sausage in a skillet over medium heat until the sausage is brown and bacon is crispy, 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently.  Remove from pan, leaving drippings, and set aside.

Slice peppers and onion.  Add to pan and cook until peppers are tender and onions are translucent 10-12 minutes.  Stir in garlic, cajun seasoning and black pepper.

Coarsely chop cabbage into 1” squares.  Add to the pan with peppers and onions.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes.  If cabbage does not fit in the pan, cover the pan and allow the cabbage to cook down before adding more cabbage.

Add sausage and bacon.  Cover and cook until cabbage is tender.

 

4 servings, 310 calories per serving

 

 

Chinese Pork Fried Rice

Chinese Pork Fried Rice

 

5 tbsp vegetable oil, divided

¼ lb pork, cut into small cubes

2 cloves garlic, sliced (2 tsp)

½ cup frozen corn

½ cup frozen peas and carrots

3 eggs, beaten

3 cups cooked rice, cold*

Salt to taste

3 tbsp soy sauce

2 green onions, sliced

 

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok or saute pan over high heat.  Add pork and garlic.  Saute, stirring constantly, until pork is no longer pink.  Add corn and peas/carrots and saute for 3 minutes.  Remove the contents from the pan and set them aside.

Add 3 tbsp vegetable oil to the pan.  When it’s heated, add eggs and stir until cooked.

Push the eggs to one side and add rice.  Stir to combine and add pork mixture.  Add salt.

Make a well in the middle of the pan and add soy sauce.  Add green onions and heat through.

Serve hot.

*Leftover, day-old rice works best for this recipe, as it’s less sticky.

6 servings, 310 calories per serving

Hack:  Freeze serving-sized portions of leftovers in freezer-safe bags or containers for future use.

Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!

 

 

Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken Stir Fry
(Courtesy Yuhong Sun)

 

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced thin

1 egg

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp cornstarch

3 thin slices ginger root

5 tbsp vegetable oil, divided

½ onion, sliced

1 green pepper, sliced

Salt to taste

2 cups cooked rice

Sauce:

1 tbsp chopped ginger

3 cloves chopped garlic (3 teaspoons)

2 scallions, thinly sliced

¼ cup soy sauce

½ teaspoon brown sugar

Chili oil to taste

 

Mix ingredients for the sauce and set aside. Mix chicken, egg and cornstarch.

In a heavy saute pan, heat 3 tbsp oil and ginger slices.  Add chicken and saute until no longer pink. Remove chicken and ginger from the pan.

Add 2 tbsp oil.  Saute onion and pepper until just beginning to cook through but still has a crunch.  Add chicken and sauce to pan and heat through

Serve over rice.

4 servings, 500 calories per serving.

Hack:  Freeze in servings-sized portions for future use.

Hack:  Place leftover rice while still warm (to retain moisture) in serving-size containers and freeze for future use.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!

 

Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken with Rice Noodles

Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken
Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken with RIce Noodles

Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken with Rice Noodles

 

4 oz chicken

¼ cup Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing, divided

2 oz linguine rice noodles

½ onion, chopped

1 cup vegetable broth

1 tsp minced garlic (1 clove)

½ cup frozen peas

 

Seal chicken in a small bag or container with 2 tbsp lemon poppy seed dressing.  Marinade overnight. Cut into 1” pieces.

Soak rice noodles in very hot water for 30 minutes.  Do not over soak. Drain.

While noodles are soaking, put onion in saute pan with ¼ cup vegetable broth.  Cook on low heat, stirring frequently, until soft and golden. As vegetable broth evaporates continue adding, ¼ cup at a time. Turn heat up to medium and add garlic.  Saute for 30 seconds.

Add the chicken, rice noodles and peas to the pan and stir fry until the chicken is cooked through, 7-10 minutes.  Toss with remaining poppy seed dressing. Serve immediately.

1 serving, 440 calories

 

Sausage and Butternut Squash Skillet

Sausage and Butternut Squash Skillet
Sausage and Butternut Squash Skillet

Sausage and Butternut Squash Skillet

 

8 ounces Chinese sausage, casings removed

2 teaspoons ground sage

1 teaspoon crushed rosemary leaves

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt (more or less, to taste)

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (more or less, to taste)

1 5 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes (8 cups)

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic

½ cup Swanson chicken stock

Parmesan cheese

 

In a large skillet (that has a lid), cook sausage and over medium-high until browned, while breaking into large pieces (about 6-7 minutes).

Add all remaining ingredients (except for cheese) and stir gently to combine. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 18-20 minutes (while stirring occasionally), or until squash is tender. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

 

4 servings, 300 calories per serving

 

Hack: Freeze leftovers in portion-sized freezer containers for quick “grab and go” meals.

Hack:   Fresh peeled and cubed butternut squash can be purchased in the produce department of the grocery store.  Frozen butternut squash can also be used (one 16 oz bag equals 4 cups).