Posted in Dumping Dinner

Dumping Dinner: Beef & Broccoli


As promised. . .

Here is another Dump Dinner that will make those busy days just a little bit easier. I like that I can just get dinner going in the morning when my energy is high and my resolve to eat well is still intact. After my visit in Oklahoma, my daughter Genny was inspired to make some more dinners for her freezer after the ones I made ran out. She and her husband packaged up seventeen in just an hour and a half. Here is one they tried this week. She reported that the Beef and Broccoli was their favorite so far.

Beef and Broccoli


  • 2 pounds beef, sliced
  • 1 can beef and mushroom soup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced or grated
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 cups fresh or 10 ounce bag frozen broccoli cuts, steamed


To cook now:

  1. Dump meat into crockpot.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients together.
  3. Pour over beef.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Before eating stir in broccoli.

To freeze for later:

  1. Dump beef into one gallon freezer bag. Can be split into two bags.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients except broccoli together and dump on top of meat.
  3. Seal and freeze.

Follow To cook now directions on cooking day.

Freezing tip: Place freezer bag into 64-96 ounce plastic bowl to load. This will give you stability and free up your hands. Then, freeze, bowl and all. I know you have seen freezer meals all flat and stacked on the freezer shelves. It’s a thing of beauty, but the shape simply does not fit into a crock pot without defrosting. The bowl also prevents the meal from freezing around the wire on the shelves. Remove bowls when frozen to use for more dinners.




Posted in The Party's in the Kitchen

Oh, For the Love of Food!

“Then the angel said to me. . .’Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ “ And he added, “These are the true words of God.” 

Revelation 19:9

apple plateThere are days when I can’t wait to get to heaven.  I can just picture it.  The celebrating! The excitement! The food!!!

Yes, I admit it. I love food. That’s part of the reason I have pounds to spare on my body. But in heaven. . .in my new body. . .Hmmm. . .Maybe mine will be the perfect figure.

I not only love to eat food but I also like to prepare it.  Cooking is something I do just for fun.  My daughter has termed it Recreational Cooking. I gain much satisfaction from planning, preparing and executing a meal. These past few days, I have been reminded of some excellent recipes that fit into a healthy eating plan so from time to time I will be sharing some that I find not only delicious but also satisfying.

Part of the problem in my life is that there are so many events that include eating. Parties, Bible studies, and family outings all seem to throw a wrench in the works when it comes to eating healthy. The following recipe for Crust-less Broccoli Quiche is great for a brunch or lite dinner. For my Weight Watcher friends it is 4 points per serving. I like to substitute spinach or some sun dried tomatoes for the broccoli. Feta cheese goes well with the spinach. I have also made it without the bread and it works well.

 “Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship.

It is of great importance to the morale.”

Elsa Schiaparelli

Crust-less Broccoli Quiche

4 eggs

1-1/4 cups 1% milk

3 slices whole wheat bread, crusts removed, cubed

4 cups small broccoli florets, cooked, chopped

1 cup chopped onions

3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Beat eggs and milk with wire whisk until well blended. Add bread; mix lightly. Stir in remaining ingredients until well blended.

POUR into 9-inch square baking dish.

BAKE 45 min. or until center is set and crust is lightly browned. Let stand 10 min. before cutting to serve.

Serves 6 — 180 calories, 9 fats, 3 fibers —  4 ww pts.