Balsamic Steak Skewers

Balsamic Steak Skewers

Man food. This is a prime example. Big, juicy, tender pieces of steak marinated in a tangy balsamic vinaigrette and grilled to perfection. Life does not get much better. Well, my hubs would give me all the cherry tomatoes and go on with his meal. I don’t mind one bit. Not one.

I’m not reaching to lie. I bribe my hubs with food. If i would like him to try to one thing massive I prepare one in every of his favorite meals so gaze adoringly into his eyes and beg. Beg. Beg. typically it works. This formula is completely a bribe food for all of you ladies out there conjointly use this man over. Don’t suspend your head in shame. We have a tendency to do what we have a tendency to have to be compelled to do….

This past weekend I attended a blogging conference known as Blogger Food that needed American state to go away once work on weekday and not return till late Sunday night. I prepare one meal for the hubs to create and created certain there were clean garments. Then I ran. Ran just like the wind. i would have aforementioned sensible luck as I dotted out the door. You recognize what? Not once did he complain regarding American state deed. I’m seriously blessed once it involves that. He digs in and helps out and lets American state do my factor heaps of the time. In fact American state sure the days he may offer me some crap if I’m gone a touch quite typically however he’s a complete hands on dad.

Miss K was indulged in an exceedingly few a lot of journeys to the nutrition restaurants and that i might have received an image at one purpose of chocolate soiled across her face from male parent humoring her in an exceedingly bag of M&Ms however she certain was smiling!

So thanks hubs for dig in and absorbing after I was gone. I like you dearly. I’m blessed to own you and that I hope you recognize it.

If you are lucky I might just thank you with a plate of these amazing Balsamic Steak Skewers, which I know will put a smile on your face followed up by a big bowl of homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream. Because I Love You.

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Ingredients

1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1/4 c. barbecue sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 lb sirloin steak cut into 1 in. cubes
2 c. cherry tomatoes

Instructions

1. In a large bowl whisk together the balsamic vinaigrette, barbecue sauce and dijon mustard. Reserve 1/2 c. of the marinade for basting. Marinate steak in marinade, tossing to coat.
2. On four metal or soaked wood skewers thread beef and tomatoes in alternating fashion. Using a long-handled tongs rub a paper towel that’s been moistened with cooking oil over grill grates to lightly coat them.
3. Place skewers on grill over medium heat, cover grill and grill until beef reaches desired doneness. Or broil about 4 inches from heat for 6-9 minutes. Turn occasionally and baste with reserved marinade during last three minutes of cooking.

 

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How to Be A Conscious Consumer

How to Be A Conscious Consumer

Do you know how the products you are buying were made? Are they environmentally friendly? Do you budget? If you answer yes to these questions then it means you are a conscious consumer.

Over the past decade consumption levels have increased across the globe. As the income level rises, so is the greater access to a wide variety of consumer products. Presently, unconscious and unethical consumerism has brought about several problems such as pollution and erosion of income savings. It is for this reason that the idea of a conscious consumer is being propagated.

Therefore, how do you become a conscious consumer?

Know the Product Background
Ever wondered how your favorite snack or t-shirt is manufactured? Well, many people are not aware of how many of the products they consume are made.

Over the years, several companies have been accused of unethical and inhumane manufacturing practices regarding their products. So, to be a conscious consumer, it is prudent of you to dig a little and find out the background details. How are they made? Where are they manufactured? Who manufactures them? How are they shipped?

Knowing all this will ensure that you consume products that have been ethically produced. Besides, it will allow you to hold accountable the companies should they contravene the consumer protection laws and regulations.

Avoid Unbudgeted Spending
Currently, consumption rates have increased tremendously as people’s spending powers also increase. However, it is prudent to undertake sound budgeting to ensure conscious consumption every day. It calls for sound financial and budgeting skills.

Start by determining your net monthly income and then use it to budget as per your needs. As a conscious consumer, you should be able to meet most of your monthly needs comfortably without feeling the need to overspend. Moreover, with a budget, you will minimize spending your money on unnecessary purchases.

Aim for Lower Cost Purchases
Well, with lots of money comes the power to spend. Nonetheless, it is imperative to cut on cost where necessary. Shop well, shop less, and shop consciously.

If you can find a way to make purchases at a lower price, then take it. By doing so, you will be able to save extra cash on the side for other essential life investments such as education.

Aim to cultivate a more conscious consumer mindset by distinguishing between wants and needs. For instance, you could make purchases on second hand retail stores, where surprisingly, you will find quality stuff for low prices. But as you do that, also be mindful of the quality of your purchases. You do not want to buy a piece of furniture only for it to break within a few days.

Embrace Environmental Consciousness
Much of the products people consume have their raw materials sourced from the environment. So, it makes sense to take care of Mother Nature in return.

One way would be to ensure that you minimize using plastic products and embracing disposable and biodegradable made products. For instance, instead of buying products from fast food stores that serve using plastic cups and plates, you could opt to visit a store that uses disposable take out boxes.

Proper management of trash is also an excellent way to cultivate ethical consumer consciousness. As a conscious consumer, you should prioritize on recycling and reusing where necessary.

Keto Friendly Chicken & Asparagus Recipe

Keto Friendly Chicken & Asparagus Recipe

chicken & asparagusMy husband recently embarked on a Keto Diet which means I either have to make him something keto friendly or find keto friendly recipes that the whole family will enjoy. Keto friendly meals aren’t really that hard to come up with, basically you just have to limit or replace the carbs.  So that means pastas are out unless you use edemame spaghetti or other flourless pasta substitutes.  But any way one of our favorites turned out to be this Chicken & Asparagus dish that my husband can eat with a small salad and the rest of the family can eat with pasta or even rice.

My grandkids and even my husband were not big asparagus fans, but after tasting this Chicken & Asparagus dish they decided it was pretty good.  One of the best things about this Chicken & Asparagus dish is that it’s super easy to make, it’s really just a stir fry and can be ready in about a half and hour!

Chicken & Asparagus – A Keto Friendly Dish!

2 Servings

Ingredients

4 Pieces Boneless/Skinless Chicken Thighs cut into chunks

7-8 Stalks Asparagus cut into thirds

2 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1 Tsp. Lemon Pepper

1 Tsp. Rosemary

1/2 Tsp. Thyme

1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt

1/2 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1 Tsp. Parsley

1/2 Cup Chicken Stock

Directions

Combine dry seasonings in a small bowl (not the garlic)

Heat Olive Oil in a wok or deep frying pan

Saute Garlic until it starts to turn brown

Add chicken and seasoning mixture

Cook until chicken is done

Remove chicken from pan and set aside

Add asparagus to pan and cover with chicken stock

Cook until asparagus is tender

Return chicken to pan and toss with asparagus

Turn heat up and cook until liquid is mostly gone – keep stirring so it won’t burn

Serve hot.

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  1. Combine dry seasonings in a small bowl (not the garlic)
  2. Heat Olive Oil in a wok or deep frying pan
  3. Saute Garlic until it starts to turn brown
  4. Add chicken and seasoning mixture
  5. Cook until chicken is done
  6. Remove chicken from pan and set aside
  7. Add asparagus to pan and cover with chicken stock
  8. Cook until asparagus is tender
  9. Return chicken to pan and toss with asparagus
  10. Turn heat up and cook until liquid is mostly gone Serve hot
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Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions

Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions

Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions are a straightforward Enough Dinner choice For Your Regular dark Rotation that’s spectacular enough to serve at Your Fanciest Party.

Pork medallions are an easy and impressive dinner option that’s also inexpensive! Single pork tenderloin can be cut into 10-12 medallions, which when wrapped in bacon make enough to serve four people.With therefore few ingredients it’s all concerning ingredient quality with this instruction. Use thick cut bacon, kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper for the simplest results. I’ve tested this instruction multiple times with completely different cookery strategies and also the most prosperous methodology includes par-cooking the bacon halfway before wrapping the pork.

The easiest thanks to cook the pork is to cook the bacon halfway then wrap every medallion and secure with a strip. If you’d choose to cook the tenderloin collectively piece you’ll be able to wrap the bacon round the entire roast then slice once totally roast. Most significantly, season the pork before wrapping additionally to seasoning the bacon on the outside. By the time the medallions are done cookery, the bacon can have finished cookery and browning.

