Homemade Today Menu

 

Diet Key:LC-Low Carb, LW-Low Fat, KF-Kid Friendly, SP-Spicy, FW-Freezes Well, FAV-Favorites  

Beef

Meat Balls

KF FW FAV

Why buy frozen meatballs when you can get them fresh made and simmered in a hearty marinara sauce?  These meatballs can be made with turkey, chicken or some hidden tofu (if you're trying to sneak more soy into your diet!) to lighten them up. 

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

KF FW

Somehow, this is one of those dishes that takes us back to our childhood.  These meatballs are great served over pasta or rice and are a hit among even our youngest taste testers.

Oriental Meatballs

KF FW

Meatballs are a great favorite with kids and adults alike.  In a departure from tradition, these Oriental Meatballs benefit from the addition of water chestnuts for crunch and a pineapple-sweetened sauce.  They’re great served over rice or noodles.

Swedish Meatballs

KF FW

These savory meatballs, seasoned with a touch of nutmeg and allspice, come with a rich beef gravy.  They're traditionally served with egg noodles, but you can also try mashed potatoes.

Lion’s Head Meatballs

FW FAV

This is a famous dish along the Yangtze in China.  The delicate meatballs are made with lean ground beef (we can substitute chicken or turkey) and seasoned with Chinese-inspired flavors.  Topped with a sweet and sour coconut milk sauce, they’re great served over rice.

Polpette and Orzo in Broth

KF FW

Spaghetti and meatballs (polpette) were a mid century hit, but these lighter, truly Italian staples are lovely en brodo, or in broth.

Salisbury Steak

LC KF FW

If you only know Salisbury steak from the cafeteria lunch line and the frozen food section, you’re missing something that’s worthy of dinner in your home.  Our recipe produces tender and perfectly cooked patties that are infused with great mushroom flavor. 

Pot Roast 

KF FW FAV

Once reserved as only a weekend treat (who ever had the time?), pot roast requires slow braising to produce a tender, rich, flavorful main course. 

Braised Beef Brisket

LC FW FAV

Our favorite seasonings for brisket are very, very basic; the taste of the meat itself, some spices and onions simmered in butter; a little bit of tomato.  Serve it this way, over broad noodles. 

Corned Beef and Cabbage

LC

This quintessential St. Patrick’s Day dinner is based on a recipe written in 1965. Why mess with success?  Onions, carrots and cabbage accompany the corned beef brisket.  This can be simmered in beer if you’re looking for a more robust flavor.

Beef Stew

KF FW FAV

A favorite comfort food, this beef stew features lots of meat, slow cooked until tender, accompanied by potatoes, carrots and a rich gravy.

Beef Stroganoff

FW

The classic marriage of beef, mushrooms, onions and sour cream served over egg noodles.  It may look and taste like a stew, but this rendition is actually a pan sauté joined by a hearty sauce, using the favored beef tenderloin for its unique taste and texture.

Beef and Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff

LC FW

Our healthier version of beef Stroganoff tops seared flank steak with a rich-tasting sauce made with a touch of cognac, reduced-fat sour cream and plenty of portobello mushrooms. Serve over whole wheat egg noodles for an extra dose of fiber.

Beef Goulash

LC FW FAV

Sweet Hungarian paprika is the secret to a good goulash.  Reminiscent of beef stew, our goulash is brimming with big chunks of beef, onions and peppers, cooked until they’re incredibly tender.  If you’ve got a slow cooker, we can have this ready for dinner (and the house smelling fabulous) when you get home in the evening.

Ground Beef Tacos

KF FAV

Forget the seasoning packets and sauces in a can.  These tacos come with a boldly spiced beef flavor and fresh toppings.  We’ll leave you with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, Monterey Jack cheese and sour cream.  You just need to bring an appetite.  Please be sure to eat fresh within the first day or two.

Beef Teriyaki 

LC KF FAV

Try some tangy beef in either kabobs or skewers.  Great served with rice.

Shepard's Pie

KF FW FAV

Looking for a one dish meal?  With its layers of seasoned ground beef, corn and mashed potatoes, Shepard's Pie makes a great dinner for a cold night. 

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

LC KF FW

A true blast from the past, Salisbury steak is somewhere in between a hamburger and meatloaf and I remember it fondly from my youth.. This is a great recipe to use if you want a taste of childhood or would like to introduce your kids to this classic.

Hungarian Hamburger Stew

LF KF FW FAV

Here’s a terrific recipe that I received from a Personal Chef in Colorado.  It’s one of her client’s favorites and is chock full of lightly seasoned ground beef, diced vegetables and pasta.  Paprika gives it a Hungarian twist.

Layered Zucchini

LC FW FAV

Confused? Yes, this really is a beef dish. Think of it as lasagna, with zucchini in lieu of noodles. Even we were surprised at the fabulous results!

Sesame Beef

LC FAV

Bite sized pieces of seasoned beef, sautéed until golden brown.  Try this over rice or noodles.

Sloppy Joes

KF FW FAV

Kids and adults alike love this sweet-savory American classic.  Sloppy Joes are traditionally served over bulky rolls;  you can also serve them over vegetables for a low-carb alternative.

Meat Loaf

KF FW FAV

Sure to please any member of the family, this meat loaf can be made with ground beef or lightened up with turkey, shredded zucchini or tofu. 

Italian Meat Loaf with Fresh Basil and Provolone

LC FW FAV

Meat loaf sandwiches are one of the best reasons to make this dish.  Serve leftover slices on sourdough bread with your favorite mustard.  Serve with mashed potatoes for a great comfort meal. 

Beef and Sausage Meat Loaf with Mozzarella

FW

We’ve discovered a loyal band of meat loaf lovers among Homemade Today clients.  If you’ve enjoyed the Italian Meat Loaf with Fresh Basil and Provolone, here’s another Italian-inspired version for you to try.

Buffalo Meat Loaf

LC LF FW FAV

If you are trying to cut back on animal fat in your diet but still crave red meat, buffalo may be what you’re looking for.  It has roughly 25% less fat than beef (and half the calories), and despite what you may have heard, it is not at all gamy – in fact, it tastes sweeter and cleaner than beef. 

Vietnamese Style Beef with Garlic, Black Pepper and Lime

LC KF

With the classic laying of flavors found in Asian dishes, this sweet-savory dish is wonderful served over rice or wrapped in lettuce leaves. We use soy sauce, fresh lime juice, brown sugar, fish sauce and black pepper to give you a bit of everything and have found that kids love this dish. You can also try it with chicken.

Filet Mignon with Tomato Topping

LC LF FAV

This tender cut of beef is a favorite year round.  Here, it’s served topped with juicy tomatoes gently marinated in a mixture of garlic, herbs and soy.  We’ll leave the steak for you to cook fresh.

Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Black Pepper and Dried Cherry Sauce

LC

Beef tenderloin is renowned for its tenderness, but some find it a little lacking in flavor.  The sauce, a combination of dried cherries, Madeira wine and broth is reduced until it reaches peak flavor.  We’ll leave the steaks for you to cook fresh, for best results.

Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish and Roasted Garlic Crust

LC FAV

Pair this robust dish with a side of creamy mashed potatoes.  We use a whole beef tenderloin, wrapped in a sauce of roasted garlic and horseradish. 

Sautéed Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms

FAV

This light dish uses a modest amount of meat and a combination of dried porcini and white button mushrooms to create a tasty sauce, great served over bow-tie-shaped farfalle pasta.

Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce

FW

Shiitake mushrooms create a sublime sauce with their deep, earthy flavor.  We’ll leave the steaks for you to cook fresh.

Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Dill Sauce

LC

Topping succulent beef tenderloin steaks with sour cream and Cognac infused mushrooms turns a weeknight meal into a special occasion.

Orange Rib Eye Steak

LC

Orange gives a great tang to an unpretentious Rib Eye steak.  Our preference is to leave this prepped for you to cook fresh on the grill or under the broiler.

NY Strip Steak with Rosemary Balsamic Marinade

LC FW

Looking for something fabulously simple to cook during the grilling season?  Try these tender steaks, which we’ll leave marinating for you to cook fresh in about 15 minutes.

Mustard Crusted Steak

LC FW

Two kinds of mustard and a generous measure of garlic give a subtle flavor to this wonderful weeknight dinner.  We’ll leave the steaks for you to cook fresh.

Beef Chili with Kidney Beans

KF SP FW FAV

Chili has that amazing quality of improving with age.  We actually like to make it a few days in advance and let it age.  Best of all, it freezes beautifully.  If you want this extra spicy, please ask!  It can also be turned into a low-carb dish by eliminating the beans.

Soy-Glazed Beef and Green Beans

LC

Chinese-inspired dishes are always favorites among Homemade Today clients.  Here, tender Rib Eye steak is combined with a mild soy/chili sauce and sautéed with fresh green beans.  Don’t like beef and green beans?  Try this with chicken and broccoli or select your own, favorite combination.

Braised Beef with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

LC FW FAV

The tomatoes cook so long in the liquid that they soften to the point of falling apart, adding flavor and body to the braise.  The long cooking time makes the beef incredibly tender in this dish.  Try it with mashed potatoes.

Beef with Spicy Cocoa Gravy

LC FW FAV

Chock full of tender, long-simmered sirloin tips, a little unsweetened cocoa gives this warming beef dish a rich texture and heartiness.  With its meaty broth, this dish is great served with egg noodles, couscous or rice.

Beef Bourguignon

FW FAV

A delightful beef stew, brimming with vegetables and beef, simmered in a seasoned red wine sauce, this is one of those wonderful dishes that tastes better the next day.  We’ll leave egg noodles for you to cook fresh.

Moroccan Braised Beef

FW

Simmered in a satisfying beef and wine broth and flavored with a traditional blend of Moroccan spices (paprika, cumin & turmeric), this succulent dish is great when served in authentic fashion, over couscous.

Steak Tips with Southwestern Marinade

LC KF FW

To get deep flavor and tender texture from sirloin tips, you need to marinate them in something that will both season and tenderize.  This Southwestern Marinade features soy, brown sugar and seasonings, which do the trick. 

Steak Tips with Mushrooms, Garlic & Thyme

LC FW

Steak tips are always a favorite weeknight dinner.  Served over rice or couscous with a side of vegetables, they make a quick, easy and especially flavorful meal.

Skillet BBQ Steak Tips

LC FW

Why wait for a nice day to get the tasty flavor of BBQ?  Steak tips, known for their great flavor, are terrific when sautéed with our jazzed up BBQ sauce.

Sesame-Ginger Beef and Asparagus Stir Fry

LC

Fresh, spring asparagus pairs beautifully with sirloin beef in this tempting stir-fry.  The well-seasoned sauce goes great over rice.

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

KF

Our goal for this dish?  Browned, tender beef and jade green, crisp-tender broccoli coated in a deep-flavored, silky sauce.  Please be sure to eat this fresh.

Citrus Beef Stir Fry with Carrots 

LC LF

Looking for a lean stir-fry?  This succulent sirloin steak is briefly marinated in soy sauce then sautéed in a sweet and sour orange sauce.

Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

LC KF FAV

Savoy cabbage holds up well when sautéed.  We love how its mild flavor blends with this subtly sweet peanut sauce, reminiscent of moo shi.  You can spice up the dish with a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.

Beer-Braised Sirloin Tips with Mushroom Sauce

FW

Sirloin tips are a great choice for a quick beer braise, as they’re full of flavor and will have a pleasantly chewy texture after cooking.  A mixture of shiitake and cremini mushrooms complete the flavorful sauce.

Moroccan Skirt Steak

LC FAV

Skirt steak, very similar to flank steak, readily pairs with a spicy Moroccan spice rub. We'll slice this thinly for you to serve with your favorite side. We highly recommend the Roasted Pepper Couscous.

Flank Steak with Peanut Sauce

LC

If you enjoy Asian flavors and peanut butter, this one is great for you.  We’ll start with a flavorful flank steak, add even more taste with a zesty marinade and finish with a great peanut sauce.  If you like to grill, this one can go into the refrigerator or freezer with the marinade and you can cook it fresh. 

Teriyaki Flank Steak with Scallions

LC

Here, we treat scallions more like a green vegetable than an herb, slicing them in 1-inch lengths and sauteing them until lightly browned and tender. Homemade teriyaki sauce gives a terrific flavor boost to tasty flank steak.

Drunken Steak

LC FW

A popular preparation at some restaurants and with backyard barbecuers, the idea is to get steaks “drunk” in a potent marinade of bold ingredients—soy sauce, Worcestershire, garlic, and of course, liquor—before broiling or grilling.  We like the results.

Udon-Beef Noodle Bowl

KF FAV

Somewhere between a soup and a noodle dish, this dinner is a hearty combination of Udon (Japanese wheat noodles), shiitake mushrooms and vegetables, simmered in a flavorful beef broth.  You can eat it with chopsticks, but be sure to have spoons around to catch the broth.

Comforting Shredded Beef

LC FW FAV

This is a wonderfully homey dish that is rich in meaty flavor, long simmered in a Cognac/red wine blend for deeper flavor.  Great served with a crusty bread.

Chimichangas 

KF SP FW FAV

This one can be eaten with your hands! These Chimichangas use seasoned beef, refried beans and Monterey Jack, all rolled in a flour tortilla.   

Burgundy Beef Stew

LC FW

This tasty stew uses a wine reduction sauce, infusing the beef with a rich, hearty flavor.

Stir-Fried Beef with Onions

LC FW FAV

Onions, beef and ginger are an almost holy combination; the synthesis is simply delicious.  Sirloin is a great cut for this dish.

Beef in Potato Shells

KF FW

Where else can you eat the packaging along with the meal?  These hearty potatoes are stuffed with ground beef, seasoned with a touch of chili powder and topped with cheddar cheese. 

Braised Short Ribs of Beef

FW

If you’ve got a hankering for beef, these short ribs will help.  Braised in a hearty stock until they’re falling-off-the-bone tender, be sure to have lots of napkins on hand to enjoy this savory treat.

Spicy Pan-Fried Sirloin

LC FW

Tender sirloin gets the royal treatment when sautéed with onions and peppers and seasoned with oregano, cumin and paprika.  The rich gravy gets a slight Peruvian flavor from a dash of lime juice. 

Thai Style Ground Beef

LC SP FAV

This dish appeals to lots of different tastes, which answers the challenge to preparing a single dinner that satisfies the entire family.  Enjoy Thai Style Ground Beef served over rice or couscous. it’s also good when made with lean ground turkey.

Spicy Tangerine Beef

SP FAV

We know you’ve seen this on the menu at your local Chinese restaurant and it’s a bit of a splurge because it tends to be rich and greasy.  Well, we’ve improved the recipe and think you should have Tangerine Beef as a weeknight dinner.

Beef Kebabs with Soy Sauce, Cumin & Orange Zest

LC FW FAV

Marinating beef always gives it great flavor.  We like to use the soy/cumin/orange combination to give the meat a variety of flavors and lots of tenderness.  These kebabs are best left for you to broil or grill fresh. 

Beef Kebabs with Peanut Dipping Sauce

FAV

Remember when you were young, and you thought everything tasted better with a little peanut butter on it?  Well, after tasting this recipe, you’ll be sure you were absolutely right.

Steak Fajitas

KF

We can’t duplicate that sizzling sound when the platter arrives at your table in a Mexican restaurant, but our steak fajitas still make a satisfying dinner.  We’ll provide all the accompaniments, including tortillas, peppers, onions, guacamole and sour cream.

Burgers with Mozzarella & Spinach Arugula Pesto

FW FAV

During grilling season, you can’t top a fresh burger.  Seasoning fresh ground beef with a zesty pesto and finishing it off with fresh mozzarella cheese is an unbeatable combination.  We’ll leave these for you to broil or grill yourself. 

 

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