Slow-Cooked Barbacoa Beef

This is one of those staples we all need for busy nights, guys! Get it going in the slow cooker in the morning and by dinner time you’re left with tender, savory, perfectly seasoned shredded beef that is just waiting to be devoured! Honestly, it’s giving Chipotle a solid run for their money:)

Use it for salads, tacos, nachos, burritos, or our favorite: piled high on a tostada with queso fresco, pickled red onion, hot sauce and guacamole. So stinking yum!

Also sharing the super simple way we make pickled red onion over on my instagram stories today…so come follow along! You can find us @nourishedpeach

Slow Cooked Barbacoa Beef

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Beef Chuck Roast (approx 2.5-3 lbs)

1/2 Cup Vegetable Stock

2 Teaspoons Chili Powder

2 Teaspoons Smoked Paprika

2 Teaspoons Cumin

2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt

3/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1 Large White Onion, peeled and halved

3 Garlic Cloves, peeled and smashed

Directions

Preheat a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the oil to coat the pan and add your beef. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until a nice golden brown crust forms. Flip the beef and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Transfer beef roast to the bowl of a slow cooker and pour the vegetable stock over the top. Sprinkle the beef with chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Break the onion pieces apart and lay them on top of the roast along with the garlic. Cover and cook on low for approximately 8 hours or on high for about 5 hours, or until Beef is tender and easily shredded with a fork. Remove beef from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Discard the garlic and onion and reserve the juices for pouring on the beef as needed for moisture.

Authentic Gyros (without the spit)

If you know even the slightest thing about me, you know I am a darn sucker for a gyro sandwich. Whether it’s in line at 1am after too much wine in my much younger, more hip days or takeout from our favorite hole in the wall local gas station, I am a proud, obsessed supporter of that perfectly flavored, juices running down your arm, all wrapped up in a pita bundle of goodness. And fortunately, my hubs and kiddos are equally on board.

I mean what’s really better than seeing them slice that glorious, salty, savory meat off that spinning spit? It’s magical. I get all giddy just thinking about it. I’ve always wished that I could have my own spit at home…and someday when I have that giant industrial kitchen I’ve been dreaming about it just may happen. But for now, I’m left with no other option than to research the heck out of that there Interweb and find a way to make that melt-in-your-mouth meat sans the spit.

And thanks to good old Epicurious, my dreams have come true! This is an unbeatable method, guys, for achieving a truly authentic, perfectly textured and flavored meat. And the best part is that if you can make a meatloaf, you’ll rock the heck out of this recipe!

It’s perfect for weekdays…from here on out I’ll make the meat on Sunday’s, let it chill in the fridge overnight and then serve it all week long for quick, easy meals. . The chilling is key so that the flavors all develop and the texture becomes perfectly sliceable. After you make the meat and it has chilled, all that’s left to do is fry it up and pack it in a pita with all the goods. You can also pile it on a salad or serve it bowl-style with rice or quinoa. Winning, friends. Straight up winning!

Authentic Gyros (without the spit)

Note: you can very easily swap the lamb for ground beef here

Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients

For the Gyro Meat

1 Yellow Onion, grated

1 Pound Ground Lamb

1/2 Pound Ground Pork

2 Large Garlic Cloves, grated or pressed

2 Tablespoons Fresh Chopped Parsley

2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt

3/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard

1 Teaspoon Ground Corriander

1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika

2 Eggs

Olive Oil, for frying

For the Sandwiches

Pita Bread, slightly grilled or warmed

Rich Mans Salad, for topping *recipe here

Yogurt Sauce, for topping *recipe here

Directions

For the Gyro Meat

Preheat oven to 375 and grease an 8×8 glass baking dish with olive oil.

Grate the onion in a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir gently with your hands until combined. Add the meat mixture to the prepared baking dish and gently pack it in and smooth out the top with your hands. Bake for 50 minutes or until nicely browned on top and the edges are starting to come away from the pan. Remove, chill to room temperature and cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.

