Archive for the ‘Beef’ Category

Nothing compares to a Philly Cheesesteak, nothing at all. And being from the area I can tell you that first hand.   There’s nothing tastier then that greasy meat with some sautéed onions and all that whiz. Don’t forget it’s wit whiz, no other way!  But, really we can’t always eat the real thing because it’s just not healthy. So it’s fun to create your own cheese steaks at home.  When I saw this recipe on Lemons & Love , I bookmarked it right away and knew I had to make it. It was so simple and easy to create!


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup steak sauce
1 cup beef stock
Salt and black pepper
4 sub rolls
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
4 slices of provolone


  1. Pre-heat boiler. In a large skillet over medium high heat with some olive oil, brown the ground beef about 6-7 minutes. Stir in the steak sauce and beef stock, add salt and pepper, cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  2. One meat mixture is done cooking, place a scoopful of the meat mixture in the sub rolls and put a slice of provolone cheese on top of meat and place under broiler until melted.


Adapted from on Lemons & Love , originally from Rachel Ray


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This recipe just screams fall to me and with fall right around the corner it was the perfect comfort food to make! I love making food that not only taste good but brings you back to your childhood when you still lived at your parents house and your mom made dinner every night.The original recipe called for using canned mushrooms and dried onions, but I like to use fresh ingredients, so I substituted them.



1 lb lean ground beef
1 egg
1/2 cup Bisquick mix
1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt
1 tablespoon Worcesteshire sauce
1 tablespoon onions minced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon canola oil
4.5 ounces of fresh mushrooms
1 12 oz jar beef gravy


  1. In a large bowl, mix beef, egg, 1/4 cup Bisquick, pepper, salt, worcesteshire, minced onions and garlic powder.
  2. Shape mixture into 4 oval patties, 1/2-inch thick, and dust each side with remaining Bisquick.
  3. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat, and cook patties about 10 minutes per side, until brown & crisp.
  4. Remove fat from skillet, if there is any and add mushrooms and brown gravy. Cook a couple of minutes longer until gravy is hot and patties are thoroughly cooked.


Adapted from  Sweet Beginnings, originally from Betty Crocker,

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Check out my latest post on Shop Rite’s Potluck Blog:

Baby Beef Stew

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Healthy Joes

I remember being a kid and asking my Mom what was for dinner and she’d say “sloppy joes”. Immediately, I get super excited because they were SO yummy. Then I grew up and thought they were the most disgusting thing ever! Until recently, when she made them again and it tasted good again.  I waned to lighten up the typical sloppy joe recipe so help us save some calories.  So here is a lighter version:


3/4 lb of ground turkey

1 cup onion, chopped

1 medium bell pepper, chopped

1 1/2 cup of tomato sauce

1 medium zucchini, shredded

1 tablespoon of chili powder

1 teaspoon of paprika

1/2 teaspoon of fresh garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

Hamburger buns


  1. Brown turkey meat. Remove from pan and drain. Add back to pan and cook with onions, peppers, garlic over medium heat until onion is tender.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, zucchini, chili powder, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper, bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, uncovered.
  4. Serve on hamburger rolls.


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We love pasta in our house.  We could eat pasta with every meal if we tried.  But we can’t.  So once a week, we try to at least have one pasta meal. This weeks meal was Baked Penne with Meatballs.  This dish reminded me of Baked Ziti, but just a different noodle and a bit healthier with less cheese!   Even Puggie liked the few pieces of penne she had. This particular recipe made 3 servings.


1/2 package of ground beef

1 cup of Italian Breadcrumbs

1 egg, lightly beaten

A dash of Italian seasoning

A dash of salt

A dash of pepper

A dash of oregano

A dash of garlic

1/2 box whole wheat or whole grain penne

2-8 ounce jars of tomato sauce

1 cup shredded fresh mozzarella cheese


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine meat with spices and bread crumbs. Shape into 12 meatballs.
  3. Transfer meatballs to a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees, turning once. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to box directions.
  4. Coat three ramekins or a baking pan with non stick spray. Add pasta, toss with meatballs, tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of the cheese, divided evenly among ramekins or put in baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.
  5. Top with reaming cheese and serve.


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BBQ Bacon Burgers

We love burgers in our house! I saw this recipe in the September 2009 edition of Family Circle. I knew right away I wanted to try this approach on making a burger. I typically like my burger’s plain, while my husband likes to add BBQ sauce to his. I finally tried it with some BBQ sauce and it made the burger so moist and juicy!  It makes 3 servings and has 360 calories per serving.



4 slices of turkey bacon

1/2 package of ground turkey (10 ounces)

1/2 cup (1 ounce) of french’s fried onions

4 tablespoons of bottles BBQ sauce

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper


  1. Heat grill or grill pan to  medium high heat. Heat broiler.
  2. Cook 2 slices of turkey bacon in a medium size non stick  skillet over medium heat ,7 minutes. Set aside. Chop reaming 2 slices uncooked turkey bacon and place in large bow..
  3. Add ground turkey, fried onions, 2 tablespoons of the BBQ sauce, the Worcestershire and the black pepper to a bacon in bowl. Stir to  evenly blend mixture into 3 patties.
  4. Grill hamburger patties for 6 minutes. Flip over, continue to grill an additional 5 minutes or untill instant read thermometer  reads  into center of burgers registers 160 degrees.
  5. To serve, place burger on roll, top with 1 tablespoon of BBQ sauce and 1 slice cooked bacon, broken in half.


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As I said before I love crock pot meals, it’s so nice after a long day of work with the kiddies, that I know I can come home and dinner is all ready for us to eat! Well just about, this took about an additional 10 minutes more to finish, but it’s worth the wait. With so few ingredients, it was so flavorful! I found this recipe in the Pillsbury Cook Book. It makes 6 servings and has 400 calories per serving.



1 1/4 pound boneless beef round steak (1/2 to 3/4 inch thick)

1 package(8 ounces) slice fresh mushrooms (3 cups)

1 large onion sliced, separated into rings

1 can (10/5 ounces) condensed french onion soup

1 package (6 ounces) 10 minute herb stuffing mix

1/4 cup of butter, melted

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Cut beef into 6 serving size pieces. In cooker, layer half of each of the beef, mushrooms and onions; repeat layers. Pour soup over top.
  2. Cover cook on low heat setting for 8 to 10 hours.
  3. In medium bowl, mix stuffing mix, butter and 1/2 cup liquid from slow cooker; toss to mix. Place stuffing on top of mixture in cooker. Increase heat setting to high. Cover; cook 10 minutes longer or until stuffing is fluffy. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook till cheese is melted.


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