No-Fail 15-min Beef & Veggie Fried Rice – So Simple a Kid Could Cook it and Did

egglands-best-beef-hah-with-street-corn-salsa-jennifer-fisher-voteI have a proposition! I’ll share my 15-minute Beef & Veggie Fried Rice recipe and with all the time you save on dinner, you’ll spend the 1 minute it takes to vote for me in the Eggland’s Best “America’s Best Recipe Contest”! My regional-inspired recipe is for Texas Egg and Steak Hash with Chipotle Street Corn Relish (copied the photo below so you know exactly what to vote for) — thank you, thank you!

 

15 minute Beef & Veggie Fried Rice

Now, onto the 15-minute Beef & Veggie Fried Rice recipe (originally developed for Beeflovingtexans,com)  — it’s a win on so many levels. Not only is it a lightening speed dinner solution, it can be kept simple enough that an older kid can make it. Honestly, realizing that my teenage boys were completely capable of cooking dinner every once in a while was a light bulb moment for me. What a relief to know I can call ahead and get them to start dinner on those crazy days when I’m stuck in traffic, sitting at another kid’s sports game or even trying to finish up my own workout.

15 minute Beef & Veggie Fried Rice is a super-quick way to get a vibrant and very healthy meal on the table. Plus, its simple enough that younger kids can help and older kids can cook on their own!

One of the tricks to cooking the recipe so quickly is super-thinly cut sirloin steak — a method that also stretches my food budget as it makes the meat look like, well, a larger quantity than it actually is!  So, just firm up your steak in the freezer for 10 to 30 minutes or before getting after it with a super sharp knife across the grain in razor-thin slices (like 1/8″ or less if you can).  When the meat is this thin, it literally takes 3 minutes or less to cook with the stir-fry method — toss in the hot, hot skillet and stir around constantly and quickly just long enough to take the “red” of. Beef should still look pink when you take it off the skillet as it will continue to cook a tiny bit, trust me, it will always be juicy and tender this way! Do NOT leave it in the skillet or wok as you continue to cook the veggies, that will just cause a lot of undesirable toughness.

skillet-vegetables-for-fried-riceAnother WIN is my recipe also includes a scramble of eggs, an assortment chopped vegetables selected by the young chef (a good trick to get kids to eat more veggies), a simple sauce and pre-prepared rice.  Of course, you can cook your rice the old-fashioned way, but in a hurry and with the kids, I either keep those rice pouches from the frozen aisle on hand or meal prep my own and package into portions.

Love to use crunchy nuts for the top, NOW Foods has a great selection of organic options — cashews may be my favorite!

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William, the 16-year old chef who picked out all the yummy veggies for this recipe and cooked them up for his mama! 

So, no need to call for Chinese take-out to solve dinner – make your own healthier version in less time than it would take the delivery guy to show up. What’s even better than this? Getting the kids in the kitchen while you kick your feet up!

Coconut Macadamia Nut Fried RiceLooking for a more exotic fried rice recipe? Try my Coconut Macadamia Nut Fried Rice, it is soooooo swoon-worthy!

So, do you get your kids in the kitchen to cook? What’s in their repertoire? If you could only have 3 veggies (or fruits) in a stir fry – gasp – what would they be? Please share in the comments below – XOXO , Jennifer 

 

15-minute Beef & Veggie Fried Rice Recipe
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Get a vibrant and very healthy fried rice dinner on the table in less time that it would take to wait on delivery -- faster, fitter, fresher and easy enough for older kids to prepare!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minute
Cook Time
5 minute
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minute
Cook Time
5 minute
15-minute Beef & Veggie Fried Rice Recipe
Print Recipe
Get a vibrant and very healthy fried rice dinner on the table in less time that it would take to wait on delivery -- faster, fitter, fresher and easy enough for older kids to prepare!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minute
Cook Time
5 minute
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minute
Cook Time
5 minute
Instructions
  1. Bring large skillet to high medium-heat. Add olive oil and add cut sirloin and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 4 minutes or until no longer red but pink n the middle with edges browning.  Remove from heat immediately and drain on paper towels.
  2. Spray same skillet (now empty) with cooking spray. Add eggs, garlic and ginger and cook, stirring vigorously, until scrambled. Scoop out of skillet to rest next to beef.
  3. Place bag of rice in microwave and cook on high for 4 minutes. Or, used 10 ounces of previously prepared rice. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add remaining olive oil to same skillet (now empty again) and stir fry vegetables on medium-high for 3 to 5 minutes or until crisp tender. Exact time will depend on size and type of chopped vegetables.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and add cooked rice, cooked beef and cooked eggs back to skillet with vegetables. Stir to combine.
  6. Quickly mix together soy sauce and Sriracha. Evenly drizzle over top of mixture and stir well to combine, continue to cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes until heated through.
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Keep Austin Weird Beef, Veggie and Watermelon Stir-fry

Beef Veggie and Watermelon Stir FryI have been waiting all summer to share this recipe – Beef, Veggie & Watermelon Stir-Fry!  –It’s steak “meats” watermelon (and loads of fresh veggies) atop of a plate of slightly chewy, insanely satisfying udon noodles. Earlier this year, the Texas Beef Council asked me to come up with my personal take on a Texas food tradition. “Focus on pasta,” they said, and “make it your own.”

Most of us know by now what happens when I’ve been let off the proverbial leash like that – I can go a little wild. But, my creativity isn’t random; it makes sense – to me, anyway!  My jam is merging together seemingly unlikely ingredients to make a beautiful recipe that not only comes together easily but also optimizes nourishment to support an active lifestyle.

watermelon carrots beans peppersYou might be wondering how my Beef, Veggie & Watermelon Stir-Fry a Texas “thang” – there’s no BBQ sauce in sight!  The Texas spirit is found in the local lean beef and farmer’s market produce sourced from these here Central Texas parts. It also has that far-out, Far East fusion flavor going on that’s so popular with some of the food trucks found down in the hip and happening parts of Austin that do their best to Keep Austin Weird. Heck, I do my best to Keep Austin Weird!

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I’m especially excited how this fit and fresh dish pairs up BEEF with WATERMELON as these are two of my all-time favorite foods ever in the history of all time, period.

Beef Veggie and Watermelon Stir Fry

This 30 minute dinner recipe features Top Sirloin, a super-lean cut of beef that has only about 5g fat and 150 calories per 3-ounce serving (along with about 26g protein)! Eating a protein portion approximately this size (25 – 30g), three to five times a day, gives me the power to feel fuller longer, stay active longer, and maintain a leaner muscle-to-fat body ratio. Of course, my meals aren’t always beef (variety is the spice of life, ya know), but lean beef is an AWESOME, nutrient-dense (think ZIP: Zinc, Iron, Protein) go-to choice that works beautifully in my life several times per week (or more).

profile facebook beef protein challengeIf you want to join the free Protein Challenge to learn more about how tweaking the protein intake in our life can help you feel and look better, sign up here.

 

 

 

 

 

What about the watermelon? Well, first off – it just screams summer in Central Texas.  I can’t think of a picnic, river tubing trip or day at the lake spent without sharing a huge watermelon with family and friends. If you’ve not ever tried watermelon warm and spiced up a bit, get ready to live on the wedge! The sweet heat flavor is fantastic and the high water content of this juicy fruit (92% water) helps keep you hydrated on most blazing hot days. Plus, watermelon is low in calories and a great source of electrolytes and antioxidants that help support my lifestyle as an athlete. Oh, and you’re going to LOVE the sprouted watermelon seeds sprinkled on the to — despite what your mama may have said, you CAN eat watermelon seeds (they’re very nutritious)!

Summer Squat Challenge -- Do 100 squats per day from this mix an match list!Learn much more about Watermelon for Fitness (uhh and don’t miss my Watermelon Workout Videos) at Watermelon.org. Here’s a little Watermelon Squat Workout I dare ya to try!

Note on the noodles: You don’t necessarily have to use the Udon noodles, I like to incorporate them when I need a little more carb energy in my life for long runs and endurance events. A great gluten-free option would be Soba noodles (made of buckwheat which is gluten free) or rice noodles . . . or just rice. I’m also going to make this dish in the future and try it totally grain-free by using spiralized zucchini or summer squash!

