‘Tis the season to tailgate! Or maybe for those who enjoy watching the games and grilling from the comfort of your own homes, “homegating!” Either way, food and fun are both on the menu. We’ve teamed up with The Big Green Egg® to bring you the ultimate grilling experience! Each week through September 28th, we are giving away large Big Green Egg® grills. For your chance to win one of these amazing prizes, head on over to Laura’s Facebook page … continued…

Great Grill Giveaway
Contests & Giveaways Homegating Summer Grilling

Jerk seasoning is widely known in Caribbean cooking, and it’s widely known as hot-hot-hot! I made this recipe milder, giving you the option of adding 1 to 2 hot peppers. You can buy plenty of prepared versions, but as with so many things, this is far better when made at home with fresh herbs and spices.   Note: For party appetizers, skewer one or two cubes of marinated beef onto shorter bamboo skewers and pass as small bites. Prep time: … continued…

Jerk Beef Skewers
Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Homegating Summer Grilling

The flavors of a sizzling fajita come together with enormous success in this burger. Four tortillas make a nice substitute for a traditional burger bun to let these flavors really pop.   Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 8 minutes Serves 4   2 teaspoons oil 1 large onion, sliced 1 large red bell pepper, sliced 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon tomato paste, no salt added 1 clove garlic, minced Pinch Salt 2 teaspoons chili powder Juice of 1 … continued…

Fajita Burger
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Homegating Summer Grilling

When my kids first started school, they always did their homework at the counter and had little to no need for a desk. This changed as they got older. While I still make them do homework where I can see them, the amount of “stuff” they have has grown with them. And, with back-to-school this month, this presented the perfect opportunity to get organized! Buying a desk is not hard. There are tons of options. I chose a basic IKEA … continued…

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Back to School Pam Freeman

It seems like everywhere I look, there’s a new frozen yogurt store popping up. I must admit I do enjoy the sweet treat but is it really healthier than ice cream? Of course nothing with nutrition is ever black and white and this answer isn’t either. It just depends on the amount you eat, how often you eat it, and the toppings you add.   Here’s how frozen yogurt compares with ice cream. The base of the yogurt is 100 … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

This recipe is for traditional tacos with a mild homemade seasoning. Making your own seasoning allows for better control of heat, salt, freshness and more. You can play around with substitutions to make it your own – Sub celery seed for celery salt (or eliminate altogether). masa harina, which has a “corn-y,” tangy flavor is also a thickener – cornstarch would be the substitute. To punch it up, feel free to add a hefty dose of straight-up ancho chile powder … continued…

Classic Tacos
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

My family is about to embark on a late summer vacation – my husband and I and our two young children. From the minute we pull out of the driveway, I already know my kids will want to know if we have any snacks. It never seems to matter if we just ate before we left, there’s something about a packed car that seems to trigger their appetites. Sound familiar to anyone?   Being stuck in the car for several … continued…

Healthy road trip snacks
Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques Travel

You’ve been there, right? Back from a great vacation, open the door to your house, head into the kitchen, and you are hit by a wall of “someone-forgot-to-take-out-the-trash-before-we-left” smell.   I think it’s far better to be organized about your kitchen as well as your packing ahead of time, when it really counts, whether you are heading away for a week or just a weekend. No one wants to come home to work, right? Here’s a checklist that might be … continued…

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Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

Sweet, some heat, the tang of orange and the taste of rich lean beef, all served with a lovely sauce that really satisfies. This dish will likely end up in the LLB Hall of Fame in our house, it was that good.   Prep time: 20 minutes plus 1 hour marinating time. Cook time: About 10 minutes Serves 4   1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin steak, sliced thin For the Marinade: Zest of 2 oranges 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy … continued…

Orange Honey Beef Stir-Fry
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals

This recipe uses zucchini in place of traditional lasagna noodles — using a mandolin to slice the zucchini as thin as possible, lengthwise. I love the results and didn’t miss the pasta, which is saying a lot for me. Note: Because I used uncooked vegetables for the most part, this exuded a good bit of liquid. But in the summer, when I want to throw something together quickly, roasting or grilling the vegetables ahead of time defeated the purpose—instead, I … continued…

Summer Lasagna
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals