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Easy Spice-Rubbed London Broil

Lean flank steak gets an Indonesian flavor from grilling with a coating of brown sugar and a few spices.

1-1/2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (3-pound) flank steak

1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Place the grill rack 8 inches from the heat.

2. Combine the brown sugar, coriander, garlic, olive oil, chili powder, ginger, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Mix well.

3. Rub the brown sugar mixture on both sides of the flank steak. Place the steak on the grill and grill for 16 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 160 degrees F, turning once.

4. Cut the steak diagonally across the grain into 1/4-inch slices and serve. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Emily

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Easy Lasagna Rolls

If you are looking for an easy alternative to stuffed manicotti, this is the perfect recipe for you. Delicious Italian flavor in every bite!

12 lasagna noodles
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (26-ounce)jar pasta sauce with herbs
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
1-1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 13×9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Cook the noodles according to package directions; drain. Lay the cooked noodles flat on waxed paper.

3. Cook the beef, onion and garlic in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the meat is browned and crumbly; drain. Add the pasta sauce, bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Spread 2 cups of the sauce mixture in the prepared baking dish.

4. In a large bowl, blend the ricotta cheese and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Spread about 3 tablespoons of the cheese mixture over each lasagna noodle.

5. Roll up the noodles tightly; place seam sides down over the sauce in the baking dish. Spoon the remaining sauce over the rolls; sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Bake 30 minutes or until the rolls are heated through and bubbly. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese; let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.

Emily

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Zesty Beef Stew

On really busy days I love making use of my slow cooker. This hearty, no-fuss, zesty beef stew is the perfect busy day recipe.

1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1-1/2 cups water
1 (8 ounce) can pizza sauce
2 tablespoons medium pearl barley
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1. Combine all the ingredients in a 3-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours or until the meat is tender. Makes 6 servings.

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Chops with Fruit Stuffing

I found this wonderful recipe a couple of years ago in a Taste of Home magazine. It is not only super easy-to-make but tastes fabulous!

6 boneless pork loin chops (1/2 inch thick)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 (6 ounce) package herb stuffing mix
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
1 cup dried cherries or cranberries
1/2 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup butter, melted

1. In a large skillet, brown pork chops in oil on both sides. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Place half of the stuffing mixture in a 3-quart slow cooker. Top with pork and remaining stuffing mixture. Cover and cook on Low for 3 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Makes 6 servings.

Emily

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Gumbo Casserole

Enjoy the unique flavor of the South with this delightful, easy-to-make Gumbo casserole!

2 (10-3/4 ounces each) cans condensed chicken gumbo soup
1 soup can water
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup frozen okra, thawed
3/4 cup uncooked instant white rice
1-1/2 cups cooked ham, diced
1/2 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined

1. In a 2-quart casserole, stir together all of the ingredients.

2. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 35 minutes or until hot; stir before serving in individual bowls. Makes 4 servings.

Emily

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Apple Cider Beef Stew

Adding apple cider and cinnamon gives a unique flavor to this economical and easy-to-make beef stew.

4 cups frozen vegetables for stew, thawed
1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts
1 (4-1/2 ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
2 envelopes brown gravy mix
2 tablespoons onion soup mix
2 teaspoons steak seasoning
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 (14-1/2 ounce) can beef broth
1-1/4 cups apple cider*
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup cold water

1. Place the vegetables, water chestnuts, mushrooms and onion in a 5-quart slow cooker. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the gravy mix, soup mix, steak seasoning and cinnamon; add the beef, a few pieces at a time and shake to coat. Add to the slow cooker.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the broth, cider and tomato sauce; pour over the beef. Add the bay leaf; cover and cook on Low for 6 to 7 hours or until the beef is tender.

3. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into the stew. Cover and cook on High for 15 minutes or until thickened. Discard the bay leaf before serving. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

* You may substitute unsweetened apple juice for the apple cider if desired.

Emily

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Golden Mushroom Pork and Apples

Simple, easy-to-fix and totally delicious!

2 (10-3/4 ounce) cans condensed golden mushroom soup
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
8 boneless pork chops, 3/4-inch thick
4 large Granny Smith apples, sliced
2 large onions, sliced

1. Stir the soup, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and thyme in a 3-1/2-quart slow cooker. Add the pork chops and turn to coat with the soup mixture.Top with the apples and onions.

2. Cover and cook on Low for 8 to 9 hours or until the pork chops are cooked through. Makes 8 servings.

Emily

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Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

DSCN2634Melt-in-your-mouth tender beef and vegetables will make your family glad to come home for dinner. The perfect warm-them-up dish for those chilly nights!

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 large onion, cut into wedges
3 pounds top round or rump roast
3 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
3 medium white potatoes, cubed
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 (1.4 ounce each) envelopes onion soup mix
3 cups boiling water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon water

1. In a large skillet, heat the butter and sunflower oil; add the onion and beef. Brown the beef on all sides; transfer beef and onion to a 5-quart slow-cooker.

2. Arrange the carrots, potatoes and bay leaves around the beef; sprinkle with the salt. In a heatproof bowl or measuring cup, combine the soup mix with 3 cups boiling water, stirring to combine.

3. Pour the soup mixture over the beef and vegetables in slow-cooker. Cover; cook on High until the meat is very tender, about 3-1/2 hours or on Low for 7 hours.

4. In a medium saucepan, combine the cornstarch and 1 teaspoon water; stir to form a paste. Add 2 cups hot liquid from the slow cooker and bring to a boil, stirring until the gravy has thickened. Slice the beef and serve with the vegetables and gravy. Makes 4 servings.

Emily

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