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Still Loving Quinoa — New Protein Salad

Posted on 01. Apr, 2012 in Food

Tomato, Avocado, and Basil Quinoa Salad (more…)

Skinny Crock Pot – Tangy Coconut Black Bean Soup

Posted on 12. Sep, 2011 in Food

Makes 6 servings

Minimum Crock Pot Size: 2 quarts (more…)

Weekly Tips for September 5, 2011

Posted on 04. Sep, 2011 in Uncategorized

RockIt family had a relaxing long weekend, what a nice change!  Everyone back in school and settling into their routines?  And speaking of school, how do you and your teachers explain 9-11 to your children? The History Channel has a great documentary playing lately which helps explain 9-11 to younger children.  There are artifcats and items at the Smithsonian that young children can relate to (cell phones, briefcases, fireman’s ax). Have you taught your children about 9-11? How are you going to remember it this week? Attending a memorial service? Watching a special? (more…)

Pizza Burgers

Posted on 09. May, 2011 in Food

This is great for a quick snack, travel lunch or sleepover treat.  (more…)

Warming for the Family – Beef & Vegetable Potpie

Posted on 07. Nov, 2010 in Food

Brimming with chopped zucchini, carrot, and mushrooms, this meat-lover’s potpie packs in a hearty serving of vegetables. Cook the filling in a skillet on the stove top, then spoon it into a baking dish. Finish the casserole in the oven to brown the breadstick-dough topping.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

1 pound ground sirloin

2 cups chopped zucchini

1 cup prechopped onion

1 cup chopped carrot

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup dry red wine

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium beef broth

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons water

Cooking spray

1 (11-ounce) can refrigerated soft breadstick dough

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°.

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain. Wipe drippings from pan with a paper towel. Heat remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in pan. Add zucchini and next 6 ingredients (through garlic); sauté 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Return beef to pan. Stir in wine, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and broth. Bring to a boil; cook 3 minutes. Combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Spoon beef mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Separate breadstick dough into strips. Arrange strips in a lattice fashion over beef mixture. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until browned.

Week of Easy Meals for the Busy Family

Posted on 18. Apr, 2010 in Food

Looking ahead for weekday dinner inspirations? Here are five ideas for five nights.

Monday: Going meatless

Simple Bean and Pasta Parmesan Bake is a good go-to Monday dish. Preheat oven to 350. While a box of penne pasta is cooking, sauté chopped onions and a garlic clove in olive oil. Add 2 cans diced tomatoes with herbs and a can of drained cannellini beans. Mix with drained pasta. Pour into casserole dish and sprinkle with a mixture of bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Bake until top is bubbly and brown, about 15 minutes. Serve with a green salad. (more…)