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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. You can substitute hoisin sauce or teriyaki sauce for the black bean sauce. Quick cooking means the stove is on only briefly (this took about 8 minutes to cook). If you want to serve this with rice, start the rice before you start working on the ingredients for the stir-fry. Prep time: About 15 minutes Cook time: About 8 … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

Recipe courtesy of Nathan from WannaBite.  I love ribeye steak. I haven’t met many men that don’t appreciate a quality steak that’s well cooked. My wife is a master at cooking steak. (Unlike me, who tends to overcook them.) So the other night, when she called to tell me that she’d picked up some Laura’s Lean Beef ribeyes and planned to cook them for dinner, I was very happy. You know you love something when you can almost taste it … continued…

Salt Crusted Ribeye with Bearnaise Sauce
Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

Get inspired with recipes, crafts and healthy ideas for a spooktacular Halloween. Cheesy Beef Soup Baked in a Pumpkin Pot Roast and Pumpkin Risotto Healthy Treats Homemade Healthy Popcorn Balls Halloween Garland Halloween Wine Bottles Burlap Wreath   Follow Laura’s Lean Beef on Pinterest for more ideas! Follow Laura’s Lean Beef’s board Halloween on Pinterest.

Halloween Mashup
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I admit to being a tech geek. I love using my iPad, even in the kitchen. But I still also love a great new cookbook filled with lovely photos and great notes or even essays, a book I can page through and mark up with post-it notes to remind me of recipes I want to try. So even while I aim for a paperless office, I’ll never give up on my cookbooks!   Here are (relatively) new releases worth a … continued…

cookbook with tabs
Barb Freda Foodie Gift Ideas Holiday Cooking Tips, Tools & Techniques

This recipe uses zucchini in place of traditional lasagna noodles — using a mandolin to slice the zucchini as thin as possible, lengthwise. I love the results and didn’t miss the pasta, which is saying a lot for me. Note: Because I used uncooked vegetables for the most part, this exuded a good bit of liquid. But in the summer, when I want to throw something together quickly, roasting or grilling the vegetables ahead of time defeated the purpose—instead, I … continued…

Summer Lasagna
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals

I love it when I can cook an entire meal, start to finish, dessert included, on the grill. It means the house stays cool and we stay outside, lingering as the sun sets. And there is nothing easier than the grill cleanup: close lid, walk away. Right?   So here are five great ideas for grilling your desserts—and yes, every single one of them can be topped with some vanilla ice cream… or low-fat frozen dessert of your choice. 1. … continued…

Grilled Pineapple
Barb Freda Holiday Cooking Snacks Summer Grilling

I believe there is always a good reason to have a meal ready at the end of a long day full of sunshine and Spring weather. And the truth is, I am always happy to enjoy stroganoff.   Prep Time 10 minutes (less if you don’t brown the meat first) Cook Time: 6 to 8 hours on low in slow cooker Serves 4   1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round, cut into cubes 1 … continued…

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

To me, asparagus means spring, and every year I look for any number of ways to use it in my recipes. Here, I combine it with lean ground beef and the bright, lemony flavor of dill in a quiche. This is an easy to make dinner (especially if you buy pre-made pie dough) and only needs a simple salad to complete it. You could also make this recipe in quiche crusts made in mini cupcake tins for a party appetizer. … continued…

Spring Quiche with Asparagus and Beef
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Memorable Meals

Homemade enchilada sauce is nice and easy—and lets you control the amount of fat and salt added, which makes it a good choice over a canned sauce. If you like, double or triple the amount here and freeze it in batches for future use. The most authentic recipes use dried chiles, which are toasted, then rehydrated and blended with water or stock and garlic. But for today’s purposes, we are using a shortcut—ancho chili powder, which you can find in … continued…

Beef Enchiladas
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

If you haven’t eaten Chicken Marbella, then you weren’t around when the Silver Palate cookbooks were so hot. They are still classics in my book. I recently had Chicken Marbella and thought I should try the same technique on flank steak. I modified the recipe, of course, using raisins instead of prunes and some balsamic vinegar instead of the red wine vinegar. The acid really tenderizes the steak, and the sweetness of the fruit and bit of molasses complement each … continued…

Beef Marbella
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking