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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…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes

I found myself craving fall food recently, but I also was determined to “shop the pantry.” That means I wanted to use what I had on hand. Luckily I had mushrooms, barley and beef and was able to create this dish that became a “mashup” of two favorite soups: mushroom barley and Hungarian mushroom soup. Instead of a soup, though, I created this casserole. It is tasty, filling and warming, just the way any good comfort food should be. Cook … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Sometimes I have small household rebellions against turkey. Not always — just sometimes. So I try to satisfy my cravings for stuffing and gravy while giving my family the turkey-free meal they want. Here is a simple dish that does that. I use packaged herb stuffing mix moistened with plenty of beef stock. Sear the tenderloin steaks and top the stuffing with that. Make the gravy in the skillet used for the steak to enhance the flavor, top the stuffing … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

I admit to frying now and then, but if I can create some flavor without the fry, I’m willing to try. I created this chimichanga knowing I love the crunch and the flavors of a restaurant chimichanga. I decided to go for the full flavors, a low-fat cheese sauce and I’m getting crunch from toasted white corn tortillas (I also put one together with baked tortilla chips, but it felt more like nachos–but feel free to try it yourself). This … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

The combination of lamb and beef makes these meatballs taste decadent without really being decadent. I’ve substituted mint for the usual basil or parsley in meatballs. They are further lightened by using egg white instead of a whole egg and by baking them on a broiling or cooling rack over a baking tray. One recipe makes 50 one-bite meatballs, so this is a great choice for a party. Prep time: About 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Makes 50 appetizer … continued…

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Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Snacks

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

Beef and beer seem like such a natural pairing, I don’t know why I didn’t try this one sooner. One full can of German-style beer (I used a lager), and the slow, long cooking result is a depth of flavor with a certain hint at sweetness I never expected. And although I’m always offering up substitutions for wine in many of my recipes, I’ll say flat out that if you don’t want to use beer here, don’t make this recipe, … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

True sauerbraten is typically a three-day marinating affair–the meat has a tangy quality that is delicious. This version cooks to perfection in your slow cooker, uses traditional ingredients (don’t skip the juniper berries; they give the dish some of its trademark flavor), and is done in 6 hours. The gingersnaps are a part of any sauerbraten recipe I’ve ever seen and they work magic once stirred into the juices left from the cooking. Some of the best gravy I’ve ever … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

There’s just enough bacon here to satisfy the “bacon-makes-everything-great” craving. To keep it lean, I use 96% lean ground sirloin, low-fat cheese and fat-free thousand island dressing. You won’t miss a bun with a burger this great. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Serves: 4   1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 1/2 cup Heinz chili sauce 1/2 tablespoon chili powder 2 strips bacon, cooked crisp and cut into pieces 4 tablespoons fat-free thousand island … continued…

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Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

Tomorrow, September 13 is National Peanut Day and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious sirloin recipe with peanuts! I used salted peanuts because I love the flavor, but you can reduce the amount of sodium significantly if you use unsalted dry-roasted peanuts. Grapes seemed like a natural addition — don’t peanuts and grapes go together (as in peanut butter and jelly)? The sweet fruit balances the sweet/sour flavor of the reduced balsamic nicely. Prep time: About 10 … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes