Marinated Steak Fajitas

Sizzling fajitas made with strips of marinated steak, a trio of colorful peppers, onions and fresh cilantro tucked into warm flour tortillas. A Tex-Mex favorite.

With fresh lime juice and spices like chili powder, cumin and oregano, the marinade adds incredible flavor and helps tenderize even the cheapest cuts of meat. Time is all it needs to work magic…. 

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Homemade Healthier Big Macs

Homemade Big Macs that taste just like the originals, only infinitely better! Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. . . right out of your very own kitchen. Healthier and fresher because you control the ingredients.

This is a lighter version adapted from the Dr. Oz show that doesn’t sacrifice on taste even though it’s much lower in fat than the fast food version. The patties are made with lean ground beef, smothered with 2% American cheese and nestled inside light whole wheat buns…. 

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Swiss Steaks

Swiss steaks are tough cuts of beef slowly braised in tomatoes until they are fork tender and melt in your mouth. Round steaks are traditionally used or cube steaks; a round steak run through a tenderizing machine (“swissed”) by the butcher. Here I used round steaks that I tenderized myself by piercing deeply all over with a fork…. 

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Italian Wedding Soup

Meatballs marry leafy greens, pasta and carrots to live happily ever after in this Italian Wedding Soup. While this is a popular soup for weddings the name refers to the vegetables and meats marrying well together. Minestrata Maritata. Married soup.

This Italian American version is lighter than the traditional Neapolitan version that uses an abundance of meat including prosciutto on the bone, sausage, beef and chicken with escarole and cheese like mozzarella and parmesan. The meat is slowly simmered for hours then shredded and added back into the soup, making for a hearty main dish…. 

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Almost Famous: Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs

I never met a meatball I didn’t like! Swedish included. These tender, baked Swedish meatballs with creamy gravy could be the poster child for comfort food!

The lingonberry jam that is traditionally served alongside is a wonderful complement to the mild seasonings of allspice and Worcestershire found in the meatballs. If you can’t find lingonberry jam, cranberry sauce makes a suitable substitute…. 

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