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Monday, January 26, 2015

Steak Tacos

Steak Tacos

Last night was Steak Tacos!!  I rarely buy Steak, as we don't eat much red meat in general, but every time I get one I envision making some fancy dancy restaurant Steak meal.   This time was no exception, however, when dinner time rolled around we started craving Tacos and so that is what we had instead.  And yum!! 

I always think cooking Steak is going to be a big deal, but each time I make it I am reminded that it's really fairly easy.  I simply marinated it in Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinaigrette for about 6 hours, turning it every couple hours, for full coverage.  I took it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before cooking time, to let it get up to room temperature and then just got my Cast Iron Pan sizzling hot and on it went - five minutes each side and then let it rest on the cutting board for 15 minutes or so before slicing it up (against the grain of course!)

When it comes to toppings there are so many choices, but I went simple with mine (my husband had basically all our condiments out on the counter giving each of his tacos a different deluxe treatment!)  But for mine, I toasted three small corn tortillas over the gas stove and filled them up with Steak, Avocado, Cilantro, Scallions and fresh squeezed Lime Juice.  Delish.  The Lime juice was really the key to the zippy flavor and it quickly mixes with the Avocado to make a yummy creamy zippy sauce to complement the Steak and toasted Tortillas.

I love Cheese, all kinds, and it's hard to imagine having Tacos or Nachos without it, but I figured I'd save myself the extra saturated fat, calories and sodium by skipping it and guess what?  I loved them just the way they were - the Avocado provided lots of the good creaminess that we all love about Cheese.  Yup they went down the hatch pretty fast.  I would do it all over again the exact same way! 

You may be wondering if there is a big difference between Corn & Flour Tortillas....short answer is YES!  Though Flour ones are yummy, they pack way more calories, sodium, sugar and fat - yes it is all true.  Corn Tortillas are my go-to pick every time, not only am I getting less of the 'bad' stuff, but I'm also getting more Fiber and Magnegsium, which is good for strong muscles.  Incidentally, they are also delicious, especially when you can char them a little on your stove or broiler!  Here is a great visual showing the differences:  Health Food Face off: Corn or Flour Tortillas!


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