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I love pearl onions. They seem more festive and in this recipe, they are easy. Frozen pearl onions mean I don’t stand around peeling a big batch of tiny onions one-by-one. Who doesn’t love that? The red wine is a key ingredient in the hearty, comfort-food stew, so don’t skimp! If you want to make this even easier on yourself, add the potatoes when you put the pot into the oven for the first time–they might overcook a little, but … continued…

Winter Stew with Pearl Onions and Red Wine
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Holiday Cooking

This is a leftover hit in my house (where I am typically the only one who loves leftovers). It is comfort food for me–reminds me of open faced beef sandwiches slathered with brown gravy. Make sure you’ve got leftover stuffing, leftover gravy and leftover cooked burger patties. Serve it with leftover veggies or a green salad. Prep time: 5 minutes (gather up the leftovers!) Cook time: About 10 minutes Serves: 4   2 cups prepared stuffing 4 cooked burgers made … continued…

Stuffing Burgers with Gravy
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This is a one-skillet dish, which is always a plus in my book. As the steaks brown, slice the onions and mushrooms. Be gentle about adding the liquids and vegetables to the skillet–it’s important to keep the cracker crumbs high and dry so they are nice and crispy when you slice into the steaks.   Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves 4   1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 4 (4-ounce) Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin Steaks 2 … continued…

Loaded Sirloin Steak
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Everyone should know how to make a good, classic roast. After lots of trial and error with different methods, I’ve adopted the techniques from Cook’s Illustrated, which does most of the cooking at a low temperature and finishes the roast high for a brief period. This produces a moist, cooked-to-medium-rare roast that can’t be beat. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Serves 8 (makes about 3 cups gravy)   1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 2-pound Laura’s Lean … continued…

Roast Beef Eye of Round with Gravy
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This simple wrapped steak is proof positive that simple, delicious ingredients–just a few of them–add up to one delicious dish. Smoked prosciutto, also known as “speck” is easy to find in the deli section of most grocery stores. A little bit of speck goes a long way in this recipe, which shows off the beauty of a Laura’s Lean Beef Sirloin. Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: About 10 minutes (to desired degree of doneness) Serves 4   1 … continued…

Prosciutto wrapped Steak
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals Summer Grilling

I love a good meatball. It’s my comfort food. Here, I combine lean beef with ground turkey and use egg whites instead of whole eggs. Don’t skip adding the milk-soaked bread, which keeps these meatballs moist and tender. Form the meatballs gently so they stay tender even after cooking. These cook in a pan with a bit of olive oil because you get incredible flavor from the seared meat. The flavor also enriches the tomato sauce you make. Eat alone, … continued…

Classic Meatballs
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I love the flavors of sweet and sour dishes. I reached into my freezer for the blueberries on this one, but fresh blueberries would of course, be awesome. I wouldn’t hesitate to use red grapes or even chopped plums, another seasonal fruit. My point? Be playful with this dish. The flavors are so satisfying. Prep Time: About 10 minutes plus minimum 1 hour to marinate steak Cook Time: About 12 minutes Serves 4   Marinade: 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Rosemary … continued…

ribeye with blueberry balsamic
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Summer Grilling

I was inspired to make this burger by my love of baked brie cheese. That recipe uses a wheel of brie and tops it with a fruit spread (I’ve often had apricot jam on the brie), some toasted almonds, then the whole thing is encased in a sheet of pastry or it can be baked in a small crock without the pastry. That cheese/sweet/nutty combo — I crave it! This is my take using the fall pears that are in … continued…

Brie Burger with Pear Chutney
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Summer Grilling

The farmers markets are filled with an abundance of kale this time of year. Convinced I did not like raw kale (although I’m a fan of cooked kale), I’ve been ignoring the kale salads I’ve seen. After sampling a delicious version at a gourmet grocery, it turns out that I do enjoy eating raw kale. I read up on it and the trick is in kneading the finely cut kale with a tiny bit of olive oil, a bit of … continued…

Flank Steak with Kale Salad
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I love the natural combination of apples and cheddar–sweet and salty, crunchy and smooth. I decided to make up this apple slaw with mango chutney (easy to find at the grocery store) and added mint, which I have in abundance. The resulting slaw is so good my family was eating it as a side dish instead of heaping it onto their burgers. So my advice–make extra slaw! Either way, with these flavors, no one will miss the burger buns. Prep … continued…

Apple Cheddar Burger
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling