Both were very filling and delicious.
After my Meatless Monday Fail last week I decided to get proactive and find some great meatless burritos that I could fix and eat "on the run". I was very happy to find the Sweet Earth burritos at Target. They looked pretty great!
I grabbed four different versions and they all looked delicious. What I loved about them was that they were not packed with processed soy crumbles acting like meat substitute. These burritos were loaded with protein and didn't have any real soy to speak of.
I grabbed a couple shots of the labels so you could see what's actually in these things.
I ended up eating the Anasazi for breakfast and the Peruvian for lunch.
Both were very filling and delicious.
Last Monday was a definite Fail. This Monday was a Winner!
These grilled pork chops were a quick and easy weeknight treat! I used some techniques from this article on slow smoked thick cut pork chops and modified them to account for the this cut chops I was using.
I seasoned these pork chops liberally with salt and pepper and let them rest on the kitchen counter for 30 minutes while the salt dissolved into the pork.
While the pork was resting I heated my grill on High. The pork chops were grilled for four minutes then flipped.
After the pork chops were flipped they were basted with melted peach preserves and grilled for another four minutes
These grilled pork chops turned out perfect! Very juicy with a ton of flavor.
Not too bad for a quick weeknight dinner!
Have you ever just walked yourself into a really stupid situation? That's exactly what I did on Monday.
I got up Monday morning and headed down to the store to pick up breakfast for the family. It was a holiday so I figured we we splurge a little.
I picked up some doughnuts for the kids, an apple fritter for my wife and a pre-made breakfast burrito for myself.
I was about halfway through eating my burrito when I realized that in addition to potatoes, eggs and salsa that it also was loaded with sausage!
There went my Meatless Monday down the drain.
I finished the burrito, no point in wasting food, and spent some time thinking about Meatless Monday.
It is amazing that, as a culture, we have to work hard at avoiding eating meat! We are such a "meat centric" culture that skipping meat for a single meal, much less an entire day, can be a real challenge.
I guess that is part of the point of Meatless Monday. Let's try to bring some rationality back into our diets. There is no need to have to consume meat at every single meal.
I am not going to beat myself up over this Meatless Monday fail. I am going to use it as a way to refocus my thoughts and efforts.
Yum, Yum, Yum!
I found these Pretzel rolls at Costco and have been going crazy making sandwiches with them.
For this Meatless Monday post I decided to make a ridiculously delicious sandwich with pimento cheese, avocado and sauteed mushrooms.
The portabelleas were seasoned with salt and pepper then sauteed in butter until golden and delicious. There wasn't too much prep for the rest of the sandwich...this sliced avocado and pimento cheese...pretty standard stuff.
What wasn't standard was how all of the flavors really came together and made something spectacular happen in my mouth!
I am still loving Meatless Monday!
This weekend is my birthday and I have picked out the perfect present for myself! After work today I am picking up this beautiful Weber Genesis Silver B!
This Weber Genesis Silver B is a 2005 model with busted burner tubes and it only cost me $100.
You can tell that this is a Genesis Silver because it says so on the front badge. This can be dated to 2005 because only Silver grills made in 2004 and 2005 had the thermometer in the middle of the grill. Lastly, only Silver grills made in 2005 had the stainless steel cabinet doors.
The plastic side table on the grill is a little stained but has a nice fold out feature that gives you a lot of working area.
This grill also comes with cast iron grill grates which are a REALLY nice feature!
I am not worried about the busted burner tubes on this grill. I found a great site Weber Genesis Silver parts that also has user manuals and repair instructions. There is even a page dedicated to repairing and replacing the burner tubes for this grill.
For $100 and a few bucks in replacement parts I am going to be getting a grill that is much better than anything I could get for $300 at Home Depot or Wal-Mart.
Happy Birthday to me!!
This was very much a "let's clean out the refrigerator" meal! We had made tacos two nights ago and had some leftover tomatoes and black beans. We also had a small box of white rice leftover from Chinese takeout the night before that. I had some beautiful portabella mushrooms in the fridge and decided it was time for everyone to play together!
The only real prep here was taking the stem and grills out of the mushrooms.
After that it was pretty much just a matter of adding the stuffing and grilling. I made two of these stuffed mushrooms. The mushroom for my daughter had rice, black beans, diced tomatoes and cheese. I added some pickled jalapeno to mine!
Before the mushrooms went of the grill I dipped them into an olive oil/chile powder mixture. These were grilled with indirect high heat for about 20 minutes. When the mushrooms were nice and soft it was time to eat!
This was a very filling and tasty way to use up a bunch of leftovers. That's one big benefit of going Meatless on Monday...you will save a little cash when you come up with meatless meal ideas!
Thanks for reading along and have a blessed day.
Welcome back for another Meatless Monday post! I am so glad I am doing "Meatless Monday". This is a great way to force me to try new ideas, new ways of cooking...new ways of approaching food.
It also helps that these Italian Stuffed Zucchinis were freaking awesome!
Speaking of trying new things...I am also signed up with Yummly to start sharing my posts and find great new recipes!
Speaking of great recipes...here is how this one went down!
For the stuffing I used a medium shallot, package of fresh mushrooms, feta cheese, Italian seasoned bread crumbs and a small jar of pimentos.
Don't these veggies look great?
