What I Eat

Chopped Steak

Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef (I buy 93% lean/7% fat.)
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions:
Mix meat and spices together. Divide meat mixture equally and form into four thin patties. Put patties on a broiler pan and broil on high for approximately 15 minutes, flipping occasionally. When meat is well done, top each patty with 1/8 cup cheese. Continue broiling for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Have with a glass of water.

Suggested Sides and Dessert:
corn on the cob (see my Flank Steak with Corn, Caesar Salad, and Watermelon recipe)
green beans (see my Chicken, Orangetti Squash, Beans, and Berries recipe)
garlic mashed potatoes and cooked carrots (see my Roast, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Cooked Carrots recipe)
sliced strawberries or my recipe for Berry Pie

What I Eat

Shells with White Cheddar Cheese and Ham

Serves: 3

Ingredients:
1-6 oz. box organic shells and white cheddar macaroni and cheese and the ingredients to make it
1/2 cup cooked diced ham (I like to use a fully cooked hickory smoked ham steak. According to the package directions, it can be heated up in the microwave in a covered dish with 1/4 cup water for 4 minutes.)

Directions:
Make shells and white cheddar cheese macaroni and cheese according to the package directions. Add ham and stir until well combined. Have with a glass of water.

What I Eat

Best Soft Shell Tacos

Serves: approximately 8

Ingredients:
1 lb. lean ground beef (I buy 93% lean/7% fat)
1 packet taco seasoning mix* and the ingredients to make it
1 can refried beans
shredded iceberg lettuce, to taste
Mexican shredded cheese blend, such as: Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Asadero, and Queso Quesadilla cheese, to taste
diced tomatoes, to taste
organic tortillas that are not made with an enriched flour

*I like to buy a popular restaurant brand of dry seasoning mix that starts with the first three letters of Chicago. I don’t like to buy taco seasoning that makes a sauce, because the shells get soggy. I also take 1 teaspoon of seasoning out of the packet before mixing it into the meat so it is not too spicy.

Directions:
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, crumble ground beef while browning it until it is no longer pink. Add seasoning according to package directions. Put beans in a microwave-safe dish. Heat beans in the microwave for approximately 1-1/2 minutes. Spread a layer of beans on a tortilla. Leave approximately 1 inch between the beans and the edge of the tortilla. Without over stuffing the tortilla, top the beans with seasoned meat, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes. Fold tortilla so filling does not fall out when eating. Have with a glass of water.

What I Eat

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Serves: approximately 24

Ingredients:
1/2 cup honey
1 cup organic peanut butter
1/4 cup 100% cacao unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup lightly salted dry roasted peanuts, chopped
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 tablespoon flaxseeds

Directions:
Heat honey, peanut butter, and cocoa powder in a microwave-safe bowl for 1-1/2 minutes. Mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in peanuts, oats, and flaxseeds. While the mixture is still warm, quickly form into 1-inch balls. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Have 1 with a glass of water.

What I Eat

Hamburger Pizza

Makes: one 12 inch pizza

Ingredients:
1 pizza crust mix that is not made with an enriched flour (the brand I buy is gluten free) and the ingredients to make it
1/4 lb. lean ground beef (I buy 93% lean 7% fat)
dried basil leaves, to taste
dried Italian seasoning, to taste
jarred pizza sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
grated Parmesan cheese, to taste
dried parsley flakes, to taste

Directions:
Make crust according to package directions. If your mix makes two 12 inch pizza crusts, freeze one to use another day. Crumble and brown ground beef. Drain grease. Mix in basil and Italian seasonings. Since jarred pizza sauce contains sugar, spread a thin layer on the crust. Top pizza with 3/4 cup mozzarella. Top cheese with cooked ground beef. Top meat with the remaining mozzarella. Sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley. Bake according to crust package directions. Have with a glass of water.