Best Dinner Ever. Seriously.

Sometimes dinner is pretty darn good, and sometimes it’s “knocked it out of the park, hit a home run, 5-star meal good”. In other words, our dinner tonight was the best meal I’ve had in ages.
Black Bean and Yam SaladI’m not the cook in our house, but I’m usually around when the cooking is happening, so I can comment about meals and say if it was quick and easy, or, not-so-quick but definitely worth it. You know, I creatively interpret the chef’s grumbles into workable explanations.

Tonight however, Dave made dinner while I napped on the couch. Yes, I admit to it. Frodo curled up with me and I fell asleep, and napped while Dave slaved away in the kitchen. I do know this recipe took quite awhile to make, but oh. My. It. Was. Amazing.

Pictured above is a Black Bean & Yam Salad That is to Die For. Only you won’t die, because it’s very good for you. Dave followed the recipe from this site and only made minor adjustments to our taste. For example, he substituted the cilantro and used parsley instead. Also, he used half quinoa and half wild rice instead of all quinoa. Really pretty minor adjustments.

For the “taco-style seasoning” he used:

  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 3/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle Chile Powder
  • 1/8th tsp Black Pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder

The magical forces worked in my favor, and while I slept… Dave not only made dinner, he noted the adjustments he made to the recipe so we have them for the future (thank you Dave!). A miracle occurred here tonight!

And, we have tons and tons and tons of left overs. Tons. We are going to eat well this week!

The Secret to Making Cabbage (Recipe)

If you’ve struggled with how to cook cabbage, that’s because you haven’t found the right recipe yet!Dave Cooking

This recipe for Braised Red Cabbage with Bacon has become a staple in our house. Of course, we have a few ingredient substitutions…

Ingredients We Use:

  • 1 large head red cabbage
  • 1/2 pound of bacon (Organic smoked beef bacon with no sugar)
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of homemade beef bone broth

Using the ingredients above, then follow the instructions here. It smells fantastic while it’s cooking, so you’re going to want to have some the night you cook it, but it gets better when you reheat it in the oven, so be sure to save some for leftovers!Cabbage Cooking

Dave serves the cabbage with rice. However, he doesn’t just make rice, he makes yummy rice.

Here are the ingredients you need to make yummy rice:

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup homemade beef bone broth
  • 1 and 1/4 cup water
  • Kelp granules (for iodine since we use salt without iodine)
  • Sea salt
  • Dried garlic
  • Dried red onion
  • 1-2 Tablespoons butter

And with that, dinner is done!Braised Red Cabbage with Bacon