Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

An easy and delicious beef taco! Start in the morning before heading to work and come home to a delicious, warm & slightly spicy meal! I like to make mexican rice with some of the leftover juices from the slow cooker.

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Ingredients:
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp paprika
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 lbs boneless chuck roast
1/2 large sweet onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 (10.5 oz) can beef broth
3 Tbsp tomato paste
1-2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
tortillas (I use whole wheat)
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Sweet & Spicy Citrus Tilapia

A quick and easy marinade makes this fish pop for dinner! Also yummy on chicken – marinate longer than this recipe states and then grill it outside! Great bright flavors. Pair with freshly steamed veggies or a cool marinated vegetable salad for a complete meal.

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Ingredients:
4 (6-oz) tilapia fillets
cooking spray
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 tsp paprika Continue reading

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Ranch Style Beef Wraps

A fun kid-friendly recipe packed full of lean protein, whole grains, and veggies! Serve with apple slices for a delicious and easy meal.

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Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup water
1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
2 Tbsp dry ranch dressing mix
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 cups packaged broccoli or coleslaw mix
4 medium whole grain tortillas
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Thai Beef Salad

This deliciously light salad is perfect for a light dinner. Thinly sliced steak adds nice flavor and mixes up the weekly rotation of chicken at my house. Good for leftovers the next day too – especially cold!

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Ingredients:
1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp Thai fish sauce
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp grated orange rind
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 small serrano chile
2 tsp olive oil
4 (4-oz) beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups shredded Napa cabbage
1 cup grated, seeded, peeled cucumber
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 (12-oz) package broccoli coleslaw
1 (11-oz) can mandarin oranges in extra light syrup, drained

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Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwich

A fresh new take on the classic lox & bagel. I also like to add any other fresh veggies I have in house to this open faced sandwich. Perfect for a light dinner or a weekend lunch.

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Ingredients:
1/3 cup reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1 tsp minced fresh chives
1 tsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 Tbsp water
2 tsp honey
6 (1-0z) slices rye bread
6 bibb lettuce leaves, cut in half
12 oz cold-smoked salmon, cut into thin strips
24 slices plum tomato
24 slices cucumber
3 hard cooked large egg whites, chopped Continue reading

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Tilapia Piccata

Swap the chicken or veal for a flaky white fish – like tilapia – in this classic dish. Delicious served over an orzo salad. Serve with steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

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Ingredients:
8 oz uncooked orzo
3/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 tsp salt, divided
3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp black pepper, divided
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
4 (6-0z) tilapia fillets
3 Tbsp butter, divided
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp drained capers

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Fennel Spinach Salad with Shrimp & Balsamic

Happy first day of spring! Try this fresh spinach salad full of spring flavors for a quick & easy dinner tonight! Homemade balsamic dressing really completes the meal.

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Ingredients:
3 slices center-cut bacon
1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled & deveined
2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb
1 cup grape tomatoes
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 (9-oz) package fresh baby spinach
2 Tbsp finely chopped shallots
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

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