Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Beef Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Here is a simple, creative and delicious way to include lean protein in your breakfast routine.


·         1 lb. ground beef (96% lean)
·         1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
·         1 small onion, finely chopped
·         2 teaspoons ground  chile powder
·         1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
·         4 eggs, beaten
·         2 tablespoons water
·         1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
·         1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
·         1/3 cup reduced-fat shredded Mexican cheese blend or shredded Cheddar cheese
·         4 medium spinach or plain flour tortillas (10-inch diameter), warmed
·         Salsa


1.       Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef with bell pepper, onion, chili powder and cumin; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into small crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove from beef mixture from skillet; keep warm.

2.       Combine eggs, water and 1 tablespoon cilantro in medium bowl. Spray same skillet with cooking spray. Pour into skillet; cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until scrambled, stirring occasionally. Season with salt, if desired. Stir in beef mixture and cheese; cook 1 minute or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

3.       Spoon beef mixture evenly in a row across center of each tortilla, leaving 1-inch border on right and left sides. Fold right and left sides of tortilla over filling. Fold bottom edge up over filling and roll up; cut diagonally in half. Serve with  salsa, as desired.

Happy Cooking

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Halloween Cheeseburger Pie

Have some fun this Halloween.


·         1 lb. ground beef
·         1 onion (chopped)
·         2 garlic cloves (pressed)
·         ½ tsp. pepper
·         ¼ cup ketchup
·         1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
·         15 oz. refrigerated pie crusts
·         1 tbsp. prepared mustard
·         3 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese (divided)
·         2 tbsps. water
·         1 large egg
·         food coloring (red)
·         food coloring (yellow liquid)


1.       Cook first 5 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Stir in ketchup and Worcestershire sauce; cool.

2.       Unfold 1 piecrust, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Spread mustard evenly over crust. Stir together meat mixture and 2 cups cheese; spoon onto center of crust, leaving a 2-inch border.

3.       Unfold remaining piecrust, and cut out a jack-o'-lantern face, reserving pastry cut-outs to use as a stem. Place crust over meat mixture; crimp edges of crust, and fold under. Place stem on top of jack-o'-lantern face.

4.       Whisk together 2 tablespoons water, egg, and 1 drop each of red and yellow food coloring; brush over crust.

5.       Bake at 425*F (220*C) for 20 minutes; remove from oven, and brush again with egg mixture. Fill eyes, nose, and mouth with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake 5 to 10 more minutes or until golden brown.

Happy Cooking

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hearty Hamburger Soup

At family get-togethers, Grandma always made this spirit-warming soup along with a fresh loaf of home made bread and tall glasses of milk. It has robust flavor, plenty of fresh-tasting vegetables and is easy to make.

·         1 pound ground beef
·         4 cups water
·         1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, untrained
·         3 medium carrots, sliced
·         2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
·         1 medium onion, chopped
·         1/2 cup chopped celery
·         4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
·         1-1/2 teaspoons salt
·         1/4 teaspoon pepper
·         1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
·         1 cup cut fresh or frozen green beans
1.       In a large saucepan, brown beef; drain. Add the next 10 ingredients; bring to a boil.
2.       Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender. Add beans. Cover and simmer 15 minutes longer or until the beans are tender. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Happy Cooking

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