Dinner Tonight: Beef and Lamb

Lean, flavorful, versatile cuts have a place in a healthful diet. Try these quick and easy dinners, paired with simple sides.

Healthy Dinner Recipe: Spanish Spaghetti with Olives

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Spanish Spaghetti with Olives

READER FAVORITE!  

Time: 30 minutes

Kid Pleaser: Sub chicken broth for sherry, and either omit the olives or change to milder black ones.

Serve with Pear, Date, and Manchego Salad: Arrange 1 cup gourmet salad greens on each of 4 plates. Finely chop 2 ripe Bosc pears; toss with 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Divide pears, 6 finely chopped dates, and 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts evenlyh among salads. Combine 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; stirk with a whisk. Drizzle evenly over salads. Top each salad with ½ ounce shaved Manchego cheese.

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Healthy Dinner Recipe: Seared Lamb with Balsamic Sauce

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Seared Lamb with Balsamic Sauce

Time: 40 minutes

Serve with Cracked Wheat–Currant Pilaf: Sauté 1½ cups quick-cooking bulgur in 2 teaspoons butter over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add 1½ cups water and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand 25 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Stir in 3 tablespoons dried currants and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley.

And Spicy Chard: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper and 2 minced garlic cloves; sauté 30 seconds. Add 8 cups chopped Swiss chard and ¼ cup chicken broth; cover and cook 8 minutes.

 

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Healthy Dinner Recipe: Moroccan Pita Sandwiches

Randy Mayor

Moroccan Pita Sandwiches

Time: 40 minutes

Prep Pointer: Crush fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle, or place in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag and tap the bag with a skillet.

Serve with Carrot-Currant Slaw: Combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1⁄8 teaspoon ground red pepper, and 1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper in a large bowl. Stir in 4 cups shredded carrots, ½ cup chopped green onions, and ½ cup currants.

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Healthy Dinner Recipe: Barbecue Sirloin and Blue Cheese Salad

Randy Mayor

Barbecue Sirloin and Blue Cheese Salad

Time: 40 minutes

Flavor Hit: For an assertive taste, choose Maytag, Stilton, or Roquefort cheese. For a milder flavor, go with Gorgonzola dolce or Cambozola.

Serve with Garlic-Olive Oil Bread: Preheat oven to 425°. Slice 2 Italian-style hoagie rolls in half horizontally. Combine 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon garlic powder; brush evenly over cut sides of rolls. Bake at 425° for 7 minutes or until toasted.

View Recipe: Barbecue Sirloin and Blue Cheese Salad

Enchilada Casserole Recipe

Photo: Johnny Autry & Randy Mayor

Enchilada Casserole

Time: 40 minutes

Time-Saver: Cooking the beef and onions together speeds the process.

Serve with Spicy Black Beans: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 1 cup chopped red bell pepper and 1 minced jalapeño pepper; sauté 4 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1 (15-ounce) can rinsed and drained organic no-salt-added black beans. Cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro.

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Beef Tenderloin Steaks and Balsamic Green Beans Recipe

Photo: Johnny Autry & Randy Mayor

Beef Tenderloin Steaks and Balsamic Green Beans

Time: 40 minutes

Flavor Hit: A touch of butter brings creamy richness to the beans.

Serve with Parmesan Potatoes: Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 cups refrigerated mashed potatoes (such as Simply Potatoes); cover and cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Stir in ½ cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

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Moroccan-Style Lamb and Chickpeas Recipe

Photo: John Autry

Moroccan-Style Lamb and Chickpeas

Time: 40 minutes

Simple Sub: Use ground chicken or turkey if you're not a lamb fan.

Serve with Couscous-Arugula Salad: Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in ¾ cup uncooked couscous and ¼ teaspoon salt. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 10 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork. Stir in 2 cups arugula, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. CALORIES 186; FAT 7g (sat 1g); SODIUM 154mg

View Recipe: Moroccan-Style Lamb and Chickpeas

Peppered Flank Steak and Salsa Recipe

Photo: John Autry

Peppered Flank Steak and Salsa

Time: 40 minutes

Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare salsa up to two hours ahead; cover and store at room temperature.

