There is just something about really slow braised beef that screams cold wintery night. And that is exactly what this dish is. Incredibly tender pieces of beef that fall apart when your fork touches them. Oh my this is good.
So good. I think it might be the red wine in this dish that helps with the tenderness. Oh my word is this good. I served this over whole wheat egg noodles and it was the perfect Sunday night comfort food.
Beef Daube Provençal
2 teaspoons olive oil
12 garlic cloves, crushed
1 (2-pound) boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 2-inch cubes
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups dry red wine
3 carrots, cut into about 1-inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup low sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes (drain one of the cans)
1 bay leaf
3 cups cooked whole wheat egg noodles (about 4 cups uncooked noodles)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Heat oil in a small Dutch oven over low heat. Add garlic; cook 5 minutes or until garlic is fragrant, stirring occasionally. Remove garlic with a slotted spoon, and set aside. Increase heat to medium-high. Add beef to pan; season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove beef from pan. Add wine to pan; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add garlic, beef, remaining salt and pepper, carrot, and next 7 ingredients (through bay leaf), and bring to a boil.
Cover and bake at 300 degrees for 2 1/2 hours or until beef is tender. Discard bay leaf. Serve over noodles.
Did you see that John and I have been together for 7 years now?!?! See the post below!
I've been so behind on posting these!
Thanks Carrie for the Over the Top Award and thanks Wendi for the Lemonade Stand award!
The rules for this award are rather simple. All I have to do is answer the following questions with a single word answer and then pass this along to five bloggers.
1. Your Cell Phone? iPhone
2. Your Hair? Colored
3. Your Mother? Strong
4. Your Father? Caring
5. Your Favorite Food? Mexican
6. Your Dream Last Night? Mystery
7. Your Favorite Drink? Water
8. Your Dream/Goal? Motherhood
9. What Room Are You In? Kitchen
10. Your Hobby? Blogging
11. Your Fear? Loss
12. Where Do You Want To Be In Six Years? Family
13. Where Were You Last Night? Home
14. Something That You Aren't? Crafty
15. Muffins? Cranberry
16. Wish List Item? House
17. Where Did You Grow Up? McKinney
18. Last Thing You Did? Read
19. What Are You Wearing? PJs
20. Your TV? Small
21. Your Pets? None
22. Friends? Loyal
23. Your Life? Crazy
24. Your Mood? Better
25. Missing Someone? Family
26. Vehicle? Accord
27. Something You Aren't Wearing? Jewelry
28. Your Favorite Store? Nordstrom
29. Your Favorite Color? Red
30. When Was The Last Time You Laughed? Today
31. Last Time You Cried? Olympics
32. Your Best Friend? Many
33. One Place You Go To Over And Over Again? Work
34. Facebook? Waste
35. Favorite Place To Eat? D's So, the Over The Top Award goes to...
Laura - We were in the same sorority in college and have reconnected through blogs. I love her blog and all of her wonderful ideas for food, working out, fashion and nail polish.
Beth - We have been friends for 8 years now...CRAZY! We were "twins" in our sorority at Baylor and have been inseperable ever since.
Mrs. Southern Bride - Heather is a blog friend and I just love her blog. She shares all of her sweet stories about being a newlywed!
Ashley - Ashley is a new blogger friend and has a precious new baby, Ava!
Lauren - Lauren is another friend from my sorority days at Baylor. She is so sweet and I love being able to stay in touch through blogging!
And the Lemonade Stand Award goes to...
Kelly - Kelly is a new friend and a new blogger. She is also my fabulous Zumba instructor!
Natalie - Natalie is a friend from high school and once again, I love being able to stay in touch through the blog world. She has 2 absolutely precious labs. Their newest is still an adorable pup!
Allison - Allison is another friend from my sorority (wow...didn't mean for this to be a sorority post) and now she and her hubby are living up in New England. I LOVE all of her gorgeous pictures of the changing seasons up there!
Allyson - Allyson is a sweet friend from Hamilton! I love her stories about what her precious kids are up to. They are so much fun!
Callie - Callie is a friend from my Baylor days and we volunteered at the Waco Care Net together. She is now expecting her first baby and is going to be an amazing mom!
And this next part I am stealing from Carrie...it was too fun not to pass on.....
I would love for each and every one of you to pass on the blog award and continue this "chain letter" phenomenon. So please know that if you do not continue the chain, one or more of the following things may happen.
1. Hair loss 2. Constipation 3. Permanent loss of the ever-elusive "luck factor" 4. Weight gain 5. Nausea 6. Compulsion to purchase Beanie Babies
I don't make this up, people. The facts are the facts.
Whew. At least I didn't go a whole month without blogging. I got this post in just in time to say it hasn't been a whole month since I posted. Remember when I said I would be better this year about posting? Yeah, I'll keep working on that.
I also received an award for this blog with the hopes that I would start blogging again. I'll get to that award soon, but in the meantime, I've got SO much to update you on as far as food goes.
Let's start with this super easy and so yummy black bean couscous. I absolutely love couscous. Like risotto, it is a clean slate that you can add just about anything to. But unlike risotto, it is so fast and mindless to make. And that's what I need these days. Life is too crazy to make risotto.
Couscous with Black Beans
1 cup uncooked whole wheat couscous
1 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
zest of one lime
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
8 green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
salt and pepper to taste
Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 2 quart or larger sauce pan and stir in the couscous. Cover the pot and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, vinegar and cumin. Add green onions, red pepper, cilantro, corn and beans and toss to coat. Fluff the couscous well, breaking up any chunks. Add to the bowl with the vegetables and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature.
Happy Valentine's Day friends! We had the BEST Valentine's weekend.
A little background info..It all started at Christmas. I gave John tickets to go see Jim Gaffigan in Houston. We love Jim Gaffigan and when I saw that he was coming to Houston I waited and waited until the tickets went on sale. And the day they went on sale, I was online getting them as fast as possible.
We decided to make a long weekend out of it. Because John is a music pastor, our weekends are pretty different. Taking weekend trips are always tricky because we need to be back on Saturday night. He has Fridays off, but I don't because I work a normal job. So for this weekend, I took Friday off and Thursday evening we hit the road for Houston.
We used priceline for our hotel. We ended up staying at Hotel Derek right by the Galleria. And friends, it was so posh! It was super trendy and modern. So fun. We were on the 4th floor...hence the giant 4 picture. This was right when you get off the elevator.
The room was modern yet sort of vintage. It was so awesome. Oh and see that giant window? It had this black screen (like in The Holiday) that we lowered and were able to get a pitch black room. HEAVENLY!
I wish I had some super cool and modern luggage over there in the corner instead of my hot pink Vera Bradley. Sort of takes away from the coolness of the room.
The bathroom door was hanging from this hinge thing and slid open and closed. Yeah, so cool.
And the bathroom was so clean and bright. I really loved it.
Thursday night we got in late. After checking in we went downtown and ate at Mia Bella Trattoria. Unfortunately, I only took one picture with my iPhone and it was too dark to really show anything. The restaurant was amazing.
John had homemade ravioli with spinach and ricotta, mozzarella and some other stuff. It was heavenly little pillows of goodness. I had the filet with a peppercorn demi-glace topped with gorgonzola. It was perfect. We ended with tiramisu and pistachio gelato. Oh my word. Amazing.
Saturday we slept in (until 8:00..ugh) and relaxed in the morning. We took off around noon and went over the Galleria and had lunch at La Madeleine. Then we did some shopping.
Apparently I thought my wardrobe of gray and black needed some brightness. I ended up getting the green, red, purple, blue and yellow.
The yellow is a scarf..brings my total to 21. I need help. Scarves Anonymous anyone?
After shopping we went for a little fro-yo. berripop in Houston is FABULOUS. It is real yogurt, with all the tanginess that real yogurt has. It is naturally sweetened (no sugar, no fake sugar). It's CLEAN!
I was super pumped and got mine with strawberries, pineapple and kiwi.
John went with mini gummy bears. His fave.
And Friday night.....JIM GAFFIGAN! Super pumped!
Ready to laugh! And we laughed so hard. We had amazing seats also. If you ever get the chance to see Jim Gaffigan...GO. In the meantime, look him up on YouTube. There's tons of great stuff there.
I continue to get emails and comments asking me about clean eating.
I am so happy to share what I love about this way of life. And that's really how I feel about it. I know that with eating clean I am doing something so good for my body. Not only am I loosing weight (10 POUNDS SO FAR!!!!!!) but I feel so much better when I don't put junk in my body.
lets not talk about super bowl food mkay. thanks.
But seriously, like so many "diets" it is okay to have a cheat day or meal. And for the Super Bowl I enjoyed a few things but didn't overdo it. Because I didn't want to.
So let me break it down for you...
The Clean Eating focuses on consuming foods (preferably organic but necessarily) that are unprocessed or refined as little as possible before consumption.
The basics of Clean Eating are simple:
Eat a wide-variety of whole, unrefined and unprocessed foods in a form that’s as close as possible to how the foods appear in nature. You can still cook the food. It's not a raw diet.
Avoid processed sugars, especially sugary beverages like soda. This includes diet sodas. Instead drink water (you need it anyway), tea (hot and iced, sweetened with agave or honey) or coffee. Even carbonated water.
