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The flavors of stuffed cabbage are a comfort to me – but the many prep steps… not so much. So I broke the recipe down into its parts, cooked it up as a one-dish meal and made it simple and delicious. This is so good, I know people who think they don’t like cabbage will like it. And it just seems to feed an army. Make some, freeze half, and you’ve got another meal for later in the month. Prep … continued…

Unstuffed Cabbage
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This stew, which happens to be one of Brazil’s national dishes, couldn’t be simpler to put together or more satisfying. It is traditionally served with rice and cooked greens (think long-cooked collard greens, for example). I love the sharp, bright flavor of the sherry vinegar to finish the dish with. Note: As with all things stew-like, this is even better on days 2 and 3! Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 5.5 hours in slow cooker on high (plus one … continued…

Feijoada
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The recipe list seems long, but all these ingredients lend this chili a real depth of flavor, so don’t skimp. This recipe already feeds 8, but feel free to double up for a crowd.   Prep Time: About 20 minutes Cook Time: 2 hours Serves 10   3 tablespoons oil 2 medium onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup shredded carrot 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 1 (8-ounce) Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round Steak … continued…

chili
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I crave vegetables, especially this time of year when summer vegetables are a distant memory. Luckily, I love winter vegetables, too. This soup makes the most of what I can find that tastes great. I still like to add some green beans (go for frozen if you have to), and sometimes I have spinach to add or kale, which really are nice additions. The end result is a soup thick with vegetables, enhanced by a bit of Laura’s Lean Beef. … continued…

Beef and Vegetable Soup
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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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