This instruction keeps things easy with simply four ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions  (including the salt and pepper!) however you’ll be able to definitely add in some contemporary herbs and spices to combine things up as well:

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INGREDIENTS

1 pork tenderloin cut into 8-10 2″ portions
8-10 slices thick cut bacon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Cook the bacon strips until half-cooked.
3. Wrap the medallions with a piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick.
4. Add to a hot cast iron skillet (heated on the stovetop on high heat).
5. Spoon over a bit of bacon fat onto each medallion.
6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
7.Remove toothpicks before serving.

 

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Greek Night & Beef Souvlaki Recipe

Greek Night & Beef Souvlaki Recipe

Trying to decide what to make for dinner tonight?  I think it’s an age old problem, one even my Grandmother faced.  I remember her telling me that she loved to cook but deciding what to cook for dinner every night was her biggest problem! I face this issue daily myself, but not only do I have to decide what to cook I like to try and make dinner a fun family time too.  That’s why I came up with the dinner theme ideas.  I center dinner around a theme like Italian Night, Mid Easter Night, and so one.  This means I make food matching my theme and set the table to make it look we’re eating in whatever country the food is from.  One of my favorites is Greek night because we can have Beef Souvlaki!  Opa!

It doesn’t take much to plan a Greek night dinner all you need is some great Greek food like chicken or beef gyros, tzatziki sauce for dipping or topping, Greek Salad, souvlakis, and maybe some baklava for dessert.  You can wash it all down with some Greek wine or Ouzo for a fruity smoothie for the kids.

As far as table settings start with a blue and white table cloth or runner, if you have one with a Greek key design or border that works great, then use blue and white plates if you have them.  An alternative would be a burlap cloth stenciled with green olives or anything that reminds you of the sea or olive orchards.  Scatter some sea shells or fresh lemons in the center and a potted rosemary pot to complete you tablescape.  Just remember to keep it simple and fresh looking!

 

Or consider dining outdoors just like you would if you were on Santorini or Mykonos!  Just keep the blue and white theme going and you’ll do great.  Now for the most important part, food and drink!

You can start off with some ouzo if you dare or a nice minty lemonade is refreshing.  Then set out plates of greek olives, cheeses, and fresh crusty bread.  You can also set out bowls of tzatziki for dipping.  Click here for my tzatziki recipe!

For a lighter dinner serve a nice big Greek Salad.  Or you can have everyone make their own gyro sandwiches or plates.  Just set out the meat and the toppings and let everyone create their own!  Click here for my beef gyro recipe that’s made in an Instant Pot!

Or you could have a Greek barbecue!  Make these wonderful Beef Souvlaki.  What’s souvlaki?  Well it’s meat on skewers!  Here’s my recipe!

Beef Souvlaki

Marinade

2 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1 Tbs. Rosemary

1 Tbs. Fresh Mint chopped

1 Tbs. Fresh Parsley chopped

1 Tsp. Ground Cloves

1 Tbs. Oregano

Juice of 1 Lemon

1 Cup Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Vinegar

1/2 Tbs. Salt

1/2 Tbs. Pepper

Mix all ingredients together and place in a bowl or large ziplock bag

Skewers

6 Ribeye Steaks – trim the fat and cut into 1 inch pieces

2 Green Peppers cut into chunks

1 Large Onion cut into chunks

1 Container Mushrooms

Directions

Place meat in marinade and toss to cover all the meat

Marinate in the refrigerator overnight

Just before cooking put the meat on bamboo or metal skewers alternating meat with the veggies

Discard marinade

Grill until the meat is done to your taste

Serve with salad, rice, tzatziki sauce, pita bread or whatever you prefer.

Hope you love this Beef Souvlaki as much as we do!

 

 

Instant Pot Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Instant Pot Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Gyros seem to be getting trendy, even the fast food chains are putting them on their menus.  Makes sense I guess since Gyro (pronounced YEE-roh) can be considered fast food meaning you can grab a sandwich and eat it on the go.  Gyro meat can be either beef, pork, chicken, lamb, or a combination of these meats.  The meat is usually ground up and cooked on a vertical spit then thin slices are shaved off as needed to make plates or sandwiches.  Having grown up in New York City gyros have always been a familiar food, I remember seeing the big hunks of meat rotating behind a window at the corner deli or diner.  Anyway trendy or not we love Gyros, specially beef gyros!

