Grilled Flank Steak and Potato Slices

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I hope that you don’t get tired of me saying this but your whole meal will be on the table in less than thirty minutes.  Grilled Flank Steak, grilled potato slices and the salad all in under 30 minutes. You can make this meal on a stovetop grill in a large skillet or on the outdoor grill.

Take the flank steak out of the refrigerator and let it warm up a little as you get started on the potatoes. Don’t put any salt on the meat until just before you are going to put it on the grill. The salt will draw a lot of the moisture out.  Heat the grill – or skillet – up to medium high. Rub it with some cooking oil. Slice the potatoes up and put them in a bowl. Drizzle with some EVOO and sprinkle with some salt, pepper and powdered garlic. Stir things up until all the slices are coated. Put the salad together while the potatoes and meat are cooking. The thinner the potato slices the faster they will cook. About 3/8″ works best for me.

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Spread the potato slices out on the grill. When they are showing the grill marks turn them over. Salt, pepper and garlic powder both sides of the steak and lay it on the grill. Depending on how thick it is and how done you like it –  2 to 7 or 8 minutes a side. To test it for how well done it is poke it and if it is soft it is rare. If it is starting to get firm but still a bit soft in the middle it is medium. If it is firm it is well done. Remember you can always cook it some more but you can’t “uncook” it.

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When the steak is done the way you want it remove it to a large platter that will catch the drippings and let it rest for at least five minutes before you slice it. Slice it across the grain and top it with a little bit of the drippings when you serve it. Grilled Flank Steak and Potatoes. Enjoy!

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  1. Take the flank steak out of the refrigerator and let it warm up a little as you get started on the potatoes. Don't put any salt on the meat until just before you are going to put it on the grill. The salt will draw a lot of the moisture out. Heat the grill - or skillet - up to medium high. Rub it with some cooking oil. Slice the potatoes up and put them in a bowl. Drizzle with some EVOO and sprinkle with some salt, pepper and powdered garlic. Stir things up until all the slices are coated. Put the salad together while the potatoes and meat are cooking. The thinner the potato slices the faster they will cook. About 3/8" works best for me.
  2. Spread the potato slices out on the grill. When they are showing the grill marks turn them over. Salt, pepper and garlic powder both sides of the steak and lay it on the grill. Depending on how thick it is and how done you like it - 2 to 7 or 8 minutes a side. To test it for how well done it is poke it and if it is soft it is rare. If it is starting to get firm but still a bit soft in the middle it is medium. If it is firm it is well done. Remember you can always cook it some more but you can't "uncook" it.
  3. When the steak is done the way you want it remove it to a large platter that will catch the drippings and let it rest for at least five minutes before you slice it.
  4. Slice it across the grain and top it with a little bit of the drippings when you serve it. Grilled Flank Steak and Potatoes. Enjoy!
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Quick Easy Blackened Salmon

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You can make all kinds of changes and additions to your Blackened Salmon because it’s YOUR Blackened Salmon! After you get past the paprika. You want it spicy? Cayenne pepper and or red pepper flakes. Lemony? Lemon zest and or lemon salt. Mexican? Cumin, Cilantro, Lime zest and or juice. And on and on. This our Cajun version that we always go back to. We love it and I think you will too.

Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them all together.

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For the veggie and carbs tonight I just went to the fridge and got whatever was on hand that would work in a skillet. It happened to be potato, eggplant, zucchini, onions and rosemary from it’s pot out on the deck.

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Heated up a skillet to medium high with a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Then added all the veggies, salt, pepper and squeezed the juice from half a lemon all over it and tossed the lemon rind into the mix. Tossed them a few times as the veggies got seared.

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While the veggies are cooking heat up another skillet at medium high and add a tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. Rub the spice mixture all over the salmon and very lightly press it on to the filets.

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Put the fillets in the pan and cook about 3-5 minutes a side depending on how thick they are and how well done you like them.

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The veggies are done and we had a little arugula so I couldn’t help myself. I just tossed it in with the veggies.

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SHOW TIME!! Enjoy your Blackened Salmon you deserve it!

A nice chilled Shiraz goes good with this Blackened Salmon. It sure did for us!

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A chilled Shiraz or a Chardonnay goes great with this Quick Easy Blackened Salmon.

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  1. Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them all together.
  2. Heated up a skillet to medium high with a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Then added all the veggies, salt, pepper and squeezed the juice from half a lemon all over it and tossed the lemon rind into the mix. Tossed them a few times as the veggies got seared.
  3. While the veggies are cooking heat up another skillet at medium high and add a tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. Rub the spice mixture all over the salmon and very lightly press it on to the filets. Put the fillets in the pan and cook about 3-5 minutes a side depending on how thick they are and how well done you like them.
  4. The veggies are done and we had a little arugula so I couldn't help myself. I just tossed it in with the veggies.
  5. SHOW TIME!! Enjoy your Blackened Salmon you deserve it!
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Quick Easy Chicken Thighs Plus Some Quick and Easy Salad

Quick Easy Chicken Thighs

You will like this for a weeknight meal when you are tired but don’t  want to just zap a leftover or a box meal and because this Quick Easy Chicken Thighs recipe is good, real good. It doesn’t have to be chicken thighs. If you keep frozen tenders or breasts in the freezer you could just thaw them out in the microwave instead.

