Bread Crumbs

If you don't have bread crumbs,  use cracker crumbs OR ground oats.  

Evaporated Milk

1 cup evaporated Milk can be substituted with 1 cup light cream.

Hot Pepper Sauce

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper & 1 teaspoon vinegar can be used to replace 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce.


1 cup mayonnaise = 1 cup sour cream OR 1 cup yogurt
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Quick & Easy Meals with Ground Beef


In a pot, add:  1 pound browned ground beef, 1 can whole kernel corn, 1 c Rotel 2 cans beans (drained/rinsed), 1 packet original ranch dressing mix, 1 packet low-sodium taco seasoning mix (see recipe below).

270 calories / 8g fat / 40mg cholesterol / 390mg sodium  27g carbohydrates / 10g fiber / 19g protein
  • Low-Sodium Taco Seasoning Mix
    Use as lower sodium alternative for Mexican-style dishes.  Combine all of the following ingredients and then store in an airtight container.  1 teaspoon instant minced onion, 1 teaspon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon instant minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon oregano.

Mix two defrosted packages of hamburger meat into a bowl.  Add spices of your choice.  Form patties and cook in a skillet or on the grill until no pink is present or meat thermometer registers 160 degrees Farenheit.

320 calories / 14g fat / 75mg cholesterol / 270mg sodium / 21g carbohydrates / 1g fiber / 26g protein


Place hollow peppers into a pot of boiling water for 3-6 minutes until soft.  Put on towel to drain.  put together a mixture of prepared rice, browned hamburger meat and diced tomatoes.  Fill each pepper with mixture.  Place filled peppers in an oven-safe casserole dish.  Pour tomato sauce over peppers.  Bake in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes until heated through.

300 calories / 8g fat / 50mg cholesterol / 25mg sodium / 38g carbohydrates / 4g fiber / 20g protein


Combine coked pasta, browned ground beef and spagheti sauce in pan.  Heat through.

310 calories / 6g fat / 25mg cholesterol / 40mg sodium / 47g carbohydrates / 3g fiber / 16g protein


Place a thin layer of refried beans on a tostada shell.  Top with crumbled, browned ground beef and your favorite fresh vegetables like tomatoes, jalepenos, onions, cheese, lettuce, etc.

260 calories / 14g fat / 70mg cholesterol / 170mg sodium / 8g carbohydrates / 3g fiber / 23g protein

Quick & Easy Meals with Roast Beef


Prepare roast in crockpot or oven.  Let cool.  Shred beef and add barbecue sauce.  Place on sandwich bread or bun.

400 calories / 7g fat / 45mg cholesterol / 440mg sodium / 41g carbohydrates / 8g fiber / 27g protein


Combine 1 pound cooked roast beef, 1 chopped onion, 1 box cream of mushroom soup, 1 tablespoon ketchup, 1 can drained/rinsed peas and carrots and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, into skillet and heat through.  Spoon beef mixture into 9-inch pie plate.  Prepare 2 cups instant potatoes and spoon over beef mixture.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

190 calories / 5g fat / 40mg cholesterol / 250mg sodium / 20g carbohydrates / 3g fiber / 17g protein


Add following ingredients to bowl:  3 cups cubed roast, 1 1/2 cups red grapes (halved), 4 celery ribs (chopped).  In a separate bowl, combine 2/3 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 teaspoon curry powder.  Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and toss to coat.  Refrigerate for about an hour, then add 1/2 cup chopped peanuts and serve.

240 calories / 10g fat / 70mg cholesterol / 210mg sodium / 11g carbohydrates / 2g fiber / 26g protein


Make tacos using pre-cooked roast and add vegetables and cheese.

270 calories / 11g fat / 40mg cholesterol / 20mg sodium / 14g carbohydrates / 3g fiber / 18g protein


Use pre-cooked roast and place inside a tortilla and add vegetables.  Eat hot or cold.

360 calories / 9g fat / 45mg cholesterol / 190mg sodium / 27g carbohydrates / 3g fiber / 23g protein

Salt-Free Seasoning Recipe

1 teaspoon oregano                                   1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground
1 teaspoon coriander seed                    1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon dry mustard                          1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon rosemary                                1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder                      1 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper            1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder                      1 teaspoon dill weed

Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.  
Makes 1 packet

Quick & Easy Meals with Cheese


In a medium saucepan, heat 3 cups lower-sodium vegetable broth, 3 cubed potatoes, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped carrots and 1/4 cup chopped celery.  Bring to a boil then cover and simmer on low until the potatoes are tender. Mash with a potato masher.  Add 5 slices (5 oz) cheese and 1/2 cup low-fat milk.  Stir and cook until cheese melts.  Add pepper to taste.

110 calories / 2g fat / 5mg cholesterol / 300mg sodium / 14g carbohydrates / 2g fiber / 8g protein


Mix a pound of cooked macaroni with milk and melted buttery spread.  Add cheese until melted.  Have fresh vegetables available to mix-in for variety.  Vegetables such as chopped broccoli or diced bell pepper.

310 calories / 11g fat / 30mg cholesterol / 70mg sodium / 35g carbohydrates / 1g fiber / 16g protein


Place grated cheese on tortilla chips.  Place under broiler and melt cheese.  Top with any fresh vegetables or refried beans.  This adds variety and nutritiion.

330 calories / 21g fat / 60mg cholesterol / 55mg sodium / 11g carbohydrates / 0g fiber / 19g protein


Butter one side of two pieces of bread.  Place one slice cheese on inside of slices (buttered-side out).  Place on heated griddle.  Toast both sides until brown and cheese melts.

340 calories / 20g fat / 50mg cholesterol / 1070mg sodium / 29g carbohydrates / 2g fiber / 15g protein


Grate one pound cheese and then add a small jar (4 oz) of drained, rinsed pimentos.  Add 1 large chopped onion and 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise to make mixture stick together.  Chill and serve on sandwich bread.

165 calories / 3g fat / 5mg cholesterol / 410 mg sodium / 29g carbohydrates / 4g fiber / 10g protein
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