We always grab a gyro or two when we’re in Greece and sometimes in NYC, I mean it’s not like we’re going to set up a huge vertical spit and roast meat for hours.  That’s why the  Instant Pot is a great addition to my kitchen!  I can make Beef Gyros anytime I have a yen for them.  The beef gyros made in my Instant Pot tastes pretty authentic and can be made in about half an hour!  Doesn’t beat a trip to Athens or Santorini, but it hits the spot!

The Beef Gyros I make in the Instant Pot are tender, juicy, and tasty; in short perfect!  We slather the pita with homemade Tzatziki, a creamy cucumber yogurt sauce, then fill it with meat and veggies, delicious!

Here’s the recipe for Instant Pot Beef Gyros and Tzatziki Sauce, hope you love it as much as we do!

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The Beef

Ingredients:

2 Lbs. Chuck roast sliced into thin strips about 1/4″ long – cut meat against the grain

1 Large White Onion thinly sliced

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Tbs. Oregano

1 Tsp. Sea Salt

1 Tsp. Black Pepper

1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 Cup Beef Broth

Shredded Iceberg or Romaine Lettuce

Sliced Tomatoes

Sliced Purple Onion

Sliced Cucumbers

1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar

Fresh Pita Bread or Naan

Directions:

Place all the ingredients except the Pita, Lettuce, and Tomato in the Instant Pot

Cover and make sure the valve is in the “Sealing” position

Turn pot on to Manual – high pressure

Set timer to 30 minutes

Once timer goes off allow the pot to sit for 15 minutes.  Then switch the valve to “venting” and allow the pot to depressurize.

Remove cover and stir.

While you’re waiting for the meet to cook make your Tzatziki Sauce and prepare your veggies

Place shredded lettuce, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions on a dish and sprikle with Apple Cider Vinegar then set aside until ready to use

Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Cup Finely chopped cucumbers – remove seeds before chopping

1 Cup plain whole milk yogurt

2 Tbs Fresh Dill chopped

1 Tsp Garlic finely minced

1/4  Tsp Salt

Directions:

Take the cucumbers and squeeze out the liquid.  Squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

Place cucumber in bowl and add in rest of the ingredients and mix very well.

Refrigerate until ready to use.

Sandwich assembly:

Cover pita bread with a damp paper towel and warm in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds

Place one pita bread flat on a piece of aluminum foil

Spread bread with Tzatziki Sauce

Place a layer of shredded lettuce over sauce

Remove desired amount of meat from pot and drain liquid then place over lettuce

Add cucumber, onion, and tomato slices on top then add more tzatziki sauce if desired

Roll sandwich and foil, use the foil to hold the sandwich together.  Peel off foil as you eat.

You can also make a plate or bowl instead of a sandwich.  Any left over tzatziki can be used a dip, just place in a dish or bowl and drizzle with olive oil.  Dip pita chips in the sauce for a great snack or appetizer!

 

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Beef
  1. Place all the ingredients except the Pita, Lettuce, and Tomato in the Instant Pot
  2. Cover and make sure the valve is in the "Sealing" position
  3. Turn pot on to Manual - high pressure Set timer to 30 minutes
  4. Once timer goes off allow the pot to sit for 15 minutes. Then switch the valve to "venting" and allow the pot to depressurize.
  5. Remove cover and stir.
  6. While you're waiting for the meet to cook make your Tzatziki Sauce and prepare your veggies
  7. Place shredded lettuce, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions on a dish and sprikle with Apple Cider Vinegar then set aside until ready to use
Tzatziki Sauce
  1. Take the cucumbers and squeeze out the liquid.  Squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
  2. Place cucumber in bowl and add in rest of the ingredients and mix very well.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Assembly
  1. Cover pita bread with a damp paper towel and warm in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds Place one pita bread flat on a piece of aluminum foil Spread bread with Tzatziki Sauce Place a layer of shredded lettuce over sauce Remove desired amount of meat from pot and drain liquid then place over lettuce Add cucumber, onion, and tomato slices on top then add more tzatziki sauce if desired Roll sandwich and foil, use the foil to hold the sandwich together.  Peel off foil as you eat. 
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