Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Rosemary & Garlic Marinated Flank Steak

If you have boys this recipe is a winner--lower in calories than most steaks and delicious.
I don't remember where I got this recipe, but my family loves it. I serve this with a tossed salad and roasted new potatoes.

Marinade:
Mix together 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 1/2 Tbl honey, 1 Tbl rosemary, 3 cloves garlic, minced, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper.
Let the flank steak marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.

Grill the steak. For a 1 1/2 pound flank steak, grill about 4 minutes per side. Let stand. covered, for about 5 minutes. Slice thinly.

Roasted new potatoes
Wash & dry the small potatoes. Toss in the pan with some olive oil, salt, & pepper. Microwave
about 10 minutes, then finish in the oven at 425 for about 10-15 minutes more.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Jambalaya

This is a delicious family meal, but not low-cal. Easy to prepare and everyone loves it.

2-3 Tbl bacon drippings (use olive oil if you don't have it)
1 large onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped (I omit cause my husband doesn't like bell peppers)
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 lb. ham, in bite-size pieces
1 lb. smoked andouille or kielbasa, in bite-size pieces
2 C rice
1 can chopped tomatoes
3 C canned chicken stock
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne
salt to taste
12 green onions, chopped
1/2 C parsley, chopped

Chop all the veg in your cuisinart and saute about 3 minutes in bacon fat in a big, heavy pot.
Add the meats and cook til brown, 5-8 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring, 5 more minutes. Add tomatoes, stock, and seasonings. Cook til rice is done, about 20 minutes. Add green onions & parsley and stir. Serve w/ a green salad. (If you don't have green onions & parsley this is still delicious)

Friday, March 18, 2005

Chinese Barbecued Pork w/ Garlic Sauce

This is an awesome recipe--fast and delicious. It came originally from epicurious.com, the best site for recipes.
I fix this with broccoli (recipe below) and plain rice.

Preheat oven to 425

Mix together:
2 tbl hoisin sauce
2 tbl ketchup
2 tbl soy sauce
1 tbl minced garlic
1 tsp sugar

Smear it all over a 3/4 lb pork tenderloin, seperated into 2 pieces. Place in an aluminum foil line baking dish.
The aluminum foil is important. It will make clean up a snap. The original recipe says to roast at 350 for 35-40 minutes. I roast it at 425 for 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer register 140-145. Cover w/ foil and let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

While the pork is roasting make the garlic soy sauce:
Mix together:
4 Tbl soy sauce
1 Tbl minced garlic
2 tsps rice vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1-2 tsp Asian chile paste w/ garlic, or asian chile oil
1/2 cup chopped, fresh coriander

Remove the pork & let it rest,covered, for 10 minutes. Slice it thinly and top with some of the garlic soy sauce. Serve with broccoli and rice.

Asian style broccoli
Steam or microwave broccoli til tender,crisp
Toss hot broccoli w/ 1 tbl oyster saucer, 1 tsp brown sugar, & t tbl chicken stock
Salt & pepper to taste

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Greek Chicken Salad

Rotisserie chicken is great! Here'a another idea for a quick, healthy dinner.

Greek Chicken Salad:
1 rotisserie chicken (lemon/herb if you can get it) in chunks
1 bag lettuce
1/2 sliced red onion
kalamata olives (buy without the pits to save time)
crumbled feta cheese
1-2 tomatoes, in chunks
2-4 pepperoncini peppers, sliced
chopped green pepper
chopped cucumbers
any other veg.s you like

dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp oregano
salt & pepper to taste

Quick Tacos

1 rotisserie chicken from the supermarket, shredded.

Salsa: Chop up purple onion or green onions, tomatoes, a fresh jalapeno (To always have fresh pepper on hand: wash & dry them & put in freezer bags. Then freeze. You can chop them frozen), & a seeded cucumber. Add a handful of chopped cilantro. Add juice of 1-2 limes, and about an equal amt of orange juice. Salt & pepper to taste.

Refried beans: Buy a can of pre-seasoned black beans (not refried) and cook til thick. Add some bottled salsa if you need to.