Category Archives: Cooking

Beef Jerky – Part Two

IMG_9527First I must say….the beef jerky is DELICIOUS!!! I was so surprised at how simple the whole process is, and how delicious the end result turned out. Why would you ever spend the outrageous money on packaged beef jerky when you can make your own!?!? I am sold for life – on making our own beef jerky. No preservatives, you know the cut of meat, you know the source of meat, you know the spices, etc……I mean, it is a no brainer. If you missed the first part of the post, here it is for you:

Beef Jerky

We made 3 lbs of flank steak, so it didn’t all fit in the dehydrator…..so, I put some of it in the oven. This worked JUST as well. So, don’t worry if you don’t have a dehydrator…..just use your oven!

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As you can see I put the beef on a rack and had it over a aluminum foil lined baking sheet, for quicker clean-up. Some of the beef had started to brown a little from sitting in the marinade/seasonings for the roughly 36 hours.

Just 3 hours later I was delighted to see that we had PERFECT beef jerky. Made fresh from our own kitchen!! How awesome is that? It looked like beef jerky and tastes AWESOME!!!

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Our daughter LOVED it! She has enjoyed having some in her lunch or as a snack. What a delicious and nutritious treat to have! πŸ™‚

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I hope you all enjoy and try for yourself to see just how simple this is and how delicious homemade beef jerky is!!!!! Hope you have an awesome Thursday πŸ™‚

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Fast & Easy Homemade Dinner

Looking for a quick dinner to throw together on a work night that tastes delicious and stands up to the health test?! Look no further! I have an easy, delicious and nutritious meal for you to make when there is very little time to get a good dinner on the table. This is the perfect dinner when faced with not having a ton of time and looking at takeout as your only realistic meal for dinner. Believe me good meals do not have to take FOREVER to prepare. Simple is always best!

I will let you know where I got the ingredients from as I list them so that you can see how painless this whole process can be!

Mahi-Mahi – Brussels Sprouts – Spinach Avocado Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Ingredients:

Mahi Mahi (Costco)

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Brussels Sprouts (Costco)

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Quinoa (Costco)

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Avocado (Costco)

Spinach (Costco)

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Olive Oil (Costco)

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Himalayan Pink Salt (Costco)

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Black Pepper (Costco)

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Lemon (Whole Foods)

Cilantro (Whole Foods)

Lime (Whole Foods)

Paprika (Whole Foods)

Garlic (Whole Foods)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400*

Mahi-Mahi – coat both sides with olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika. Place the fish on a aluminum foil lined baking sheet and squeeze lemon over them liberally. Cook on 400* for 12-20 minutes depending on the size of the mahi mahi steaks.

Brussels Sprouts – cut the end off of the brussels sprouts and discard. Chop them all in half and wash thoroughly. Place in a bowl and pour some olive oil, salt, pepper and 2 cloves of minced garlic. Toss so the brussels are well coated . Line a baking dish with aluminum foil and pour the brussels out onto the baking dish. Spread them out so they aren’t overlapping. Cook on 400* for about 18-20 minutes.

Quinoa – Cook 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of chicken broth. Always use chicken broth when cooking quinoa, as it adds much more flavor. Cook the quinoa as according to the package directions. While it is cooking cup a cup or more of coarsely chopped spinach in a bowl. When the quinoa is finished cooking pour it immediately over the spinach. The heat will cause the spinach to wilt slightly.

Meanwhile, add about 1/2 cup olive oil, salt, pepper, clove of garlic, handfuls of cilantro, and juice of one (juicy) lime to a blender. When this is blending take the time to chop up an avocado.

Now you can plate it…..Put the quinoa and spinach mixture on your plate, add avocado over it and the cilantro lime sauce.

**the cilantro lime sauce is also delicious as a salad dressing or as a little extra flavor for the fish.

ENJOY! Just as simple as that you have a delicious and nutritious meal!!!

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Easy Side Dish for ANY Meal

Sometimes it is just so hard to think up a good side to have with your main course. We often open the door to our fridge and look in a daze at what we could possibly put with the burger patties, flank steak, chicken breast, etc. I encourage you to think outside the box. Just because you have never had a veggie combination does not mean it doesn’t work together.

Vegetable Side Dish

Ingredients:

Bacon Fat/Olive Oil

Spinach

Bell Peppers

Mushrooms

Pinto Beans

Garlic

Salt

Pepper

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Directions:

In skillet over medium heat warm olive oil/bacon fat. Finely chop 2 garlic cloves and add to the oil/fat as it is heating up. Before the garlic browns add in chopped bell peppers. We used mini sweet bell peppers and used 6 of them.

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Once you give the peppers and garlic a chance to cook add in chopped mushrooms (about 6) and about half a can of drained and rinsed pinto beans. Add a small amount of salt and some pepper to the skillet at this point. We didn’t add too much salt because the canned beans already have salt in them. Top the skillet off with mounds of spinach. Stir occasionally and just watch the skillet. Once the spinach is all cooked down the dish is ready to enjoy.

ENJOY your easy homemade dish!!

As simple as that you have a homemade delicious healthy side dish. It really is that easy to throw scraps together from your refrigerator/pantry. Any vegetables can be substituted for the ones we used, these were just the veggies that we already had in the fridge. Enjoy the dish and change it up to make your own personal delicious creations!

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