Serve with Two-Bean Toss: Cook 2 cups trimmed green beans and 1 cup trimmed wax beans in boiling water for 4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and rinse with cold water. Combine 1 teaspoon grated lime rind, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl. Add beans; toss to coat. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: ¾ cup). CALORIES 52; FAT 3.4g (sat 0.5g); SODIUM 148mg

View Recipe: Peppered Flank Steak and Salsa

Lamb Chops and Cilantro Relish Recipe

Photo: John Autry

Lamb Chops and Cilantro Relish

Time: 40 minutes

Flavor Hit: Leave seeds in the jalapeño for a spicier relish.

Serve with Fresh Lima Beans: Cook 2 cups fresh lima beans in simmering water 20 minutes or until tender. Rinse with cold water; drain. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add beans, ½ cup quartered grape tomato, ¼ cup sliced kalamata olives, and 2 tablespoons chopped parsley; toss well. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: ½ cup). CALORIES 140; FAT 4.6g (sat 0.7g); SODIUM 176mg

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Chipotle-Rubbed Flank Steak Recipe

Photo: John Autry

Chipotle-Rubbed Flank Steak

Time: 30 minutes

Flavor Hit: Chipotle powder brings spicy, smoky taste to the dish.

Serve with Spinach with Toasted Almonds: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium- high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 (6-ounce) package baby spinach; sauté 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Add 1⁄8 tea-spoon salt. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1⁄3 cup). CALORIES 42; FAT 2.1g (sat 0.2g); SODIUM 141mg

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Greek Lamb Chops and Mint Yogurt Sauce Recipe

Photo: John Autry

Greek Lamb Chops and Mint Yogurt Sauce

Time: 30 minutes

Prep Pointer: Let the lamb stand at room temp for 30 minutes so it cooks evenly and quickly.

Serve with Tomato-Parsley Salad: Combine 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard, and ½ teaspoon honey in a large bowl; gradually whisk in 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Add 2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, 1 cup diced yellow bell pepper, ½ cup diced red onion, and 1 pint halved grape tomatoes; toss gently to coat. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 82; FAT 3.9g (sat 0.6g); SODIUM 68mg

View Recipe: Greek Lamb Chops and Mint Yogurt Sauce

Grilled Lamb Chops and Mint Chimichurri Recipe

Photo: Ellie Miller

Grilled Lamb Chops and Mint Chimichurri

Time: 30 minutes

Simple Sub: If you don't like lamb, substitute 4-ounce beef tenderloin steaks.

Serve with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes: Cut 1 pound peeled Yukon gold potato into 1-inch pieces. Place potato in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until potato is tender. Drain well, and mash potato with a potato masher. Stir in 1/2 cup room temperature low-fat buttermilk, 4 teaspoons butter, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Drizzle with 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 182; FAT 8.8g (sat 3.3g); SODIUM 306mg

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Beef Tagine with Butternut Squash Recipe

Photo: John Autry

Beef Tagine with Butternut Squash

Time: 40 minutes

Simple Sub: Use 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges in place of shallots.

Serve with Scallion Couscous: Bring 3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Gradually stir in 1 cup uncooked couscous. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork. Stir in 1/3 cup chopped green onions. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 169; FAT 0.3g (sat 0.1g); SODIUM 80mg

View Recipe: Beef Tagine with Butternut Squash

Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis Recipe

Photo: John Autry

Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis

READER FAVORITE!

Time: 40 minutes

Flavor Hit: Toasting fresh bread crumbs makes them sturdy, hearty, and nutty-tasting.

Serve with Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette: Combine 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon minced shallots, and 1/2 teaspoon Dijon in a large bowl. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add 1 (5-ounce) packaged herb salad, 1 cup carrot ribbons, and 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion; toss. Yield: 6 servings. CALORIES 63; FAT 4.6g (sat 0.6g); SODIUM 94mg

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Healthy Dinner Recipe: Herb-Roasted Beef and Potatoes

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Herb-Roasted Beef and Potatoes

Time: 40 minutes

SimpleSub: If you can't find shoulder tender, you can use beef or pork tenderloin.

Serve with Browned Butter Brussels Sprouts: Steam 1 pound trimmed, halved Brussels sprouts 5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain well. Melt 1 ½ tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook until butter browns. Add Brussels sprouts; cook 6 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in 2 teaspoons lemon juice. ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.

