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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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I recently had a reader ask about recipes for one and it occurred to me that I have been enjoying this perfect lunch for one for years. It is so enjoyable, it is almost like comfort food for me. You don’t have to, but I like to warm the steak up in a nonstick skillet before adding it to the salad. I love the final result, hot and cold, savory and sweet (from the raisins). For the record, I eat … continued…

steak salad
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I know a lot of versions of this “porcupine” meatball call for uncooked rice, but I had some cooked rice to use up and this just seemed perfect for it. Sweet and sour sauce is a universal favorite, too. This is a great one-dish meal! Meat, starch and vegetables are all in the dish–but I often like to serve a simple cucumber salad on the side of this. I also don’t know why you couldn’t change this into a party … continued…

Meatballs plated
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I am always looking for new ingredients to try, and lately, lots of friends who have given up carbs are talking about shirataki noodles. They are long “noodles” made from the root of the vegetable konnyaku imo. The noodles are remarkably similar to pasta. So my dish of choice when I decided to try the shirataki is a quick stir-fry of beef with colorful peppers and onions served over the noodles. FYI — one serving of the brand I used … continued…

Sirloin-Shirataki-Noodles
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Did your favorite blog post make this list? If not, please share the link in the comments section below.   Top New Recipes: 1. Laura’s Lean Beef One Skillet Meal http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/lauras-lean-beef-one-skillet-meal/ 2. Slow cooker Italian Beef With Porcini Mushrooms http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/slow-cooker-italian-beef/ 3. Oktoberfest Laura’s Lean Beef Beer Stew http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/oktoberfest-lauras-lean-beef-beer-stew/ 4. Hobo “Stew” http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/hobo-stew/ 5. Baked Cheeseburgers http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/lauras-lean-beef-baked-cheeseburger/ 6. Spaghetti and Meatball “Muffins” http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/lauras-lean-beef-spaghetti-and-meatball-muffins/ 7. Cottage Pie with Sweet Potato Topping http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/cottage-pie-with-sweet-potato-topping/ 8. Triple Decker Meatloaf http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/triple-decker-meatloaf/ 9. Fat Tuesday Jambalaya http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/fat-tuesday-jambalaya/ … continued…

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Curry is a spice mixture not much used in India–it is a blend of individual spices found in Indian households, but each family’s blend is different. That said, curry powder is convenient. In this recipe, I boosted the cumin flavor, because that is a flavor I love. I also used a curry mix that is “medium” heat. Feel free to experiment with milder curry powders if you don’t like the heat. Serve this with basmati rice, that fragrant, long-grain rice … continued…

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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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Growing up, we always ate pork and sauerkraut for good luck on New Year’s Day. My family is not a big fan of sauerkraut (I, on the other hand, love it the same way I love just about any food), but they do love cabbage. So I figure this dish, which combines pork sausage with Laura’s Lean Beef, should bring them all the luck they need in 2013. This is a simple recipe, and everyone loves it. It is good … continued…

Slow-cooked beef and sausage with cabbage
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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 the combination of sweet and savory in this dish–the cranberries add just a touch of sweetness, almost unexpected to the traditional herb-y, savory stuffing. And to me — anything with cranberries feels a bit festive. This recipe goes together simply, cooks quickly and is a crowd-pleaser. The perfect December meal, if you ask me. Prep Time: About 20 minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Serves 4   4 ounces packaged herb-flavored stuffing 1 1/4 cups beef broth 2 teaspoons … continued…

Flank steak
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