Main Dishes-Beef

"Noodle-Free" Soy Glazed Beef, Green Beans and Bean Sprouts

Do you like bean sprouts? I love 'em--they're so crunchy and satisfyingly bland, adding a real snap to whatever dish they're mixed with. Here, when combined with soy glazed skirt steak and green beans, they give the illusion of noodles while still keeping this a low carb dinner--not that I'm particularly on a low-carb kick right now, but it's good to have easy-to-make delicious meals that don't rely on pasta or rice as their base. This one comes together in just about half an hour which makes it perfect for busy weeknights and I promise you it tastes better and is better for you than anything you could order from your favorite take-out place. Seriously, this one's a keeper!

"Noodle-Free" Soy Glazed Beef, Green Beans and Bean Sprouts

Steak and Soba Noodle Bowls with Snow Peas

What is it about having your own individual little bowl of noodles with lots of stuff in it that's so appealing? Seriously, I've made this for dinner three times in the last three weeks and I think I like it more every time. And it's not just the deliciousness factor that makes it so appealing, but the fact that you can whip up the whole thing in less than 30 minutes too, which makes it perfect for hectic weeknights! And we seem to be having a lot of those around here lately!

Steak and Soba Noodle Bowls with Snow Peas

Classic Red Wine Beef Stew

The calendar may say March 2nd, and much as I long to start delving into spring full-time, the reality is that it's still pretty chilly a lot of the time and we're all sorta still wanting warm comforting dinners. And if you're looking for a warm one-pot satisfying meal, you can do no better than this hearty and delicious beef stew enhanced with the flavor of red wine. I just know it's going to become one of your go-to favorites!

Classic Red Wine Beef Stew

"Mom" Katie Workman's One-Pot Cheesy Beef and Macaroni-Famous Fridays

Mommy, Madre, Mére, Mutter, Okaasan, Ima--no matter what culture you look at, there's a word for mother and you know what that means? That every day, all over the world, busy women with crying toddlers hanging off their legs, are racking their brains, trying to figure out what to feed their finicky kids!! It's a universal we just can't escape and a great leveler on the most basic terms. Makes us remember we're not all that different, right? Enter Katie Workman, mother of two, prolific food writer, blogger, activist for hunger issues and author of two terrific family-friendly cookbooks designed to make cooking for families more fun and better tasting. So today for this edition of Famous Friday's we honor not only Katie, but all the moms (and grandmas and caregivers) out there who nurture the next generation every day and yes, this post would probably make more sense if this coming Sunday were Mother's Day but hey, I'm a tired carpooling mom, so give me a break and instead revel in Katie's easy and totally perfect recipe for cheesy beef and macaroni. It's just the kind of food that'll make a mom famous!

"Mom" Katie Workman's One-Pot Cheesy Beef and Macaroni-Famous Fridays

Amazing Soy-Braised Short Ribs

If you're a vegetarian, ignore what I'm about to say--otherwise, drop whatever you're doing and get yourself to the market to buy the ingredients for these incredibly flavorful and tender soy-braised short ribs. If you're still reading this, you're moving too slowly! Hurry! They're that kind of good!

Amazing Soy-Braised Short Ribs

"Make Ahead" Sweet and Sour Pot Roast

I call this "Make Ahead" pot roast, because you literally have to make it at least one day before you serve it and 2 or 3 days ahead is even better. That's because in addition to being able to skim the fat off, something magical happens when the meat sits in the juices for a while, making it ever so much more flavorful and tender. So if you're looking for a quickie meal for tonight, this is not the answer to all of your problems, but if you're in a plan-ahead frame of mind, already thinking about what's you'll be eating on say, Tuesday or Wednesday, and want a one-pot meal with virtually no work at all, you've come to the right place. Serve it with mashed potatoes and people will be jumping up and down doing the happy pot roast dance!

"Make Ahead" Sweet and Sour Pot Roast

Autumn Brisket Stew

I don't think I can properly describe what it's like to come home after sitting for hours in a freezing cold ice rink to a bowl of this wonderful stew! Descriptive phrases, exclamation points, happy face emoticons--they just don't cut it--you've got to try it for yourself and see.

Autumn Brisket Stew

Maple Chipotle Barbecued Brisket

I've gone way out of my comfort zone on this one, guys! But that's what really living life is all about, right?!  Anyway, judging from the comments of my own personal home judges, which were a little hard to understand because of their full mouths, I'm declaring this zingy tender brisket an off-the charts hit!!

Maple Chipotle Barbecued Brisket

Crazy-Easy Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

When you're crazy busy, it's time to make this Crazy-Easy Grilled Marinated Flank Steak. It's one of those recipes you'll want to jump up and cheer for-- but who has the time?! So just make it, taste it, momentarily revel in its deliciousness and give yourself a quick pat-on-the-back for your culinary cleverness!!

Crazy-Easy Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

Grilled Steak with Coconut Lime Sauce

Throwing a steak on the grill is probably one of the easiest fuss-free summer dinners. And while it's delicious, it can get a little ho-hum. Here's an easy-to-make, Thai-influenced sauce to serve with your steak that will really awaken your tastebuds and bump an ordinary dinner into a memorable meal!

Grilled Steak with Coconut Lime Sauce

Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli in Garlic Sauce

This stir-fry, in some variation or other, is a much loved dinner in our house. Sure, you can always bring in some Chinese takeout, but if you make your own you can keep it pretty healthy and tailor it to just how you like it. Plus, it's an easy weeknight meal full of ingredients that you can prepare ahead and then just cook in a few minutes (great for when you're rushed in the afternoon and have to get dinner on the table by 4:00 p.m. like me so that you can leave for hockey practice!). We love it and leftovers (if you're lucky enough to have any) are an added bonus!

Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli in Garlic Sauce

Grammie's "Goulash"

This is another of those "unwritten recipes"--seriously, it was never written down. I think my Grammie learned it from her mother and made it all her life. There are only 4 ingredients at play here. It's a wonderful example of how simple and delicious home cooking can be when the right techniques are applied. The meat is fall-apart tender, there are tons of mushrooms and onions and the whole thing is covered with a lick-your-plate gravy. It was a staple in Grammie's kitchen and we all enjoyed it many times over the years. Now that she no longer cooks, I wanted to see if I could make it myself. It's the perfect winter meal!

Grammie's "Goulash"