With the busy lives we all live, there are times that you just want to get something on the table without much thinking. One of the easiest dinners I can think of that does this is grilling a steak and serving a simple side. The problem is that sometimes a grilled steak is kind of boring – especially if the only recipe you have to prepare a steak is to season it with salt and pepper.
I grew up with this recipe. When I was a child, my brother and I would devour flank steak whenever it was prepared this way. Today, my daughter loves eating it too! It’s flavorful, quick to put together, and is an absolute crowd pleaser! Perfect for busy parents!
Hands on time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes (not including marinating time)
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup sesame seed oil (found in the international aisle of the grocery store)
- 1 or 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1/2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 flank steak
- Place the soy sauce, sesame seed oil, green onions, garlic, and ginger in a plastic ziplock bag. squish the bag to mix the ingredients and set aside.
- Score the flank steak.
- Place flank steak into the ziplock bag with the marinade. Close bag and wiggle marinade and steak until marinade has coated the steak.
- Let the steak marinade for at least 1 hour or for as long as 24 hours.
- Set your oven on broil or heat grill. Cook flank steak for about 5-7 minutes on side for medium-rare or until flank steak is done to your preference.
- Serve with your choice of side like baked potato, quinoa, couscous, or wild rice.
One of the most under-appreciated vegetables, in my opinion, is swiss chard. If you like spinach, it’s kind of like that, but with a slightly stronger flavor. My family loves it in salad, soups, quiche, and just about anything that where you can add in some extra veggies. My husband and I have both had it before, but we really fell in love with it when we were members of a local CSA. That spring/summer, swiss chard quickly became one of our favorite greens and since then we have always saught it out to add into a dish or two for the week
This time, we did a simple saute with it! It’s a wonderful side dish that is quick and easy, but the flavors make this saute complex.
Don’t forget, it’s pink Wednesday and my friend Sigrid is still looking for donations so she can participate in the 3-Day walk for breast cancer.
Hands on time: 15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
- 1 bunch red swiss chard, coarsely chopped
- 2 Tbsp sesame seed oil
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- Heat sesame seed oil in a large saute pan on medium heat.
- Once oil is hot, add in minced garlic and stir until fragrant – about 30 seconds.
- Add in swiss chard and cook until it is wilted – about 1/3 to 1/2 the size of what it originally started out at.
- Mix in soy sauce to taste.
- Serve as a side with any grilled meat.