Category Archives: Cool Weather Cooking

The flavors of mulled cider are pure autumn and pure comfort for me. When I was scheming up a way to use cider in a recipe for Laura’s Lean Beef, this occurred to me, and it was a resounding success with all the tasters. Don’t skip the step of bringing the vegetables and marinade to a boil before the skillet goes into the oven. This really shortens the time the vegetables need to cook through. Prep time: About 15 minutes … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

My sister is one of my favorite people in the world. When I looked at the calendar for inspiration this month, I saw Sibling Day (April 10) — Pat makes the most delicious pork roast with meltingly sweet onions—I knew I had to adapt it to an eye of round roast. The flavors lend themselves to this (I just made it a little heartier with red wine and red onions), and it really could not have been simpler. Once the … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holidays Memorable Meals

Sometimes I taste a sauce I know would be perfect with beef. That’s the case with this recipe, which started out as a stove top recipe for pork from Marcella Hazan, one of my favorites. I’ve tweaked it slightly to make this most fabulous beef recipe using Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round, and I moved it to the slow-cooker out of necessity. The result is this incredibly tender, full-of-mushroom-flavor beef dish that freezes well because it is so moist. … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

This meatloaf was inspired by the colorful vegetable terrines I love—sliced layers of vibrant colors. I didn’t get quite the vibrancy I had in my head, but I absolutely love the flavors—spinach in the beef layer and sun-dried tomatoes and carrots in the ground chicken layers. This takes a little longer to prepare than many of my usual recipes, but it is definitely worth the extra effort … it is NOT the same old meatloaf. Prep time: about 30 minutes … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

I found out that today is International Hot & Spicy Food Day. And, it just so happens I worked up this flank steak recipe that includes a generous rub of red pepper flakes tempered by an ever so slightly sweet glaze and a fruity couscous salad.  Spice up your day today with our recipe. Prep time: 15 minutes to prepare marinade; 6 hours to overnight for resting; Couscous prep time about 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes for Flank steak, … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

SPICY BEEF NOODLES Ingredients 1 pound Laura’s 92% Lean Ground Beef or 96% Lean Ground Round 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 1/2 cup shredded carrots 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 1 cup low-salt, fat-free beef broth 1/4 cup peanut butter 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper 8 ounces vermicelli, cooked 1/4 cup sliced green onions 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted Chopped peanuts (optional) Directions 1. Cook beef in … continued…

Back to School Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy

In the South, black-eyed peas eaten on New Year’s Day bring good luck—we add spinach, but you could also add traditional greens (collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens) for even more Southern good luck for the coming year: beans for luck, greens for prosperity. Either way? Delicious. Oh, and by the way? A super healthy way to start the New Year, too. Cornbread makes a delicious side for this dish and pretty much completes the meal. Prep time: 10 minutes, … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

It’s been a soup kind of a month, and that is good for two reasons. It’s a warm welcome to the dinner table, and it’s simple. Even better, the soup can be put together and cooked the night before, then just pulled from the fridge and heated for dinner. As with any soup, it tastes even better the next day. Prep Time: About 25 minutes to prep all the vegetables Cook time: At least two hours (longer always is better!) … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Maybe you are dreaming about tender young shoots of asparagus, that early sign of spring, but I am digging into hearty winter vegetables with a vengeance. Here are a few of the winter vegetables that are getting a lot of play on our table now (and for the next few months). Roasted Cauliflower with Indian Spices. I had been roasting cauliflower florets for a while—toss the florets with some olive oil, salt and pepper and roast until golden brown and … continued…

Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

This is my absolute favorite season. I love the crisp weather, decorating for the holidays, boots and sweaters and most of all … SOUPS! As the temperature drops, I start craving warm, comforting foods. This year, I’m trying to remind myself that comfort can be found with less calories! Soup can be a great thing if you are trying to lose weight, because it’s hot so you have to eat it slowly, load it with veggies and the liquid is … continued…

Cool Weather Cooking Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD