Monthly Archives: November 2011

Winter squash can and should be used for more than just decorating! And, now that everyone is taking down all their fall decorations and replacing them with twinkling lights and holiday cheer, I thought I’d share a few ideas with you! Winter squash include a large variety such as butternut, spaghetti, acorn, pumpkin, turban and the list goes on. They have a multitude of bumps, colors and twists, and, to me, they are often so ugly they are pretty if … continued…

Cool Weather Cooking Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Hi, I’m Donna and I’m a relatively new employee at Laura’s Lean Beef (new being less than 1 year). I work as a Receptionist. Since my face is the first one that everyone sees when they come to our office, and my voice is the first voice you will talk to if you call our office, I’ve gotten to meet, greet and get to know my co-workers very quickly and on a somewhat personal level. I grew up in a … continued…

Behind the Scenes at LLB

In our house, we love the classic Pennsylvania Dutch style dumpling, which is more of a noodle. If you order chicken pot pie in Pennsylvania Dutch country, in fact, you’ll get chicken in a thick broth with this style of noodle NOT chicken in a pastry crust. This is hearty and filling and satisfying. Don’t be intimidated by making the dumplings/noodles—it really takes only minutes. DO pay attention to the instruction about adding the dumplings one by one or you’ll … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

This is just a rich beef almost soup. Serve it over some boiled potatoes in a bowl, because you will want to get every saucy drop of this paprika-rich broth. Browning the beef with the onions and spices before putting them into the slow-cooker adds a depth of flavor that makes this step worth it. Prep Time: About 20 minutes Cook Time: 6 to 8 hours in Slow Cooker Serves: 8 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 slice bacon, chopped 2 … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Laura’s Lean Beef Instead of Turkey? Of course. Yes, of course, turkey is tradition. It is what the history books say was served up on that first Thanksgiving, after all, and according to historical records, including a letter written by William Bradford, who was there, it’s true. There was turkey. But apparently, there was also venison. And we like to think, if there had been some cattle around? There would have been beef, as well. So who are we to … continued…

Barb Freda Holiday Cooking Tips, Tools & Techniques

You read the five rules I think you can break, right? Now here are five rules I really do NOT break in the kitchen. 1. Put food away after cooking. Yes, pretty quickly—meat spoils quickly, even on your kitchen counter in the dead of winter (more quickly, of course, outside in summer heat). Here’s my story: I was pretty cavalier about food safety until I made myself sick. I had some barbecue one night and must have delayed in putting … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

I get questions periodically that surprise me. The answers to these questions are so much part of my cooking approach that I have forgotten that not everyone is as comfortable in the kitchen as I am. And lest you think I am saying I never make mistakes, jump back from THAT conclusion right away. I turn out some … well, if not inedible, certainly at times pallid-flavored dishes. But enough about my dark secrets. Here are five rules you can … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

Skinny Bytes, the Laura’s Lean Beef blog, brings you tips on cooking healthy meals, nutritional guidance and the latest news from the LLB homefront. In 2012, we want our blog to have even more great content. And, we are looking to you, our readers, to find our next bloggers.   The Laura’s team is looking for two new bloggers to join Jenny and Barb: one to cover all things fitness and the other to focus on topics related to moms. Do you … continued…

Behind the Scenes at LLB Contests & Giveaways

I made this when I was absolutely craving vegetables, especially the winter squash that is in abundance right now. This recipe streamlines perfectly with my goal of using up leftovers—planned-overs, now—in inventive ways. Use any meat you’ve got: roast, pot roast, ground beef, even hamburgers—just chop or crumble them up to use here. Prep Time: About 20 minutesCook Time: 14 minutes for the pie crust (while doing prep work) and 25 minutes for quicheServes 6 1 9-inch, deep-dish pie crust … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

The stuffing in this meatloaf melds with the beef itself, making everything moist and savory. The lean beef doesn’t make enough pan drippings for gravy, but if you are lucky enough to have gravy from some other meal, it’s a great accompaniment to this dish. Prep time: about 15 minutesCook time: about 25 minutesServes: 4 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef  92% Lean Ground Beef1/2 cup finely chopped onion1 clove garlic, minced1 egg2 slices bread, softened in 1/4 cup skim milk1 … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes