Mid-Winter Eating

Now that winter is in full swing making healthy and delicious food from seasonal ingredients can be more of a challenge. While we can enjoy fresh produce shipped from warmer climates, I enjoy using the food that I have put up in my freezer, root cellar, or frig. 

I also want to use all of that food that I have bought or grown- of course the things that I am most familiar with (roasts, corn, burger, tomato sauce, chops, etc) get eaten first - leaving me to stare at what's left, trying to figure out what to do with it. Well I have some ideas!

Perhaps you'd rather figure out how to use your Minute Steak...

For minute steak think Philadelphia Cheese Steak!

1 package of minute steak
1 Onion (I like to cut it in half and then make thin slices)
Cheese (I like provolone or mozzarella, but anything will work) 
salt/pepper
Some form of roll or bread if you want a sandwich

Pour a little oil into a heated skillet, then add your minute stake. sprinkle with salt and pepper then stir as the meat browns.

When the meat is about half brown I will add my onion to soften and cook with the meat. While the meat is finishing you can toast your buns/bread if you like. Then once the meat and onions are cooked turn the heat off. 

Place meat/onion mix onto each piece of bread or bun, top with cheese (the amount is totally up to you). You can then broil in the oven if you want a toasty Cheese Steak. Otherwise the heat from the meat will melt the cheese on it's own. 

That is all there is to it! I like to serve this with some steamed broccoli, but you can serve with roasted potatoes, or fries if you like instead. 

Roasting vegetables is so easy, and a great way to use what you have in your root cellar! Whether you cube up potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, or any other root vegetable all you have to do is toss them in some olive oil, salt, pepper, plus any herb combination (I like a sprinkle of thyme or oregano). Place the vegetables on a cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees for about 30-40 minutes (the smaller the cubes the faster they cook). You will know they are done when you can easily stick a fork in them. Yum!!

If you have a cut of meat or some vegetables that you don't know what to do with, or you have a favorite recipe to share - post a reply on here!