Steak and Cabbage

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Alright, I’ll admit it.  I have a long way to go with my food photography, and I probably should do better than a paper plate. This was a quickie though, and one of my absolute favorite recipes that is super good in Smartpoints and also follows the Simply Filling technique!

This recipe always brings awesome memories of my Mom.  She loved this meal, so we had it a lot.  Granted it isn’t the sexiest looking dish, but it is deep with flavor and gives that comfort food good vibes for sure.

I snapped these pics awhile ago, and I was doing the Simply Filling technique.  When using Smartpoints, I separate the Bulgar, steak, and cabbage on my plate to better count points.  Bulgar is 4 points a cup, the steak is 3 Smartpoints for 3 oz, and the cabbage is free.

I used my most favorite appliance in the entire world to make this, my Instant Pot.  If you have memories of your Grandma’s pressure cooker blowing up and hitting the ceiling don’t fret!  The new versions have tons of safety features, and can replace several appliances like your crock pot or rice cooker.  It makes PERFECT eggs.

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I’ve also included stove top instructions for those of you who do not have a pressure cooker.

Ingredients:
1.5 pounds tenderized round steak
1 small head of cabbage, core removed, quartered
3 teaspoons Wildtree Rancher Steak Rub (Or Montreal Steak Rub found in grocery store or just liberal salt and pepper)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup Bulgar Wheat (found in the International aisle at the grocery store)
2 1/2 cup beef broth
Method of Preparation:
Season steak liberally with seasonings:
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Cut into 1 inch strips, being sure to keep them all the same size:
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Set your Instant Pot to Saute Mode, drizzle oil  and wait for it to read hot.  Working in batches so not to crowd the pan give each piece a steak a good browning.
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Once all the steak is done remove from pan and add the broth  Scrape the bottom of the pan and get all those delicious bits off and melted into your broth.  Add Bulgar.
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Stir to incorporate
Next layer cabbage on top of bulgar/broth.
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Give it a pinch of salt and then layer steak on top.
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Close lid and cook on manual mode for 8 minutes.  Let naturally release for 10 minutes, and release any remaining pressure.  Stir all ingredients together, and if it still is a little juicy return to saute mode for a few minutes.  Enjoy!
If you are following Weight Watchers or count calories you can easily remove the steak and cabbage so that you can measure your bulgar.
Now if you want to cook this on the stove top:
You will not use the bulgar.  I use this to sop up the extra juice in the pan for this, and I love bulgar.  You will be stirring to much to do it this way.
So instead of putting your ingredients in your Instant Pot, you will put them in your pan on the stove.  You need a very deep pan, and to be honest I usually use my stock pot.  I brown the steak just like above, add only 1 cup of broth, then return all – steak and cabbage to the pan.  cook on low for at least 50 minutes, stirring about every 5.
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Staple Meal – Pizza

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So I was born in Chicago and pizza sauce runs in my veins.  The Smartpoint count for Pizza on Weight Watchers is enough to bring a grown woman to tears, so when I am really crazing that ooey-gooey goodness I make my own.

That’s not to say that I don’t ever enjoy the heaven that is Gino’s East or Giordano’s.  I simply eat smaller portions and you know, not every other day.

I keep my monster pizza cravings at bay by making a better Smartpoint version at home.  This has quickly become one of my go-to staple meals.  If I’m running late at work, tired when I get home, or just a complete unorganized mess I always have these ingredients in my pantry so that I can make a quick, nutritious, delicious meal.

I can’t tell you how many times this has saved my Smartpoint balance.  Of course I try to plan, prepare – do all those things we are supposed to do but let’s face it.  We are human and sometimes things just don’t work out the way we planned.  Having a Plan B and a Plan C and even a Plan D will help you from getting thrown off the wagon and drug behind it for a few miles.

There really isn’t a recipe for this – you do what you want to do.  A little pizza joint down the street from me used to make a fabulous veggie pizza and they put broccoli and cauliflower on it.  It is super good and helps bulk up the pizza.  I keep frozen broccoli and cauliflower in my freezer, and nuke it on a paper towel for about a minute before putting my pizza in the oven.  It comes out perfect.

So I start with a Tumaro wrap.

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They are only one point and hold up well!  1/2 cup 2% mozzarella covers it well.  For the sauce I sometimes make my own for zero points with crushed tomatoes, or Ragu has a traditional pizza sauce that is decent but will cost you a point for 1/4 cup.

So the wrap, then the sauce, whatever veggies I have on hand, then the cheese.  I bake that bad boy for about 20 minutes at 350 and dinner is served for 6-9 points, depending if I decide to add Canadian bacon or some other form of meat.

Sometimes I’ll sprinkle some garlic, sometimes I’ll do the Canadian bacon with some pineapple.  It’s nice to switch it up and get a little taste of something that is so comforting.

What is your comfort food?

 

Opa! Chicken Sandwich

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So Costco has this awesome Kirkland chunk chicken in an 8 oz can.  Of course you get like 6 of them when you buy them, so I wanted to get some different recipes.

This is one of my favorites!  You can either do it as a “scramble” like shown in my picture, or you can make patties out of it.  When I’m in a hurry I just do three scoops (I use my ice cream scooper which is 1/4 cup) with a table spoon of oil, crisp it up, and it’s all good!

I use Joseph brand flat bread which is out of this world!  I get it from Walmart, and it is by the deli counter.  2 points each and worth it!

This is my go to dish when I have nothing in the house.  I try to make it up a head of time so it’s ready to cook.  It is so filling.  I mean I am STUFFED when I eat this and it’s so mouth-wateringly flavorful that I am completely satisfied when I eat it!

Opa! Chicken Sandwich – 5-6 points

1 8 oz can Kirkland Chunk Chicken

1 Green Pepper (diced)

1 Small White Onion (diced)

1 Egg

1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

1 Tablespoon Wildtree Opa! Seasoning (or Greek seasoning found at your grocery store)

Grapeseed Oil (I use garlic infused)

Tzatziki Seasoning

1 Cup Greek Yogurt (Plain, Non-Fat)

1/2 cucumber (seeded and grated)

1 Tablespoon Wildtree Tzatziki Seasoning (or brand found at your grocery store)

Garnish:

Tomatoes

Lettuce

1 Joseph Whole Wheat Flat Bread

Directions:

Combined all the ingredients for the Tzatziki dip and put in a  container.  Let the dip sit at least an hour in the refrigerator before serving.

Saute onions and peppers for 3 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Break up canned chicken with a fork, and mix in Opa! seasoning, egg, bread crumbs, and the cooled peppers.  Let sit in the refrigerator for at least a half an hour.

If you make patties out of this mixture they are one point each.  Heat pan with 1 tablespoon of oil.  Form 9 patties from mixture, cooking 3-4 minutes on each side to make sure they are cooked through.  Each patty is one point.  They aren’t near as good reheated, so I do mine the scrambled way most of the time.

If going for the scramble, heat one teaspoon of oil and add the amount of chicken you would like – 3/4 cup is perfect for the Joseph wrap.  Crisp it up until cooked through and add to your flatbread with your choice of garnishes.

The Tzatziki dip is free for 2 tablespoons or 1 point for 3.  I love it so I usually take the hit and have 3 tablespoons!

Sometimes I use Wildtree seasonings in my recipes.  I always try to put a substitute for them, but if you would like to try Wildtree check out my Wildtree site!