Thursday, September 27, 2012

Quick Main Dishes

We are heading into what for many families is the busiest time of the year. The kids are back in school, the adults groups are starting up again, and the holidays are upon us. I thought I would scour the many cookbooks I have and adjust some recipes to
be better, cheaper, faster.

Beef Satay

2 cloves garlic
1 large onion, quartered
2T ground cumin
1T sugar
2T olive oil

1 pound lean boneless sirloin.


Cut beef into 1 inch cubes.

In a blender combine:

Whirl until smooth and place in large bowl.
Marinate beef cubes in bowl.

Thread meat on skewers.

Grill skewers on lightly oiled grill and cook 5-7 minutes until done to your liking.

Serve over red onions and sliced cucumbers with rice.

Beef Stirfry

2 large oranges
3T sherry
3T soy sauce
1 T cornstarch

1 pound bonless beef
Slice thinly across the grain into 1/4 inch slices.
2 T ginger

1.4 cups bean sprouts
1.5 cups chinese pea pods, cleaned.

1) Zest one orange. Squeeze juice from both oranges . Measure juice and supplement with water if necessary to make 3/4 cup. Add sauce ingredients .

2) Stir-fry beef until browned. Transfer meat to a bowl.

3) Pour orange juice mixture into pan. Deglaze pan. Add bean sprouts and pea pods and cook until pea pods are crisp-tender. Add beef and bring up to temperature.

Serve over rice.

NOTE: sirloin was on sale at Safeways last week.

Shrimp Fajitas

Make Salsa:
3 medium tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
1/2 cup minced onion
1 jalapeno seeded and minced
salt, red pepper
parsley or cilantro, chopped.

Mix together, cover, and set aside.

Make Marinade :

2 green onions
3T lime juice
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp each of cumin, ciili powder,
salt, red pepper

Marinate 1 pound of shrimp that has been cleaned ( remove shells and tails. ) about 5 minutes.
Stir fry shrimp in marinade until shrimp is done.

Heat flour tortillas . Lightly brush with hot water. Stack, wrap in foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.


Place shrimp over the center of the warmed tortilla. Add salsa and sour cream.

NOTES: Shrimp is less than five dollars a pound at Safeways with JFU. If tomatoes aren't in season, use canned chopped tomatoes, well drained. Adjust seasonings to
your heat preference. Taco shells are cheapest at Costco. I store them in the fridge and they last a long time. Lime juice is cheapest in the bottle.

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PS. I made this for family . I would serve it with rice. I would also add lettuce and cheese and cut the shrimp in half. A double batch did not feed 5 adults. I think a
Single batch would of augmented with rice and lettuce. This would also work for a lettuce wrap.

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