Monday, April 19, 2010

Sirloin Steaks with Dijon Mushroom Sauce

Recipe adapted from Simple & Delicious

3-4 Sirloin Steaks (about 1.5 lbs)
Lawry's Season Salt
1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup beef broth
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp crushed dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried thyme

Sprinkle steaks lightly with season salt on each side.  Broil 4 inches from the heat for 6 minutes on each side, or until your desired doneness.
While your steaks are cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet on medium heat.  Saute the mushrooms until tender.  Once tender, stir in the remaining ingredients.  Bring the liquid to a boil, then cook until the liquid is reduced by half.
Serve the sauce over top of the steaks.

This sauce can also be served over pork chops, if you prefer that over steak.

My review:  This tasted like something from a restaurant.  It was amazingly delicious.  The sauce had the right tinge of dijon to make it spicy and the depth of the sauce because of the herbs made it really pop.  Make this!!  I want to try it on top of pork chops next!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hawaiian Quesadillas

4 wheat tortillas, burrito size

2 teaspoons mayo
8 slices thin sliced cooked ham, cut in strips
1 can (8oz) crushed pineapple, drained well
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

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In  nonstick skillet, place tortilla. Spread with half of the mayonnaise. Top with half of the ham, pineapple, bell pepper and cheese. Top with another tortilla.

Cook over medium heat 2 to 4 minutes, turning once, until lightly browned on each side, and cheese is melted.

Repeat to make second quesadilla.

My review:  I loved this!  It was a nice twist on Hawaiian pizza, and on quesadillas.  Very fun.

Ree's Springy Shells

In celebration of spring, I decided to finally make Ree's Springy Shells, and they were to die for.  I knew I was going to be visiting one of my local farmer's markets, and all of the green ingredients are in season right now, so I'd be able to find it all.  I'm not going to post the recipe here, because you can find it at the link above.

But I will tell you, that they are amazing.  And make sure to use lots of salt and pepper, otherwise they can be pretty bland.  My family enjoyed it, but they were hoping for some meat, so we had smoked pork chops with them.  The recipe makes a ton, so if you don't want to eat it for 10 days straight, you may want to halve or even quarter the recipe.

But definitely make it, you will not regret it.  Also, if you do try it and find it a little bland, I think adding some red sauce to the mixture would be delicious.  Maybe add 2 layers of red sauce into the mixture.  I'll let you know if I end up trying it!

Tuscan Marinated Mushroooms

1 (8 oz) package mushrooms, quartered
1/2 cup Kraft Tuscan House Italian Dressing
Parmesan cheese, optional

Wash and cut your mushrooms into quarters.   Place into a skillet
Pour the dressing over top.
Cook on medium heat, sauteing and turning as needed, for about 8-10 minutes.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

My review:  I had mushrooms that needed to be used, so I went to my pantry on a hunt for something to cook them in, besides the usual butter or olive oil.  This was amazing.  I plan on making these many many more times.  These would be good served with a steak, on a salad, or with a chicken breast. 

Meaty MushroomThin Crust Pizza

I'm going to be making a lot of variations of these coming up.  I have class 2 evenings a week, with very little time to get something for dinner, and this is a quick, fun, and healthy meal.  My lovely friend, Nicole, is south beaching it, and she told me about this yummy way she gets to enjoy pizzas.  Here, I'm giving you the ingredients to make two, but you can make as few or as many as you want!

2 low carb wheat tortillas (the wheat, low carb ones get crispier!)
4 tbsp pizza sauce
Reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
4 mushrooms, sliced
2 slices deli cooked ham
10-20 turkey pepperonis

Spray a cookie sheet with a little bit of Pam, and then place your tortillas side by side, not overlapping.  You might need two cookie sheets.  Spread 2 tbsp of sauce on each tortilla.  If you like more sauce, feel free to add more.
Top the sauce with your desired amount of cheese on each pizza, and then follow with pepperonis, ham, and mushrooms.  Other topping options could be turkey sausage, onions, peppers, tomatoes, or any other veggie.  Be creative!
Bake at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes.

My review:  Nicole is a genius.  This was so good.  What a nice, easy, low-carb meal.  I can't wait to make more.  I know it's cheating for new recipes, but I'm going to post all my variations that I end up making.  This is really yummy!  Try making your own, and if you get any good variations, lemme know so I can try them too!