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Halloween Mashup
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Beef and mushrooms are natural partners for my taste. The dill and the lemon add bright notes to what might otherwise seem rich, so don’t eliminate either one. Prep time: About 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Serves: 4   1 tablespoon butter 1 pound Laura’s 92% Lean Ground Beef 1 large onion, chopped 10 ounces white mushrooms, sliced 3 tablespoons flour 1 cup 2% Milk 4 cups beef stock or bouillon* 1 teaspoon dried dill 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce … continued…

Beefy mushroom soup
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I love this flavor combination–beef with spinach and mushrooms–and I’m always dreaming up new ways to use it in recipes. This is easy to put together. You can make it up to the point of baking for a “make ahead meal” or you can bake it and freeze it for a dinner later in the month. Or, of course, you can eat it tonight. Which is exactly what we did. Prep Time: About 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 to 30 … continued…

Beef Mushroom Spinach Lasagna
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