View Recipe: Herb-Roasted Beef and Potatoes

Healthy Dinner Recipes: Maple and Soy-Glazed Flank Steak

Randy Mayor

Maple and Soy-Glazed Flank Steak

Time: 40 minutes

Buy the Best: Maple syrup has a vanilla-caramel flavor; do not substitute pancake syrup.

Serve with Scallion Noodles: Cook 8 ounces wide rice noodles according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Combine noodles, ½ cup shaved carrots, ¼ cup green onion strips, 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil, ¼ teaspoon crushed red ­pepper, and ¼ teaspoon salt.

View Recipe: Maple and Soy-Glazed Flank Steak

Healthy Dinner Recipes: Farfalle with Lamb Ragu, Ricotta, and Mint

Randy Mayor

Farfalle with Lamb Ragù, Ricotta, and Mint

Time: 40 minutes

Leaner Lamb: Prepackaged supermarket ground lamb can have a high fat content; ask your butcher to grind a lean cut for you.

Serve with Baby Greens Salad: Combine 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon honey, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and 1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Whisk in 1½ tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil. Add 1 (5-ounce) package baby greens; toss gently to coat.

View Recipe: Farfalle with Lamb Ragù, Ricotta, and Mint

Healthy Dinner Recipes: Vietnamese Beef-Noodle Soup with Asian Greens

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Vietnamese Beef-Noodle Soup with Asian Greens

Time: 30 minutes

Prep Pointer: Take care not to overcook the noodles, as they’ll turn soggy in the soup.

Serve with Sesame Wontons: Cut 16 wonton wrappers in half diagonally; arrange on 2 baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Brush 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil over wrappers. Sprinkle evenly with ¼ teaspoon salt. Bake at 375° for 7 minutes or until crisp and edges are browned.

View Recipe: Vietnamese Beef-Noodle Soup with Asian Greens

Healthy Dinner Recipes: Grilled Balsamic Skirt Steak

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Grilled Balsamic Skirt Steak

Time: 40 minutes

Serve with Sautéed Baby Spinach: Melt 2 teaspoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 3 thinly sliced garlic cloves; cook 1 minute. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper. Gradually add 1 (10-ounce) package fresh baby spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach just wilts, tossing frequently.

...and Tomato-Vidalia-Blue Cheese Salad: Combine 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1¼ teaspoons white wine vinegar, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper. Toss with 2½ cups halved grape tomatoes and ⅓ cup diced Vidalia onion. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese.

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Healthy Dinner Recipes: Lamb Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli

Photo: Randy Mayor

Lamb Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli

Time: 30 minutes

Simple Sub: Use ground beef in place of lamb.

Serve with Sweet and Tangy Slaw: Combine 1 tablespoon sugar, 3 tablespoons cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon canola oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add 4 cups packaged cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw, ⅓ cup vertically sliced red onion, and 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves; toss to combine.

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Healthy Dinner Recipes: Grilled Miso-Marinated Filet Mignon

Photo: John Autry

Grilled Miso-Marinated Filet Mignon

Time: 40 minutes

Simple Sub: In place of sambal oelek, use ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper.

Serve with Sugar Snap Noodle Salad: Cook 4 ounces wide rice noodles according to package directions; add 1 cup sugar snap peas during last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Combine noodle mixture, 1 cup orange bell pepper strips, ¼ cup sliced green onions, 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil, 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste), ½ teaspoon bottled ground fresh ginger, and ¾ teaspoon salt.

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Healthy Dinner Recipes: Flank Steak Salad with Plums and Blue Cheese

Photo: John Autry

Flank Steak Salad with Plums and Blue Cheese

Time: 40 minutes

Simple Sub: Use halved seedless red grapes in place of plums.

Serve with Crunchy Cornmeal Breadsticks: Unroll 1 (11-ounce) can refrigerated breadstick dough. Brush with 1 lightly beaten egg white. Combine 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal, ½ teaspoon sugar, and a dash of salt in a shallow dish. Working with 1 breadstick at a time, press egg white--brushed side into cornmeal mixture; twist and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat procedure with remaining breadsticks. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

View Recipe: Flank Steak Salad with Plums and Blue Cheese

Healthy Dinner Recipes: Grilled Steaks with Fresh Mango Salsa

Photo: John Autry

Grilled Steaks with Fresh Mango Salsa

Time: 40 minutes

Simple Sub: In place of garam masala, try 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom, and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg.

