Korean Beef Tacos

Korean Beef Tacos_WWIN

This week as part of our Plated.com box we received everything we needed for Korean Beef Tacos.  After 25 years of marriage I’ve learned that the way to my husband’s heart is through his stomach.  Let me tell you, he fell in love with me all over again once he tasted this meal!

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this dish is.  While it looks like there is a lot of ingredients, most of it’s vegetables.  The marinade was super easy and this recipe didn’t take much time at all.

In Mike’s opinion the kimchi on top sends this over the top.  While you could make your own kimchi if you’re feeling adventurous (I personally wouldn’t recommend it as it looks like a pain!) you should be able to find it at your local oriental grocery store if you don’t have a week to let it ferment.

The spiciness of the dish can be controlled by how much gochujang (red pepper paste) you use.  Since we like spicy food I used the full amount.

Weekly Menu and Goals

Gettysburg

 

Last week while on a business trip to Philadelphia I had the privilege of being able to visit Gettysburg.  While driving from Philly to Altoona for additional meetings we saw the sign to Gettysburg and decided a side trip was in order.  I’m glad my colleague is just as crazy as me because all I could say is WOW.

While we didn’t get to do the whole tour due to time constraints, standing on those grounds and imagining the history that happened right under our feet was astounding.  Thinking about the men who lost their lives there made me want to weep.

How fitting that I visited right before Memorial Day.  While the holiday for many Americans is an opportunity for a three day weekend and a great barbecue, it’s truly about remembering those who gave their lives so that we may have the opportunity to gather with our friends and family is this awesome country.

Gettysburg Cemetary

 

The cost of our ability to enjoy this day is quite high.  Seeing the sites of Philadelphia where men and women made so many sacrifices to birth this country as well as the largest battlefield to keep that country intact was such an honor.  We here in the United States truly have a lot to be thankful for.  Let’s make sure that we take a few minutes out of our day to honor the men and women who have made it possible.

Steak Fajitas

Steak Fajitas_WWIN

Last week this Steak Fajita recipe was in our Plated.com box.  While we’ve enjoyed the majority of the recipes we’ve tried, only a handful have made it into our regular rotation.  This meal was so fabulous that Mike requested we have it again – immediately!  Since I loved it so much myself I did add it into our menu plan this week and I have to say it was just as good the second time around.

The recipe as written below calls for adding some Choula hot sauce into the guacamole but I left it out and put double the Choula in the meat recipe.  That was just a personal preference on my part as I don’t like hot and spicy guacamole.  I also made the guacamole, took out half for me and then added the jalapeno for Mike.  He likes the jalapenos much more than I do.

One other recommendation that I would have is to cut the steak into bite size pieces instead of strips.  Both times I made it I felt like the meat should be smaller, Mike cut his up before assembling and it worked better.

If you like fajitas I would highly encourage you to try this recipe as it was one of the best ones that I’ve tried.  You can bet that we’ll be having this again sometime soon!

Steak Fajitas

  •  2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red onion, divided
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 10 ounces inside round steak 2
  • limes, divided
  • 6 flour tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons Cholula hot sauce, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 4 ounces plum tomato
  • ⅙ bunch cilantro
  • 1 avocado
  •  jalapeno

In a large resealable plastic bag, add garlic, sliced onion, red bell pepper, steak, zest and juice of 1 lime , 1 packet Cholula, ground cumin and ½ tablespoon canola oil. Shake to coat and set aside to marinate at room temperature for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour in fridge.

While steak marinates, rinse tomato and cut into ½-inch dice. Rinse cilantro and finely chop leaves, discarding stems. Halve avocado and discard pit. Using a spoon, carefully scoop out flesh and discard skin. Cut into ½-inch dice. Quarter jalapeño lengthwise and using a knife tip, discard seeds. Mince ¼, then reserve remainder to add heat to another recipe.

In a medium bowl, gently stir together tomato, cilantro, avocado, jalapeño, minced onion, juice of remaining lime, and remaining Cholula. Taste and add salt as needed. Place tortillas in oven to warm.

Heat ½ tablespoon canola oil in a large pan over high heat. Remove onion and red bell pepper from marinade, allowing excess to drip off. When oil is just smoking, add vegetables. Season with salt and black pepper. Cook until tender and charred, 5-7 minutes, then transfer to a plate. Remove steak from marinade and wipe off and discard any garlic. Season both sides with salt and black pepper

Add steak to pan from vegetables over medium-high heat. Sear until medium rare, about 2 minutes per side. Let rest for 5 minutes, then thinly slice against the grain. Divide tortillas, guacamole, vegetables, and steak between 2 plates. Serve.

Serves 2 – 740 calories per serving

If you are interested in learning more about Plated.com click here.  If you order through this link both you and I would receive two free plates. 

Weekly Menu and Goals

'Finished strong!' The Chicks and I at my first 5K – the Sole Burner in Appleton over the weekend!

 Good Morning!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mother’s Day can be a mixed bag of happiness for those who have mothers and/or children to celebrate and a really hard day for those suffering from loss.  It was certainly a day for me to reflect on how fortunate I am to have our moms in our lives as well as two great kids.  Life changes on a dime, I took the day to cherish them and let them know how much I love them.

Last week was a pretty great week.  When I wrote my menu I forgot that Mike and I had dinner plans at a swanky restaurantwith a supplier.  All I can say is yum!  We had a fantastic evening with good company and excellent food.  Best part about it – didn’t cost us a dime :)

We also went to Outback on Friday before grocery shopping using a gift card we had received from Christmas.  Another excellent dinner with minimal spend, my favorite kind of dinner!

Our Plated box contained some real jewels this week. I really enjoyed the Herb Encrusted Cod  while Mike absolutely loved the Steak Fajitas.  In fact, he loved them so much that they’re making an encore this week.  I can’t wait to share the recipe with you, my plan it to get it up on Wednesday.

For Mother’s Day I had my parents and kids over for dinner.  Since Mike had to work and I did the cooking I kept it pretty easy and served brats, fresh fruit and some veggies so I didn’t have to spend the day slaving away over the stove.

Practicing Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness.  As a society we talk about them a lot but how often do we put them into practice.  If you truly think about it, it’s amazing when you think about the impact our actions can have on strangers.  Unfortunately I fall into the group that doesn’t practice them enough.

Random Acts of Kindness don’t need to be large and extravagant.  They can be small acts that bring a smile to someone’s face and lightens their load a bit.

I think there’s a couple of reasons they they don’t always get practiced.  The first for me is I’m sometimes so busy running around living my life that I don’t always take the time to look for opportunities.  The second is sometimes I’m afraid they’ll think I’m a nut.  How many times have you thought “I should offer to help” but for some reason or another don’t?

Earlier this week at lunch I ran to a local grocery story to pick up some sushi.  As I was checking out, an elderly lady with a cane pushed her cart into the empty line behind my checker and said “I’m just leaving this here for a minute.  I forgot my purse in the car and have to go out and get it.”

The lady started walking towards the door as I finished up my transaction and was leaving.  I notice how slow she was walking and thought about the long walk she had to her car and back followed by the trip through the grocery store.  Thoughts of the times when my back was killing me and how extra steps were torture made me start feeling bad for her.  I considered asking her if she wanted me to run out to her car and get her purse for her but I stopped.  Would this woman really trust me with her car keys and purse?  Would she think I was a nut for even offering?  Would she think that I thought she was incapable and be insulted?

2015 Goals Update

Goal Planning

I can’t believe it’s May already, the year is flying by.  Belle is graduating this year so May is going to be a busy, busy month for us.

April was also a pretty busy month for me.  I was able to make some headway on my goals which is always nice.  Here’s my original goals and what I’ve done year to date.

1.  Be healthier, more relaxed and strengthen our marriage.

Health – In April I did quite a bit of focusing on my health.  I did my yearly mammogram (isn’t that fun?!) and also did a full work-up with my physician since I haven’t been feeling well.  My blood pressure was out of control which was leading to some of the headaches.  While my headaches aren’t completely gone, getting my blood pressure under control has definitely helped.