What have you been stir-frying lately? Favorite Fruit? Favorite type of Squat? Noodles, rice or nothing?  Please share in the comments  – XOXO, Jennifer 

This post was sponsored by The Texas Beef Council and the Beef Check Off, however all opinions, comments, enthusiasm and weirdness are my own. 

 

Beef Veggie and Watermelon Stir Fry
Beef, Veggie and Watermelon Stir-fry
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This fit and fresh dish features top sirloin, my favorite cut of lean beef, paired with farmer’s market-fresh produce, flavors of the Far East, and some funky South Congress food truck fusion. Keep Austin weird!
Servings
4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Beef Veggie and Watermelon Stir Fry
Beef, Veggie and Watermelon Stir-fry
Print Recipe
This fit and fresh dish features top sirloin, my favorite cut of lean beef, paired with farmer’s market-fresh produce, flavors of the Far East, and some funky South Congress food truck fusion. Keep Austin weird!
Servings
4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Instructions
  1. Toss together beef with garlic, water, soy sauce and sesame oil. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together hot water with cornstarch until dissolved. Stir in watermelon juice, lime juice, 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 1 to 2 tablespoons Sambal Oelek according to personal preference for spicy heat.
  3. Drain and discard marinade from beef. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over high heat. Add one-half of beef to skillet and brown for 45 seconds without stirring. With tongs, quickly turn beef and cook additional 30 seconds or until barely browned. Take care not to overcook. Transfer to a warm plate immediately. Repeat browning with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and beef.
  4. Add final 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet and bring to medium-high heat. Add green beans and peppers and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add matchstick carrots and ginger and stir-fry an additional 1 minute. Add cooked beef and watermelon juice-chili sauce mixture and stir-fry another 1 minute, or until slightly thickened. Remove from skillet from heat and stir in watermelon.
  5. Garnish with chopped green onions and sprouted watermelon seeds. Serve immediately with prepared udon noodles.
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Mediterranean Beef Pitas Perfect for Summer Protein Challenge

Those Mediterranean people have right, stuffing a pita with hummus and as many vegges as it will hold — of course, you know I had to boost up the protein a bit more with with some beef — a very thinly sliced, lean cut called “sirloin tip” steak. Ask your butcher if you can’t find it or feel free to swap for top sirloin, strip steak or whatever you got! mediterranean beef pita pockets jennifer fox

 

This international inspired “sandwich” is such a quick and easy recipe that will satisfy the whole family — kids and grown-ups can fill the bread pockets with the fillings they like best (feel free to set out a larger variety than just what is listed in the recipe). Can’t you see this being a hunger-busting hit a a pool party or picnic — as people get hungry, they can just swing over to the pita bar and prepare their own meal with a selection of hummus flavors, array of veggies and assortment of toppings like feta cheese, olive slices or tatziki sauce.

Mediterranean Beef Pitas are a quick and easy lunch or light dinner and pack plenty of protein and veggie nutrition!. This 20 minute recipe uses the stir fry cooking method, keeping it quick and low in fat.

This 20 minutes recipe (or less) is done so quickly thanks to stir-frying — a method not usually associated with beef and anything other that Asian food. I love how it keeps the kitchen cool and doesn’t require any added oil in the wok or skillet. Oh, and it’s also a well-balanced but higher-protein meal solution that fits beautifully into the 30 Day Protein Challenge with just 367 calories and 27 grams of protein. And if you’re keeping a gluten-free, lower-carb or Paleo diet, just feel free to ditch the pita and pile the yummy stir-fry beef atop salad greens! Mediterranean Beef Pitas

Last week, it was fun making the Mediterranean Beef Pita recipe on FOX Good Day Austin on behalf of the Texas Beef Council and BeefLovingTexans.com — all the stars must have been in alignment that rainy day, because I didn’t even have one single (and usually inevitable) live television SNAFU. Awesome things happen when you are fueled by beef!

mediterranean beef pita pockets jennifer foxCheck out the video of my cooking segment!

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What would you stuff in a pita? How many times a week do you do a 20 minute meal? How are you kicking off summer? Please share in the comments below – XOXO, Jennifer

Mediterranean Beef Pitas
Mediterranean Beef Pitas
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4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Mediterranean Beef Pitas
Mediterranean Beef Pitas
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Stack beef steaks. Cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1" wide strips. Combine beef, lemon pepper and salt in medium bowl.
  2. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-hight heat. When hot, add 1/2 of beef, stir-fry 1 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove with surface of beef is no longer pink, do not over cook. Repeat with remaining beef.
  3. Spread hummus inside pita pockets and fill with vegetables and beef. Top with feta cheese.
  4. May be served hot, room-temp or cold.
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Steak, Fig and Blue Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Fig & Blue Cheese Salad with Pomegranate VinaigretteLooking for an easy yet elegant salad — a gorgeous plate of early fall flavors that will have co-workers peeking over the cubicle or neighbors knowing at the door? My Steak Salad with Fig, Blue Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette will have you running to the grill for some last minute steak-making before Jack Frost rears his ugly head. Honestly, in Austin, the fall is the BEST time of year for grilling!

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Fig & Blue Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

This salad features top sirloin steak, a lean cut of beef that packs a great nutritional punch for athletes and active individuals with only about 150 calories and 6.5 grams fat for a 3 ounce serving plus 26 grams protein and lots of iron and other essential vitamins and minerals. The beauty of sirloin is it’s versatility, convenience and (duh) taste – it’s a weekday AND weekend go-to for me. Because sirloin is already a fairly tender cut, there is no need to marinade except to add flavor — my simple pomegranate marinade adds a slightly sweet, super delish dose of that!  But, if you are rushed and need to skip marinating, the recipe will still be yummy.

Fig & Blue Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Figs have been so great lately, you may want to make a few more fig recipes before the season is over. Check out the 5 Ways with Fresh Figs from the Simmer and Boil blog at CookingLight.com figs with prosciutto

What is your take on fresh figs, love ’em or hate ’em?  What are you doing this weekend, anyone have a race? Please share in the comments below – XOXO, Jennifer

Fig & Blue Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Steak, Fig and Blue Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
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Enjoy the ripe, rich fruits of fall on a delicious steak salad that is kicked up with the aged tang of blue cheese and salty Spanish Almonds.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 25 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 25 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Fig & Blue Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Steak, Fig and Blue Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Print Recipe
Enjoy the ripe, rich fruits of fall on a delicious steak salad that is kicked up with the aged tang of blue cheese and salty Spanish Almonds.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 25 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 25 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
For Marinade and Steak:
For Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add pomegranate juice, oil, molasses, vinegar, pepper, salt, and thyme to non-reactive boil and whisk together until ingredients are incorporated. Pour into heavy-duty zip-top bag and add sirloin steak(s). Seal top and gently toss a few times to coat meat. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes to 6 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare vinaigrette by simmering the pomegranate juice in non-reactive saucepan until reduced to 1/3 cup, approximately 9 or 10 minutes. Remove from heat. While still warm, stir in the honey, salt, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil; set aside to cool.
  3. When ready to prepare steaks, heat grill to 400 F degrees. Drain and discard marinade from steaks. Grill steaks for approximately 5 minutes per side, flipping once. Remove from grill when instant read thermometer reaches 135 F degrees when inserted at thickest part of meat. Let rest for at least 5 minutes while prepping salads. To prepare salad, divide spring mix evenly among four plates. Top with halved figs, pomegranate arils, almonds and blue cheese crumbles. Slice steak thinly across grain and top each salad with 3 to 4 ounces of beef. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve immediately.
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No-Fail Holiday Roast Plan! Tips & Recipes

Are you expecting a herd of carnivores for Christmas and aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to making a holiday roast? Don’t fret, it’s super easy to roast a hunk of meat that will make a jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, plate-licking impression with your guests. I’m sharing tips for beef roasting success and some delicious roast recipes that may make you even more popular than jolly old St. Nick.

Holiday Roast Tips - TheFitFork.com

Select the proper cut. Personally, I love a beef tenderloin roast, but other cuts that are easy to roast in the oven include rib eye, tri tip, sirloin and even the economical round roast. Check out the Interactive Butcher Counter  before you head to the market it helps you match the right cut of beef for your recipe and budget.

beef tenderloin spice rubRub in flavor. Dry rubs are a simple way to elevate the flavor of your roast and – often salt and pepper is all you need! But it can be fun to experiment with different herbs and spices to make a roast suit your personal taste preferences – one of my favorite easy rubs is my Countdown Rub.  There’s not much to remember when it comes to applying a rub other than do so liberally on all sides of the meat – this makes a nice crust when it caramelizes that not only adds flavor but locks in juices.

Use the right roasting gear. You’ll need a metal pan with an approximate 2 to 3-inch rim, no lid needed as roasting is a dry heat cooking method.  Also, a roasting rack helps to raise the meat above the pan so that the heat can get around to the underneath side. You can make a makeshift rack in a pinch simply by twisting heavy-duty aluminum foil up into a figure-8 shape and placing it under the roast.   A reliable meat thermometer will ensure your roast is cooked to your expectations  – instant-read thermometers are only a couple bucks at the grocery store.

Know when it’s done. I like my beef medium rare (which is 145 F degrees), so that means I pull it out of the oven about 10 degrees earlier. Why? Because a roast continues to cook on the counter as it rests! If you like your beef cooked to a lesser or greater degree of doneness, please visit the  Beef Roast Table Times to determine the finish temperature and approximate cook time.

garlic rosemary rubbed tenderloing - resting 120F - jennifer fisherLet your roast rest.  Do NOT cut into a roast or steak immediately after removing from the heat! All the flavorful juices will come flowing out and pool around your roast – what you’ll have left is a tough mess of meat. A short rest period (about 10 minutes) allows juices to redistribute around the relaxing muscle fibers and create the tender, succulent bit of meat you were dreaming of. By the time the thermometer has dropped back down to 120 F degrees, your roast should be ready to enjoy.

Now, on to the recipes! Head over to BeefLovingTexans.com to get my recipe for Garlic & Rosemary Rubbed Tenderloin with Roasted Root Vegetables. Soooo good and perfect for a Christmas feast!

Garlic & Rosemary Rubbed Tenderloin and Roasted Root Vegetables - TheFitFork.com

Nut Crusted Beef Roast with Radish Fennel SaladWhile this isn’t my own personal creation, I’m also fond of Nut Crusted Sirloin Roast with Radish Fennel Salad.

 

 

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Cooking Light also has a good Roasting 101 that will get you up to speed on this tried-and-true oven cooking technique that yields succulent meats and richly browned vegetables.

What type of main course do you make over the holidays? 

Dinner Stampede – Southwestern Steak Chili #Recipe

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Ring-ding-ding! Come and get it – I’m serving up Southwestern Steak Chili for dinner and you are about to miss it. A big bowl full of this hearty goodness will squash your “hangries” and fuel you up for whatever adventures you’ve got coming up – whether that’s just some causal mechanical bull riding or running roughshod right over a marathon goal (speaking hypothetically, of course).

Mechanical Bull Riding

Nutritious ingredients magnified by down-on-the-ranch seasonings create wonderful smells while simmering on the stove top – expect a stampede to the dinner table. Folks I know usually make chili with ground beef, but this easy recipe takes it to a whole ‘notha, fork-slinging level with beef stew meat. Meat labeled beef stew is whatever your butcher feels like cutting up that day. So, if you are looking to save a buck and want some control over what you’re eating, try sirloin or round for a lean option or chuck if you want juicier, fall-apart action.

southwestern steak chili with muir glen fire roasted tomatoes

I’ve used a can of pinto beans (hubby likes these best) and a can of black beans (my favorite) – but you can use whatever variety you prefer including the traditional kidney bean.  Chipotle chile powder is my ace in the hole in this pot of chili. I mix up a blend of standard chili powder along with some chipotle power to add smoky undertones – chipotle peppers are just smoked jalapenos. Oh, and an awesome way to boost up the smoky, roasted flavor is to use canned fire-roasted tomatoes – this post isn’t sponsored, but Muir Glen makes a great organic option.

