Friday, February 5, 2010

Salsa Pork Chops

6 boneless pork chops
4 T butter (1/2 stick)
salt and pepper
fajita seasoning
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup salsa
Lime wedges

Flatten pork chops between two sheets of plastic wrap; season with salt, pepper and fajita seasoning on both sides. Melt butter in skillet; saute pork chops over medium-high heat a few at a time for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove chops from skillet and keep warm. Add cream and salsa to skillet, stir well. Return chops to skillet and cover with sauce. Squeeze lime over each chop before serving.

Serves: 4-6

From Suzanne Somers' Fast and Easy cookbook; Level One - Protein/Fats

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dutch Oven Beef Stew

{photo taken before placing in oven to bake}
1 T olive oil
2 lbs. lean stew meat
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 (14.5 oz.) beef broth
2 tsp. dried thyme
1-2 bay leaves
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
4 stalks celery, chopped
8 oz. pearl onions, peeled*

*Suzanne Somers recommends pouring boiling water over the onions, letting them sit for 60 seconds, and the skins will pop right off.

Preheat oven to 300-325 degrees. Heat olive oil in dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt pepper (remember to dab it dry like Julia Child recommended) and brown beef in small batches. Add remaining ingredients. Cover with dutch oven lid and bake for 3 hours.

This is from Suzanne Somers' Fast and Easy cookbook and is a Level One Protein/Fats meal. This stew does not have traditional stew veggies (since you don't eat protein/fat with carbs on the plan), but I PROMISE you will not miss them!! Scott ate this up and continued to eat leftovers gladly over the next few days. I cooked some petite green peas with this and it was perfect.

Serves 6-8

Cheeseburger Pie/ Breakfast Pie

1 lb. lean ground beef (or 1 lb. HOT breakfast sausage)
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
3 eggs, beaten
green chiles (if desired)
4 cups grated cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease baking dish. Brown beef in large skillet with chopped onion over medium heat. Remove from heat, stir in cream, eggs and 3 cups cheese, season to taste. Pour mixture into baking dish; top with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes (or until set and cheese is lightly browned.

This recipe is from Suzanne Somers' Fast and Easy cookbook as a protein/fat meal suited for Level One. We have also made this dish with HOT breakfast sausage for a yummy casserole type breakfast meal (I also added sliced mushrooms and of course, green chiles).

Serves 6-8