Marinated Grilled Steak

It’s grilling time again and there is something so cozy about your meat marinating in the fridge. In a large zip-top plastic bag add the following (amounts based on how much you like or don’t like something):

chopped onion,

balsamic vinegar and olive oil (twice the amount of vingegar as oil),

Dijon mustard,

seasonings

and chopped garlic (You can use fresh or the kind in a jar. I like lots).

Add a large cut of steak such as London Broil or Chuck Steak. Close the bag securely. Keep in the fridge 8 hours or overnight. Turn it every now and then and make sure there are no leaks. Grill about 10 minutes on each side and let the meat rest for about 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

This is perfect for holidays or when you have guests or just to make a Sunday morning easier. Simply spray your crockpot with cooking spray and arrange several layers of bread, quartered, cooked and drained ground breakfast sausage and shredded cheddar cheese. (Of course all these ingredients can be substituted with what you have on hand). Beat together a dozen eggs, about 2-1/4 cup milk and seasoning and pour over your layers aready in the crockpot. Do not stir. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Do this right before you go to bed and it’s ready when you wake up. Sweet Dreams.

Family Fried Rice (Favorite)

This is perfect for left-over rice or make some earlier in the day and it’s a breeze to put together. Simply brown about 4 or 5 pieces of diced bacon in a skillet until crispy. Remove bacon and turn down the heat. Slightly beat 3 or 4 eggs and pour them into the hot bacon drippings. Add about a cup of rice and chopped green or regular onions and mix together. Add the bacon and any leftover chopped meat you have on hand. Add (low sodium) soy sauce until the rice is as brown as you like it. Stir well and cook on low heat about 15 more minutes. This is so good for any leftover meat or seafood. Your family will like it better than Chinese takeout. Red pepper flakes are optional.

Seven Layer Salad

Isn’t this a beautiful side dish? It’s perfect for this time of year. You can make this how ever you want. Usually the bottom layer is lettuce (any kind), then add layers of onion, celery, carrots, tomatoes, peas, etc… then add a layer of mayo and shredded cheese. Dig in!

Chicken Leg Love

Everyone LOVES Chicken Legs…except vegetarians. There is not a simpler, more delicious, healthier dinner you can make. I purchase chicken legs in the meat dept of the groc store and put them on a baking pan sprayed with cooking spray and season. Cook on low until crispy and ready to serve. You can then serve them plain or splash them with a favorite sauce such as hot sauce or teriyaki (and sesame seeds), even barbeque sauce.These are just as good hot or cold. Love the legs!

Buff and Buzzin Bloody Marys

Healthy and Happy. That’s what these drinks will do for you. You can make a pitcher for a party or make yourself a party in a glass. There’s a reason why Bloody Marys have been popular forever. This is the healthest low calorie cocktail you can have and the best part is it is DELICIOUS. Just mix tomatoe juice or V-8 juice with ice. Add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and lemon juice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and add some horseradish (the secret ingredient). Add a celery stick for some crunch. This works morning, noon or night.

Antipasto Kabobs

I’m a big fan of food on a stick. What better to try than Antipasto? This is so much fun to eat even kids love it. You can put these together on sticks or pile each ingredent together over a platter of lettuce. Some suggestions: Cherry tomatoes, olives, cubes of cheese such as mozarella or provolone, cubes of meat such as ham or salami, marinated artichoke hearts or roasted red peppers. You can use whatever you choose. You can’t go wrong with antipasto.

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

This is a super simple side dish. I buy the green beans already cut and cleaned in the bag from the produce section of the groc store. I just poke a few holes and steam them about 3 minutes in the bag. Take them out of the bag and toss with a little butter and seasonings. Then I take a portion of greenbeans and wrap with a slice of bacon and tie the bacon tight. This keeps them together. Put your greenbean bacon bundles in the oven. Just keep on low until the rest of your dinner is ready then a quick broil to brown the bacon and they are ready to compliment any entree.

Beefy Bean & Lean Chili

This is the easiest tastiest healthest chili ever. Season and cook 1 pound lean ground beef over medium heat, stiring until browned. While the meat cooks, drain and mash 1 can of beans (any kind you want). Add the beans to the browned ground beef and add another can of beans, undrained (any kind such as black beans, pinto, kidney, etc…). Then add 1 cup of salsa and 2 (8oz) cans of tomato sauce and chili seasonings (from a chili seasoning packet or your own spices such as cumin, red pepper flakes, chili powder, etc…) to the pot. Heat and serve. You can top this with sour cream and/or shredded cheese. This freezes beautiful!