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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

Somehow I let the holiday season roll by without giving you an idea of what I’m reading these days in the cookbook category. I am all over the place, but there are some new titles here and a perennial favorite or two that I keep pushing.   Tartine Book No.3 by Chad Robertson. Believe it or not, I cooked with Chad when he was still a student at CIA (that’s Culinary Institute of America). I’ve watched the great things that … continued…

cookbooks
Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love the combination of steak and eggs, but wanted to put a spin on it. The Steak and Egg Omelet was born (although, as one tester points out, isn’t that like saying steak and eggs and eggs? We like semantics in this house…). This is one of the best ways to use up leftover steak (we had leftover filet: even better) and made a great midnight snack for one hungry visiting son.   Prep time: 2 minutes Cook Time: … continued…

Steak and Eggs
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love sweet chocolate–and all kinds of chocolate, not just the bittersweet chocolate that is supposedly good for you. In fact, I like milk chocolate best of all. But that’s a treat. What doesn’t have to be a treat is chocolate in your savory dishes. You get all those antioxidant benefits and none of the “bad” stuff from a bar of chocolate.   Here are five sites to check out with ways to incorporate chocolate into your savory dishes:   … continued…

Barb Freda Holidays Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love beef and gravy. I love pot pie even more, but I don’t always have the patience to make a pie crust. Here is the beef pot pie I love topped with quick drop biscuits flavored with herbs and onion. Simple comfort food.   Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Serves 4 (with extra biscuits)   1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin cut into 1-inch cubes 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch … continued…

Skillet Beef Pot Pie
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes