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Beefy Turnovers

Makes 8 servings



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup light ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 3 tablespoons oils
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 pound boneless beef top round steaks, diced
  • 1 medium russet potato or Idaho baking potato, peeled, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten


1. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt; mix well. In small bowl, combine ricotta cheese and all remaining dough ingredients; blend well. Add all at once to flour mixture; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Mixture will be dry and crumbly.) Gently press mixture into ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until dough is thoroughly chilled.

2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine all filling ingredients except egg; mix well. Refrigerate until ready to prepare turnovers.

3. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 2 cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

4. Divide chilled dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into 7 1/2-inch round. Place scant 1/2 cup filling in center of each round. Fold dough over filling to form semicircles; press edges firmly with fork to seal. Place on sprayed cookie sheets. Brush with beaten egg. Cut 1/2-inch slit in top of each turnover.

5. Bake at 400°F. for 25 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and beef is no longer pink, switching cookie sheets on oven racks halfway through baking to ensure even browning.

Tangy Carrot-Raisin Salad

Makes 7 servings


  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons oils
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg


1. In medium bowl, combine carrots and raisins.

2. In small bowl, combine all remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour over carrot mixture; toss until well blended. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving time.

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