Lunch and Dinner Entrees
Here are our successful entree experiments. Please click on the name of a recipe and the page will scroll automatically to the correct recipe. All our recipes are healthy and do not contain "empty calories" in the form of excess fats or carbs.
The vegetables in this recipe can be varied depending on your preference, but keep at least some carrots and onions. The coffee is a subtle flavoring that enhances the meat without becoming overwhelming. It also helps to tenderize.
- 1 - 2 lb Eye Round beef roast, trimmed
- 1 tbsp butter or buttery spread (I use Smart Balance)
- 1/2 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
- 5 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 3-5 small yellow onions, or to taste
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
- 2 cans lower-sodium beef or vegetable broth
- 2 packets G7 instant white coffee
- Spices to taste: Black pepper, bay leaf, sage, thyme
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 cup flour (whole wheat works well)
Melt the butter or margarine in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Brown the roast on all sides.
Place the roast in a slow cooker (such as a Crock-Pot) and surround with the vegetables.
Add the spices and G7, then pour the broth over everything.
Cook on Low for 8-10 hours or High for 4-5 hours, or until meat is very tender.
Remove the meat to a platter temporarily. Remove 1/2 cup of the broth and combine it with the flour in a small bowl; then pour the mixture back into the cooker. This is to prevent lumps from forming. Turn the heat up to High in your slow cooker and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broth thickens into gravy.
Slice the roast and serve it in a bowl with plenty of vegetables and gravy. Enjoy!
This is more of a side dish than an entree, but it is perfect for soaking up sauce for curries or enjoying beside a stir-fry.
This is almost embarassingly easy. Simply prepare the rice as usual, but instead of using water, use prepared unsweetened Lotus green tea. The rice comes out delicately flavored and exotic-tasting, and much more special than ordinary rice. I make this with Minute brown rice and it still comes out good. This also works with Jasmine green tea.