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Beef with Asparagus and Mushrooms

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If I could post smells instead of pictures on this blog, then today it would be the smell of these vegetables cooking. The asparagus, onion, mushrooms cooking in olive oil, rosemary, garlic and lemon juice were fragrant and made the kitchen smell incredible.

Asparagus being back made me a happy grocery shopper this morning and I had to try it out in this South Beach recipe for Beef with Asparagus and Mushrooms. I’m no fan of the South Beach diet – I’m too much of a carbohydrate lover to follow it but I have found that the website has some really, really delicious, nutrient packed meal ideas.

This dish is very simple – pan-fried steak and sautéed vegetables. The addition of garlic, rosemary and especially the lemon zest takes it from being potentially boring to something to get excited about (unless I’m the only one who gets excited about a good feed?!).  I’ve re-written the recipe here in metric measurements and for 2 portions instead of 4.

Beef with Asparagus and Mushrooms (from the South Beach Diet)

(serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 2 portions of steak
  • 1T olive oil
  • 2t dried rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, roughly diced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, with spears cut into thirds
  • 250g mushrooms, sliced
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, freshly ground

Method

1. Score the steak with diagonal lines
2. Rub 1t rosemary, 1 clove garlic into the steak and season with salt and pepper
3. Heat 1/2T of oil over a medium-high heat and fry steak for ~4 minutes on each side (for medium-rare)
4. Cover the meat with foil while preparing the vegetables.
5. Reduce heat to medium and heat the remaining 1/2T of oil
6. Sauté onion for 2 minutes
7. Add remaining garlic and stir through
8. Add mushrooms and asparagus, cook for 5 minutes until asparagus is cooked through but still crisp and mushrooms are turning golden brown
9. Add the lemon zest and remaining 1t of rosemary
8. Season with salt and pepper before serving

If you’re like me and get grumpy with-out some carbs or you’re hungry I’d recommend serving this with some boiled baby potatoes. Mm.

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Stolen Sleep

I love daylight saving. It’s fantastic being able to enjoy some sunshine after work and have enough light left to go for a walk in the evenings but right now I am a little grumpy about the time change because daylight saving stole and hour of my sleep. Being a bit more tired than usual today I opted for a quick and easy dinner – Shrimp with Broccoli from eatingwell.com served on quinoa.

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This stir-fry fit what I had in mind for my tea: fast, healthy and light but I was a little disappointed by the flavour. The shrimp is stir-fried in a little oil, garlic, crushed red pepper and added to steamed broccoli and a sauce. The sauce has vegetable stock, lemon and basil and is thickened with a little cornflower. I wanted the sauce to have a little more flavour. I think I’d make this again but would add a little lemon zest to give it some zing.

During the weekend I whipped up a batch of Banana Blueberry Granola. I love home made granola. It smelt so delicious as I was baking it in the oven. The whole house was filled by its aroma and I couldn’t wait for it to cool enough for me to sprinkle it on top of my yoghurt. This recipe is adapted from Allie’s Quinoa Banana Bread Granola. I have cut down the sugar a little and added some dehydrated blueberries I got from Farro’s– yum! Having banana in a granola recipe may seem unusual but it adds a subtle sweetness and helps the oats and quinoa form tasty little clusters.

Banana Blueberry Granola Recipe (adapted from Allie’s Quinoa Banana Bread Granola)

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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/8C honey
  • 1TBSP canola oil
  • 1t vanilla essence
  • 3C old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/2C quinoa
  • 1/4C ground flaxseed (also known as linseed)
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1/4t salt
  • 1/3C pecan pieces
  • 1/3C dehydrated blueberries (you could substitute raisins, chopped dried dates, dried cranberries or dried banana chips)

Method

1. In a large bowl, mash the banana until smooth
2. Mix in honey, oil and vanilla essence and stir with a fork until a smooth paste has formed
3. Stir in the remaining ingredients apart from the blueberries (or whatever substitute you prefer)
3. Spread mixture out in a roasting dish lined with tin foil (you want to spread the mixture out as much as possible so it crisps but need a dish with sides so you can stir it easily)
4. Bake at 175C until golden, stirring every 10 minutes or so
5. Toss through the blueberries and allow to cool

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Lemon and Blueberry Mini-cakes with Lemon Honey Glaze



I made this recipe a few weeks back and had to post it before it got lost in the hundreds of recipe files in the depth of  my hard-drive. This recipe was inspired by Mimi’s Raspberry and Lemon Muffins and scaled back to yield two mini-cakes. I love freshly baked treats and hate things going to waste so I like to experiment with dessert recipes for one or two.

I am super impatient and there is no way I was going to wait for these mini-cakes to cool so that I could ice them so instead, I made a sticky glaze to pour over them. Delicious!

Lemon and Blueberry Mini-cakes with Lemon Honey Glaze Recipe

(serves 2)

Ingredients

Cakes

  • 1/8C low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4TBSP canola oil
  • 1TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2C flour
  • 1/4C brown sugar
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4C blueberries

Glaze

  • 3TBSP icing sugar
  • 1TBSP lemon juice
  • 1t honey (melt if using creamed honey)
  • 1t vanilla essence
  • 1/8C low-fat vanilla yogurt

Method

1. Combine dry mini-cake ingredients in a small bowl and mix with a fork until well combined
2. Whisk wet ingredients in a separate bowl into mixed
3. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together. Try and handle the mixture as little as possible and stop mixing while there is still streaks of flour through the blend.
4. Add blueberries to the mix and spoon into two ramekins or two holes in a muffin tin
5. Bake for approximately 20 minutes
6. While the mini-cakes are cooking, prepare the glaze by mixing the glaze ingredients together until smooth

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