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Skirt Steak Stir Fry.

Last week, I picked up a pound of grass fed skirt steak and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I had some coconut aminos in my fridge so a stir fry seemed like the obvious choice.

Stir Fry Ingredients:
1 pound grass-fed skirt steak
4 large carrots
1 red bell pepper
1 hot cherry pepper
6 mushrooms of choice
1 head baby bok choy
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tbs. seasame oil, for frying

Sauce:
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 tbs. coconut aminos
2 tbs. almond butter
1 tbs. lemon juice
red pepper flakes
1 tbs. arrowroot powder to coat steak*

Garnish:
slivered almonds
chopped green onion

Directions:
1. Rinse steak and pat dry.  Cut steak into thin strips and coat with arrowroot powder. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. *Arrowroot powder is not necessary, but it does help to thicken the sauce and coat the meat.
2. Julienne four large carrots, bell pepper and hot cherry pepper. Sliced the mushrooms and baby bok choy. Place carrots and bell peppers in one bowl, mushrooms and bok choy in another. Chop green onions and set aside.
3. Heat a large skillet and add sesame oil. Add steak in two batches (or according to the size of your skillet), cooking until the steak is just browned. This should take from 3-5 minutes for each batch if your skillet it hot. Remove steak from pan and set aside.
4. Add carrots and bell peppers to skillet, adding more oil if necessary. Saute for about five minutes, until the carrots are starting to soften, and add the mushrooms and bok choy.
5. Add garlic, coconut aminos, almond butter, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes to the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper and stir until the vegetables are evenly coated.
6. Add steak to the vegetable mixture and cook another 2-3 minutes, until steak is cooked through. Remove the stir fry from the skillet and into serving bowls. Top with silvered almonds and green onions.
Serves 4.

Although I really enjoyed the flavor of this dish, the steak was seriously tough. As in, I kind of couldn’t even chew some pieces. I read after making this dish that skirt steak generally is tough but that the toughness can be reduced by marinating the steak. Next time, I will definitely do that. In the course of my research, I also happened upon this hilarious and extremely sexist website. Any tips on skirt steak that don’t play into the gender bias?

And of course, Happy Halloween! My little sisters had a trunk-or-treat last Saturday and I thought they looked awesome! Lady Gaga and a crazy creepy skeleton. Kara (the skeleton) even offered me her Starburst when she got back.

What will you be for Halloween? I’m being a cashier at Whole Foods Market 😉

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Simple Sunday.

It’s been quite a while since my last post. The transition from summer to school is still in progress and it’s left little time or energy on my part to blog. It’s so easy to fall out of the habit of blogging but I don’t want to do that completely. Hopefully as I continue to adjust to this new routine, I’ll be back a bit more. Until then, dinner on a Sunday night.

Caramelized onions (in apple cider vinegar and maple syrup) with a sliced chicken apple sausage and a side of sauerkraut. Simple but still delicious. After a day of homework, it definitely hit the spot.

It’s become so crisp and cool around here lately. I look forward to the changing of flavors that autumn introduces. In fact, soup is on the menu for this week. I’ve been a fiend for soup lately, especially since I had cold last week.

What are your favorite fall foods?

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Back to School.

Today is my first day back to school. I’m already done classes for today, as they were three in a row back to back. So far, things have been pretty good. I’m already getting the sense that this semester will be a lot less enjoyable than the last (no English writing courses), but I’m willing to make the best of it. Unfortunately, I’m stuck at school right now because I still have work to get through, which starts at five thirty. My school is about five minutes from work so it would be pointless to go home. Not to mention a total waste of gas.

In approaching the school year, I decided that I would start batch cooking my dinners and breakfasts to make the transition from summer a bit easier. With homework, class and work I will have little time during the week to cook and so I’ll (hopefully) be cooking my breakfasts and dinners for the week every Sunday. What I ate today is essentially what I’ll be eating all week, with variation among sides and snacks.

This week on the breakfast menu is a crust-less mushroom and onion quiche, which will last me four days.