When you’re ready to serve the gyros add about 1/4 Cup olive oil to a pan (i use cast iron) and heat over medium high heat. Remove the meat from the baking dish with a large spatula and slice it as thin as you are able with a serrated knife. Fry the slices in olive oil, adding more oil if necessary as you go, until deep golden brown, turning occasionally.

For the Sandwiches

Pile the meat in pita bread and top with Rich Mans Salad and Yogurt Sauce.

Summer Steak Salad with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette


Lofty, bold statement, I know, but this here Fresh Herb Vinaigrette is hands down the best dressing I’ve ever thrown together, friends. It’s a flavor bomb, in the lightest, most gorgeous way possible….and will be a new staple in my kitchen without a doubt!  


And when you drizzle in on the whole crunchy romaine, summer-ripe tomato, creamy avocado, tangy bleu, sweet corn deal you just might loose your marbles. 

But when you add perfectly grilled, savory steak to the mix….and a bit of toasted pine nuts for crunch…I can’t. I just can’t. 


Speechless….Likely because my mouth will be stuffed full of this wonder as much as humanely possible this summer.

Twenty five thumbs up for this one, guys!!!! 

Summer Steak Salad with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette 

Ingredients 

For the Vinaigrette

1 1/2 Cups Parsley Leaves

1/2 Cup Basil Leaves

1/4 Cup Cilantro Leaves 

1 Garlic Clove

1/4 Cup Cider Vinegar

2 Teaspoons Honey

1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper 

3/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

For the Salad

1 Head Leafy Romaine, chopped 

2 Ears Peeled and Cleaned Sweet Corn

1 Avocado, diced

1 Heaping Cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved

1/2 Cup Freshly Crumbled Bleu Cheese

2  1/4-1/2 Inch Thick  New York Strip Steaks

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Toasted Pine Nuts

Directions  

For the Vinaigrette 

Place parsley, basil, cilantro, garlic, vinegar, honey, Dijon, salt and pepper into the bowl of a food processor and run the motor until combined. With the motor running, stream in the Olive Oil and process for one minute. Serve immediately or store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to four days.

For the Salad

Preheat outdoor grill over medium high heat. Rub the steaks with olive oil and season both sides liberally with salt and pepper. Place steaks and corn on the grill. Cook steaks for about 8-10 minutes total, flipping halfway when the first side is nicely charred. Remove from heat and let sit uncovered for 10-20 minutes to rest. After resting slice the steaks against the grain into strips. 

Cook corn until nicely charred all over, turning often as it browns. Remove from grill and slice the kernels off of the cob.

Lay romaine on a serving dish and top with corn, avocado, tomatoes and bleu cheese. Top with sliced steak and sprinkle with pine nuts. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the top and serve. Serves 4 as a main course.

Blackened Steak Lettuce Wraps with Chipotle Lime Sour Cream

SONY DSCYou guys, the weather around here has been straight up INSANE…and I mean that in the best way possible!  It’s February.  And we have gone to the park nearly every day for the last week, no joke.  Almost every bit of the snow is melted, the sun has been working overtime and there are literally birds chirping.  Can I get allllll the virtual high fives and happy dances from you!?  So let’s  celebrate this spring-like feeling by eating spring-like…at least until we get hit with that snow storm thats in the forecast for this week. Only in Minnesota, my dear friends.  The land that I love 😉

These lettuce wraps are pretty much the whole shebang.  The flavors are so bright and fresh.  So much, that you wont even miss the tortilla one bit; it would just take away from all of the goodies inside!   Continue reading

Roasted Cabbage Ruben Stacks

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Now what in the heck was I supposed to call these things, you guys?  They are the most random twist on one of my all-time favorite sandwiches and this name was all that my tired, pregnant brain could come up with.  If you can come up with a better one, please do share.

Now heres the deal.  If you love a good reuben sandwich and you love cabbage you might go wack-a-doodle over this combination.  It’s a reuben gone healthful and light…but you won’t for one second miss that bread and cheese, I promise.   Continue reading