Category Archives: Barb Freda

This recipe uses zucchini in place of traditional lasagna noodles — using a mandolin to slice the zucchini as thin as possible, lengthwise. I love the results and didn’t miss the pasta, which is saying a lot for me. Note: Because I used uncooked vegetables for the most part, this exuded a good bit of liquid. But in the summer, when I want to throw something together quickly, roasting or grilling the vegetables ahead of time defeated the purpose—instead, I … continued…

Summer Lasagna
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals

I love food. Even the hot dog. Just make it a good hot dog! That said, sometimes, it’s all about the garnishes. I used the famous Chicago hot dog as a jumping off point to season and top this dish. I even shaped the ground beef to fit into hot dog bun. And if you can find the poppy seed buns, that would be another great way to honor the Windy City!   Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: … continued…

Red Hots
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

It’s hard to resist the lure of a patty melt, with its sweet cooked onions and melting cheese on rye bread.   Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Serves 4   1 teaspoon butter plus 2 teaspoons butter for grilling 1/2 teaspoon olive oil 1 large sweet onion, sliced thin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 pound Laura’s 92% Lean Ground Beef 8 slices dark rye bread (70 calories per slice) 2 ounces cheddar cheese, grated 2 teaspoons mustard … continued…

Patty Melt
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

You know what a hack is, right? Something that makes your life easier. You’ll see a lot of short pieces floating around on the internet—life hacks, food hacks, kitchen hacks. I find them irresistible, and here are a few favorites (not all may be hacks, but there are some new ways to make life in the kitchen easier!).   1. Slicing cherry tomatoes (or any other seedless, small round objects in the kitchen such as grapes). This one made the … continued…

Barb Freda DIY Tips, Tools & Techniques

I won’t make any claims to authenticity on this dish, but it has a certain combination of flavors and textures that are winning. It is also a surprisingly refreshing summer soup—light, full of crunchy vegetables and just enough noodles to really satisfy everyone. The chopped herbs really make this dish shine so try not to skimp on the cilantro or basil. Prep Time: About 10 minutes (using cooked steak; add more time if you need to prepare steak) Cook time: … continued…

Thai Noodle Bowl with Beef
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Burgers don’t always have to be served with a bun, right? Here, we wrap each burger up with a nice dollop of spicy mayo, some avocado and a slice of melting cheese, some shredded cabbage just for crunch—all in a flavorful tortilla. This is a taste and color sensation. Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: About 6 to 8 minutes Serves 4   1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Round 4 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise 1 tablespoon chipotle en adobo, … continued…

California Burger Wrap
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

I love it when I can cook an entire meal, start to finish, dessert included, on the grill. It means the house stays cool and we stay outside, lingering as the sun sets. And there is nothing easier than the grill cleanup: close lid, walk away. Right?   So here are five great ideas for grilling your desserts—and yes, every single one of them can be topped with some vanilla ice cream… or low-fat frozen dessert of your choice. 1. … continued…

Grilled Pineapple
Barb Freda Holiday Cooking Snacks Summer Grilling

Summertime is always salad time—this dish is a welcome easy dinner any time, but especially as it gets warmer. The marinade here is not so much for tenderizing (ribeye is plenty tender) but for flavor. 1 hour in the marinade is really plenty of time. Add some crusty bread to the table and dinner is done. Prep time: 15 minutes for the marinade, plus 1 hour for marinating Cook time: about 6 minutes Serves 4   For the marinade: 1/4 … continued…

Steak Kebabs with Greek Salad
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

After the long winter many of us had, the farmers’ markets should be back in full swing—of course your own growing/harvesting season varies with where you live, but here are some ideas for a variety of late spring/early summer ingredients.   1. Spinach. This is a spring vegetable (and if you are lucky, late fall, before it gets too cold)—eat plenty of spinach salads, blend some up in a smoothie for a health boost, or try some in a classic … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

This recipe is deceptively simple—that is to say it is simple to prepare and will be loved by everyone; one of the favorite types of meals in any busy family’s recipe rotation.   Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: 6 to 8 minutes Serves 4   2 (8 ounces) Laura’s Lean Beef NY Strip Steaks 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs 2 ounces blue cheese crumbles 1. Heat grill. When hot, cook steaks to desired degree … continued…

Panko Crusted Steak with Blue Cheese Crumbles
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling