Grilled Spicy Filet Mignon Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon chili paste with garlic
1 tablespoon peanut oil
2 (12-ounce) filet mignon’s
Freshly ground pepper
1 head Bibb lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
3 cups mizuna leaves, torn into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup chiffonade Thai basil or regular basil, optional
1/2 English cucumber, halved and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices
2 carrots, julienned
8 each yellow and red cherry tomatoes, halved
Ginger Lime Dressing, recipe follows
Salt and ground black pepper
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon finely diced shallot
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons peanut oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Whisk soy sauce, lime juice, chile paste, and peanut oil together in a small baking dish. Add the steaks, turn to coat, cover, and let marinate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before grilling.
Heat grill to high. Remove steaks from marinade and pat dry. Season both sides with pepper and grill for 3 minutes per side or until slightly charred and cooked to medium-rare doneness. Remove from the grill, let rest 5 minutes, and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices.
While steak is resting, combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with half of the dressing and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter, top with the steak, and drizzle the remaining dressing over the top.
Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Let sit 10 minutes before using.
MISO BUTTER SHRIMP
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 teaspoons miso paste (or 1 1/2 tablespoons Miso & Easy)
1 tablespoon mirin
2 tablespoons Japanese sake
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 pound raw shrimp, shelled
In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, miso, mirin, sake and ginger until dissolved. Add in the shrimp and marinate for 10 minutes.
Cooking on grill: Heat your grill on high heat. Skewer the shrimp onto bamboo skewers. Grill each side for 2 minutes or until cooked through.
Cooking on stove: Heat your grill pan over high heat. Add the shrimp and grill each side for 1 1/2 minutes or until cooked through.
Cooking in oven: Turn your oven to Broil and move the rack to 8″ below heating element. Use parchment paper or tin foil on the bottom of baking sheet. Add the shrimp. Broil for 2 minutes each side or until cooked through.
Tonight, I am serving the shrimp over a bed of sauteed zucchini and asparagas and a garden salad.
Coconut-Lime Chicken & Snow Peas
1 cup “lite” coconut milk, (see Tips for Two)
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces chicken tenders
4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1 cup sliced snow peas
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons minced red onion
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Whisk coconut milk, lime juice, sugar and salt in an 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish. Transfer 1/4 cup of the dressing to a large bowl; set aside. Place chicken in the baking dish; bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, add lettuce, cabbage, snow peas, cilantro and onion to the large bowl with the dressing; toss to coat. Divide between 2 plates.
Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and thinly slice. Arrange the chicken slices on top of the salads. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the coconut cooking liquid over each of the salads.
Tonight, all that I’m serving is this entree size salad.
Big Papi’s Orange Beef and Broccoli (Lighter & Healthier than Carry-Out)
1 1/2 lbs sirloin steak (or flank, cut very thin, shaved if you can!)
2 tbsps corn starch (divided)
3 Tbsp chopped garlic (about 2 cloves)
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed juice from an Asian pear
1 Tbsp Japanese rice wine (mirin)*
1 Tbsp sesame oil
3 green onions, finely chopped (including white part)
1 tsp pepper
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup orange juice (for best results use pre-made or from concentrate, not fresh)
2 tbsps rice vinegar
2 tbsps granulated sugar
2 tsps orange zest
1 tsp sesame oil
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes
4 cups broccoli florets
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp vegetable oil (or grapeseed)
Add steak to a large Ziplocs bag then add the first 10 ingredients. Seal then squish to evenly coat and then place in the refrigerator to marinate for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine remaining 1/4 cup soy sauce or Tamari and remaining 1 Tablespoon cornstarch with chicken broth, orange juice, rice vinegar, sugar, orange zest, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and red chili pepper flakes then set aside.
Heat a large wok or nonstick skillet over high heat then add broccoli and water. Stir fry until broccoli is crisp tender, 3-4 minutes then remove to a plate and set aside.
Heat oil in wok then add half the marinated beef in one layer. Do not disturb for 30 seconds, or until bottom is golden brown. Flip slices then sauté until second side is golden brown. This should go very quickly if your beef is cut thin enough. Also, don’t overcook the beef or it can turn tough. Remove to a plate then cook remaining beef and then add to plate.
Add the sauce to the wok then cook until thickened and reduced, about 5 minutes. Add cooked beef and broccoli back into the wok then scoop over cooked rice when warmed through.
Tonight, I’m serving with fried eggs(weird combination but Steak and Eggs twist), and a fresh garden salad.
Shrimp Piccata with Zucchini Noodles
5-6 medium zucchini (2 1/4-2 1/2 pounds), trimmed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Pompeian Olive Oil Extra Virgin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound raw shrimp (21-25 count; see Tip), peeled and deveined, tails left on if desired
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup white wine
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons capers, rinsed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Using a spiral vegetable slicer or a vegetable peeler, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands or strips. Stop when you reach the seeds in the middle (seeds make the noodles fall apart). Place the zucchini “noodles” in a colander and toss with salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess water.
Meanwhile, heat butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Whisk broth and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to the shrimp along with wine, lemon juice and capers. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini noodles and gently toss until hot, about 3 minutes. Serve the shrimp and sauce over the zucchini noodles, sprinkled with parsley.
Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, “21-25 count” means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as “large” or “extra large,” are not standardized, so to get the size you want, order by the count per pound.
Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Fortunately, it is possible to buy shrimp that have been raised or caught with sound environmental practices. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as the Marine Stewardship Council. If you can’t find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America—it’s more likely to be sustainability caught.