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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
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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
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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 is a lighter way to make meatloaf–combining lean beef with ground turkey, old-fashioned oats, and some traditional spices. I shape this into two loaves and bake them out of loaf pans in order to get maximum crust. You could also make one, larger loaf and top it with a blend of ketchup, brown sugar and mustard for a sweet topping so many people know and love. (Note: if you do use a single loaf pan, you’ll have to increase … continued…

Oatmeal Meatloaf
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This proved to be the perfect way to use up extra barbecue beef (see our Slow Cooker BBQ recipe) and some red beans and rice that were in the fridge. Not a soul knew this was a “leftover” meal. I use these incredible tortillas I’ve found recently–Joseph’s. The tortillas have flax, oat bran and whole wheat flour, and each has just 70 calories, no saturated fat and 6 grams of fiber. If you can’t find them, ask your grocer about … continued…

Barbecue Rice and Bean Tortillas
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Stir-fries are among the simplest and quickest meals to put together. All the ingredients are cut to sizes that cook quickly. I aimed to make this a 6-ingredient recipe (the sesame seed garnish is optional) to minimize your cutting. I use store-bought black bean sauce in this, but it might be too pungent for some of your pickier eaters. You can substitute hoisin sauce or teriyaki sauce for the black bean sauce. Quick cooking means the stove is on only … continued…

Stir-fried-steak
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There are lots of great reasons to pull the slow cooker out, but during the summertime, one of the best reasons is that it barely heats up the kitchen. And while I love a good, smoky barbecue, I am not always able to tend the smoker. With this recipe, I’m getting to have my beef and cook it too – a win/win! Perfect for a big family reunion, where beef can remain in cooker, plugged in and left on “warm” … continued…

Slow Cooker BBQ
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There’s a sweet/savory treat going on in teriyaki sauce that packs a punch, really making these burgers a hit in our house. Go easy with the wasabi paste (easy to find in the international section of most any grocery store these days–same goes for the pickled ginger) to start with. A little of this horseradish goes a very long way. You won’t miss the burger bun or the cheese on this–the flavors are that great.   Prep Time: 5 minutes … continued…

Teriyaki Burger
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One of my family’s favorite recipes and one of the first recipes I ever wrote is Beef Wellington. So when someone said something about craving it recently, in spite of the heat, I wondered if I could satisfy the craving without the production. Laura’s Lean Beef Fully Cooked Pot Roast came to the rescue. Leftovers from that dinner, from some cooked mushrooms and a tiny bit of puff pastry came together for this little treat of a snack. I used … continued…

Beef Wellington Bites
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