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Mexican Food Your Kids Will Love

Wednesday 21 April 2010

Make some Mexican food your kids will love by using some of these recipes.


One of the most popular Mexican dishes is tacos. Home-made tacos are easy to make with spiced ground beef, fresh vegetables, and cheese. What’s not to love? To make tacos you’ll need the following dried spices to season the ground beef:

* 2 teaspoons instant minced onion
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon chili powder
* 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
* 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
* 1/4 teaspoon oregano
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

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Quick Meatballs in Barbecue Sauce

Sunday 1 November 2009

Ready in 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

In a mixing bowl, combine the following ingredients:
1 pound ground extra-lean beef
1/2 cup white onion, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black peppercorn
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika powder
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 piece whole egg
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

Mix the meat mixture thoroughly while heating in a skillet:
1/4 cup olive oil

Divide the ground meat into 12 equal portions and shape
into meatballs. Fry the meatballs to a nice golden
brown. Remove from pan and set aside.

Remove excess oil from pan. Return over low heat. In
the same pan, add:
1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
1/2 cups beef broth
1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar

Bring to a simmer to reduce the sauce, stirring constantly
and scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any brown bits.
When the desired consistency is achived, season to taste with:
fine salt
freshly-cracked black peppercorn

Add the fried meatballs into the sauce. Continue to cook over
low heat until the meatballs are heated through and well-coated
with the sauce. Serve with steamed rice.

Quick Steak Stew

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Ready in 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Drain the following vegetables:
1 can sliced carrots
1 can new potatoes
1 can green beans

Reserve and mix all the vegetable liquid. To this, add:
1-1/2 cups beef stock

Set aside. Heat a 4-1/2 quart soup pot or Dutch oven over
medium heat. Into it drizzle:
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Meanwhile, combine:
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Dredge into the flour mixture:
1 pound boneless sirloin, sliced 1-inch cubes

Reserve the left-over flour mixture. Shake off excess flour
mixture from meat. Raise the heat of the soup pot or Dutch
oven. Sear the beef on all sides.

In the meantime, peel and chop:
1 large white onion

Lower heat of the pot to medium and add the chopped onion.
Saute until translucent. Pour in:
1/2 cup Cabernet Sauvignon

Bring to a quick boil and simmer for about 3 minutes. Dust
with the reserved left-over flour mixture. Stir and simmer
for a minute. Add the combined vegetable liquid and beef
stock, and then add:
1 piece bay leaf
1/4 cup real bacon bits (optional)
1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried thryme.

Again bring to a quick boil and then to a simmer. Cover.
Simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the drained vegetables.
Continue cooking until it is heated through. If the
consistency of the stew is too light, you may thicken with
a mixture of:
water or beef stock

Season to taste with:
fine salt
freshly-ground black pepper

Quick Sloppy Joes

Sunday 25 October 2009

Ready in 20 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

In a heated large non-stick skillet, heat:
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Adjust to medium heat, add:
1 large white onion, coarsely-chopped

Saute and then put:
2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic

Continue cooking until translucent. Over high heat,
1-1/4 pounds lean ground beef

Cook, turning and breaking meat until browned
for about 5 minutes. Lower the heat, add:
2 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly-packed
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup catsup

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Simmer for
abount 5 minutes, constantly stirring. Season with:
fine salt
ground black pepper

Continue to simmer for another couple of minutes.
Serve on slightly-heated or toasted hamburger buns.

Quick Beef Tenderloin Stir-Fry with Broccoli

Friday 23 October 2009

Ready in 20 minutes
4 servings

In a mixing bowl, combine:

1 pound beef tenderloin, sliced into strips
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons rice wine
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Set aside. Heat a stainless-steel wok. Add:

1 tablespoon cooking oil


1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

Stir-fry until aroma comes out. Add the seasoned meat. Continue to saute until it changes
color and juices come out. Simmer uncovered, stirring frequently. When almost dry and meat
is cooked, put in:

2 cups broccoli florets, already blanched
1 small can whole kernel corn, thoroughly-drained

Stir-fry for another couple of minutes until vegetables are heated through. Sprinkle:

1/4 teaspoon chili flakes

Mix well. Check seasonings and adjust if necessary.