Healthy Beef and Cabbage Stew

Healthy Beef & Cabbage Stew | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Yawwwwnnnn.  You may have noticed it’s been a little quieter around these parts lately.  Part of it is thanks to the dreaded four month sleep regression.  My sweet baby boy has never been the stellar sleeper that his sister was, and so all of this waking up every hour nonsense is foreign to me.  I’m hoping we’ll get back to normal soon, but in the mean time, coffee.  And delivery because mama just doesn’t have the patience to cook sometimes.

I’ve also been working on a fun new creative endeavor that I’m so excited to share with you guys soon.  I’m thisclose to being ready, but for now, I’ll leave you guessing.  But it’s been taking up some of the extra time that I’d usually spend here, so I apologize for the sparse posting both now and potentially in the future as I put in some overtime to get it off the ground.  But oh em gee you guys  I am so excited about it.  I can’t wait to share!

Healthy Beef & Cabbage Stew | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Ok, onto the food.  I really wanted to try this in the slow cooker and I was going to and then it was lunch time and then it was 4pm and I hadn’t put it in yet so into the dutch oven it went instead.  And it was still delicious.  The big one is getting big enough that she can watch me cook on the stove top from a few feet and be content with the occasional raw vegetable being thrown her way to snack on without me worrying that she’s going to dive headfirst into the fire.  It really warms my heart how much she loves watching me cook and participating and trying new foods as she grows.  She’s pretty awesome.

This one’s for all you East Coasters shivering over there.  We’ve been lucky enough to have some warm weather so it’s not essential here, but this is the kind of warm, delicious food with a kick of spice to it that’s really going to make you feel warm and cozy through the winter.  Oh and did I mention it’s pretty darn healthy too?  So that’s a win.  Because it’s February already and I still haven’t started eating totally healthy like I was supposed to last month…

Healthy Beef & Cabbage Stew | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Beef & Cabbage Stew
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Recipe type: Stew
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean beef
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 bag shredded green cabbage (4-5 cups)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 T preminced garlic
  • 3 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 T Worcestershire
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t basil
  • ½ t chili powder
  • 1 cup dry white rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a dutch oven
  2. Add onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes
  3. Add beef and cook until browned, separating with a wooden spoon as you cook
  4. Add green cabbage and cook for an additional 3 minutes
  5. Add broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, brown sugar, Worcestershire, oregano, basil, chili powder and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in and allow to come to a simmer.
  6. Add white rice, cover, and cook for 10 - 15 minutes, or until rice is cooked.
  7. Serve hot.

Healthy Beef & Cabbage Stew | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

 

Chicken Enchilada Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash | Semi-Slow Cooker

Chicken Enchilada Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash | Semi-Slow Cooker | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Can I tell you something weird?  Sometimes I think that one morning, my alarm is going to go off and I’m going to be back in high school, living in my parents house and none of the last several years would have happened.  I wonder how it’s possible that I could be married, living in a house with two kids who I get to stay home with and love on every day.  And then I realize how very lucky I am, even with some very terrible twos going on with the toddler and an still inconsistent night sleeping schedule with the baby.

Chicken Enchilada Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash | Semi-Slow Cooker | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I think this nonsense usually happens at the beginning of each month when I once again have to collect my dropped jaw because it cannot be that it’s February already.  It cannot be that my little ones are another month older, we’re that much further from Christmas {which I swear was still yesterday} and closer to summer {um, please? this cold and rainy So Cal weather is not fun…sorry East Coast…I’ll stop whining now}.  So yea.  Hi, February.  Let’s make some cute heart shaped crafts and move on to March so we can hurry along to heat and pools and beaches and fun.

Chicken Enchilada Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash | Semi-Slow Cooker | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Anyway, food blog.  Let’s talk recipe.  I’m trying to lighten it up finally.  Other than the sauce, this is a really healthy little recipe and the sauce isn’t half bad either.  I’ve heard you can make your own enchilada sauce but the one at Trader Joe’s is so good I haven’t tried.  And lazy.  So that.

Chicken Enchilada Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash | Semi-Slow Cooker | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

So the gist of it?  Make the inside of some really fabulous easy enchiladas in the slow cooker.  But instead of using those less-than-healthy tortillas, mix in some spaghetti squash, melt some cheese on top and call it a day.  It was totally delicious and everyone ate their weight in squash, which is a total victory.  The toddler ate her first helping and then said “Mommy, I demolished that chicken.  Can I have some more?” No joke, people.  She was quite a fan.  So it was a win in my book.

Chicken Enchilada Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash | Semi-Slow Cooker | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Chicken Enchilada Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash | Semi-Slow Cooker
Author: 
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1 can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 2 spaghetti squashes
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ t black pepper
  • ½ t chile powder
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped, plus some to garnish
  • 1 + ½ cup Mexican cheese
Instructions
  1. Place chicken, sauce, onion, beans and corn in the slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Cut squashes in half, remove seeds, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and chile powder.
  4. Place squashes cut side down and cook for 30 minutes. Turn skin side down and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until easily shredded.
  5. While the squash is cooking, shred chicken in the slow cooker with two forks and stir in cilantro and 1 cup Mexican cheese.
  6. Remove squash from oven and shred.
  7. Mix shredded squash into chicken mixture.
  8. Place chicken and squash mixture back into the squash shells and top with remaining cheese.
  9. Cook for 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and slightly brown.
  10. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy immediately.

 

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