Serve with Garlic Flatbread:
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove, and dash of salt in a microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave on HIGH 8 seconds or until warm. Let stand 5 minutes. Brush both sides of 2 (3.25-ounce) naan flatbreads or other flatbreads with oil mixture. Place bread on grill rack; grill 1 minute on each side or until browned. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 160; FAT 6g (sat 1.1g); SODIUM 251mg

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Healthy Dinner Recipes: Lamb and Turkey Pita Burgers

Photo: John Autry

Lamb and Turkey Pita Burgers

Time: 30 minutes

Simple Sub: Try ground sirloin in place of lamb.

Serve with Tomato-Cucumber Salad: Combine 2 cups thinly sliced English cucumber and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a colander; let stand 10 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture. Combine cucumber, 2 cups thin tomato wedges, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, 2 tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 53; FAT 3.3g (sat 0.4g); SODIUM 158mg

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White Wine-Marinated Steak Recipes

Photo: John Autry

White Wine-Marinated Steak

Time: 40 minutes

Serve with Chive Smashed Potatoes: Cut 1 pound Yukon gold potato into 3/4-inch pieces. Steam potatoes 15 minutes or until tender. Combine potatoes, 1/3 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, 2 tablespoons fat-free milk, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mash to desired consistency. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 111; FAT 0.5g (sat 0.3g); SODIUM 165mg

And Lemon Green Beans: Steam 3/4 pound trimmed green beans for 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Toss with 2 tablespoons lemon rind strips, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 57; FAT 3.5g (sat 0.5g); SODIUM 154mg

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Mushroom and Provolone Patty Melts Recipes

Photo: John Autry

Mushroom and Provolone Patty Melts

Time: 40 minutes

Kid Tweak: Use beef broth in place of beer, and try mild-tasting wheat bread.

Serve with Quick-Roasted Potato Wedges: Preheat oven to 425°. Cut 1 pound small red potatoes into wedges; toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Arrange on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes or until tender, stirring once. Toss with 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 110; FAT 3.5g (sat 0.5g); SODIUM 154mg

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Rosemary Lamb Chops Recipes

Photo: John Autry

Rosemary Lamb Chops

Time: 30 minutes

Serve with Maple-Hazelnut Sweet Potatoes: Pierce 2 (8-ounce) sweet potatoes a few times with a fork; place potatoes on a layer of paper towels in microwave. Microwave at HIGH 10 minutes or until tender; let stand 5 minutes. Peel potatoes; discard skins. Place potatoes in a medium bowl; mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. Add 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir until well combined. Top with 2 tablespoons chopped blanched hazelnuts. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 159; FAT 8.2g (sat 3.9g); SODIUM 220mg

And Fall Apple Salad: Combine 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons honey, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1 minced garlic clove in a large bowl; gradually whisk in 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Add 2 cups torn butter lettuce, 1 cup sliced endive, 1 cup torn radicchio, and 1 cup thinly sliced apple (about 1 small apple); toss gently to coat. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 91; FAT 6.9g (sat 1g); SODIUM 110mg

View Recipe: Rosemary Lamb Chops

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy Recipes

Photo: John Autry

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Time: 40 minutes

Serve with Herbed Smashed Potatoes: Boil 1 pound new potatoes 10 minutes or until tender; drain. Mash with a potato masher. Add 1/3 cup half-and-half, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon mixed herbs, and 3/8 teaspoon salt. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 132; FAT 5.4g (sat 3.3g); SODIUM 257mg

And Buttered Peas with Shallots: Cook 2 cups frozen green peas. Sauté 1 sliced shallot in 1 tablespoon butter and 2 teaspoons olive oil for 3 minutes. Stir in peas and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 118; FAT 5.4g (sat 2.1g); SODIUM 226mg

View Recipe: Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Peppercorn-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Gremolata

Photo: John Autry & Randy Mayor

Peppercorn-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Gremolata

Time: 40 minutes

Flavor Hit: Fresh herbs and lemon make a bright, tasty topper for the steaks.

