SIRLOIN BLACK BEAN SOUP

I do believe we are coming out of soup season here in Tennessee, though I won’t be surprised if we get another cold snap before we settle into spring. In the meantime, may I present Sirloin Black Bean Soup–a flavorful dish full of veggies, our favorite black beans, and leftover sirloin steak. Thumbs up!

Sirloin Black Bean Soup

2 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 bell pepper (I used orange), cored, seeded, and chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1-1/2 tbsp tomato paste

4 cups beef broth

1-12 oz beer (I used non-alcoholic O’Doul’s)

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 cup chopped tomatoes

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups chopped grilled top sirloin steak (I used leftovers)

1 tbsp parsley

1) To large soup pot, add olive oil and heat over medium-high; add onion and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes; add bell pepper, celery, and carrots and cook 8 minutes, stirring often

2) Add cumin, paprika, sea salt, red pepper flakes, and tomato paste; stirring continuously, cook 2 minutes; stir in beef broth, beer, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, and black beans; cook 15 minutes

3) Stir in steak, cook a minute to warm meat through, and remove soup from heat; ladle into bowls, sprinkle with parsley, and serve immediately

Servings: 4

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PORK FRIED RICE

Pork Fried Rice–love it! Fortunately, it’s relatively easy and quick to put on the table. Although our family usually leans more toward chicken, there’s no beating juicy pork tenderloin in fried rice. All thumbs up!

Pork Fried Rice

3 tbsp hoisin sauce

3 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp honey

1 lb pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2″ dice

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup onion, finely chopped

1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped

4 cups cooked white rice

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup peas

3 scallions, thinly sliced

1 tsp Asian sesame oil

1) In medium-sized bowl, mix hoisin sauce, honey, and soy sauce; stir in pork and marinate 10 minutes

2) Add oil to large skillet and heat over medium-high; add onion and cook, stirring often, 3 minutes; drain marinade from pork (reserving marinade) and add pork to skillet; cook, stirring often, 4 minutes; add carrots and cook, stirring often, 2 minutes; stir in rice and reserved marinade and cook 3-4 minutes

3) With large spoon, push rice mixture to sides of skillet, forming well in center; add beaten eggs to center and scramble; add peas, scallions, and sesame oil to skillet and, stirring continuously, cook 3 minutes until heated through; serve with additional soy sauce

Servings: 6 dinner-sized; 10 side-sized

EGGS FLORENTINE CASSEROLE

Not to brag, but this Eggs Florentine Casserole was amazingly good! And not at all hard to make. If you like Eggs Florentine Benedict, this should do it for you. It certainly did it for our family. Thumbs up, up, up, up!

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4 tbsp butter

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups milk

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

3/4 cup grated swiss cheese, divided

6 eggs

4 slices bacon (I used turkey bacon), chopped

1-1/2 cups onion, diced

3 cups fresh spinach, chopped

1 large tomato, sliced thin

1) Place oven rack about one-third from bottom and preheat oven to broil

2) To medium-sized saucepan, add butter and melt over medium heat; sprinkle flour over butter and whisk 1 minute; gradually add milk, whisking between each addition until consistency is smooth; whisk in mustard, salt, pepper, and half the cheese (reserving half for topping); remove from heat and set aside

3) Add water to medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and gently add eggs; cook to desired doneness (I cooked 7 minutes for a slightly runny yolk); remove from heat, drain water, and set aside

4) To large skillet over medium-high heat, add chopped bacon and cook 5 minutes, stirring often; add onions and cook additional 5 minutes until softened; stir in spinach and immediately remove from heat

5) Place tomato slices in bottom of large casserole dish and spoon bacon-spinach mixture over top

6) Peel eggs, cut in half, and place cut-side down on bacon-spinach mixture; pour sauce over eggs and sprinkle reserved cheese on top; bake in oven 5-7 minutes until bubbly and golden brown (keep a close eye on it); remove from heat, let sit 5 minutes, and serve

Servings: 4-6