Rosemary Steak


Ingredients:

  • 1 package flank steak, cut in three small steaks
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp dried rosemary

Who doesn't love a good cooked steak? I love steak about any way you can cook them. However, sometimes there are cuts of steak that are a little less desirable that others. In the case of our family being on a tight budget, and eating healthier, we have to go with the less desirable. So even though the cut of meat was not as good as a ribeye, this came out very tender and flavorful. I think it was because of two reasons.One: the method how it was cooked, and two: NOT overcooking the steak. So here is what I did:



  • With any steak, take the steaks out and let them sit at room temperature for about 15 to 20 minutes. As you set them out to warm, sprinkle both sides with kosher salt. You can be liberal with the kosher salt, as long as you use kosher, not table salt.
  • Take a cast iron skillet and turn the stove on medium high. Let the pan get really hot. Add a small amount of olive oil, about a tsp,  The oil will be begin to smoke, so put your steaks on quickly. Sear on both sides of the steak for two minutes.
  • Take the steaks and put into a preheated 350 degree oven. When the steaks are placed in the oven and the door is shut, turn the oven OFF. Let the steaks set in the oven for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Take steak out of oven and slice. Plate, eat, and enjoy! This piece of meat was very flavorful, moist, and not tough at all! Please enjoy.

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    Lasagna Zucchini Rolls


    As we continue our Extreme Makeover lifestyle change thanks to Chris and Heidi, we find recipes that are actually good, along with being low carbohydrates and good for you. I have to admit, I wasn't so sure about this recipe before I tried it. After trying it, I was pleasantly surprised of the visual and palatable qualities it possessed. This may become a regular.  I have tweaked the recipe to make it  more to my tastes, so add any spices you feel may go well with the ingredients.  So this is what I did:

    Five ounces ground turkey
    One tbsp minced yellow onion
    One tbsp minced garlic
    1/2 cup spaghetti sauce(low sodium)
    2 tsp Italian Seasoning
    One teaspoon agave nectar
    1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
    One medium size zucchini

    Take zucchini and cut both ends off. Using a mandolin cutter on level three, cut the zucchini long ways to create thin strips. These should be less than a 1/4 of an inch. 

    In a boiler, bring six cups of water to a simmer. Place zucchini in water and simmer for five minutes. Have a bowl with cold ice water ready and place zucchini in ice water to halt cooking process. Once they are cooled they should be tender and flexible. You will know if you overcooked or under-cooked. One will be mush and the other will be hard and not flexible. Once cooled, drain and set to the side.

    In a fry pan  add 1 tsp olive oil and cook onions and garlic on medium heat. After about thee minutes add the turkey and cook thoroughly. 

    Add spaghetti sauce, agave, and Italian seasonings. Turn off  and remove from heat. 

    Take a small spoon and cover  one side of the flat zucchini. Not too much or it will not roll up. I would say about three tsp. Gently roll the zucchini away from you and tuck under itself after each turn. It should roll into a sushi style roll. Place on a greased baking pan. 

    Sprinkle each roll evenly with mozzarella. Broil in over for three minutes or until the cheese has melted and is brown. 





    Very tasty! Try this. It is pretty and tastes good!






    Barbecue Chicken Salad



    We are continuing to try the recipes found in Chris and Heidi Powell's "Extreme Transformation" book and today we tried barbecue chicken salad. It was a very tasty meal with only a few tweaks. Instead of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, we used boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Here is what we did (this recipe made three bowls) :

    Three boneless, skinless chicken thighs cooked
    Three tbsp low-sodium barbecue sauce
    Four cups romaine lettuce, chopped
    3/4 cup black beans
    3/4 cup fresh corn
    1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
    One tbsp ranch dressing mix
    One tsp lime juice
    Cilantro
    Three extra tbsp barbecue sauce

    Cut up cooked pieces of chicken thighs and  mix with three tbsp barbecue sauce. Build your lettuce, beans, corn, and chicken.

    Mix Greek yogurt, ranch dressing mix, lime juice together. Spoon one tbsp on top of each bowl, Add more barbecue sauce if needed. Top with cilantro.

    The chicken thighs were very good in this dish! Try it for a good lunch one day.




    Oven Cooked Chuck Roast




    Sundays are a busy day for me because I am Pastor Chef (like Master Chef, get it? Nevermind.) So we try to find something that would be full of flavor but yet easy to make. Now the focus is the roast in this post, and I must say the roast turned out perfectly. It was so moist and tender I almost wanted to eat the fat. So here is what I did:



    One Thick chuck roast, cut in half (I will cook the other half another day)
    1 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
    1/2 tbsp black pepper
    1 tbsp garlic powder
    1 tbsp paprika
    2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


    Take your dry seasonings and coast each side of the roast evenly.
    Sear both the roast in a cast iron skillet on medium heat for five minutes on each side. Add Worcestershire sauce to the pan, not the on the meat. 
    Add vegetables if you like and put in a 200 degree oven for five hours.

    When I cut into the roast after that time and that low temperature the meat was very most, and very tender, but not the mushy tender you get after it has cooked in a crock-pot all day. The flavor: Wonderful!

    However I do recommend that you cook the vegetables separately or add more liquid for them to cook. I feel a higher heat setting would be good for it.

    And there you have it! This roast was awesome! Did not need any sauce or anything to flavor it up. And by the way, the fat does melt in your mouth!


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