Monthly Archives: October 2010

The presentation is fun here. After all, no one expects a whole pumpkin to come to the table. This soup is healthy, hearty and delicious. It serves 6, but those are very generous portions. Lighter eaters may even get 8 servings from this recipe. Prep Time: About 35 minutes Cooking time after Prep: 1 hour, 45 minutes Serves 6 1 pumpkin, about 6 pounds Nonstick cooking spray 1 onion, chopped 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef 96% Lean Ground Beef 6 … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals

When the heat abates and the first chilly air starts to settle in, it’s easy to welcome the soups and stews you’ve been avoiding all summer long. Who wanted to heat up the kitchen with the long, slow roast? Who wanted to eat a hearty soup in the heat? Not us, right? So it’s a great time to pull out the soup and stew recipes, fire up the oven (or the slow cooker) and have a hearty meal. The beauty … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking

Well, maybe they are not exactly spooky suppers, but the fun doesn’t stop for us grown ups when we stop trick or treating, right? Lately, it has seemed as though adults throw Halloween parties, dress up and enjoy this holiday every bit as much as the kids getting candy. So I was delighted when a friend brought a cabernet sauvignon from Vampire Vineyards. This wine is labeled simply enough: Vampire. Then Michael David Winery offered up samples of their own … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Memorable Meals

Try this for a light supper or for a brunch. You can mix it all ahead and bake it to serve, bake it ahead of time and warm it up, or even portion it into individual muffin tins. Serves 4 Prep Time: About 10 minutes Cooking Time: 12 minutes for muffins; 15 to 20 for dish Cooking Spray 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 ounces lean ham steak, diced 2 cups cooked, chopped broccoli 1 pound 96% lean Laura’s Lean Beef … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

• US Households eat more ground beef than any other type of beef (66%). Steaks follow at 36% and roasts at just 16%. A quick guess would be that ground beef is often quick and easy and inexpensive (compared to the steak). But I think we should also consider the roast more often—it’s a great “set it and forget it” meal, whether you’re roasting in the oven or using a slow-cooker. (Statistics from 2009 info complied by Cattlemen’s Beef Board … continued…

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I’m always looking into my cupboard for inspiration when cooking with beef or working on a new recipe. But I also know that certain ingredients are simply beef staples … things I always have on hand. And so, in no particular order, here are five pantry staples for beef: 1. Beef stock. From soups to gravies to stews to even using a splash of stock in place of adding more oil to a sauté, beef stock only enhances flavors. I … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

In our house, we love leftovers. I find myself making new dishes out of last night’s dinner all the time. It saves time and money—nothing gets wasted. A good example? If you saw this month’s French bread pizza with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and sliced sirloin, there’s no reason you couldn’t cooked flank steak or even meatballs from another night’s dinner in place of the sirloin steak. Here are six great ways to use up Laura’s Lean Beef leftovers: –Crumble leftover … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

Serves 4 1 baguette (French bread – we suggest a whole grain baguette) 8 plum tomatoes, cored, seeded and chopped 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped 1/4 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional) Pinch red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic 4 ounces Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin Steak, cooked and thinly sliced 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon sea salt Freshly grated black pepper 1. Heat oven to … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

Reducing the amount of fat and cholesterol in your diet doesn’t mean meals have to become dry and tasteless. It just means swapping out one ingredient that isn’t so good for you with another that tastes delicious and is better for you like applesauce, yogurt or fruit juice. Those substitutions sound pretty good, don’t they? Whether you need to lose weight or just trim the fat, the following ingredient substitutions can help you achieve your dietary goals. Bacon —- Substitute … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

Today, we’re doing a “just in case” blog — that is to say, just in case you haven’t taken advantage of the Laura’s Lean Beef website tools, we want to make sure you know how to use the “where to buy” Laura’s Lean Beef products tool. 1. Click onto Laura’s Lean Beef website . 2. Right at the top right of the page, you’ll see “find stores” with a blank box for your zip code. Enter your zip code and … continued…

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