Healthy and make ahead

My husband and I have decided that we really need to work on losing weight.  We joined a health club and we are both trying to find time to exercise.  I want to support that effort by making some healthy meals.  If you have tried to cook from Weight Watchers or Cooking Light one of the things you may have noticed is that there is a lot of prep time.  The dishes get their flavor from lots of good things like ginger, garlic, etc. which can lead to a fair amount of chopping.  The bright side is that much of it can be done ahead.  This beef is a great example.  Marinate it the night before and the flavor is even better and your dinner is almost done.

Spicy beef

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 TB minced ginger
  • 1 stalk lemongrass chopped or 1 tsp dried lemongrass
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 TB soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 flank steak, sliced diagonally across the grain into 1/4 inch slices
  • 2 TB chopped cashews
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped

Mix all ingredients except flank steak and then toss with flank steak slices.  Marinate overnight. Skewer the beef and grill a few minutes on each side (or broil) and serve over rice with some chopped scallions and a few chopped cashews.  (The nuts are high in calories but when you chop them it allows a few nuts to give flavor to the whole dish.)

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About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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