Yesterday, I went out shopping all day long and left my husband home to fend for himself. He works at home and has gotten used to me calling him down for lunch everyday. When I got home at a little past eight last night, he hadn’t eaten anything since I left. Nice. I gave him a hard time about it, but the fact is when he goes out of town I don’t eat very well either. It is funny how communal eating is- my Judebug must sit at the table with us every time we sit down for dinner. His place in the family is assured when he can sit with his parents and enjoy his meal. I have always said I will never be one of those moms who has a kids’ and adults’ table at holidays or any other time. My parents never did, but we were subjected to a kids’ table on a couple of holidays when we went to another relative’s house. Eating together makes a meal more flavorful and more enjoyable. This translates to cooking too- I won’t cook unless there is someone with me to enjoy it.
I was home today, so I made a steak salad for lunch. The boys mostly ate steak and the girl(s?) mostly ate salad. (I don’t know whether I am having a boy or girl!)
1 lb boneless sirloin steak
2 Tablespoons apple juice or dry sherry
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1 Tablespoon ginger
1 head of lettuce, shredded
2 large tomatoes, chopped
5-6 green onions with tops, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
red pepper flakes to taste
Directions: Cut the steak into 2 inch strips. Then cut the steak again across the grain in 1/8 inch slices. Marinate the steak in a large glass bowl with the ginger, sherry/juice, soy sauce, and sugar. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or several hours. Prepare the salad dressing- very easy, just combine all the ingredients in a bowl or salad dressing bottle.
Heat a skillet over med. high heat. Add about 1/2 of the beef and cook for about 3 minutes until beef is brown and cooked as desired. Repeat with the other half of the steak.
Layer the salad and serve with the dressing. A little of the dressing goes a long way, so try it a little at a time.
Note: This is also delicious in a Brown Rice Tortilla if you are more in the mood for a wrap!