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…

BeefandBeer-feat
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…

sauerbraten-feat
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

Hopefully Judy’s recent post answered some of your questions about what a calorie actually is. There is a lot of talk about calories and cutting them out of your diet but how do you actually do that? The easiest way to start is to become aware of what is going in your mouth! It’s easy to just eat and not pay attention to what and how much we are eating. Start with turning over your food package and reading the … continued…

Fitness Jenny Kramer, RD

Last week we looked at daily energy expenditure as it relates to weight loss. (View last week’s post.) Overall we must burn more calories than we consume to lose weight, 3,500 calories per pound to be exact! Today I’m focusing on the physical activity portion of energy expenditure, and how to maximize the number of calories you burn throughout the day. If you remember from last week, physical activity makes up 20-30% of our daily energy expenditure and is broken … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

Autumn is right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’ve got lots of herbs that you don’t want to go to waste. So, why not make some herbal vinegar? This is a great way to preserve tender herbs, such as basil and lemon balm. It provides a tasty addition to your menus. You can also use it for homemade holiday gifts. Although it may sound intimidating, making herbal vinegar is easy. Just like a lot of herbal recipes, … continued…

herbalvinegar-feat
DIY Foodie Crafts Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman

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…

Bacon Chili Cheeseburger
Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

Calories in, calories out, counting calories, cutting calories… So much talk about calories! Have you ever wondered what a calorie even is? This is where science comes in. Simply stated, a calorie is a measure of the amount of energy contained in food. Calories are also used to quantify the energy expended by our bodies. Weight loss or weight gain occurs when there is an imbalance in calories eaten compared with calories expended. You have to burn more calories than … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

This Sunday, September 16th is working parents day. We are all working parents these days. And in the rush of school work, work work, after school activities, volunteer activities, hobbies and carving out time to spend enjoying life, sometimes putting a quality meal on the table falls to the bottom of the list. Here are some tips for planning ahead to make healthy meals a regular part of everyday life for busy families.   1. Plan the menu. This can … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Tips, Tools & Techniques

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…

sirloinpeanutsfeat
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day but only if you are making good choices. A pastry and a cup of coffee on the way out the door are not the best choices. Skipping breakfast to save calories is also not a good idea. There are numerous studies which indicate that people who do this, more than make up for those calories by consuming more later in the day. Even if you aren’t hungry in the morning, … continued…

bowl-feat
Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques