Sunday, September 28, 2008

Quick & Easy Recipes

Since I've been living on my own for a few months, I've noticed I don't cook as much anymore, and I LOVE to cook. However, I feel somewhat "guilty" for cooking myself a full dinner meal, when I'm the only one eating... (Kona my kitten doesn't count.)

So I decided in order to not only save money (frozen dinners add up), but also to help my waistline (frozen dinners add up there too), I'm going in search of some quick and easy dinner recipes. I can't guarantee this will be a weekly blog post theme, but I'll try my best!!

Tenderloin Steaks with Red Onion Marmalade:

(this is derived from Cooking Light's myrecipe website, so is the picture)

Serves 4, 1 steak and 1/3 c marmalade

* I know I know, why would I need 4 servings if I'm the only one eating?? I will cut the recipe in half, make 2 steaks and 1/2 the original sauce, then have lunch for work the next day.... Yes I am a genius*

Cooking spray (like Pam)
1 large red onion, sliced and separated into rings (about 2 cups)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed (1 inch thick)

1. Preheat broiler. (I love that this is a broiler recipe, since I live in an apartment and do not have a grill to bbq on!)
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan. Cover and cook 3 minutes. Add vinegar, honey, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to pan. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 8 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally.
3. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, thyme, and pepper evenly over beef. Place beef on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray (I will probably use foil to cover my broiler pan so its easier to clean later); broil 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with onion mixture.

Nutritional Information (Cooking Light gives you this info for every recipe, love it!)
Calories: 289 (36% from fat)
Fat: 11.4g (sat 4.3g,mono 4.3g,poly 0.4g)
Protein: 32.5g
Carbohydrate: 12.6g
Fiber: 0.8g
Cholesterol: 95mg
Iron: 4.7mg
Sodium: 369mg
Calcium: 25mg


Anonymous said...

Anyone who cooks beautiful food - AND - has a human calendar is alright with me!

Anonymous said...

Yummy! I love to cook, too! :):):) Have you tried ? They have it so you can tweek the number of servings you want to cook or bake up. It's a treasure of recipes! Blessings, Stephanie

Moxie said...

Now that does look GOOD! I will have to give that a whirl. I'm looking forward to other recipes from you now. :)

LoveMeKnot Creations said...

Bead- hehe thanks, i dig food and people i guess :)

LittleLady- yeah i go there a lot too, i just made "catherine's spicy chicken soup" from there!

moxie- look forward to sharing more recipes with you :)

Let me know i fyou have requests! (vegetarian, thai, chinese, burgers, salads, sides, desserts, etc etc)

nuvonova said...

Woah! Your blog has changed so much since the last time I was here! Looking lovely, the human calendar is great!

I love steak!