To keep it from getting boring, I’ve been switching up the sides. Yesterday I had quiche with avocado salad; this morning I had quiche and a banana!

For lunch this week, I finally cracked open my can of Bar Harbor Wild Caught Herring Filets in Cracked Pepper and made herring salad for herring salad sandwiches. Yes, I am eating bread again. Every few weeks I’ve decided to indulge in a half loaf of sourdough bread, as I have no gluten intolerance and have found no bad reaction from reintroducing it into my diet. Plus, I really missed toast. Like, a lot. I plan to continue following the paleo principle of consuming a whole foods based diet, but I’ve found that labeling myself as “paleo” is too restrictive for me at this point in time.

Herring salad made with celery, onion, a small pickle, greek yogurt and mustard, topped with fresh sliced tomato. To drink I had some diluted 100% cranberry juice. On the side I enjoyed some fresh cherries and cucumber slices. Yes, I am that girl with the extremely stinky fish sandwich. No, I don’t care.

For dinner this week, I made a huge batch of chili. My phone’s been really weird lately and won’t let me take pictures (it says the storage is too full even though I know I have space left, since I’ve deleted apps and everything), so unfortunately you only get a crap-quality picture of all the ingredients that went into my delicious and extremely spicy chili.


Recipe coming soon!

Have a great Wednesday!

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Garbage Dump Dinner.

Sometimes, like last night, I have lots of leftovers but no idea how to make a coherent meal out of them. Sometimes it’s best to forget conventionality and simply everything together in a pot. At least that’s what I told myself last night.

I had leftover chicken, roasted pee wee potatoes and some produce in the fridge that needed to be used. So I chopped up an orange bell pepper, an onion, two cloves of garlic and a bit of fresh rosemary and threw it all in a pan with olive oil. I sauteed this mix until the onions were translucent. Then I added the chicken and potatoes, adding more olive oil as necessary and stirring until the potatoes and chicken were warmed through. Dinner was served. And it was delicious.

I had leftovers of my leftovers for lunch today, which I topped with some fresh basil. For some reason, it tasted better today. The sweet onion taste really pulled through and the basil provided a nice bite. The flavors really melded together overnight. Weird how that happens.

Luckily, I have one more serving of this delicious bowl awaiting me tomorrow. Now I’m off to cook things for the rest of the week, as I’m looking at an extremely busy schedule. I literally will not have time to cook this week since school starts this Wednesday. I’ll have to balance that with a full schedule of work since I picked up an extra shift! I’m excited but overwhelmed at the same time. Enjoy your Monday!

P.S. Can you see me in the spoon? Gotta love the head popping in on the first picture. 🙂

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Well Done.

This morning a nice lump sum was deposited into my checking account and I decided that it was time to go shopping! Jay had to exchange a shirt at Target and I had to go grocery shopping, so off we went. I stocked up on lots of produce, meats, cheeses, and some other expensive items such as Lucini’s Savory Fig Balsamic Vinegar. It’s fifteen dollars but it’s divine.

When I got home, I did lots of other fun stuff like clean the bathroom and write an entire blog post only to have WordPress malfunction and erase the entire thing. Lots of fun. My stomach was also in knots most of the day so I wasn’t feeling to good. And then dinner happened.

I decided to make a grass-fed burger atop a simple salad with some mashed avocado. I was so excited for this meal and after taking photos promptly dug in. I cut the burger in half and discovered that the entire inside of the burger was still raw, bright pink and scary looking. Now, I know quite a few paleo-aligned people enjoy their meat rare and even raw, but I’m not there yet. I like my meat cooked to medium.

Once I got over my horror I picked the meat up off the salad and threw the burger back onto the pan for another five minutes, by which point it was cooked to medium doneness. Truth: I have made burgers maybe once in my life. Truth: I always nag Jay when he overcooks our burgers, even the slightest bit. Now I understand why he’d rather keep those burgers on the grill that extra minute. Now I understand that if he’s taking his time to make me some dinner, I should probably keep my mouth shut.