And Herb-Roasted Potatoes: Preheat oven to 425°. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and 1¼ pounds quartered red potatoes in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Place potatoes on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 28 minutes, stirring once. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley. CALORIES 132; FAT 3.7g (sat 0.5g); SODIUM 156mg

View Recipe: Peppercorn-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Gremolata

Pan-Seared Steak with Chive-Horseradish Butter

Photo: John Autry & Randy Mayor

Pan-Seared Steak with Chive-Horseradish Butter

Time: 40 minutes

Kid Tweak: Substitute baby carrots for the broccolini.

Serve with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Broccolini: Preheat oven to 425°. Combine 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and 1 pound thinly sliced peeled sweet potatoes in a large bowl, tossing to coat sweet potatoes evenly. Place sweet potatoes on a jelly-roll pan, and bake at 425° for 16 minutes. Combine 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper, and 6 ounces trimmed Broccolini or broccoli spears in a bowl, tossing to coat Broccolini evenly. Remove sweet potatoes from oven, and stir. Arrange Broccolini on baking sheet with sweet potatoes; bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until Broccolini is crisp-tender and sweet potatoes are fork-tender. CALORIES 138; FAT 6.8g (sat 1g); SODIUM 290mg

View Recipe: Pan-Seared Steak with Chive-Horseradish Butter

Grilled Asian Flank Steak with Mango Salad

Photo: John Autry

Grilled Asian Flank Steak with Mango Salad

Time: 40 minutes

Flavor Hit: Ginger and garlic add aromatic depth to the marinade.

Serve with Sesame Wonton Crisps: Preheat oven to 425°. Cut 6 wonton wrappers in half diagonally. Arrange triangles in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush evenly with 1½ teaspoons dark sesame oil. Sprinkle evenly with 2 teaspoons sesame seeds and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Bake at 425° for 4 minutes or until browned. CALORIES 60; FAT 2.8g (sat 0.4g); SODIUM 143mg

View Recipe: Grilled Asian Flank Steak with Mango Salad

Seared Steaks with Red Wine-Cherry Sauce

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Seared Steaks with Red Wine-Cherry Sauce

Time: 40 minutes

Shopping Tip: Pick up a merlot or pinot noir for the pan sauce.

Serve with Dijon Smashed Potatoes: Steam 1½ pounds quartered Yukon gold potatoes, covered, 20 minutes or until potatoes are very tender. Place potatoes in a large bowl; add ¾ cup whole milk, 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon butter, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Mash potato mixture with a potato masher until desired consistency. CALORIES 178; FAT 4.6g (sat 2.7g); SODIUM 313mg

View Recipe: Seared Steaks with Red Wine-Cherry Sauce

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Mango and Chile Salad

Photo: Jason Wallis

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Mango and Chile Salad

Time: 30 minutes

Shopping Tip: Look for golden Champagne (aka Ataulfo) mangoes at the store.

Serve with Coconut-Ginger Rice: Bring 1 cup water, ½ teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1 bay leaf to a boil in a small saucepan. Add 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice and ¼ cup light coconut milk to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is done (about 15 minutes). Discard bay leaf; fluff rice. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro. CALORIES 194; FAT 1.2g (sat 0.8g); SODIUM 153mg

View Recipe: Grilled Sirloin Steak with Mango and Chile Salad

Ground Lamb and Hummus Pita "Pizzas"

Photo: Jason Wallis

Ground Lamb and Hummus Pita "Pizzas"

Time: 30 minutes

Simple Sub: Try ground sirloin in place of the lamb.

Serve with Tomato, Sweet Onion, and Parsley Salad: Combine 1½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Add 1½ cups halved grape tomatoes, ½ cup thinly sliced Vidalia or other sweet onion, and ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley to bowl; toss to coat. Sprinkle salad with 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese. CALORIES 49; FAT 2.8g (sat 1g); SODIUM 134mg

View Recipe: Ground Lamb and Hummus Pita "Pizzas"

Steak with Lemon-Herb Pesto and Spinach Salad

Photo: Brian Woodcock

Steak with Lemon-Herb Pesto and Spinach Salad

Time: 30 minutes

Flavor Hit: This herbaceous pesto also pairs well with fish or chicken.

Serve with Quick Mashed Potatoes: Place 2 cups frozen mashed potatoes (such as Ore Ida Steam n'Mash) in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH for 3 minutes or until hot. Stir in ¼ cup 2% reduced-fat milk, 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. CALORIES 87; FAT 3.2g (sat 2g); SODIUM 206mg

View Recipe: Steak with Lemon-Herb Pesto and Spinach Salad

Herb-Rubbed New York Strip with Sautéed Peas and Carrots

Photo: Jason Wallis

Herb-Rubbed New York Strip with Sautéed Peas and Carrots

Time: 40 minutes

Budget Buy: Use 4 (4-ounce) boneless pork chops instead of the strip steaks.

Serve with Roasted Potato Wedges: Place a baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 450°. Cut each of 3 (8-ounce) baking potatoes lengthwise into 8 wedges. Combine potatoes, 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary, 1 tablespoon canola oil, ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a large bowl; toss to coat. Place potatoes on preheated pan. Bake at 450° for 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes. CALORIES 168; FAT 3.7g (sat 0.3g); SODIUM 156mg

View Recipe: Herb-Rubbed New York Strip with Sautéed Peas and Carrots

Cowboy Flank Steak with Sweet and Smoky Beans

Photo: Brian Woodcock

Cowboy Flank Steak with Sweet and Smoky Beans

Time: 40 minutes

Flavor Hit: Molasses adds a caramel sweetness to the beans.

Serve with Garlic-Roasted Broccoli: Preheat oven to 400°. Place 6 cups broccoli florets and 3 minced garlic cloves in a large bowl. Coat generously with cooking spray; toss to coat. Arrange mixture in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Roast at 400° for 12 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring once. SERVES 4 (serving size: 1¼ cups) CALORIES 36; FAT 0.7g (sat 0.1g); SODIUM 29mg

View Recipe: Cowboy Flank Steak with Sweet and Smoky Beans

Seared Steak with Braised Leeks

Photo: Jason Wallis

Seared Steak with Braised Leeks

Time: 30 minutes

Technique Tip: Cut off the root and leaves of the leek, halve, and slice.

Serve with Mustard Mashed Potatoes: Place 1 pound chopped peeled baking potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes or until potatoes are very tender. Drain. Return potatoes to pan; mash with a potato masher. Stir in ¼ cup 2% reduced-fat milk, ¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream, 2 teaspoons country-style Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and ¼ teaspoon salt. CALORIES 129; FAT 2.6g (sat 1.6g); SODIUM 231mg

View Recipe: Seared Steak with Braised Leeks

Lamb and Red Pepper Pita Sandwiches

Photo: Jason Wallis

Lamb and Red Pepper Pita Sandwiches

Time: 40 minutes

Flavor Hit: Folding feta into the lamb mixture adds a salty tang to the patties.

Serve with Mint and Pistachio Tabbouleh: Combine 1 cup cooked bulgur, 1 cup chopped stemmed kale, ½ cup chopped cucumber, ½ cup halved grape tomatoes, ¼ cup chopped red onion, ¼ cup chopped mint, and ¼ cup shelled pistachios in a large bowl. Combine 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 2 teaspoons olive oil, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and a dash of allspice in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add lemon juice mixture to kale mixture; toss to coat. CALORIES 81; FAT 4g (sat 0.5g); SODIUM 88mg

View Recipe: Lamb and Red Pepper Pita Sandwiches

Picadillo Sloppy Joes

Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr 

Picadillo Sloppy Joes

Time: 40 minutes

Flavor Hit: Capers and olives add great briny flavor to the sloppy joe mixture, but feel free to omit them.

Serve with Spinach & Parmesan Salad: Combine 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add 4 cups baby spinach and 4 cups baby arugula; toss to coat. Sprinkle with 1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese. CALORIES 52; FAT 3.7g (sat 1.1g); SODIUM 116mg

View Recipe: Picadillo Sloppy Joes

 

Flank Steak Tacos with Slaw Recipe

Photo: Stephen Devries

Flank Steak Tacos with Slaw

Time: 40 minutes.

Kid Tweak: We love the color and slightly bitter edge of radicchio, but you can sub shredded green cabbage for a milder flavor.

Serve with Warm Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad: Combine 1 cup diced peeled sweet potato and 1/4 cup unsalted chicken stock in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in 1 (15-ounce) can unsalted black beans, rinsed and drained; 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano; 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice; 1/4 teaspoon salt; and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. CALORIES 83; FAT 0.1g (sat 0g); SODIUM 182mg

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