Monthly Archives: July 2011

We had such a great response to the Laura’s Lean Beef Fan Panel survey, and we’re happy to announce the 20 lucky fans who will serve in this important role for us. Drum roll, please …     Lee Ann H. from Harrisburg, North Carolina    Maggie S. from Traverse City, Michigan    Laura G. from North Bend, Oregon    Jennifer G. from Naperville, Illinois    Susan C. from Lexington, Kentucky    Tracy G. from Winntka, California    Shannon M. from Oxford, Mississippi    MeLissa R. from Colorado … continued…

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This classic is typically made with tuna. Well, except for at Laura’s Lean Beef, of course. Here we simply substitute our beef for the tuna and make a lemony, thyme-scented dressing to finish it. This salad makes good use of any leftovers you have, and if you plan it well, you can use potatoes from one night’s dinner, green beans from another night’s dinner, etc. and never even turn the stove on to complete the salad. Don’t let us dictate … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

This could not be easier—and the fact that we’ve taken apart the pesto and made those ingredients garnish makes for a pretty dish. Serve this with plenty of fresh tomato salsa/salad, which seems a perfect complement to the flavors of pesto. We use pecans because that is what we happen to have, but walnuts or the more traditional pine nuts would be every bit as delicious. Prep Time: 5 MinutesCook Time: About 8 minutesServes 4 1 tablespoon olive oil4 4-ounce … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

July is the height of picnic season and often the height of the heat season too. Add heat and food? Well, unless you are cooking that food, heat and food do NOT mix. So in the interest of keeping you and your loved ones safe during grilling and chilling season, here are some reminders of what to do and what not to do. •    Keep cold food cold. Use ice in zip-close bags or reusable ice packs. Freeze food ahead … continued…

Barb Freda Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques

Why heat up the house, when you can step outside and fire up the grill instead? One of the best things about summer is the abundance of healthy foods, and throwing them on the grill gives great flavor and no additional calories. Get creative and try to plan your whole meal on the grill for a change. One of my favorite foods is grilled pineapple. You can do it on skewers: cut it in round slices, or quarter the pineapple … continued…

Jenny Kramer, RD Summer Grilling

You don’t need this many spices in a dry rub, but it’s always fun to experiment with combinations. Mix this dry rub up, use what you need here (only about 8 teaspoons) and save the rest for the next time you grill burgers. The plank imparts a great smoky flavor and makes its own serving platter, too. And if you don’t feel like mixing all these ingredients together? Use your own favorite marinade (I’m a big fan of Dale’s) or … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

Try something new with your grill this season: cooking with wooden planks. You may have seen these in the grocery store, thin planks of (typically) cedar, often sold next to seafood, which is one of the more popular uses for planks. But we are talking steak, aren’t we? And there is no good reason not to enjoy plank cooking with your Laura’s Lean Beef Products. In fact, Great Lakes Grilling Company, which manufactures planks and near-paper-thin wood wraps, has recipes … continued…

Barb Freda Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques