Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What's for Dinner? Beef and Broccoli

I prepped this meal during nap time today, cooked it while the babies ate their snacks, then packed it up and took it to go! We had to be at the kickball fields by 5:30 tonight so I packed it up in a lunch box and we had a little picnic!

I added two red bell peppers to my broccoli because 1) look at that color, so pretty 2) they're so good for you! and 3) we just really like bell peppers in this house, we eat them all the time. It worked out really well. The sweet pepper with the salty/spicy sauce... yum!

I can't believe I didn't get any other pictures! Everyone really liked this one and we had plenty of people coming up to us while we ate wanting to know if we brought any extras!

Beef & Broccoli

2 lbs flank steak or skirt steak sliced 1" thick against the grain
1.5 tbs low sodium soy sauce
1.5 tbs rice wine vinegar
Combine the meat, soy sauce, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Toss to coat well and let sit in the fridge 1hr to overnight.

1 lb broccoli chopped
2 small/medium red bell peppers sliced thin

Sauce- whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside
3/4 cup low sodium beef broth
1/4 cup water
1-2 tsp crushed red peppers to taste
2 tsp sesame oil
6 tbsp oyster sauce
6 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch for thickening

In a skillet or wok heat 1 tbsp cooking oil and cook veggies until they reach your desired doneness- we like ours a bit charred so I left the veggies in for awhile and stirred occasionally. Remove veggies and set aside.
In the same skillet or wok heat another 1 tbs cooking oil and add meat. Stir occasionally while cooking. Once the meat turns mostly brown add the sauce and veggies tossing to coat. Let simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
Serve over steamed rice or cooked ramen noodles.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What's for Dinner? Tuna Steaks

I shared our dinner menu for this week on my Facebook page and had some interest in the recipes. I joined a local Moms club a couple months ago and every Monday we share our weekly meal plans. This has sort of gotten my creative juices flowing again in the dinner department. It's made me more creative which I think Derek and the Bigs are appreciating!

I've been doing a lot of the prep work during Lydia's nap time. This lets me basically throw whatever into the oven or in the skillet come dinner time. I've also been using ingredients that are sort of pre-prepared such as this spice blend and the bagged slaw mix. I don't have time to dig through my spice cabinet and measure out a handful of different spices! I don't have time to chop and slice all those veggies!

As I'm meal planning I'm always thinking about leftovers. I like to make things with extra protein so that I know I'll have some for lunches the next day. Tonight I decided to throw in a pound of shrimp with these tuna steaks just to be sure I have a good lunch tomorrow.

Tuna Steaks

2 Tuna steaks
3-4 tbs McCormick's Asian Spice blend
Black pepper to taste

1 lb shrimp sauteed in sesame oil
stir-fried power slaw and mushrooms in sesame oil, salt, pepper
steamed white rice
wasabi sauce

1) Start rice in the rice cooker. While that is cooking prep tuna steaks by patting them dry on both sides, pour spice mix onto a small plate and give each steak a light spray/drizzle of EVOO. Press each steak into the spice mixture and grind black pepper on top to taste. Make sure both sides of the steaks are completely coated in seasoning then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2) Cook shrimp in a teaspoon or so of sesame oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside.

3) Saute slaw/ stir fry veggies and mushrooms on medium-high heat with some sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Cook 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside when done.

4) Heat a teaspoon of sesame oil over medium-high heat for a minute or two, spread it around the pan to make sure the steaks won't stick. Cook steak 4-5 minutes per side. Tuna steaks should be red-pink in the middle.

I would've gotten a better picture of the finished product but by the time I was done cooking everything my house smelled heavenly and stomachs were growling! I do believe this dinner may be in the regular rotation.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Making Improvements to Your Family's Health

It can be hard to keep your family healthy in the modern world. We all lead sedentary lifestyles, but we also lead busy lifestyles. Work and school life can be so hectic that we often let ourselves believe that there just isn’t enough time for healthy living. However, you don’t need to “make time” to be healthy - you just need to work it into your existing daily routine. Here are some improvements you could make to your family’s health.

Cook together.
It can be hard to cook healthy homemade meals every night when you’re a busy parent, but it’s so important to eat healthily even in this hectic day and age. A good way to incentivize yourself to make healthier meals for the family might be for you to cook with the kids. If you promise to make a meal together then you won’t feel tempted to resort to a ready meal on a busy Monday night. You can use this as a chance to teach your kids how to make nutritious meals. Of course, you could always do some research on nutrition if you’re wondering what you should include in a healthy and filling diet. You’ll notice a massive improvement in your family’s health if you ensure they get all the vitamins and nutrients their bodies need for sustenance. There’s a science to nutrition, but it’s simple for anyone to understand.

Exercise together.
Much like eating healthily, it can be difficult to stick to a regular exercise routine. You might go to the gym every now and then, but the workout is so grueling and strenuous that you don’t want to go again for weeks or months afterward. Obviously, you’re not going to see any physical improvements to your health if you exercise so infrequently. However, making the move to exercise as a family might be just what you need to maintain regular physical activity. After all, they say the buddy system helps you to keep focused and dedicated to exercise (you’ve no excuse to slack when you’ve got a friend or a family member by your side). You don’t need to do some sort of “boring” exercise. You can keep it interesting. Maybe your family could join a karate class if you want to try something fun. You just need to find some way for the family to exercise on a regular basis.

Go to bed at the same time.
Sleep is so important to your health, but many of us neglect it in the modern age. Maybe your kids are going to bed late because of homework (and talking to people on Snapchat), or you’re all simply getting up ridiculously early to get to work or school on time. Whatever the case, you need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night for the sake of your physical and mental wellbeing. You should set your family the goal of going to bed at the same time as each other. Whilst your kids might not want to stick to a strict bedtime as they get older (and your partner probably won’t either), you could come to a compromise such as 10pm or 11pm to keep everybody happy. This will help to ensure that your family is getting enough sleep every night if you do have to get up ridiculously early in the morning. Start prioritizing sleep and you’ll notice an improvement in your mental and physical health.

*This is a collaborative post.