Lettuce Wraps

Working overtime, going to the gym and making a home cooked meal…it takes commitment to do them all. But I’m managing. Mostly.

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Sometimes I worry that my dinners are too simple to be worthy of a blog post. But then, I think about why I started writing here in the first place. To share the happenings in my kitchen. To keep a personal record of my journey with food. So I’m going to try worry less and post more.

Like I said there’s nothing complicated about these lettuce wraps. But ground beef seasoning is flavorful and easy to throw together on a busy week night.

Ground Beef Seasoning

Cumin
Black pepper
Salt
Chili powder
Red pepper flakes

That’s it. I kind of just sprinkle by eye so experiment as you go to get the taste you want. Squeezing fresh lemons over the top seals the deal.

And as always, I use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

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Carne Asada Marinade

On Sunday night I was in the mood for a flavorful, carne asada taco. So I bought about 1-lb of carne asada meat from the grocery store, some uncooked tortillas (I heated them on a pan with a little canola oil), pepper jack cheese, and some bell peppers.

I only marinated the meat for about 1 to 2 hours but it still soaked up a lot of flavor.

We don’t have a grill, so we cooked the meat on our new griddle, which worked great. But I think that technically means we didn’t make carne asada, since it wasn’t cooked on fire, it should be called something else. But no matter!

Carne Asada Marinade
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsalmic vinegar
Fresh squeezed lemon juice from 1 1/2 lemons
2 cloved of garlic finely chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tbsp sea salt
Black pepper

Mix all ingredients and pour into ziploc bag with carne asada meat. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or as long 12 hours.

Cook as desired. We like ours close to well done.

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Bell Peppers

I decided to cook my bell peppers in long thin strips to match the meat. I squeezed 1 large lemon into a pan with the bell peppers and added just a little olive oil. I cooked them on medium/high heat until soft. Then I added cumin, salt, and black pepper.

We use plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream in our tacos. Yum!