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Steak and Bread Salad

Steak salads are SO satisfying. And no lettuce is required for this one!

2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1 beef top sirloin (1-in thick and 1-1/4 lbs)
2 cups cubed multigrain bread
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup ranch salad dressing
2 tbsp finely grated horseradish
1 tbsp prepared mustard
3 large tomatoes, cut into 1-in pieces
1 medium cucumber, cut into 1-in pieces
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

Mix chili powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper; rub over steak. Let stand 15 minutes. Meanwhile, toss bread cubes with oil. In a large skillet, toast bread over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned, stirring frequently. In a small bowl, whisk salad dressing, horseradish and mustard.

Grill steak, covered, over medium heat or broil 4-in from heat 6-8 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion and toasted bread. Add 1/2 cup dressing mixture; toss to coat. Slice steak; serve with salad and remaing dressing.
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Brain Strain Monday 28

Just about half of Moms say THIS is their biggest source of stress.

Incorrect Guess: getting the kids to do what you've told them to do

Correct Answer: their husbands
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Brain Strain: Friday, July 25

Recent survey finds we actually do *this* one third less than we think we do…
Incorrect guesses: sleep, daydream, chew with mouth open
Correct answer: smile!
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Pizza Pasta

The pizza flavor packs a punch in this pasta dish!

2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 oz sliced pepperoni
1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 jar (14 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 jar (4-1/2 oz) sliced mushrooms
1 can (4-1/4 oz) chopped ripe black olives, drained
1 cup (4 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook th ebeef, sausage, green pepper and onion until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the pepperoni, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, mushrooms and olives; cook and stir for 5 minutes.

Drain the pasta; stir into the meat mixture. Heat through. Sprinkle with cheese. Remove from heat; cover and let stand until cheese is melted.

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Chicken Carrot Pilaf

Love that this meal is prepared all in one skillet, less clean-up!!

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
5 medium carrots, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
4 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

In a large skillet, brown chicken in butter until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, add the rice carrots, onion, mushrooms and red pepper. Cook and stir until rice is browned and onion is tender.

Stir in broth. Place the chicken over the rice mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in parsley. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
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Chicken Taco Fettuccine

The flavors come together so nicely in the easily prepared dish!

8 oz uncooked fettuccine
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1-1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3 to 4 tsp taco seasoning
2 tbp shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the chicken in oil for 4-5 minutes over medium heat or until heated through (it should already be cooked). Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Whisk in cream and taco seasoning until blended. Cook and stir until heated through (do not boil). Stir in cheese. Drain fettuccine; toss with chicken mixture.
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Brain Strain: Wednesday, July 23rd

In a recent survey from Cosmo, Wednesday is the most popular day to do *this*...what?

Incorrect guess: go out to eat

Correct answer: go on a first date
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Cajun Cabbage

It's a little spicy and a little cheesy too...not your average cabbage dish, that's for sure!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp each white, black and cayenne pepper
4 to 6 drops hot pepper sauce (more if you dare!)
1 small head cabbage, chopped
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Colby cheese

In a skillet, cook the beef, green pepper, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, rice and seasonings.

Spread into an ungreased 13-in x 9-in baking dish. Top with the cabbage and cheese. Cover and bake at 350 for 65-75 minutes or until the rice is tender.

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Brain Strain: Tuesday July 22nd

According to a recent Match.com survey, 30% of people say they won't ask someone out because of THIS...

Incorrect guesses: facial hair, bad teeth, chewing tobacco, having children, smoking cigarettes

Correct answer: their name!
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Brain Strain: Monday, July 21st

More than 10% of Americans went to one of these over the weekend…

Incorrect: fair, family reunion, beach, fireworks display, amusement park, movie, cookout, wedding, concert, park, campground, shopping mall, saloon, gym, ER, grocery store, farmer's market

Correct answer: A yard/garage sale!!!

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