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You can feel good about this light but filling soup–almost no fat and, for those constantly on the lookout for low-carb entrées here, no pasta. There was a minor uprising in the house when I didn’t put pasta in, but I made up for it by serving bread rolls on the side. This soup is typically made with escarole, but since I couldn’t find escarole when I was developing the recipe, I thought readers might have difficulty too. Trust me, … continued…

Italian Wedding Soup
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Italians know their way around a braise. This dish, with just a few ingredients and a few steps, works well because the long, slow cook intensifies the flavors and renders the meat almost fork tender. This is an easy dish to get started and then leave covered on the stove while you do all the other things keeping you so busy during the holidays. It’s a lazy-day dinner, for sure. Just make sure you start it early enough that you … continued…

Eye of Round Braised with Oregano
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I love using ready-to-serve products, especially when my schedule seems hectic, as it so often does around the holidays. I combined favorite flavors in this single-dish main course: hearty pot roast, warming pumpkin and comforting risotto. Winter comfort food! Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: About 25 minutes Serves 8 5 cups beef stock 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 12 ounces Laura’s Lean Beef Pot Roast Au Jus (ready-to-eat) 2 pounds pumpkin or squash, peeled … continued…

Pot Roast Pumpkin Risotto
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This new burger cooking method results from a reader request. Of course, we love to hear from you readers, and we love to give you what you want. Behold — our baked burgers! Because the burgers can be a bit dry when baked (it’s a longer, slower cook than a burger on the grill), I chose to add just a touch of cheese to the burger, but I’ve added it as a surprise. I baked them on a rack, allowing … continued…

baked-cheeseburger
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This is a simple dish to make ahead and just heat up when it is time for dinner. It doubles easily for company–the surprise of the sweet potatoes for the top of this dish (instead of the more expected white potato topping) makes it a beautiful dish. This recipe is proof that sometimes the simplest of flavors come together in the simplest of ways for something sublime. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes stove top, 25 minutes in … continued…

Cottage Pie plated
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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…

mulled flank steak
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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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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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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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