I also have had an ongoing issue with my thyroid which we checked out.  Everything appears to be fine on that end.  Overall at this point I think I just need to continue to focus on nutrition and exercise to feel better.

Weekly Goals and Menus

Last week was a fun week at the WWIN household.  Mike had Wednesday and Thursday off so we got to spend some time together.  We chose to go out for dinner on Wednesday and had some amazing food.  We went to one of our favorite restaurants and loved everything that we got.  Friday I went out with some girlfriends and Saturday we sent Belle off to her last prom.

Belle_WWIN

 

Belle with Mike and I

Belle and I spent Saturday morning at the salon while she got her hair and make-up done.  I can honestly say that prom now is quite a bit higher profile than it was when Mike and I went.  The promposals are crazy (her friend was asked up in an airplane!) and the amount that people spend on dresses is unbelievable.  Wow!  Belle’s dress was nice but it wasn’t outrageously priced.  We were fortunate to find a local seamstress who took it in, hemmed and ironed it for $25.  After pictures Mike and I went out for dinner and grocery shopping.  That’s what counts as a date night for us :)

Today Belle and I went to a wedding shower in Milwaukee.  It was a bit of a drive but it was so nice to see the extended family and spend the day laughing and talking.  The mimosas were nice too!

Roasted Carrots and Chickpea Salad with Harissa and Quinoa

Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas_WWIN

As you may know, to get out of our food rut Mike and I deciding to branch out and try food from Plated.com.  Some weeks I pick our meals and some weeks I get really wild and let them choose our meals.  This recipe was in a recent box where they picked the meals for us.

This was definitely a meal that was outside our comfort zone.  Given that we are a meat and potato family a vegetarian meal is not our usual cup of tea.  While I certainly can say this wasn’t our favorite meal (Mike wouldn’t eat more than a bite) it did have a nice flavor to it.  After eating it for dinner the first night I took it for lunch the next few days.

Given that we didn’t love it I debated whether I should share the recipe with you.  I decided to go ahead and share because it’s a really healthy recipe that taste pretty good.  Even if I probably won’t make it again I thought there may be some readers who would like to try it.

Getting a Couple More Weeks Out of Your Haircolor

GRAY AWAY

One of the unfortunate side effects of getting older is the addition of grey to our hair. At some point maybe I’ll embrace the silver hair that is growing in my head but I doubt it. I believe that I’ve said that I will go to my grave with my current color hair or hair (or something similar)!

In addition to the grey, I’ve found that my regular hair color has really turned into a mousy brown. Not that you would know it from the color that everyone sees! For many, many years I colored my hair at home. A while ago I did decide to start letting my stylist color my hair (actually her assistant since it was cheaper!) In addition to the grey, my hair seemed to be getting a little drier and more brittle. Since I’ve been getting it colored in the salon I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in the texture.

The down side to getting my hair colored in the salon is I have some (figurative) chest pains every time I pay the bill. One of the things I do to combat the expense is to try and squeeze an extra week or two between colors. When I had only a bit of grey it was easier to do. At this point I’m probably about 40% (or more as my stylist liked to say) grey – that’s a lot of grey showing!!

Weekly Menu and Goals

Welcome to another week.  What beautiful weather we are having here today in Wisconsin!  I’ve been pretty quiet the last couple of weeks due to a nasty cold that I caught and couldn’t shake.  Whatever was going around hit me pretty hard with me being in bed for almost a week with exhaustion, aches and hot flashes.  The second week I felt better but I still feel like I’m trying to hack up a lung.

Last week was a pretty busy week for us here.  With graduation around the corner Belle and I had some college things to take care of.  We met with a counselor and walked around the campus of the school she’ll be going to this fall.  I can’t believe my baby is graduating high school.  Where has the time gone?  Back when she was being a “strong willed child” I really never thought this day would come.  The years really do fly by.

This week should be pretty quiet for us, there isn’t to much on the docket so I’m hoping to get some stuff accomplished around the house.