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Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy: Exceptionally Delicious and Nutritious Freezer-Friendly Recipes You Can Prepare in Advance and Enjoy at a Moment's Notice Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Michele Borboa, M.S., is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, and freelance writer specializing in food, fitness and balanced living. She is a food columnist at ww.ChefMom.com, channel editor at www.SheKnows.com, and the author of the cookbook The Fitness Kitchen. Michele holds a master's degree in exercise science and health promotion and has been a personal chef for more than five years, specializing in healthy, practical meals. She lives with her family in Bozeman, Montana.
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2 tablespoons (28 ml) olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cloves garlic
3/4 pound (340 g) extra-lean ground beef
2 tablespoons (12 g) grated lime zest
2 scallions, chopped
1 can (15 ounces, or 425 g) diced tomatoes
1 can (4 ounces, or 115 g) diced green chiles
1 cup (140 g) sliced black olives
3 cups (700 ml) water
1 cup (140 g) coarse cornmeal
1 teaspoon paprika
1 cup (154 g) corn kernels
3/4 cup (86 g) shredded Mexican blend cheese
Preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC, or gas mark 4). Spray a 11 x 7-inch (28 x 18 cm) baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and a little salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until onions are softened. Stir in cumin, coriander, oregano, and garlic, cooking for 1 minute. Add beef and cook, stirring often, until browned. Stir in lime zest and scallions, cooking for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, chiles, and olives, stirring to combine. Cook until heated through. Reduce heat to low.
Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add cornmeal and season with salt and pepper. Whisk continuously until mixture starts to thicken. Add paprika and corn and continue to whisk until cornmeal has a thick oatmeal consistency. Stir in cheese. Remove from heat. Spoon beef mixture into prepared baking dish, spreading evenly. Pour cornmeal mixture over top and spread evenly to cover.
Bake for 30 minutes or until corn bread topping is set. Cool completely on a wire rack.
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Top customer reviews
In short, what I can make with this book is TREMENDOUSLY healthier than anything I could buy pre-prepared from my average local grocery. I feel much better about feeding these to my family AND I save a ton of time as a full time student and student with a job outside the home.
It was delicious! In the future I'll make more, for sure. And I'll be making the chile-stuffed chicken again, only next time I need to find some YouTube videos about just how one goes about stuffing chicken breasts, as I did a lousy job and the book really didn't give helpful instructions for this process. Glad I bought the book. It might give me more time at night for other things besides cooking.
I love that most of these items are already in my pantry. If you are already a healthy eater who likes to cook many of these items will be in your pantry too. Many of these items are very affordable. If you shop at Aldi's it's even more affordable.