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Citrus Marinated Flank Steak

Rarely do I ever feel the need to prepare red meat or want to eat it.  Something inside of me was craving flank steak.  My grandparents had prepared us some wonderful marinated flank steak the last time we were visiting.  Mr.Picky was a fan of this great flank steak, even though he is often not a fan of this cut of meat.

Looking for my recipe I was given, I was having no luck.  I searched everywhere for my disc full of recipes and could not find it.  Somewhere in our move I lost it, well not lost but put it somewhere special.  I remember just before we moved I came across it in an odd spot and put it somewhere for safe keeping.  I don’t often misplace things and searched every logical place.  One day I will find it.

Until I find it I found this recipe for Citrus Marinated Flank Steak.  The flavors seemed similar to what we ate and I figured it would do until I can get my hands on the right recipe.  This recipe turned out great, not quite as much flavor as I was expecting even after I  marinated it longer.  Mr.Picky approved and said I could prepare it again.

Marinated Flank SteakMarinated Flank Steak:

  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic,crushed
  • 1 Tbs chipotle chili powder (I used regular so the kids could eat it)
  • 3 Tbs cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 lb. Flank steak

Score steak on both sides.

Place all ingredients besides the stead in a jar or blender, blend with an immersion blender until smooth.

Place steak in a plastic bag and pour in marinade.  Allow to marinade at room temperature for 2 hours.  Or overnight in the refrigerator.

Prepare the grill until high heat is reached and the coals are red hot.  Grill about 3-4 minutes on each side.  Move away from direct heat and cook another 10 minutes longer.  Meat should reach about 145 degrees.  This process took us a bit longer because we were cooking in the snow.

Remove meat to a cutting board, cover in foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.  Slice meat against the grain in thin strips to serve.

Marinated Flank Steak
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Pita Bread Recipe

I made pita bread once long ago and had no idea what recipe I used.  I checked out one of my favorite sites and found Peppy’s Pita Bread Recipe – Allrecipes.com.  With a few alterations my pita bread was complete.  It is so simple if you have the time for the dough to raise.

We had a few girls over to play for the day and had fun rolling and stretching the dough.  It was even more fun to watch it bake and puff up in the oven through the glass oven door.  Of course everyone had to sample our creation which was almost as much fun to taste a completed project.

My plan for pita bread was to make it the day before my birthday party and serve it at the party.  We ended up eating a bit fresh.  With the rest of the bread I placed it in a sealable bag.  It sliced nicely into wedges just before the party to dip into some hummus.

Pita Bread:Pita Bread

  • 1 1/8 cup warm water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry yeast

Combine yeast, sugar, and water to proof until foamy.

Add in the oil to the yeast mixture.

In a bowl combine flour and salt.  Make a well in the center and add yeast mixture.

Knead until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to rise in a warm place for about 3 hours or until double in size.

Once dough had doubled roll into a rope shape.

Pita Bread

Pinch off 12 pieces and place balls on a floured surface to sit and rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees with the rack at the bottom.

Pita Bread

Roll each dough ball to a 5-6 inch circle with  a rolling-pin or using your hands to stretch the dough.

Bake about 4 circles at a time for about 5-6 minutes.  Until puffy and slightly brown.

Pita Bread

Remove from baking sheet to cool on a rack.

Pita Bread

The bubble will deflate but when you cut open the pita bread there should be a pocket.


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Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Roast

I had a pork loin tip roast in the freezer and needed something new to make for dinner.   Knowing we would have the pork one way or the other I had pulled the pork loin out of the freezer the night before to thaw.  I had a new bottle of balsamic vinegar to try out and had the time to marinade, so I went for it.  I came up with a marinade that was amazing.

Mr.Picky thought it was the best pork loin roast I have ever made.  It was very flavorful without being too spicy for the kids who both had seconds.  In my mind the tangy brightness from the vinegar paired great with the garlic and herbs on this mild flavored meat.

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Roast

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Roast:

  • 2-4 lb. pork loin roast (or tip roast)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1 Tbs Morton’s Nature Seasoning (bought or made)
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

Morton’s Nature Seasoning:

  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup onion powder
  • 2 1/2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs dried parsley
  • 2 tsp celery seed

Combine all of the following in a container with an air tight lid.

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin RoastRoast:

Place vinegar, both seasonings, and garlic in a plastic sealable bag.  Mix until seasonings began to dissolve.

Add in olive oil and squish around again.