Pot of Southwestern Steak Chili from TheFitFork.com

Southwestern Steak Chili Recipe

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 lbs beef stew meat in 1 to 1 ½ chunks (or cut your own from sirloin or round)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1  teaspoon ground chipotle chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle or can Mexican beer
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained (I used Muir Glenn)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chile or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (7-ounce) can salsa verde
  1. Heat olive oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cubed stew beef and cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring gently. Remove from pan.
  2. Add chopped onion to pan and sauté 3 – 4 minutes or until softened.  Add garlic, chile power and cumin to pot and saute for an additional 1 minute, stirring constantly. .
  3. Add beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Return beef to pan. Stir tomatoes, beans and salsa verde; bring to boil.
  4. Cover Dutch oven, reduce heat and simmer approximately 90 minutes or until beef begins to fall apart with fork.
  5. Serve with favorite chile topping such as sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro and crumbled tortilla chips.
  6. Serves 6 – 8.

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What kind of chili person are you — beans, no beans, beef, turkey, vegetarian, etc?

 

Sirloin Cobb Kebabs with Ranch Vinaigrette Recipe #LivingWell

Earlier in the Fall, I traveled to Chicago to visit with the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner people and attend their #LiveWell event. While I mentioned this tasty trip a while back on the blog, all the (ahem) hard studying and sampling of lean beef distracted me from sharing one of my favorite parts of the trip – a recipe challenge!

Scene of the showdown - The Chopping Block in Chicago

Scene of the showdown – The Chopping Block in Chicago

Our blogging, beef-eating group gathered at The Chopping Block, a popular cooking school in the Windy City, and divided up into teams.  I was partnered up with the perfect cooking clique; we were truly “a cut above.” With Amee, the CrossFitting, book-writing mama , from Amee’s Savory Dish wielding bamboo skewers on one side and Shaina, also an author and epicure, from Food for my Family ready to whisk, there was no way we could lose this showdown. Oh, I missed the memo that this was not, in fact, a contest! However, trying to be creative under the time and ingredient constraints, thinking it was a cook-off, is what made it all the more fun!

cobb kebob team

Our team was charged with making over a traditional recipe – Cobb Salad. This iconic entrée salad was only meant to be our inspiration; we could concoct anything we pleased as long as it was a healthy, quick fix. Oh yeah, and it had to include top sirloin steak (which by the way is one of the 29 lean cuts of beef, about 150 calories per cooked 3-ounce serving and under 6 grams of fat).

jennifer chopping block

I use top sirloin all the time for the grill, especially kebab-making (check out these Mojo Beef Kebabs). The collective creative wheels didn’t spin long with our wing-it-and-bring-it party of three. In a matter of minutes, Amee, Shaina and I were grabbing up fresh produce and supplies from the “ingredient bar” to make (drumroll, please) . . . . . Sirloin Cobb Kebabs!

sirloin cobb kebobs

Sirloin Cobb Kebabs with Ranch Vinaigrette Dressing

 Ingredients for the kebabs:

  • 1 ½ lbs top sirloin, cut into 2” bite size pieces
  • 2 red peppers, cut into 2” size pieces
  • 1 pint golden cherry tomatoes, keep whole
  • 3-4 large romaine leaves, rinsed and patted dry
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese (block), cut into 2” chunks

Ingredients for the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup light ranch dressing
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Additional ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Prepare your medium boiled eggs (firm white and semi-firm yolk) by placing them into a small pot and cover with cold water.  Bring water to a full boil, then turn off heat and cover with a lid and set the timer for 6 minutes.  When the timer goes off, immediately place eggs in an ice bath to stop the cooking process while you prepare your other ingredients.

To prepare dressing, mix together the ranch dressing, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and half of the fresh parsley. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Top with remaining parsley before serving.

For the kebabs, soak wooden skewers in water to prepare them for the grill for 10 minutes (or use metal skewers).  Toss steak cubes, peppers, cherry tomatoes and romaine in a little olive oil and season lightly with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.  Place steak cubes, peppers and cherry tomatoes on a skewer, leaving room for the romaine and cheese on the end (but do not add them yet).

Grill kebabs over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side (so steak is medium rare).   Lay romaine leaves onto the grill and cook quickly until each side is starting to wilt and ends are getting brown, approximately 1 minute per side.  Remove from grill, chop into large pieces for skewering and set aside.

In a grill pan, flash cook the cheese until it just gets warm and soft enough to skewer.  Now add the romaine and cheese to the kebabs.  Peel and slice your eggs and arrange on a platter with the kebabs.  Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with the dressing on the side for dipping.

Serves 4 to 6.

cobb kebob close up

Sirloin Cobb Kebabs