Beef Tenderloin w/ Cabernet Wine Reduction Sauce

Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet Reduction Sauce
Comments: This is an elegant and delicious meal for special occasions. Recipe and Photo courtesy of Betsey Reid, Photographer
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 70 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

2 cups wine, Cabernet or Merlot
1 can (14.5 ounces each) chicken broth, reduced sodium (or vegetable broth, reduced sodium)
1 can (14.5 ounces each) beef broth or vegetable broth, low sodium
2 tablespoons butter, light
1 tablespoon flour, all purpose
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 steaks, filet mignon, 6 ounces each
1/4 cup shallot(s), chopped
3 cloves garlic, fresh, chopped
1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, fresh, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt, Kosher
1/4 teaspoon pepper, black

Preparation: In a large saucepan boil wine and broth over medium to medium high heat for about thirty minutes or until reduced to about 2 cups. Mix softened butter and flour together in a small bowl and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle and rub salt and pepper on steaks. Saute steaks until medium rare for about 4 minutes per side. Saute longer on each side if you prefer it medium well. Remove steaks to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Add shallots, garlic and rosemary to the skillet and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the reduced wine to the skillet and bring to a low boil while deglazing the pan. Add butter mixture and stir until smooth. Cook sauce for about 2 minutes until thickened. Serve with steaks.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 310 calories, 11 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 35 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber, 450 mg sodium; WW points plus value 6

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Roasted Turkey Breast w/ Gravy

Roasted Turkey Breast

Roasted Turkey Breast

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Comments: Roasted Turkey Breast isn’t just for Thanksgiving. It is low in calories and carbs and a lean protein. And we use a dry gravy mix instead the homemade version because it is only 25 calories per serving. And, those are MOCK mashed potatoes with gravy in the photo (steamed and mashed cauliflower!).

Ingredients:

3 pounds turkey breast, boneless, skin removed
1 package gravy mix, dry, turkey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper, black, ground
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon parsley, dried
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons olive oil

Preparation: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place turkey breast in a baking dish or roasting pan, then add water to about a half inch deep. Rub top of turkey breast with olive oil. Mix seasonings in a small bowl. Sprinkle seasoning over turkey and bake for approximately 1 and a half hours until thermometer reaches 160 degrees. Meanwhile, make gravy according to package directions. Remove turkey from oven when done. Cover with foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with gravy over top.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 240 calories, 6 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 90 mg cholesterol, 40 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber, 690 mg sodium; WW points plus value 6

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Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Pork Loin

Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Pork Loin

Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Pork Loin

This is so easy and great for holiday parties!

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

3 pounds pork loin roast
3 cloves garlic, fresh
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt, Kosher
1/2 teaspoon pepper, black, ground
1 tablespoon rosemary leaves, fresh, chopped
2 cups beef broth or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon butter, light
1 tablespoon flour, all purpose

Preparation: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop rosemary and garlic and place in a small bowl. Add brown sugar, paprika, salt and pepper and mix together. Spread seasoning mixture over pork loin and place on a rack in a roasting pan. Pour 2 cups of beef broth (you can use half broth and half white wine if desired) in the bottom of the roasting pan for basting. Place pan in oven and cook for 15 minutes. Baste roast and turn heat down to 350 degrees. Cook for about 30 minutes per pound total until the center of the roast registers 155 degrees. Remove from oven and wrap in foil to rest (center temperature of meat will increase and continue cooking as it rests). Skim fat from pan drippings and add broth if necessary to measure 1 and a half cups of liquid total. To make gravy, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small pan. Whisk in 1 tablespoon flour and cook for about 30 seconds. Slowly pour one and a half cups of juices from pan drippings and add additional broth into the pan. Whisk together and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes until thickened.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 270 calories, 13 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 35 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber, 340 mg sodium; WW Points Plus value 7

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Tomato and Mozzarella Skewers

Tomato and Mozarella Skewers

Tomato and Mozarella Skewers


Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5
Cooking Time: none
Difficulty: Easy

Comments: This is a quick and nutritious appetizer or side dish.
Ingredients:

4 ounce(s) miniature mozzarella cheese balls
4 ounce(s) tomato(es), grape or cherry
1/2 cup basil, fresh
2 teaspoons olive oil, extra virgin
2 teaspoons vinegar, balsamic

Preparation: Drain mozzarella from water. Use small skewers and alternate with a tomato, a piece of cheese, and a basil leaf placing about 3 of each per skewer. Place on a platter and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Garnish with cracked black pepper if desired.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 108 calories, 9 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 5 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, .5 g dietary fiber, 19 mg sodium; WW Points Plus value 3

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Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Appetizer Recipe

Smoked Salmon Appetizer

Smoked Salmon Appetizer

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: none
Difficulty: Easy
Comments: This is a simple and delicious appetizer and great for parties!

Ingredients:

6 ounces smoked Salmon
4 ounces cream cheese, 1/3 less fat
1 cucumber, english
1/4 onion(s), red
2 tablespoons capers

Preparation: Slice cucumbers and spread cream cheese on top of each slice. Top with a piece of salmon and garnish with chopped onions and capers. Arrange on a platter and serve.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 140 calories, 6 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 19 g protein, 3 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber, 190 mg sodium; WW Points Plus value 4

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Pomegranate Champagne Recipe

Pomegranite champagne

Pomegranite champagne

This recipe and photo are from a friend of mine, Betsey Reid (photographer). It is a great cocktail for the holidays or anytime!

Serves: 6 glasses
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: none
Difficulty: Easy

Comments: This is a simple and delicious adult beverage for the holidays or any occasion.

Ingredients
750 ML champagne, chilled
12 ounces pomegranate juice, chilled
1/2 cup pomegranate, seeds only

Preparation: Divide ingredients among 6 champagne flutes and serve cold.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 140 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 g protein, 13 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 10 mg sodium; WW Points Plus Value 4

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