Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Asparagus

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I recently decided to try making chimichurri sauce for the first time, so I looked up a few recipes to get a basic idea, and then ended up taking my own approach. I grilled skirt steak with just a bit of salt and pepper rubbed over it, then topped it with sauce and paired it with simple grilled asparagus. I added an extra dollop of sauce to each plate to have some for the asparagus as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup arugula

2 cups parsley

2 teaspoons cumin

1 tablespoon salt

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 jalapeno

2 garlic cloves

1/2 white onion

INSTRUCTIONS:

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and grind until smooth. Add a tiny bit of water if it’s not coming out as smooth as you would like it. Serve over grilled steak with vegetables.

 

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Grilled Chicken and Freshly Made Tomato Sauce with Whole Wheat Angel Hair

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Finding meals that are both delicious and quick to make can of course be a common challenge. This meal only took about 20 minutes total, if that. It was low fat, healthy, and really yummy.

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Eating outdoors on cool spring evenings is always an added bonus to a home-made meal. It’s a fun treat for our cats to roam around on the patio for a bit too as you can see in the photo.

INGREDIENTS:

2 large chicken breasts (I cut them into slices)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 large can peeled plum tomatoes

1 medium white onion

2 sprigs fresh thyme

3 garlic cloves

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 lb 100% whole wheat angel hair pasta

INSTRUCTIONS:

Rub chicken breast pieces with salt and place on heated griddle, grill each side for about 5 minutes each – until both sides have griddle marks and meat is cooked through when sliced. While chicken is grilling heat a pan with olive oil and add the garlic and onions. Once garlic and onions are translucent add the tomatoes (with juices), thyme, salt and pepper. With a wooden spoon smush down the whole tomatoes, you can use sliced tomatoes too but I like the whole since they seem to hold on to their juices better for more flavor. Allow ingredients to simmer then add chicken breast slices to pan, let the chicken simmer with the sauce for another couple of minutes. Cook pasta per package instructions and serve topped with chicken and sauce.

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