There is nothing that I love better than a good steak. When I was perusing through my Gourmet Magazines last weekend I found this one that caught my eye. I was not only interested in trying it because reading the recipe made me drool, but it is a 10 minute main dish. Really? It is quick, but 10 minutes I don’t think so. The side dish also was different. Pesto sauce can add a good flavor and I was interested to see what it would do to two of my favorite vegetables corn and beans. The original recipe calls for haricots verts, but my CSA box provided me with just plain green beans which were larger than haricots verts.
Skirt steak is new to me. When shopping I had a good discussion with the butcher about how to cook it as well as cut it. Gourmet did not say to marinate it and when mentioning this to the butcher he raised his eyebrow and looked puzzled. He said, ” Mam, I really don’t think you should cook this without marinating.” I went with his advice. It was a very good idea. He suggested using salsa or an Italian dressing. I decided to use Cile’s Marinade that I use for flank steak. Skirt steak is similar to flank steak, but much thinner and longer. Marinades only penetrate about 1/4 inch or so of the meat making skirt steak perfect for the marinade. Cut the steak across the grain which will break up the connective tissue making it easier to chew. Cost wise it is about $2.50 a serving which is not too bad. Another good thing about this steak is that it can be prepared in a skillet.
There are essential ingredients that should be on hand so that you can throw a great meal together without even thinking. If everyone would do this we could put the fast food industry out on its last leg. Think about it. I grew up in a small town where we did not have endless possibilities for dinner. My mother shopped once a week and we never ate out.
As parents we have got to do the right thing for our children. Do you realize that the high school students that I am teaching this year have a lower life expectancy than I did growing up? Down the road we all are going to pay for what we are doing to our children. In the classroom I see all aspects of poor eating habits plus no exercise. It is scary! Let me share with you a great article that I used in my classroom a couple of weeks ago. Share the link with all of your friends and let’s do something about the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Sarah shares her tips here that we as parents can do to make our children healthier. My students found all of Sarah’s links quite interesting. I was quite surprised at their interest. Please for our children’s health take the time to read this great information and share it with parents. Let’s do our part to keep America’s children healthier.
Back to the shrimp. Here is a recipe for a great meal and I am sure that most of the ingredients will be on hand. This means that it will be on the table in the time that it take to cook the pasta. Think about it the next time you are tempted to eat take out.
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