Hearty, healthy meals for the New Year

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4 cups cubed winter vegetables (cut into 1/2-inch pieces), such as carrots, butternut squash, parsnips or sweet potatoes
1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
3/4 cup chicken stock (or chicken broth can be used)
1/4 cup dry red wine or apple juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper, ground
1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
3 bay leaves

Preheat oven to 425 F. Toss cubed vegetables and onion with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Arrange in single layer on large baking sheet. Roast 20 minutes or until vegetables are golden brown.
Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Brown beef in batches. Return all beef to skillet. Add roasted vegetables, stock, wine, salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Remove bay leaves before serving. Makes 6 servings.

Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn
Make a batch of this super spice-rich chili for your next get-together. It doubles easily if you are expecting a crowd.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 ounces) great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup frozen corn

Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken, bell pepper and onion; cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned. Add paprika, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and red pepper; mix well.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes.
Makes 8 (1-cup) servings.

Fresh and Fun Family Recipes
Make mealtime a family affair. Get the kids involved and transform ordinary meals into fresher versions that the whole family will feel good about eating, courtesy of Rachael Ray.

The Only Pizza You’ll Ever Want Again

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