I put a tablespoon of butter into a cast iron skillet and let the pan heat up on my grill. The shallots were cut into a fine dice, lightly salted and added to the butter
While the shallots were sweating down I chopped up the mushrooms and hit them with a little salt and black pepper.
As soon as the shallots were soft and translucent the mushrooms joined the party!
The mushrooms cooked down for about 7-8 minutes and released a lot of liquid.
Time for the diced pimentos! I had meant to used roasted red peppers for this but the grocery was out and I was too dang lazy to roast my own. Pimentos worked just fine.
I gave the pimentos a few minutes to introduce themselves to the mushrooms then added 1/3 cup of seasoned bread crumbs and 1/3 cup of feta cheese.
Mixed everything up and took it off the heat while I worked on the zucchini.
Making the zucchini boats was pretty simple and a little bit of fun. Just cut the zucchini lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the middle.
Pile the stuffing into the boat....
Then top the zucchini boats with Parmesan cheese and place them on the grill.
I grilled these stuffed zucchinis with indirect medium heat until the zucchini was soft and the Parmesan cheese had browned. On my grill this took about 20 minutes.
These were flat out spectacular. Nobody noticed that this was a meatless dish. My daughter tried some and thought it had been stuffed with sausage :)
Thanks for checking in on my grilling adventures and have a blessed day!
I'm back from vacation and getting ready to fire up the grill!
I need to get hardcore on the diet changes since my exercise routine is shot. I tore up my knee playing volleyball and running simply isn't going to be happening anytime soon. Looks like my plans for a 5k race in August just went out the window.
So...if I can't exercise more I need to be eating smarter! That brings me back around to Meatless Monday. This is a simple way to eat healthier for just one day a week. It helps the environment and saves me some money. I fully intend to make some pretty tasty stuff for Meatless Monday so it wont be boring!
Grilled pizza is always fun; no reason it can't be just as fun and delicious without meat.
I am doing some research for grilled veggies pizzas and wanted to share some of the recipes I plan on enjoying.
Pesto and Mozzarella Pizza from Delish.com.
50 Vegetarian Pizza Recipes from OhMyVeggies.com
Spicy Grilled Veggie Pizza from Tabasco.
Spinach and Ricotta Salata Grilled Pizza from Whole Foods.
One of the tricks to a great grilled veggie pizza is to grill and char the vegetables before you put them on the pizza. If you put the veggies on raw they really won't be able to take on any flavor from the fire and smoke since they will be shielded by the dough.
These pizzas ought to keep me busy for a while and I suspect I will be eating them on Tuesdays as well.
Have a blessed day!
I have a love/hate relationship with sirloin steak. Sirloin steaks are both leaner and more affordable than ribeye steaks. Cheaper and healthier suits me just fine.
On the flip side, sirloin steaks are inherently a tougher cut of beef. I'll show you why in a minute.
I like to jack up the flavor of these steaks by marinating. For this steak I went with a classic tri tip marinade and shortened the marinade time from 24 hours down to 4 hours.
Coffee Marinade for Steaks
1 cup black coffee
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce roughly chopped
2 Tablespoons black pepper
The sirloin really soaked up the flavors and colors of the marinade. This is one of my top three steak marinades ever!
Grilling was pretty simple over High heat.
Grill for three minutes.
Rotate 45 degrees for grill marks and grill another three minutes.
Flip and grill for two minutes.
The coffee, smokey chipotle and sugar all combined to make a rich, earthy, almost chocolate flavor. Really nice stuff!
I was able to slice this pretty thin for presentation but it was still a tough piece of steak.
The culprit here is the grain structure of a typical sirloin steak. For a steak to be properly tender you need to slice it AGAINST the grain of the meat. You can see in the picture above that the only option you have with sirloin is to slice it WITH the grain.
The notable exception to this rule is the magnificent bottom section of the sirloin section known as a tri tip roast. This noble beast combines the leanness and affordability of the sirloin with a beautiful grain structure that let's you have incredibly tender steak. Good luck finding a tri tip roast anywhere outside of California though!
Thanks for reading along! Have a blessed day!
I saw a post from a great site, Big Green Craig, about making cedar planked burgers. His burgers looked spectacular! I decided to try something similar. Mine turned out great but are nowhere near as fancy as Craig's burgers.
I started with 1.5 pounds of ground chuck that I LOOSELY formed into three patties. The patties were seasoned with some Plowboy's Bovine rub.
I placed the planked burgers onto a HOT preheated grill. Remember to soak the planks for at least two hours before grilling.
After about five minutes you could hear the plank popping and crackling. A nice little roll of smoke was coming out from the sides of the Weber! I turned the heat down to Medium at that point.
After about 20 minutes the burgers looked great!
Added some Swiss cheese and let it melt onto the planked burger....
I never got a plated picture because these disappeared SO FAST!!
These burgers were hyper juicy and the kiss of smoke from the charred plank was perfect.
This was not the healthiest grilling that I could have done. I probably should have used turkey meat and I definitely didn't have to make 1/2 pound burgers.
I will make up for the calorie count of these burgers by hitting it extra hard at the gym tonight. I am starting training for a 5k race in August so this will push me a little harder!
Have a blessed day!
If you cook on Weber grills like I do then you need to know about QualityGrillParts.com. This is the absolute best place to find Weber grill replacement parts. The age of your Weber grill does not matter. They have made finding the right part for your grill incredibly simple!
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