Thursday, September 16, 2010

What's for Dinner? - (It's All in the Marinade!)

I don't know about you, but I am all about easy BUT yummy food. In the past, this meant un-healthy food since let's face it ... we are surrounded by UNhealthy convenience foods. I've been on a quest to find healthy dinners (and lunches) that I can look forward to  without spending time (I don't have) preparing.

One great way to get flavor without adding a lot of calories ... MARINADE! Meat, fish, veggies & more, the possibilities are endless! It takes a little planning ahead, but the results are soooooo worth it. Last night I used a store bought teriyaki sauce to marinade our steak. I defrosted it in the morning and let it marinade all day long.

Here are a couple of my favorite marinade recipes (from, my fav!):
We love meat in our house, it's hard to imagine a dinner without it. The trick to keeping it healthy is to pick lean meats and watch your serving size. In most cases 4-5 ounces in all you need. I usually cut a piece in half after it is cooked. Fill up your plate with fruits and veggies for a complete meal. We had a variety of fruit (I love summer because of all the fresh fruits available for cheap!) & a simple salad with a blush wine vinaigrette. I topped it off with a piece of sourdough bread (been loving this lately!)


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  1. Carrie, are you making the sourdough bread? I understand it then costs about 50 cents a loaf.

    Am wondering if it is worth it to get back into breadmaking. I gave up my bread maker long ago.

    I think the advantage of making one's own marinade is that we can avoid all those preservatives. (Although approaching 60 years of age has me looking at all sorts of preservation techniques!) LOL


  2. I remember the day we ran into those neat dishes. For a second there, I thought your pics were some sort of "stock photos" -- but then I recognized your picnic table top, and such.

    AWESOME work, girl! Way to go!

  3. It's homemade, but not by me! Lol ... it is sourdough bread from the food co-op and is locally made. It was $2 a loaf. I love making my own bread, but just run out of time. Instead I buy the next best thing!

    True about the marinades ... I need to find a good teriyaki marinade that I can do at home since that is the one I alwasy use store-bought for.

    Thanks Mom!