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Savory treats to warm you from the inside-out

Enjoy these recipes from the team at Proulx Oil & Propane

We know that no matter how well you insulate your home, or how efficient your heating system is, nothing can replace that warm and fuzzy feeling of a traditional homemade dish. Here are a few of our favorites, from our families to yours.

Texas-style chili

Sweet green pepper and corn added to cumin and chili-seasoned chunks of sirloin, beef up this super delicious cold weather stew.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. boneless beef top sirloin steak
  • 2 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 2 medium-sized onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 28 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 medium green peppers cut into one-inch squares
  • 1 10 oz. package frozen whole kernel corn
  • Tortilla chips
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut sirloin into one-inch cubes. Add 1 TBSP oil to heavy pan, saut�� sirloin over medium-high heat until browned on all sides. Remove sirloin
  2. Add remaining oil; add onions, saut�� 5-7 minutes. Add garlic, saut�� one minute. Return browned sirloin and juices to pan. Stir in tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt. Heat to boiling over high heat, remove to a crock pot and put on low, simmering 4-6 hours, until beef is tender
  3. Stir in peppers and corn; keep on low for another 1-2 hours
  4. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese and tortilla chips

Healthy Sloppy Joes

A guiltless version of a traditional favorite so we don't feel guilty about seconds��� or dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSPs vegetable oil
  • 1 �� pound ground turkey
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • �� yellow onion, diced
  • One 6 oz. can pineapple juice
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • �� cup ketchup
  • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 8 whole wheat buns, buttered and toasted
  • Bread and butter pickles

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 TBSP of the vegetable oil
  2. Add the turkey to the pan and brown until it is no longer pink and the meat crumbles, about eight minutes
  3. Remove the turkey from the pan and set aside
  4. Add the other TBSP of oil to the pan, followed by the carrot, onion and two TBSPs of the pineapple juice, and cook until the onion becomes translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes
  5. Add tomato paste and cook for two minutes
  6. Add chicken stock, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, and the remaining pineapple juice. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered until thickened and reduced by one third, about 15 to 20 minutes
  7. Add the cooked turkey to the sauce and stir to combine. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until warmed through. Season with salt and pepper
  8. Scoop the mixture evenly onto the buns and top with the pickles

Roasted Butternut Squash

This recipe is easy to make ahead and reheat, and makes a great side dish to accompany roasted pork, ham or chicken.

Instructions

  1. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil
  2. Cut a butternut squash in half, scoop out seeds. Rub cut side of squash with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper
  3. Turn squash cut side down on cookie sheet, roast at 375 degrees until tender, bubbly and darker in color
  4. Scoop out flesh and mash. Add butter and freshly grated nutmeg to your liking

Lipton® onion soup meatloaf

We think this is best when served with mashed potatoes and corn.

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope Lipton�� Recipe Secrets�� Onion Soup Mix
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 3/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs or Italian
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water (can substitute beef broth)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • For topping: whisk together �� cup ketchup, 1 �� TBSP brown sugar, 1 TBSP Dijon mustard and a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and spread on meatloaf.

Instructions

  1. Prepare meatloaf ingredients and spread in a lightly-greased loaf pan
  2. Whisk together topping ingredients and spread on top of meatloaf
  3. Slice onions very thinly and lay on top of topping
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour

Let us know how your recipes turned out, and check out our list of sweet recipes to accompany these Homestyle dishes. Here are a few more ways to stay warm during the chilly seasons, and a reminder to schedule an annual furnace service online to ensure your home stays as warm as your bellies are full.