I’m sure with time and experience I’ll learn just how long to grill or pan fry burgers to perfection. Until then, I will continue to appreciate Jay and his mad grilling skills. Truth: he grilled the most pain in the ass cheese and veggie filled turkey sliders while we were down the beach. Twenty four at once. In the rain.

Truth is, he’s a keeper and I love him.

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Beach Eats.

Although I failed to blog at the beach, I took lots and lots of pictures. Of course, most of them were of food.

My favorite breakfast down the beach was probably the above; a plate of eggs sandwiched between a small sliced tomato and some leftover, warmed blue cheese balsamic potato salad. So good! I really enjoyed the potato salad, which I made by loosely following a Bobby Flay recipe from Southern Living. My grandmom always has tons of magazines and I took one to the pool with me every day to scour for recipes.

A typical post-breakfast scene.

I tried to pack a good serving of vegetables every day at the beach by having massive salads for lunch. This one was my favorite, by far.

A bed of romaine and fresh tomato topped with leftover sauteed green beans and coconut roasted carrots, plus a hard-boiled egg. I made my favorite coconut oil spiced carrots for my grandparents one night and while my grandmom was initially skeptical due to the red pepper flakes (she hates spicy!), she and my grandpop both enjoyed them. I was happy to see my grandpop get some coconut oil in too, as I’ve heard that it can help immensely with Alzheimer’s, which he suffers from.

Of course, Jay was the first to find some fun in my food and I christened this salad Herbert the Happy Salad. How could you not want to eat that face?

On our last night down the shore, Jay and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. I’d never been before but Jay had and he raved about it. I went for the Thai Curry wings and Jay ordered the spiciest dry rub that they offered.

These were definitely uniquely flavored and quite spicy! I didn’t really taste the spice at first but after my third or fourth wing I was chomping on celery like crazy to cool my mouth. Jay’s dry rubbed wings were really good too. Needless to say, we will be back.

Although I rarely drink, I decided to finally pop open the bottle of beer that my coworkers bought me for my 21st birthday. There’s a pub inside of the Whole Foods that I work at and a few of my coworkers are trained to work in there; thus, they have access to lots of specialty beers! I had no idea that they would actually buy me a beer and it was such a sweet gesture! Plus, I love owls. The decals were perfect.

I don’t have much of a taste for beer yet but I did enjoy the brew. I felt pretty buzzed halfway through and had to put it aside for later because I was making dinner! To my credit, though, it did have an alcohol content of 11.2!

Have a great Wednesday!

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Goodbye, July.

I just want to thank everyone who responded to my last post. You all had wonderful things to say and I’ve been taking in each and every word over the past few days. I’m excited to resume blogging after a week long hiatus that was filled with work, little sleep, and more work but no symptom use. That’s the most important thing.

I snapped this photo last Friday morning. It was my last day down the beach and I spent it relaxing, reading, and drinking coffee in the shade.

I’ve still been a bit obsessed with banana pancakes this week. This is the last square inch of a delicious stack.

For lunch on Monday I made a deli salad. I piled romaine in a bowl and topped it with some deli style turkey breast, tomato, onion, banana peppers and a hard boiled egg. Drizzled with some homemade vinaigrette, this bowl left me feeling happy and full. I’m completely broke this week (for a good, well worth it reason) so I’ve been relying on whatever meat my family has available. I did cave and buy the romaine though because I’ve been craving salads like crazy.

A delicious, pastured egg!

In addition to the romaine, I also picked up a package of Niman Ranch Bratwurst to go with the jar of Bubbie’s Sauerkraut that’s been sitting in my fridge. On Monday night I served up a bratwurst atop a bed of kale chips, sauerkraut, and topped the whole thing with some German mustard. Delicious!

My dad was super jealous of this meal. I love trying traditional foods and I love the good dose of probiotics (and taste!) that sauerkraut provides.

For dessert, I’ve been eating ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream. I can’t help it, it’s summer.

Happy Wednesday!

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