Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage - the perfect St. Patrick's Day dinner!

St. Patrick’s Day is just over a week away – and this is probably the only post you’ll get from me about it. 

Y’all, I’m just not into any holiday that forces me to wear a color that looks awful on me. I’d rather just skip it. What I don’t skip is the corned beef. I love corned beef. 

And I cured this myself! Because guess what! My grocery stores don’t put corned beef out until right before St. Patty’s Day. Gahhh. So I bought some brisket, soaked it in some salt water with a bunch of funny smelling spices, and let it hang out in my fridge for 5 days. 

Also, I learned that the reason store-bought corned beef is pink is because they use a dyed salt to brine it. I had no idea. I always thought it was just one of those mysteries of the world. 

Anyway, it wasn’t difficult to do it myself. It took maybe 30 minutes to get the beef in it’s brine and then I didn’t think about it again until it was time to cook. And it turned on wonderfully. If you don’t want to buy 7 jars of spices that you’ll never use again, go ahead and get the corned beef from your grocery store and just cook that as directed.

I cooked mine with carrots, onions, and potatoes and then I added cabbage at the end of the cooking. The veggies turned out so good. We love cabbage and when it’s cooked with the corned beef, it turns out almost buttery. It’s so delicious – my husband and I practically fought over it! 

Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage - the perfect St. Patrick's Day dinner!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Rice - a family-friendly meal that's ready in less than 20 minutes!

Stay with me here. I promise there’s a reason I put pickles on top of rice. 

But first, I got a Jeep yesterday! Yeah, buying a new car wasn’t really in the plans 4 weeks before we move to Texas but it was either pay a ridiculous amount of money for a new transmission or spend a ridiculous amount of money for a new car. And since my husband’s gone for months at a time and our Durango has been less than reliable recently, we just decided to bite the bullet. 

Plus, I’ve been waiting for my kids to all be out of those annoying ginormous infant seats so I could get rid of my 3-row mom vehicle. (That had a Hemi. And I loved it. But still, it was a total mom car.)

My husband spent the night messing around with it. Like, it was snowing and he was out there in shorts, taking the top off, putting it back on, seeing how it looks this way, and then that way. We’ve just been waiting so long to get a Wrangler so we’re all a little excited. 

So now, pickles on rice? Whaaaaat?

I found this recipe on Pinterest the other day and then immediately added the ingredients to my grocery list. I am obsessed with bacon cheeseburgers lately (#sonotpaleo) and I knew I’d be into it.

It’s instant rice which makes for a really quick meal and then ground beef (or turkey!) with barbecue sauce, a little mustard, and other burger-y things. And then it’s all topped with crispy crumbled bacon and chopped pickles.

I loved it. My kids were all “Ewww! What’s the slimy green things?!” but ummm… there wasn’t a speck left on any of their plates. 

Bacon Cheeseburger Rice - a family-friendly meal that's ready in less than 20 minutes!

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Crockpot Spicy Italian Drip Beef Sandwiches

Happy almost Friday! 

The day before I left for this trip, I spent all day cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, things like that.

Not because my husband can’t do those things, I just wanted to make his life easier. (And let’s be real, he’d never remember to do laundry and the last thing I want is someone upset because they have to wear their brother’s pants to school.)

I had taken the kids to the store last weekend and let them pick out easy foods like Lunchables, pizza rolls, frozen White Castle burgers. Basically my kids are going to be sad when I get home and we get back to our regular eating. 

But yeah, my husband’s sticking with Paleo while I’m gone and I wanted him to have lots of things that just need to be heated up. So I made this spaghetti squash casserole, this chili, and this beef stroganoff. All of those are favorites and I make them pretty much weekly. I also made some Paleo cornbread, a meatloaf you’ll see eventually, and roasted up a bunch of veggies. And finally, I made this.

I love making recipes like this because the meat is totally Paleo, super flavorful, and perfect on top of mashed cauliflower. But then it’s even more delicious on a roll with melty cheese on top! Which is, of course, how I ate it because I am weirdly obsessed with sandwiches right now. 

It was one of those times where I was all, “Okay, I’m just going to have two bites.”

“Orrrr maybe I’ll just have half a sandwich.”

“Welp. I ate it all.”

Crockpot Spicy Italian Drip Beef Sandwiches

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I think we can all agree that one of the best things about winter is chili. There is nothing better than coming in from the freezing cold and finding a steaming pot of meaty chili on the stove.

We have had a lot of those days here in Colorado so chili has been on the menu a lot recently. And we’re still not tired of it!

I have really good news for the Paleo-eaters! Chili is so easy to make Paleo! It is pretty much Paleo to begin with. You just have to leave out any beans that you would normally add, and you have to throw out all the packaged chili seasonings. Other than that: meat and veggies!

Paleo!

I love pretty much all chili but I really love the kind with big chunks of steak. Especially with the Paleo chili where you are missing the beans, it’s nice to those big pieces of meat. So it’s less, “Blah, chili without beans is boring!” and more “Yay! Fantastic chili with big pieces of yummy steak!”

This version is extra delicious because not only does it have that steak that I love so much, it also has bacon. And we all know that bacon makes everything better. The chili is also easily adaptable when it comes to heat. I usually use a whole jalapeño but if you want more or less heat, feel free to use more or less jalapeño.

My absolute favorite way to eat Paleo chili is to put it on top of homemade sweet potato fries and then I top them with diced red onion, avocado, and lots of cilantro. It is so messy and requires a fork, but man, that sweet potato and spicy chili combo is killer. My husband prefers just a big bowl with onion and avocado. You really can’t go wrong though!

Exciting news! I’m now a contributor at Food Fanatic – I am officially the Paleo fanatic! This Paleo Chili Recipe is the first one I’ve shared but be sure to check back over there because sometimes I might not share them here. 

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Crockpot Ravioli - an easy meal the whole family will love!

I am in major EAT ALL THE FOOD mode right now. Like, I want the freezer cleaned out, I want the pantry cleaned out, I want everything out.

Which is ridiculous because we still have almost 2 months left here. 

But for whatever reason, my brain says that we need to eat everything now and then buy just what we need to survive the rest of the time here.

And that’s never going to work because we are incredibly high-maintenance when it comes to food.

Also, I’m feeling super productive because I’m burning through all my candles and each time I finish one, I say “Yep, one less thing to take with us!”

As if a candle is going to make or break our household goods allowance. 

But anyway, I’m finding all kinds of things in my freezer. There’s a pint of opened dog ice cream (yeah, that’s a thing) from 2 summers ago that I won’t feed the dogs but I love the label too much to throw it away. 

There’s also at least 5 bags of ravioli. Because apparently I impulse buy pasta filled with cheese more often than I realize. 

Luckily, the kids love ravioli! This Crockpot Ravioli is so simple and it’s perfect for us right now because I’m crazy I already had all the ingredients on hand and I, you know, felt like I was actually accomplishing something by throwing away that empty bag of mozzarella. 

If only moving was as easy as eating all the food and burning all the candles, right?

Crockpot Ravioli - an easy meal the whole family will love!

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