Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free beer in this dish.


"No chaos, no creation. Evidence: the kitchen at mealtime."
-Mason Cooley

The refrigerator light goes on...

The best part about cooking in parchment (or foil) is that it is not chaotic. It's pretty simple, but it's very structured: add some starch, protein, veggies and a bit of liquid to a pouch, put it in the oven, and 20 minutes or so later you have kitchen magic.


Southwestern Beef in Parchment

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 4 ounces beef with beans and veggies

Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe does not make very good leftovers.

2 tsp unsalted butter
1 clove garlic (minced)
2 medium green onions (thinly sliced crosswise)
3 Tbsp fresh cilantro leaves (minced)
4 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 lime (juiced)
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
8 ounces beef tenderloin or tender stew meat (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
1 15 ounce can no salt added black beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 small red bell pepper (julienned)
1/2 small yellow bell pepper (julienned)
4 Tbsp beer or gluten-free beer
2 30"x12" sheets parchment or foil

Cream together the butter, garlic, shallot and cilantro until well blended.

Add the olive oil, lime juice salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin and blend well.

Fold the beef into the butter until it is well coated. Refrigerate.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Fold the parchment (or foil) so that it is almost a square (15 inches x 12 inches). Starting at one end of the folded edge, cut a half of a heart shape in such a way that when the parchment is opened it is in the shape of a heart.

Place half of the beans on each parchment paper.

Scatter the peppers across the top of the beans.

Place half of the beef on top of each serving of the beans and peppers. Use a rubber spatula to get all of the butter out of the bowl and on top of the beef.

Pour 2 tablespoons of the beer over the top of each of the servings of beef.

Close the parchment by rolling the edge inward starting at the point of the heart and working around to the base of the heart. The pouch with the meat inside will be in the shape of a large half circle.

Place the pouches on a cookie sheet and then into the oven. Reduce the heat to 375°F and cook for 25 minutes. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 4 ounces beef with beans and veggies

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 562 Calories from Fat 227
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 25g 40%
    Saturated Fat 7g 33%
    Monounsaturated Fat 13g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 368mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 15%
    Dietary Fiber 13g 47%
    Sugars 2g
Protein 40g
Vitamin A 49% Vitamin C 310%
Calcium 11% Iron 33%
Vitamin K 43 mcg Potassium 1142 mg
Magnesium 136 mg