Place pork into the bag and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

In a glass baking dish place pork and marinade, cook in a 350 degree preheated oven.  Cook about 1-1 1/2 hour or until the internal temperature reached 140 degrees.  Baste with marinade a few times during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Remove from oven and tent with foil to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Creamy Balsamic Dressing

With my one New Years Resolution this year to be to try to make all my dressing homemade I have tried  many new recipes.  I have made creamy balsamic dressing twice now.  It is a great alternative to a heavy creamy dressing but still is satisfying in flavor.

I didn’t have any Morton’s Nature Seasoning on hand.  Google came in handy and provided me with a recipe in which I prepared a little container of it.  Not only is this seasoning great in the dressing but I add it to multiple recipes.  Mr.Picky is especially fond of this seasoning.

Creamy Balsamic Dressing:Creamy Balsamic Dressing

  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or crushed
  • 3 Tbs mayonnaise or greek plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp Morton’s Nature Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive or grape seed oil

Whisk together garlic, mayo, lemon juice, mustard, sugar, salt, and nature seasoning.

Add in vinegar and whisk until combined well.  While continuing to whisk slowly add in oil and whisk until smooth.

Keep in the refrigerator and a mason jar, enjoy this healthy option on your favorite salad.

Morton’s Nature Seasoning:

  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup onion powder
  • 2 1/2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs dried parsley
  • 2 tsp celery seed

Combine all of the following in a container with an air tight lid.

Wheat Berry Salad with Feta

When flipping through  my new cookbook (new to me I picked it up from a garage sale)Family Circle Annual Recipes 2011.   I came across Wheat Berry Salad.  I knew it would be perfect as a lunch salad.  I love feta and it had crunchy bites of apple and celery, which paired perfectly with the sweet and tangy dried cranberries.  All of these ingredients are some of my favorites.

I just needed to buy some wheat berries.  I know my mom has prepared these but I can’t remember if I had or not.  The directions were clear and it turned out great.  Just prepare yourself by soaking the berries the night before.

Wheat Berry Salad with FetaWheat Berry Salad with Feta:

  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 1 gala apples, cored and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, cranberries, or golden raisins
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey mustard
  • 1-2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbs olive oil

In a large bowl place wheat berries and cover with water so by at least 2 inches.  Allow to sit at room temperature overnight.

Drain wheat berries and transfer to a  medium sauce pan.  Add 3 1/2  cups water and bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes.  Add a little more water as needed while cooking.

Drain and cool to room temperature, meanwhile combine apples, dried fruit, celery, green onions, and feta in a large bowl.

Whisk together in a small bowl vinegar, honey mustard, honey, salt, and pepper.  While whisking add in oil in a thin stream.

Add wheat berries and dressing to the apple mixture and toss to coat the salad.


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Feta and Tomato Spaghetti Squash

After trying Alfredo Spaghetti Squash I thought of endless toppings and ways to prepare spaghetti squash boats.  It is so simple and much healthier than sitting down to a bowl of pasta.  With endless fresh tomatoes from the garden and a large container of feta cheese a light bulb went off.

Not only was this filling and probably way more than a portion but I was starving.  It is squash how bad can it be for you?

Spaghetti Squash with Feta cheese and Fresh Tomatoes

Feta and Tomato Spaghetti Squash:

  • spaghetti squash, split and cleaned of guts
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 small tomato diced
  • garlic seasoning to taste
  • salt to taste

 

The toppings are per half of squash.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare squash by cutting in half lengthwise with a sharp knife.  Scoop out seeds and place cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet covered with water.  Bake until tender, about an hour.

Once squash is cooked, use a fork to gently scrape the squash strand into the center.

Add oil, feta, and tomato and toss to combine.  Serve warm.

Enjoy as a main dish or as a side.

Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

A while back Mr.Picky had a grand idea to do the Sambazon Purifying Cleanse.  This really surprised me and I actually had never did a cleanse before.  It was hard the first day because of the fact that I could not have caffeine.  But it was only for three days and was very energizing in the end.

The meal suggestions were actually not all that different from how I eat day-to-day.  This was one of the lunch meals and was actually very filling.  Mr.Picky even enjoyed it, although he is quite fond of beets.  I can’t believe one of his favorite vegetables are actually a nutritious one.

Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

Roasted Beet and Orange Salad:

This recipe makes two large lunch portions.

  • 1 medium beet, scrubbed
  • 2 1/2 Tbs olive oil, divided
  • 1 orange, segmented
  • 1 cup baby spinach, cut into slivers
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp caraway seed
  • salt

Roasted Beet and Orange SaladPreheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place beet in a roasting pan and drizzle with 1 Tbs of oil.  Roast 45 minutes.

Cool beet to room temperature, peel and cut into bite size pieces.

Place beets, orange, and spinach in a large bowl.

Whisk together in a small bowl vinegar, seeds, oil, and salt.

Toss salad with dressing, and divide for two.

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