Monthly Archives: November 2010

Laura’s Lean Beef helps any healthy eating plan get off to a great start. But as I work on developing recipes for this blog, I am always looking for ways to cut fat from the recipe. This week I made note of the things I reach for most often. Nonstick Skillets. I have several sizes of nonstick skillets, and I might be most in love (trust me, we food people love our pots and pans) with the 12-inch nonstick skillet … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Tips, Tools & Techniques

Here are some easy ingredient substitutions to help reduce the amount of sodium in your diet. Use low-sodium, reduced-sodium or sodium-free products whenever possible. If your recipe calls for seasoning salts, use salt-free seasonings such as herbs, spices, lemon juice or vinegar. If your recipe calls for soy sauce, use hot mustard or low-sodium soy sauce. If your recipe calls for table salt, use herbs, spices, fruit juice or salt free seasonings. Omit salt or reduce by 1/2 in recipes … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

I’m Kim, and I work with procurement and financial analysis. I’m a part of ensuring that our product is natural and healthy for our consumers. Like a lot of other employees, I’ve been with Laura’s Lean Beef for over 10 years. The environment at the corporate office is very friendly and comfortable. Management reminds us that everyone is valued and can ask questions and give input to anyone at anytime. I have a large family – 2 boys and 3 … continued…

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Serves 6 Prep Time: 30 minutes Baking Time after Prep/Filling: 15 minutes These are truly fall flavors. The mix of the warm spices might surprise some people, but they blend beautifully with the beef and the squash. The currants add a surprising hint of sweetness, and the almonds provide a touch of great crunch. 6 acorn squash 1 tbsp olive oil 1 cup onion 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 1/4 tsp allspice 1/4 teaspoon clove 1/4 … continued…

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

Some days, I just need to be a bit more meditative with my blog posts, and as we get to Thanksgiving, celebrating the good things around us, that is what I want to do with this post. Harvest time is a time of abundance for us, even today. While few of us are out in the fields gathering up crops, evidence of abundance appears late summer and into the fall, whether it’s the bumper crop of tomatoes in the supermarkets … continued…

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Every now and then I like to step away from writing about beef alone and focus on the food scene in general, especially when the seasons change and new foods are at the farmers’ markets. Fall is one of my favorite times. The heat has broken (at least I hope it’s broken wherever you are), the air is clear and the market is full of fruits I’ve been waiting for. Here are a few things to look for when you … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Natural Farming

Yes, the holidays are upon us again. Along with them comes the seemingly never ending opportunity to eat really good food that is often not-so-good-for-you. If you’ve been working hard over the past year to change your lifestyle, eat better and lose weight, don’t look at the next six weeks as an excuse to throw your progress, good habits and willpower out the window. Here are some ideas and inspiration to help you stay the course and still enjoy the … continued…

Entertaining Ideas Healthy Habits Holiday Cooking Jenny Kramer, RD

Makes about 5 cups Prep time: About 35 minutes after roasting beef Pan drippings (if any) from Laura’s Lean Beef roast beef Vegetables roasted under beef 2/3 cup flour 1 cup red wine 6 cups beef stock 1. Roast beef according to directions, but place 1 sliced onion, 2 carrots and 2 stalks celery, fresh thyme and 1 bay leaf under beef before roasting. Remove beef to rest and make gravy in roasting pan. 2. Place roasting pan over medium-high … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals

It’s true that most of us don’t eat turkey any other time of year than at Thanksgiving and, perhaps Christmas. And it’s true that turkey has its roots in the Pilgrim’s dinner centuries ago. But can’t we be thankful over beef, too? And can’t I have turkey breast in, I don’t know, August if I want to? Of course we can enjoy beef for Thanksgiving. Of course I can get my turkey fix in August. So this year, that is … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals

I recently shared how well I was fitting beef into my weekly menus with a few people at Laura’s Lean Beef HQ—they quickly asked, “why not share that part of your life on the blog”? And it makes sense. I have the best job in the world. I write about food, wine and travel. I always say I “suffer” for my craft, but of course I don’t. Food people are just about ALL fun people. They are social; a meal … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits