Posts Tagged With: Steak

Weeknight Dinner: Edamame Salad with Crisp Steak Bits

This quick and easy recipe comes to us from Cooking Light, which I subscribe to.  I really appreciate their slimmed-down versions of traditionally unhealthy recipes in each issue and I really have never tried anything that wasn’t delicious.  While searching for high protein, high fiber meals that were quick and easy for a weeknight (without sacrificing flavor, of course!), I found this yummy recipe.  I followed the recipe completely and honestly wouldn’t change a thing.  There is tons of flavor and its super filling and generally healthy (as long as you don’t eat the whole recipe in one sitting).


  • 3 c. frozen shelled edamame
  • 2 TBS low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 TBS minced, peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 TBS mayonnaise
  • 1 TBS Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dark sesame oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped, seeded English cucumber (about 1)
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 8 oz. flank steak, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  1. Cook edamame according to package directions.  Drain.  Rinse with cold water; drain.
  2. Combine soy sauce and next 5 ingredients (through sesame oil) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.  Add edamame, tomatoes, cucumber, and onions; toss to coat.
  3. Heat a medium cast-iron skillet over high heat.  Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat.  Combine with steak, salt, and pepper, tossing to coat steak.  Add steak mixture to pan; cook 5 minutes or until well browned and crisp, stirring frequently.  Spoon 1 1/2 cups edamame mixture onto each of 4 plates; top evenly with steak.

Yield: 4 servings

And for those of you who are interested in the nutrition facts: 277 cal., 14.8 fat, 23.1 prot., 14.6 carb., 6.1 fiber, 20 mg chol., 3.5 mg iron, 540 sodium, 97 mg calcium

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Restaurant Review: Bocodillo’s, Financial District, San Francisco

This restaurant/tapas bar was recommended to us by someone we met that lives in San Francisco.  Nestled on the border of North Beach and the Financial District is Bocodillo’s.  This swanky little bar offered a cozy atmosphere and great food.  The space was tiny, but the brick walls, hardwood floors, high ceilings, and soft lighting made this a great place to enjoy a quiet evening.

 We chose quite a random hodge-podge of tapas (Spanish for small plates) and none of them disappointed.  Please don’t judge me for the really random food choices I’m about to share- the majority of dishes in nice restaurants in San Francisco contain seafood and I was traveling with someone who doesn’t care for it, so the decisions were based on finding things she would enjoy as well since we were sharing the meal.

To start, we shared two different slider-like sandwiches.  The first was a lamb burger with aioli, shallots and tomato.  The second was catalan sausage, arugula, and manchego cheese.  Both delicious, little burgers were served up beautiful on toasted artisan buns alongside a pile of wild greens dressed in oil and vinegar.  I wish I had pictures to share, but the lighting was too poor to get decent shots.  Both were perfectly cooked and were extremely delicious!

Next I felt like we needed some veggies, so I chose the shaved asparagus, tuna ventresca, lemon-miso, and almond salad.  While my co-worked did try this, she was a bit skeptical about the tuna, so I ended up eating it mostly by myself…and boy was I excited that she didn’t like it!  I LOVED this dish, so much so that I can working on recreating it.  And not only did it taste delicious, it was beautiful to look at too– shaved asparagus is absolutely gorgeous.  I really loved the lemon-miso dressing that had a flavor somewhat reminiscent of a quality hollendaise sauce without the thickness.

The other “veggie” we chose was the fried baby artichokes and lemons with saffron-herb aioli.  I only say “veggie” because the artichokes kind of lost their nutritional value when they were deep-fried, but oh how yummy!  The artichokes were not breaded and somehow came out incredibly crunchy.  I loved the saffron-herb aioli as well that perfectly complemented the earthy flavor of the artichokes.  If only I was confident with deep-frying fancy vegetables would I give this a try…maybe when artichokes are in season!

Our main course was the Niman Ranch flat iron steak with chimichurri and black pepper.  I kid you not, this steak was so tender, I cut it with only my fork.  Seriously, I’m not kidding…I cut steak with just a fork.  Incredible.  This dish came out piping hot and perfectly cooked medium rare.  I really don’t think there’s much else to say other than this is probably some of the best beef I’ve ever had from a restaurant.

Since our meal was so yummy, we felt obliged to give dessert a try.  We shared caramel flan with maldron sea salt and the “arm of gypsy” with hazelnut mousse.  The flan was amazing and the addition of sea salt on top pretty much sealed the deal for me.  My co-worker who’s family is from Spain said this flan better than her grandmother’s- if that doesn’t convince you how good it was, I’m not sure what will!  The “arm of gypsy” was really good too- it was basically a thin sponge cake that was rolled up with hazelnut mousse.  Also amazing, but given the choice between the two, I’ll choose the flan every time!

I loved Bocodillo’s and definitely think it was one of the best meals I had while in San Francisco.   100% worth checking out for sure!

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Restaurant Review: Michael Alberini’s Restaurant and Wine Shop

While visiting my in-laws this weekend, my mother-in-law and I made our second trip ever to Michael Alberini’s in Boardman, Ohio.  The first time we went a few months ago, the food was amazing but of course I hadn’t started my blog yet.  Because of the awesome experience I had the first time there, I was really excited when my mother-in-law, Jocelyn, suggested we go there again for dinner.

It was a girls night out so we went big.  For an appetizer, we had the New Zealand Lollipops which the menu describes as “The  finest, most tender lamb chops char   grilled.  Served with homemade horseradish sauce.”  Holy cow, these things are amazing and we were glad our husbands weren’t with us because then we didn’t have to share with them.  These are some of the best lamb chops I’ve ever had and both times I’ve ordered them, they were cooked consistently to perfection.  The cool horseradish sauce is an awesome compliment and completes the flavor profile.  I highly suggest this appetizer should you ever find yourself at Michael Alberini’s.

Next was the salad.  I had the caesar salad which was incredible.  It was obvious that the dressing was fresh and the parmesan crisps doubled as cheese and croutons, something unexpected but surprisingly nice as they offered both textural and visual appeal.  Salad was served with hot rolls and butter- yummy, but nothing out of the ordinary.  Just wasted space in my stomach that could be reserved for the rest of the meal.

Now for the entrée.  Unfortunately, my entrée was a daily special so I can’t retrieve the description and I’m not sure that it can be ordered on a regular basis (so I’ll try not to gloat too much about how wonderful it was).  That being said, I chose the Surf and Turf special.  Wow.  Instead of your standard chunk of beef, I was served tender flank steak that had been marinated in some sort of Asian marinade.  The citrusy notes perfectly complimented the side of citrus risotto that was cooked to perfection.  I might have to try and recreate the citrus risotto at a later date because I think it could be the perfect starch side for some summer meals.  The “surf” part of the meal was one of the most incredible pieces of halibut I’ve ever had in a restaurant.  It was lightly seasoned and perfectly seared, locking in all the moisture.  The fish completely fell apart but in the best way possible; it was so tender and juicy!  The final component was a toasted garlic crostini that was seasoned with dried parsley and a surprising dusting of chili powder.  This was one of those meals that left me completely depressed when it was all gone.  Yes, it was that good.

And what type of wine do you drink with this type of meal, you may be asking?  Michael Alberini’s suggested Harmony Chardonnay that the restaurant described as having “tropical aromas and flavors with a vein of vanilla in the mid-palate from the oak aging, then light citrus to accent the finish – outstanding work with this varietal.”  And I honestly can’t add much to the description- they accurately described it.  Looking for an excellent, light Chardonnay for the summer?  This is it.

Bottom line: if you find yourself in the Youngstown, Ohio area, Michael Alberini’s Restaurant and Wine Shop is worth checking out!

Stay tuned for some more restaurant review coming up.  I’ll be in San Francisco for a week soon and fully intend on staking out some local joints!!

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