Avoid saturated fat and trans fats, and instead substitute healthy, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Always combine complex carbohydrates with lean protein and some healthy fats at every meal.
Spread your food out over 5-6 smaller meals, consumed every 2-3 hours.
Eat for maximum nutrient density. Basically, avoid “empty” calories found in fast food, soda/diet soda, snacks, cakes and cookies, and substitute in nutrient-dense snacks. One of my current favorite is hard boiled egg whites (throw away the yolk) and stuff them with hummus. So good.
Pay attention to proper portions and practice portion control.
Drink lots of water (at least 8 cups a day.)
So why would a person want to try Clean Eating? There are a number of proven benefits to Clean Eating:
Decreased body fat
Increased lean tissue (muscle)
General improvements in overall health and immunity
Decreased risk of certain types of diseases like diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancers
Less consumption of pesticides, artificial food additives and preservatives, sodium and sugar
Less impact on the environment, since Eating Clean is also Eating Green; the foods you consume in a Clean Eating diet are minimally processed, and thus use less energy and produce less waste than highly-processed foods
Less expensive. Contrary to what you might believe, Clean Eating is actually more cost-effective and less expensive than eating pre-packaged food or fast food. For instance, for the price of a Super-Sized Big Mac Meal Deal, you could prepare an entire pot of healthy soup that would make more than a half dozen meals that are healthier, more satisfying and more nutritionally-dense.
Sustainable. Unlike fad diets, Clean Eating is a holistic approach to eating that a person can practice for their entire life. You don’t “go on” a Clean Eating diet — you’re always clean eating.
While Clean Eating is simple and straight-forward, actually practicing Clean Eating can be challenging for some people. It’s important to know a few key things ahead of time if you want to successfully follow a Clean Eating diet:
Expect to cook more. Processed food is processed in large part to make it more convenient and easier for people to prepare. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese can be made in less than ten minutes by just boiling water, but brown rice takes 20-30 minutes to cook.
You will need to prepared to spend more time in the kitchen preparing clean foods.
Eating out isn’t as easy. Eating clean at a restaurant is one of the most frequent sticking points for people following a Clean Eating diet. While it can be difficult to find clean food options when eating out, it’s not impossible. Look for salad options, or dishes that feature one food with a simple side of veggies, for example lean cuts of steak or fish or chicken breast. If it has a sauce, it’s probably not very clean, so ask the waiter how it’s prepared. Many restaurants will make modifications to the dish based on your request, so it pays to talk to the staff.
Planning ahead. Clean Eating requires a certain amount of pre-planning and pre-preparation when it comes to eating. You’ll need to pack your own lunches and snacks for the office or work, since the options available to you will probably not be “clean.” The good news, however, is that once you get in the habit of this, you’ll save money and develop some techniques for making this more efficient.
Cost. Some people think that “clean food” is more expensive, but as we pointed out earlier, it generally tends to be the exact opposite. Yes, some foods like leaner, organic cuts of meat, poultry or fish may be more expensive, but because you’ll be combining them with other, less expensive sources of whole carbohydrates and healthy fats, you’ll make up for the difference.
No white flour or sugar. This scares a lot of people away, but it’s important to point out that Clean Eating doesn’t mean no flour, no sweeteners and no bread, period. When you’re on a Clean Eating diet, you can still consume flour and bread — you just need to substitute 100% whole wheat flour, oat flour or bread. And in terms of sugar, you can use whole sugar sources like honey, agave nectar or fruit to sweeten things. After a few weeks, you’ll adjust to this and be fine.
or the smokey car? Who cares, I've had a headache for about a day now.
Ever since I started eating clean I have not had a single headache. Not one. (Eating clean has brought about so many other wonderful things but I'll save those for later.)
And I used to get them almost daily. It was horrible and I hated my addiction to Advil because of it. I hated how much "junk" I was putting into my body.
But I must confess, yesterday I caved. I had a diet coke. And now I am KICKING myself for it.
My headache is slowly going away but I will not cave into another diet coke craving. Those chemicals and nasty fake sugar substitute did me in.
Ps: John and I also have a rental car right now. BOTH of our cars are in the shop (mine is getting a new transmission, his a new drive shaft). So a rental car was necessary and it smells like smoke. That could also have helped with the cause of the headache.
Ps again: Ever since I heard that John's car was having drive shaft issues I kept thinking about Charlie's band on LOST and humming the song, "You All Everybody."
i fell in love with my husband in 2003 and we got married in 2005. we welcomed our first baby boy, Hudson Spencer, in June 2011. our second blessing, Emma James, arrived early in October 2012. this is my blog about our life. enjoy!