Turn on the broiler. First put all the ingredients except the chicken in a bowl and mix them all together.  Your creative skills are going to kick in here because after the salt and pepper you can go with any kind of spices and herbs YOU want. From allspice to wasabi and everything in between. You don’t have to stick to the ingredients listed in this recipe. You probably have whatever it takes to make it real good in your pantry.

Then add the chicken the bowl and toss it all together getting the chicken coated with all the good stuff.

Spray oil the right sized cookie sheet or baking pan. You can line it with aluminum foil to make the cleanup as quick and easy as this recipe. Spread the chicken pieces out in the pan and and broil for 5-7 minutes depending on your oven and the thickness of the chicken. Turn them over and cook the other side. When the juice running out of the chicken is clear it is done.

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While the chicken is cooking you can put together any kind of salad or veggie you want. We went with a Caprese salad with Avocado for Poppop.

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and a mixture with healthy greens, tomato and onion with gorgonzola cheese and her favorite dressing for Gammy.

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This Quick Easy Chicken Thighs recipe and the salad is on the table in twenty minutes. And,, it is gluten free AND paleo friendly AND it is real good!

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  1. Turn on the broiler. First put all the ingredients except the chicken in a bowl and mix them all together. Your creative skills are going to kick in here because after the salt and pepper you can go with any kind of spices and herbs YOU want. From allspice to wasabi and everything in between. You don't have to stick to the ingredients listed in this recipe. You probably have whatever it takes to make it real good in your pantry. Then add the chicken the bowl and toss it all together getting it coated with all the good stuff.
  2. Spray oil the right sized cookie sheet or baking pan. You can line it with aluminum foil to make the cleanup as quick and easy as this recipe. Spread the chicken pieces out in the pan and broil for 5-7 minutes depending on your oven and the thickness of the chicken. Turn them over and cook the other side. When the juice running out of the chicken is clear it is done.
  3. This Quick Easy Chicken Thighs recipe and the salad is on the table in twenty minutes. And,, it is gluten free AND paleo friendly AND it is real good!
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Shrimp Tossed Salad

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You can make this Shrimp Tossed Salad with whatever you might have on hand. Even if you don’t have any shrimp in the freezer you could go with some chicken tenders nuked and sliced up. Or, even some bacon cooked a little on the crispy side, cooled and crumbled. As far as the veggies, well, just about any combo of what you have in the fridge. Tomatoes, Lettuce, spinach, onions and on and on. That’s what we have here in this recipe. I went with whatever I had available without making a special stop at the store. It was real quick turned out real good.

First you put the shrimp in a microwave friendly bowl and set it on defrost.

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In the couple of minutes it takes for that to happen get out your veggies. Clean them and cut them up. When the shrimp have thawed peel them if you have to and put them back in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes depending their size and your microwave.  Zap them in 30 second stages checking each time for pink on the outside and opaque white in the middle. When they are done add enough ice cubes to the bowl to cover up the shrimp and mix them together.

 

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When the shrimp are chilled pat them dry between paper towels.

This is the cast for tonights production. Tomatoes, zucchini, onions, arugula and shrimp. But you can chose the players to star in your production to suit yourself because you are the director.

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Put everything a bowl big enough to toss it all together.

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Add the dressing. You could just pour in the store bought dressing that you keep in the fridge or you could get a little adventurous and do it in layers of flavor. First real good extra virgin olive oil. Then balsamic vinegar, grated parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic powder and chopped fresh (or dried) parsley or basil.

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Serve your Shrimp Tossed Salad with a little more grated parmesan on top.

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BTW I timed myself and it only took this old Poppop eighteen minutes start to finish.

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  1. First you put the shrimp in a microwave friendly bowl and set it on defrost. In the couple of minutes it takes for that to happen get out your veggies. Clean them and cut them up. When the shrimp have thawed peel them if you have to and put them back in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes depending their size and your microwave. Zap them in 30 second stages checking each time for pink on the outside and opaque white in the middle. When they are done add enough ice cubes to the bowl to cover up the shrimp and mix them together.
  2. When the shrimp are chilled pat them dry between paper towels. This is the cast for tonights production. Tomatoes, zucchini, onions, arugula and shrimp. But you can chose the players to star in your production to suit yourself because you are the director.
  3. Put everything a bowl big enough to toss it all together. Add the dressing. You could just pour in the store bought dressing that you keep in the fridge or you could get a little adventurous and do it in layers of flavor. First real good extra virgin olive oil. Then balsamic vinegar, grated parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic powder and chopped (or dried) parsley or basil.
  4. Gently toss it all together. Serve it with a little more grated parmesan on top.
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