Fajita Marinade

It should be no surprise if you’ve followed this blog that my son is picky. But he loves steak – who knew! So we are living our best lives more often and having fajitas and other forms of steak.

I recently found this marinade on AllRecipes. It’s easy and good. I go light on the pepper and leave out the cayenne for my boy who thinks ranch dressing is spicy.

1/4 cup lime juice
1/3 cup water
2 T. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 t. soy sauce
1 t. salt
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a large resealable plastic bag, mix together the lime juice, water, olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, salt, and liquid smoke flavoring. Stir in cayenne and black pepper.

Place desired meat in the marinade, and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or overnight. Grill or saute in an oiled skillet.

 

Beef Bulgogi Tacos

I’ve always loved Smitten Kitchen, my go-to for recipes that are sure to be good. We were in Dallas this weekend, and I stayed up too late with my sweet niece and mom; so I needed something quick for dinner last night. I opened up the awesome Smitten Kitchen Every Day cookbook, and I found this recipe.

Bulgogi tacos are like an asian taco. This recipe non-traditionally uses ground beef, but instead of taco seasoning, you add a sweet and savory soy/ginger/garlic to the beef, then put it all in a taco – low carb tortillas for me, homestyle H-E-B for the rest of the family. They come together in about 20 minutes.

I roasted some sweet potatoes and carrots, and I put them on the tacos with cilantro and sriracha sauce, but there are other ideas below. My son preferred cheese. ūüôā

1 pound ground beef
1 large garlic clove, minced
1-2 inches fresh ginger, minced
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3 T rice vinegar
2 T brown sugar
1 T sesame oil
Flour tortillas

Topping ideas
Lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, sesame seeds, kimchi, roasted sweet potato cubes, cheese

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add ground beef. When cooked, drain and add the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and sesame oil. Let simmer for a couple minutes, then add sriracha or red pepper flakes if your family likes spicy (or add your own later if they’re crazy and think ranch is spicy).

Put beef in tortillas, garnishing with your toppings. This is also good in lettuce wraps.

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops or Chicken Breasts

When a busy working mom of three kids ¬†gives us an easy recipe to try, it is at the top of the to do list. ¬†We tried it with pork chops, score. ¬†We tried it with chicken breasts, jackpot. ¬†The entire family will eat it, ¬†shout it from the mountain tops. Super simple and very good. Thanks, Lacey. You did us right with this one. ¬†Think more delicious “shake and bake.”

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