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This dish has the advantages of being quick to prepare and uses only 1 skillet (if you think ahead and make extra noodle earlier in the week). If you have to stretch this to feed more than six, add some more pasta. As with so many simple dishes, a big side salad completes the meal. Prep time: About 5 minutesCook time: 20 minutesServes: 6 1 bag Laura’s Lean Beef Meatballs1 24-ounce jar prepared tomato sauce8 ounces pasta (pre-cooked weight), cooked1 … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Okay folks. We heard you. School lunches not so healthy where you are. Well, here are a few more lunchbox tips: Let your child help plan the lunchbox menu. When you’ve got buy-in, you’ll probably have better participation. Participation in this case meaning your kids will probably eat the lunch rather than trade it away. Portion out snacks ahead of time. You don’t have to buy the more expensive pre-portioned snacks. Buy in bulk then portion out serving sizes when … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits

These are simple and satisfying flavors. Still a light meal but with flavors that can warm you up on a crisp fall evening. It’s important to take the skillet off the heat when you whisk the sour cream into the stock—this keeps the sour cream from “breaking” (separating). Prep time: About 10 minutesCook time: About 15 minutesServes: 4 8 ounces (pre-cooked weight) wide egg noodles1 package Laura’s Lean Beef Meatballs1/2 cup onion, chopped8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced1 clove garlic, minced1/4 … continued…

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September brings with it that great feeling of new beginnings: sharp new pencils, new crayons in a box, school shoes, a new year to do better (no matter how long ago that first day of school was, the feeling is still there come September) at everything, including renewed efforts at putting healthy meals on the table in hurried times. Ah, there’s the trick. Summer schedules (or lack thereof) are a thing of the past. Now, it’s all go, all the … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

I am pretty excited about the new Laura’s Lean Beef product, frozen meatballs, which come in 12-ounce resealable bags. A few for lunch? The entire bag for a family dinner? Who knows what will inspire me next.? This month we are planning Laura’s Lean Beef Meatball Mondays. Since I so often think of food in terms of cultural and ethnic dining, I am definitely using cuisines of the world as my jumping off point for my Meatball Mondays. The last … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking

The summer heat doesn’t mean I don’t still crave the occasional comfort food of meatloaf. But I know I don’t want to crank up the oven to bake off the meatloaf. The solution? The grill, of course. And since I want to eat peaches as often as possible when they are in season, I want to make my own peach barbecue sauce. So I did. And then to top it all, since I loved the cedar planked steak from July, … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

I’d like to say that there’s no improving on a caprese salad, but the truth is, Laura’s Lean Beef Tenderloin and a touch of heat make a different and every bit as delicious dish. So maybe it’s not an improvement, but it’s another fabulous dish. Prep Time: 5 minutesCooking Time: about 15 minutesServes: 4 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef Tenderloin Steaks8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced into 16 pieces1 large, ripe red tomato, sliced1/4 cup chopped fresh basil1 tablespoon fresh olive … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

The crabmeat (imitation here in the interest of our pocketbook) makes a nice complement to the beef, and there’s just enough cream cheese mixed in to make this dish feel both indulgent and satisfying. Prep time: about 10 minutes Cook time: about 10 minutes Serves 4 2 large (10-inch) flour tortillas 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin Steak, grilled and sliced 1 cup sliced onion, roasted 1 cup sliced red or yellow bell peppers, roasted 1 cup imitation crab meat, … continued…

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With the abundance of blackberries in the market, I can’t resist coming home with a freshly-picked quart every Saturday. So when Jenny mentioned she would be posting about the berries, she suggested a sauce for steak. Since I love sweet and savory, I thought it was a spot-on suggestion. I love using this as a spread for a sandwich, but you could easily pass it with roasts or steaks, the same way we pass cranberry sauce with turkey at the … 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