Monthly Archives: March 2011

What is March without at least one batch of stew? This is simple but hearty, full of potatoes, carrots and peas. Traditionally, Irish stew is made of lamb, but that’s not what we do here, is it? So we give you beefy Irish stew to warm up a blustery March day.     Prep Time: About 20 minutes Cook time: About 1 1/2 hours Serves 8   1 tablespoon oil 2 pounds Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round, cut into … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Updating our brand’s look is one of the most exciting projects we’ve worked on in a while.It’s also one of the most important, and we want to make sure we get it right. So, we decided a focus group was in order. And, wow, it was totally worthwhile! We met with two groups of Laura’s Lean Beef’s loyal consumers, as well as conducted an online focus group.Here are a few of the images we showed them:         … continued…

Laura's New Look

A few weeks ago I gave you a summary of the new dietary guidelines, but now I want to break these down into more detail and heIlp you apply them to your life. The first guideline I want to tackle is sodium, because almost all Americans are consuming too much of it. It’s also an area of my life where I’m trying to be really careful currently. Since I’m pregnant, my fingers and ankles tend to swell, but I have … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

Although I cannot find the exact page, I am sure the title of today’s blog is a line that stuck with me when I read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, where he writes about ways to eat well and appreciate food (that’s a review in a nutshell. Great book—worth the read). And with spring just around the corner for all of us, I urge you to turn a critical eye to your gardens and figure out where you can … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

I’ve talked often about making beef stock, but I thought I would give you a detailed recipe—it’s that good when you make it at home, and the bonus—you can skim any fat from it, and you can eliminate salt if you need to. It is tastier and less expensive. I buy beef bones from my farmers’ market (the last time, a farmer gave me soup bones!), but I’ve seen them for sale in the freezer section of my local grocery … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

I love the challenge of creating a five-ingredient blog post. It brings out the creativity in me. So here is what I’ve found in my pantry today: Fresh corn tortillas (a stack of small, soft, store-bought tortillas) Store bought guacamole Cheddar Cheese Salsa Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin Steak   This was too easy. I’ll be having steak tacos tonight. Remember I don’t count seasonings, so I’ll rub the steak with a mix of cumin, coriander, smoked paprika and the like … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

You are all reading us here at Laura’s Lean Beef, so I am going to make the leap that besides being interested in great tasting Laura’s Lean Beef, you probably consider health when you reach for something in the supermarket. In other words, I believe you are already paying attention: to taste, to health, to making your life—and your family’s life—better.  One of the biggest ways we can make our lives better and improve our health is to cook at … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

Make as many of these as you can out of the pound of ground beef—even though it’s still one serving each, getting a lot of these on your plate just feels so abundant. Serve with egg noodles to soak up all the sauce, serve on a roll for a Swedish meatball sandwich or just serve hot with toothpicks for a popular party nibble.     Prep and cook time: 20  minutes (10 minutes for meatballs; make sauce while meatballs cook … continued…

Barb Freda

It’s official, our 6 week Resolve to Stick With It challenge has ended, but every day we still face the challenge of living a healthy lifestyle. If you are familiar with Laura’s Lean Beef then you may already be a little bit ahead of that dilemma, but the good news is that there are actually scientifically based guidelines that tell Americans how we should eat. These are called the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and they are reviewed every 5 years, … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

I love the flavor of beef and cheese—they are just so satisfying. Here I’ve taken those flavors and turned them into a crustless, “quich-y” dish, using a few brioche bread cubes to replace a big old burger bun. You might want to add tomatoes, or even sundried tomatoes, to your plate when serving to get even more cheeseburger-y taste.   Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: About 20 minutes Serves: 4   1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 1/2 … continued…

Cheeseburger Pie
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