Archive for ‘Dinner’

December 11, 2011

Prodactivity

That’s productive activity, and that’s what I did today.

30 Minutes Movement:  Speed walking around the Lancaster Rockvale Outlets for exercise.  One speedy loop to window shop and ponder what stores we needed to go into to buy Christmas gifts.  One slow loop to actually shop.  Estimated 2.5 miles completed.  Actual 99% shopping completed.

We came home good and hungry, so I got right to work making dinner.  The stovetop was a busy place tonight.  Broccoli steaming.  Trader Joes Basmati Rice Medley simmering.  Soy ginger top sirloin steak searing (from Yeehaw).  Despite the meal being 100% stove top cooked, I set it up and then walked away and let it do it’s thing.  I love when I can do that!

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A nice hearty winter meal!

Soy Ginger Steak

  • soy sauce
  • ginger vinaigrette (from Tait Farm Foods)
  • ground ginger
  • chili pepper flakes
  • garlic cloves, roughly chopped

Mix quantities to your taste.  Pour over steak.  Tenderize the meat (this is my favorite tenderizer).  Allow to sit at least a few hours or overnight. Sear for 3 minutes on each side.  Turn heat to low to finish cooking until desired doneness.  I removed it from the heat at ~135° F which after resting brought it to medium (140° F).

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  • Very Rare Steak– 120°
  • Rare Steak– 125°
  • Medium-Rare Steak– 130° – 135°
  • Medium Steak– 140° – 145°
  • Medium-Well Steak– 150° – 155°
  • Well-Done Steak – 160°

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Activity Factoid:  Aerobic activity raises your heart beat to meet the demand of your moving body.  It makes the cardiovascular system stronger.  It involves moving in a rhythmic manner for a sustained time period.  Examples include brisk walking, bicycling, dancing, and swimming.

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November 21, 2011

And They Call Me…

MELLOW YELLOW!

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This weeks dinners are going to be as simple as it gets.  Turkey and other side dish components in the fridge don’t leave much space for nightly dinner ingredients.  Pantry dinners it is!  It’s good to use up a crowded pantry every now and then anyway!

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Tonight consisted of some V8 Southwestern Corn Soup that was doctored up.  Some easy doctoring made such a hearty and delicious meal.  I’ve made this soup before, but never like it was tonight.  Hard to believe it could be so simple!

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Into one box of soup I added a cup of corn and a cup of mushrooms.  It’s a good way to add bulk to fill you up, without a lot of calories.  Just simmer it all together until the mushrooms soften and the soup is heated.

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While that was simmering I made some fab croutons from Golden Grains garlic herb bread.  I just ripped them into bite size pieces, sprayed lightly with olive oil, and baked at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes, turning at the halfway point.  Crunchy and crumbly on the outside and chewy on the inside.

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The most important part of this meal was the assembling of layers.  Soup first, a sprinkle of cheddar cheese second and croutons third.  The cheese melted into the soup and onto the croutons.  A big bite of all three melted in your mouth and some had chew.

All in all this dinner well exceeded my expectations.

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*Approximate Nutrient Content:

  • 500 Calories
  • 16 grams Protein
  • 17 grams Fat
  • 5 grams Fiber

*calculated using My Fitness Pal