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This proved to be the perfect way to use up extra barbecue beef (see our Slow Cooker BBQ recipe) and some red beans and rice that were in the fridge. Not a soul knew this was a “leftover” meal. I use these incredible tortillas I’ve found recently–Joseph’s. The tortillas have flax, oat bran and whole wheat flour, and each has just 70 calories, no saturated fat and 6 grams of fiber. If you can’t find them, ask your grocer about … continued…

Barbecue Rice and Bean Tortillas
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Stir-fries are among the simplest and quickest meals to put together. All the ingredients are cut to sizes that cook quickly. I aimed to make this a 6-ingredient recipe (the sesame seed garnish is optional) to minimize your cutting. I use store-bought black bean sauce in this, but it might be too pungent for some of your pickier eaters. You can substitute hoisin sauce or teriyaki sauce for the black bean sauce. Quick cooking means the stove is on only … continued…

Stir-fried-steak
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy

There is an ongoing series of tips and tricks I always want to tell people about–things that make cooking, cutting, cleaning, etc. easier in the kitchen. Here are a few of the things I’ve been meaning to mention recently.   1. Slice the avocado IN the skin. No need for an avocado cutter. No need to even dirty up a cutting board. Halve the avocado. Remove the seed. Hold one half, cut side up, in the palm of your hand. … continued…

Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways DIY Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love the end of summer when there are almost too many tomatoes in the market and in my garden or my friends’ gardens. Too much basil to use. Too many squashes to make into zucchini bread. It’s great to enjoy it immediately, of course, but I like to put a little bit of effort into prepping some of these foods for use later in the year. Here are 5 great money-saving things to do with fresh vegetables and herbs … continued…

basil
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There are lots of great reasons to pull the slow cooker out, but during the summertime, one of the best reasons is that it barely heats up the kitchen. And while I love a good, smoky barbecue, I am not always able to tend the smoker. With this recipe, I’m getting to have my beef and cook it too – a win/win! Perfect for a big family reunion, where beef can remain in cooker, plugged in and left on “warm” … continued…

Slow Cooker BBQ
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Holiday Cooking

There’s a sweet/savory treat going on in teriyaki sauce that packs a punch, really making these burgers a hit in our house. Go easy with the wasabi paste (easy to find in the international section of most any grocery store these days–same goes for the pickled ginger) to start with. A little of this horseradish goes a very long way. You won’t miss the burger bun or the cheese on this–the flavors are that great.   Prep Time: 5 minutes … continued…

Teriyaki Burger
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Summer Grilling

One of my family’s favorite recipes and one of the first recipes I ever wrote is Beef Wellington. So when someone said something about craving it recently, in spite of the heat, I wondered if I could satisfy the craving without the production. Laura’s Lean Beef Fully Cooked Pot Roast came to the rescue. Leftovers from that dinner, from some cooked mushrooms and a tiny bit of puff pastry came together for this little treat of a snack. I used … continued…

Beef Wellington Bites
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Snacks

I love the ease of this savory and satisfying dish–Slice off pieces of steak and pound them as thin as possible between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Then, marinate and grill quickly. Prep time: about 10 minutes (add 3 hours marinating beef) Cook time: About 6 minutes Serves 6   1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round steak sliced into 6 thin pieces and pounded thin Juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup … continued…

Eye of Round
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

I love Indian food, and I had made up a filling for little turnovers (samosas) that I would describe as curried mashed potatoes. It’s such a warm, satisfying taste. I decided to try using the filling as an ingredient for meatballs. The results, with warmed mango chutney as a glaze, were a huge hit in my house. Sounds exotic, but these ingredients, even ready-to-use minced ginger, if you don’t want to chop your own– are all easy to find in … continued…

Samosa Meatballs
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As the burgers cook, the scent of the cedar wafts up and around the grill, making everyone’s mouth water with hunger. There is so much flavor here, that I don’t like to mask it with any sort of roll, but for the purists at heart, feel free. Just enjoy. (I’d like to try it with smoked gouda cheese next time to make it a ‘triple-smoked’ burger (liquid smoke, cedar smoke and smoked cheese). Don’t forego the grilled, smoked onions–they are … continued…

Cedar Smoked Burgers
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling