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I wanted to call these fajita quesadillas, but one of my tasters (rightly) pointed out that there isn’t enough cheese to push these into the realm of quesadillas. That said, that same taster devoured every crumb of these dinner treats, even though the tortillas are not sandwiching mounds of melted cheese. Clean plates mean a real hit. If you want to, cook the steak and the onion/pepper mix ahead of time so that all you have to do when it’s … continued…

Sirloin Fajita Stacks
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

Every now and then I feel I have to share some of my best finds. This post was inspired by something new (item number 1 below) that I now can’t live without — and got me thinking about other ways I’ve gone green over the years. “Going Green” is an ever-evolving process. I want to hear from you all about what new “green” products have made your own “must have” list.   1. Reusable Bags. We’re all getting these from … continued…

Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Tips, Tools & Techniques

Here’s what I had: eye of round, some basil, fresh mozzarella and tomato. Next I knew, I had a hot “caprese” cheesesteak sandwich in hand. This uses simple ingredients, everything goes onto the grill, the kitchen stays cool and everyone is happy.   Prep time: 5 minutes plus about 1 hour for marinating Cook time: About 6 minutes Serves 4   12 ounces Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round steak, thinly sliced and pounded thin 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil … continued…

caprese cheesesteak sandwich
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Summer Grilling

In honor of Egg Day, I thought it would only be fitting to talk about how to make the best hard-boiled egg. I figure you’ll be headed to more than one picnic with deviled eggs, right? So first the method, then five ideas to gussy up those deviled eggs.   The reason I’m writing about hard-boiled eggs is to save us all from the overcooked gray/green yolks that so many people get–yolks so hard and gray they might double as … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love garlic — it appears in a lot of my recipes, I know. Caesar salad combines that garlic flavor with another favorite, Parmesan cheese. I may be gilding the lily a bit with the garlic toast burger buns, but what can I say? It works.   1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Sirloin Salt and Pepper to taste Sprinkle of garlic powder 4 rolls sliced open 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 clove garlic, peeled 4 tablespoons creamy Caesar dressing … continued…

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

I was inspired to try this on beef when I saw a friend use the same preparation for pork tenderloin. I finished it slightly different, but I still love the results. The onions and mushrooms to finish this are cooked in the same skillet while the roast rests before cutting. (Note: This makes awesome roast beef for sandwiches the next day.) Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: About 45 minutes Serves 6   1 (1.5 pound) Laura’s Lean Beef Eye … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy

I love mixing fruit flavors with mustard – especially with fruit that is coming into season. If you are lucky, you’ve already gotten to enjoy some early peaches. I gave the flank steak a similar treatment to cooking brisket, but faster. If you want to really play on the peach theme, grill or broil some fresh peach halves to serve alongside of the steak. Prep time: about 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Serves 6   1 Laura’s Lean Beef … continued…

Flank Steak with Mustard and Peach
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals

I am having an all-out fan-fest with porcini mushrooms. I have not gotten my hands on fresh porcini (my own quest), but I am playing around with dried porcini as often as I can. Because they are expensive, I look for ways to get a big bang for the buck, and I like the results I get using the porcini as a rub. Before I use any of the bigger pieces, I sift the dried porcini a bit to catch … continued…

Ribeye with Porcici and Rosemary Butter
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy

This is our take on a classic. Helpful hint: use soft corn tortillas, not flour tortillas, which get gummy in the soup. The tortilla strips act like noodles. I love using corn on the cob and getting a little extra flavor from the cobs themselves, but you don’t have to do this. A drained can of corn will serve in place of corn on the cob. Prep Time: About 15 minutes Cook Time: About 20 minutes Serves 8 1 tablespoon … continued…

Beef Tortilla Soup
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Memorable Meals

How about a filling snack? I’ve been thinking about a twist to my brother’s pepperoni roll for a while–I needed it to be both beefy and easy. That’s when I thought about the refrigerated crescent rolls. One roll makes a good snack; two rolls make a satisfying dinner. Prep time: About 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Makes 32 rolls   1 pound Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 2 ounces stick pepperoni, finely diced 1 18-ounce jar pizza sauce 4 … continued…

Pizza Roll
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