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Homemade enchilada sauce is nice and easy—and lets you control the amount of fat and salt added, which makes it a good choice over a canned sauce. If you like, double or triple the amount here and freeze it in batches for future use. The most authentic recipes use dried chiles, which are toasted, then rehydrated and blended with water or stock and garlic. But for today’s purposes, we are using a shortcut—ancho chili powder, which you can find in … continued…

Beef Enchiladas
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

What if you replaced crust with ground beef? You get a crustless, spinach-filled “pie,” that’s what. I saw a breakfast recipe using sausage that inspired me to try this–and I was looking for a way to make something spinach-filled to celebrate National Spinach Day. This is a fun way to serve up something that will keep the low-carbers happy. I used regular-sized muffin tins, but you could make tiny little pies by pressing the beef into mini-muffin tins and filling … continued…

Mini Beef and Spinach Pies
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Let’s make March the time to take stock and do some spring cleaning in the kitchen. Here are a few tasks for your list.   1. Check smoke alarm batteries. Fire departments everywhere try to remind us to change the batteries with the spring fall seasons… check your batteries and change ‘em.   2. Along the same safety line, think about adding a small fire extinguisher to your kitchen. Keep it handy below your sink or next to your range. … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

I use wonton wrappers to escape making pasta, but if you like to make your own pasta sheets, by all means, do! The wonton wrappers are surprisingly easy to handle. One tip for any leftovers: if you have to store leftover ravioli, try to store them sauced in a single layer—they tend to stick together when stacked.   Prep time: About 25 minutes Cook time: About 20 minutes Makes about 32 ravioli   Sauce: 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 … continued…

Beef Raviloi
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Tips, Tools & Techniques

This recipe packs a lot of flavor from few ingredients. It is simple to prepare. Clean and chop the mushrooms and give the tomatoes a rinse, and since you cook the vegetables in the same pan as the steak, clean up is simple too. For March, grape tomatoes are the way to go, as they always seem sweet, no matter the season. Prep time: about 5 minutes Cook time: about 15 minutes Serves 4   2 teaspoons olive oil 1 … continued…

Sirloin with Wild Mushrooms Tomatoes
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy

Face it–everyone, no matter their heritage, likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here are five great culinary ideas that can be a great part of your day.   1. Make soda bread. There’s no excuse to not make a fresh batch of bread. Soda bread is easy to whip up, cooks fast and everyone loves a warm loaf of bread on the table. Here’s the recipe I will be making: http://kerrygoldusa.com/recipe/mummys-brown-irish-soda-bread-from-darina-allen/   2. Learn to use beer in your cooking. … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Holidays

A common misconception is that healthy food is tasteless but that is far from the truth! Healthy food not only tastes good when prepared right but it also makes us feel good.   The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annually declares March as National Nutrition Month® and this year the theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” This theme could cover a variety of topics but I want to focus more on the process of enjoying our food by … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

This couldn’t be simpler or quicker or a bigger hit. My family (a.k.a. my testers) asked for repeats on this one. Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 17 minutes Serves 8   2 teaspoons oil 1 medium onion, sliced 1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 1 clove garlic, minced 1 cup mild cheese sauce (prepared, in a jar) 1 tablespoon Worcestershire 1 loaf (about 16 ounces) French bread   1. Heat oven to 450ºF. Heat oil in large, non-stick … continued…

French Bread Pizza
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

I love the combination of pasta and rice, but there’s no reason you need to buy that combination from a box. This comes together so simply with ingredients that are probably in your pantry already (add fine egg noodles to your list of pantry staples—you’ll make this often). This is a beautiful one-pot meal. Add a salad and the meal is complete. Prep time: About 10 minutes Cook Time: About 25 minutes Serves 4   1 teaspoon oil 1 pound … continued…

Sirloin Rice and Pasta
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals

This makes for a great game-day snack. You’ll have lots of chili, so buy several packages of the crescent rolls if you’re anticipating a crowd (one recipe of chili can fill about 40 crescent rolls this way). Prep Time: About 20 minutes (10 minutes for the chili, 10 minutes to roll crescents) Cook Time: About 45 minutes (30 minutes for the chili, 15 minutes for the rolls) Makes 8 rolls (with leftover chili)   1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground … continued…

chilii crescent rolls
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes