Hearty Minestrone

Hearty Minestrone
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water, more if needed
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup elbow macaroni
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix onion, garlic, and ground beef. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  2. Transfer ground beef mixture to a stockpot. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and carrots. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until carrots are partially cooked (about 10 minutes). Add zucchini, basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper; and simmer until carrots are tender, (about 10 more minutes).
  3. Stir macaroni into soup; simmer until macaroni is cooked through but firm to the bite (about 10 minutes). Garnish with Parmesan cheese to serve.

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Seared Steak

Seared Steak
 
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Ingredients
  • 12 oz steak
  • 6 oz broccolini
  • ½ oz dill
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 oz peanuts
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • 4 T butter
  • 2 T Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Bring pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the broccolini in the boiling water for 30 seconds.
  2. Fill a large bowl with water and ice cubes.
  3. Drain broccolini and transfer it to the ice water. When cold, set aside.
  4. Chop the dill.
  5. Peel the sweet potato and cut into 8 equal pieces. Add the sweet potato pieces to a pot with cold water. Bring to a boil, lower the temp, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Drain the sweet potato and return to the pot. Add 2 T of butter and cinnamon and mash with a fork.
  7. Season the steak with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. When hot, cook the steaks for 2 minutes on each side. Remove.
  8. Heat 1 T of oil and the remaining butter in a pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the peanuts and stir for 1 minute.
  9. Add in the broccolini until hot and crispy.
  10. Serve the steak with the sweet potato and broccolini on the side. Top with fresh dill.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 649 Fat: 38g Carbohydrates: 35g Protein: 43g

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Ground Beef Stew

Ground Beef Stew
 
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 carrots, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into ¾-inch chunks
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 16 oz. beef broth
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Combine ground beef, salt and pepper and brown. Drain.
  2. Add carrots, potatoes, onion and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, thyme and Worcestershire sauce. Cook 5 to 10 minutes
  4. Combine water and flour in a bowl. Gradually add to stew and stir. Stir until bubbly and thickened.