weeknight meals

Tropical Fusion Baked Beans

Ingredients: 16 oz dried navy beans 1 large onion, sliced 1 mango, cubed 4 garlic cloves 1/2 cup chile sauce (like Heinz) 1/2 cup water 2 inch knob of fresh ginger, sliced 4 tablespoons molasses 1 tablespoon liquid smoke 1 tablespoon pineapple juice 1 tablespoon grainy mustard* 2 teaspons salt […]

Chipotle Blackberry Pulled Pork

Ingredients:2 1/2 to 3 lb boneless pork shoulder roast (trim off excess fat)1 cup fresh (whole) blackberries1/4 cup chili sauce (like Heinz)1/4 cup balsamic vinegar1/4 cup white rum1 tablespoon spiced ginger preserves*2 teaspoons black pepper2 teaspoons salt1 1/2 teaspoons mesquite liquid smoke1 1/2 teaspoons Mexican hot chili powder1 1/2 teaspoons […]

Smoky Mango Pulled Pork

Ingredients: 3 lb boneless pork shoulder roast (trim off excess fat) 1/4 cup chili sauce 1/4 cup pomegranate infused balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup bourbon 1 tablespoon chipotle hot sauce 2 teaspoons smokehouse black pepper 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoon mesquite liquid smoke 1 1/2 teaspoon Mexican hot chili powder […]

Superlative Sesame Noodles

Ingredients: the dressing: 3 tablespoons soy sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons black sesame oil 1 1/2 tablespoons hot chile (sesame) oil 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame paste* 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 cloves garlic, grated 1 1/2 inch knob ginger, grated 8 oz . skinny noodles* cooked, drained and cooled to […]

Spiced Pear Oatmeal

Ingredients:2 Bosc pears, cored and sliced thinly2 1/4 cup pear cider1 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats1 tablespoon dark brown sugar1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon nutmegsprinkle salt Directions:Place all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on low overnight (8-9 hours). Stir and serve. Serves about four. My thoughts: I’ve been hearing […]

Green Tea & Tangerine Tapioca Pudding

Ingredients: 2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup small pearl tapioca (not instant) 1 teaspoon matcha powder* zest and juice from 1/2 tangerine 1 egg Directions: Set the slow cooker on low. Pour the milk, tapioca, matcha and sugar in, whisk until the sugar dissolves. Cook for 1 […]

Sesame Marinated Steak on Spinach and Soba Noodles

Ingredients:2 green onions, chopped2 cloves garlic, minced1 fresh green chili pepper, minced1 lb tender beef steak (we used 1 inch thick piece of top round)1/4 cup dark soy sauce1/4 cup rice wine (sake)2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, crushed*1 tablepsoon lime juice1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 […]

Twice the Tomato Soup

Ingredients:32 oz can crushed tomatoes32 oz can peeled plum tomatoes, cut up2 cloves garlic, minced1 large onion, finely chopped1/2 cup celery, finely chopped1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped2 tablespoons olive oil1 teaspoon oreganosalt and pepper Directions:In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, garlic and celery. Cook 5-7 […]

Pork Adobada (in the slow cooker)

Pork Adobada (in the slow cooker)Ingredients: 3 lbs pork loin1 medium onion, chopped 5 garlic cloves, chopped6 Anaheim dried red chilies, seeded (reserve seeds) 4 pasilla chilies, seeded (reserve seeds) 1½ cup chicken stock (more if needed)1/2 cup cider vinegar 4 tablespoons bitter orange4 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons tomato […]

Roast Beef with Garlic (in the slow cooker)

Roast Beef with Garlic (in the slow cooker)Ingredients: 3 lbs boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed10 oz mushrooms, chopped2 tablespoons vegetable oil2 medium onions, chopped24 cloves garlic, chopped2 beef bouillon cubes1/2 cup hot water12 ounces lager beer1 tablespoon light brown sugar2 tablespoons Dijon mustard1 tablespoon cider vinegar1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in […]