Posts Tagged ‘beef’

Birthday/Anniverary Dinner – Strawberry Basil Lentil Salad and Filet Mignon

June 1, 2011 1 comment

First off, thank you readers! My little blog has surpassed 10,000 views this week! Wow!

Yesterday I finally cooked a real meal again. I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I did something other than boil pasta or throw some meat and veggies on the Foreman grill.

For Charles’ birthday, I promised him a home cooked dinner (AND I’d do the dishes. That was almost more exciting to him than the dinner!).

I had actually planned to make this last Thursday, but at the last minute he decided we should go out. A couple weeks ago Lauren posted this recipe to her blog and Charles saw it and thought it looked good. I was surprised. Given that he hates lima beans and quinoa, I wasn’t sure how he’d feel about lentils.

And I was right. He told me I undercooked them. I told them they were supposed to be a sort of meaty texture! I think he would have cooked the hell out of them if I let him!

I followed Lauren’s recipe to a T, except for the tuna. My grocery store doesn’t carry fresh fish, and I didn’t want to risk it with something frozen. So I went for a nice juicy steak to grill instead. Yum!

I can’t serve Charles a plate that doesn’t have something green on it. I meant to sautee some spinach and use it as a bed for the salad, but I forgot to get spinach. It would have been great though. Thankfully, I had grilled eggplant from TJs in the freezer to save the day. And a fresh loaf of challah, it doesn’t get any better.

Charles and I both thought the best part was the balsamic reduction. I think I could eat a shoe if it was coated in that.

The strawberries and basil make a perfect summery salad. And we both felt good for eating something so healthy!


Valentine’s Day Dinner

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day is sort of hokie to me. I’ve never been all about over-sized red teddy bears or overpriced bouquets of roses. I love the sentiment, but the gifts seem really odd.

Thankfully, Charles gets it too. We give each other cards throughout the year when we seem compelled to, so getting one on Valentine’s Day is only natural. But that’s pretty much it. There’s actually no way on earth he’d be caught dead trying to make a reservation on February 14. There are just some things that people in the restaurant business refuse to add to!

Otherwise, we do what we’d normally do on a Monday night. He makes me dinner 🙂

Last night his goal was to prepare what he would order if we did happen to go out. He’s had Capital Grille on the mind…so the meal revolved around steak.

He wasn’t about to attempt calamari at home, so we began with a platter of sushi. It was hard to restrain myself from filling up on that.

Next course, the wedge salad. The best part of it, the freshly cooked bacon (no bacon bits for this guy!).

Main course, filet for me (NY strip for him), we split a lobster tail, and each had a couple of shrimp he steamed in the rice cooker. Oh, and our favorite, grands layered biscuits. Anyone who came to Thanksgiving in January knows the awesomeness of those biscuits!

Thankfully, I saved a little room for dessert. I knew he’d gotten ice cream and cookies, but what I didn’t know was that he’d gotten Ben and Jerry’s creme brulee ice cream! I’ve had the Haagen Dazs version of the same flavor, but it was no where near as good as B&Js. The swirls of crunchy caramel are amazing! I skipped on the cookies in favor of more ice cream.


Tasty Tuesday – Mom’s Stuffed Peppers

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ll admit it, as a kid, I HATED stuffed peppers. I think it was the mixture of peppers with beef (which I hated), but a few years ago I rediscovered this recipe of Mom’s and have loved making little changes to it to make it even better!

I already had a pound of ground beef on hand (in the form of free burgers from Omaha. I never order without a deal!). Last summer I experimented with using tomatoes instead of peppers so I did some of them again. I also added corn to the original recipe, and used provolone cheese to top the tomato ones. YUM!

Shopping list:
3 large peppers
3 large tomatoes (the bigger the better)
1 lb ground beef (turkey also works well since we’re adding a ton of moisture)
1/3 cup of onion (I omitted this because I found canned tomatoes with onions in them)
1 12 oz can of tomatoes (whole or diced, not pureed)
1/2 cup long grain rice

1/2 cup water
1 teasp. Worcestershire sauce
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup shredded cheese (or, I topped the tomatoes with thin sliced provolone)

I precook the peppers because otherwise, they don’t get nearly tender enough. I cut out the tops and cleaned them, then added them to a pot of salted water and let them come to a boil, boiling for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, brown the beef (and onions if you use them). Season with salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes and juice from the can, 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup long grain rice and the Worcestershire sauce. Stir and cover, simmering for about 15 minutes. I stirred in the corn at the last minute.

Clean the tomatoes and cut out the insides, set them and the cooked peppers upright in a baking dish. I added 1/2 cup of the beef mixture to the peppers, topped with cheese, then added the other 1/2 cup and topped with cheese again. The tomatoes only held a 1/2 cup, so I baked the rest of the mixture surrounding the tomatoes. I topped them with the provolone.

Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes until the cheese melts.

I love this recipe because it has all the food in one easy dish…no worry for sides. However I found a good deal on a six pack of Jiffy corn bread mix, so I had my stuffed tomato with a corn muffin last night. yum!

The nutritional information is about 270 calories, 15 grams of fat and 2 grams of fiber.

Easy Dinner – Thanks Omaha

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Yum yum!

I didn’t feel like doing much dinner wise last night, but OMG. My easy dinner was delicious! I had a petite filet from Omaha that I grilled to PERFECTION! Medium-rare perfection I tell you (which is hard to achieve on a foreman grill…)!

I paired it with a stuffed baked potato and YUM!

I love Omaha steaks because believe it or not, for the quality of meat they can be quite affordable (if you only shop when there are sales). Since Mom has been living alone we’ve started splitting orders so our freezers aren’t packed full when we do order. And I love that the portions are perfectly sized and it’s easy enough to thaw one or two servings at a time since they’re individually packaged.

And you know what else? Their boxes are perfect for shipping books I sell from!

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