Posts Tagged ‘Entrée’

Slow-Cooker Caribbean Beef Stew

September 16, 2014  |  Beef, Comfort, Dinner, Easy, Savory, Slow Cook, Vegetables  |  56 Comments

Don’t be fooled by the humble appearance of this stew. It’s one of my favorite comfort dishes that’s punched up with some of my favorite flavors, like Caribbean allspice and thyme.


The best part of this dish is that it’s a slow-cooker recipe.

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Slow Cooker Ribs

June 29, 2014  |  BBQ, Dinner, Easy, Pork, Savory, Slow Cook  |  74 Comments

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It’s hard to believe we are more than halfway through 2014 already. Where has the first half gone?? Before you know it, we will all be in full holiday shopping mode, which we love. Slow down, Matt. I know, I know. I get like that though. I should say, “we” get like that. Anxious for special moments and memories. Naomi and I love being parents and enjoy making every moment special with and for our boys. And this weekend was no different.

Slow-Cooker Ribs from Real Food by Dad

Two baseball tournaments for the boys, 25 miles apart, but thanks to our awesome friends (& neighbors), we made it work. While the tournaments haven’t been a big success so far, we make sure our boys play “in the moment” and look at the big picture. While we love to win, it’s not always about that. I am a coach, but I am first and foremost a dad, and it’s important for the boys to learn that life has its up and downs, lots of both in fact. It’s how they deal with both, especially adversity, that will build character and help them develop a good attitude. Which is what we always tell the boys – a good attitude will get you far in life. Am I right?

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Epic Meatloaf Stuffed with Mashed Potatoes

May 25, 2014  |  Beef, Cheese, Comfort, Dinner, Easy, Quick, Savory  |  90 Comments

When I was a boy, a regular meal at dinnertime was meatloaf. I always loved the flavor, but as a picky kid, I probably spent more time picking out the onions than I did eating my meal. I’m sure it drove my parents crazy, but since I was one of nine kids, no way was I getting a meal specifically made to my liking. So today, I am taking things up a notch and updating this classic, with my Epic Meatloaf Stuffed with Mashed Potatoes.

Stuffed Meatloaf with Mash Potatoes | Real Food by Dad

As I mentioned, I was and still am a big fan of meatloaf, I simply have an aversion to onions in certain dishes. Love the flavor, hate the texture. No idea why but that has always been the case. Growing up, ours was always served with mashed potatoes, and I am sure that ended up being the biggest part of my meal. So I simply changed the recipe a bit and decided to stuff the meatloaf with mashed potatoes. And that onion flavor that I like? I kept it there by using onion and chive cream cheese, mixed in with milk, to soak the bread in it.

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