Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushroom, and Carrot Stir Fry



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30 minutes to dinner with this Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry - A One Skillet Meal - Slice of Southern

We are having a heat wave here in Southern California.  In a time where we usually have June gloom we are having 100 degree weather for a week straight and no end in site.

The last thing I want to do is spend time heating up the kitchen to get dinner on the table.  Nope...not gonna do it.  So one can never have enough 30 minutes meals on hand for days like this, and because this is way BETTER THAN TAKEOUT there's no need to call out for food!

Today, let's talk about a one skillet meal full of beef and vegetables coated with a spicy sauce.  With one skillet (or wok) you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.  Can't beat that in this heat!

30 minutes to dinner with this Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry - A One Skillet Meal - Slice of Southern

SPICY BEEF, SNOW PEAS, MUSHROOM, AND CARROT STIR FRY


A nice sirloin steak cut into thin strips will give you nice tender beefy bites.  Make sure to cut it across the grain so that it isn't tough when you bite into it.  For the veggies I chose ones that cook quickly and compliment the beefy flavor.  Shredded carrots lend a touch of sweet, while mushrooms (baby bella or white button will both work) lend a earthy meaty flavor.  The snow peas lend crunch and texture and a pop of green to the dish.  Oh, and lets not forget to add in some cashews for a little crunch.  I love them and add them to all my stir frys.

30 minutes to dinner with this Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry - A One Skillet Meal - Slice of Southern

The sauce carries the heat with the addition of chili garlic sauce.  You can adjust that up or down depending on if you want it super spicy or leave it out if you don't want the kids to have it.  The sauce is easy to throw together, but make sure to do this first, as stir frys come together quickly and you want it ready to put in a finish the dish off.  

30 minutes to dinner with this Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry - A One Skillet Meal - Slice of Southern

So dinner is done in 30 minutes and the kitchen stayed cool.  But, it's still hot outside so I think a mojito is calling me while I sit and watch the sunset!

Enjoy!





Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushroom, and Carrot Stir Fry

serves 4

Sauce:
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons dry sherry
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee)
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tsp garlic, minced

Stir Fry:
2 Tbls canola oil
3/4 lb beef sirloin, thinly sliced against the grain into strips
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 1/2 cups snow peas
8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup cashews, whole
Basic Steamed White Rice


In a small bowl mix together the soy sauce, sherry, sugar, cornstarch, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce, ginger, sesame oil, and garlic.  Set aside.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat.  Add oil and allow to heat.  Add sirloin and cook about 5-7 minutes until cooked to about medium well.  (cook less for medium doneness).  Remove from the skillet to a pan.  Add carrots, mushrooms, and snow peas to the skillet.  Cook about 5-7 minutes until mushrooms have let out their moisture and the veggies are crisp tender.  Add the cashews and stir to lightly toast.  

Add back the beef, stir the sauce and pour over the beef and veggies.  Mix to coat thoroughly.  Place on a serving platter and serve with hot cooked rice.


30 minutes to dinner with this Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry - A One Skillet Meal - Slice of Southern

30 minutes to dinner with this Spicy Beef, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry - A One Skillet Meal - Slice of Southern




Saturday, June 17, 2017

10 BEST Smoothies


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10 Seriously easy and mouthwatering smoothies that will keep you cool all summer long! - Slice of Southern



10 Seriously easy and mouthwatering smoothies that will keep you cool all summer long!


1.  Banana Cream Pie Smoothie - Tastes just like the Banana Cream Pie your momma made, with the same comfort feeling! {GET THE RECIPE}


Banana Cream Pie Smoothie - Tastes just like the Banana Cream Pie your momma made, with the same comfort feeling! - Slice of Southern


2.  Cherry Berry Smoothie - A tart and creamy smoothie that mixes in-season cherries and berries for one outstanding and healthy drink.  {GET THE RECIPE}


Cherry Berry Smoothie - A tart and creamy smoothie that mixes in-season cherries and berries for one outstanding and healthy drink. - Slice of Southern


3.  Peach Cobbler Smoothie - Light and creamy this drink is a taste of the South!  {GET THE RECIPE}


Peach Cobbler Smoothie - Light and creamy this drink is a taste of the South! - Slice of Southern


4.  Black and Blue Smoothie - A double delight with not one but two berries that will provide your with antioxidants and fill your tummy.  A great breakfast treat!  {GET THE RECIPE}

Black and Blue Smoothie - A double delight with not one but two berries that will provide your with antioxidants and fill your tummy. - Slice of Southern


5.  Vanilla Kiwi Smoothie - A cool and light smoothie made with luscious kiwis and warming vanilla.  {GET THE RECIPE}


Vanilla Kiwi Smoothie - A cool and light smoothie made with luscious kiwis and warming vanilla. - Slice of Southern


6.  Avila Orange Smoothie - Oh this is one of my favorite breakfast treats.  Made with Avila farms honey (use your favorite) and oranges.  AWESOME!  {GET THE RECIPE}


Avila Orange Smoothie - Oh this is one of my favorite breakfast treats.  Made with Avila farms honey and oranges.  AWESOME! Slice of Southern


7.  Strawberry Banana Smoothie - Traditional flavors that are outstanding together and kids love them!  {GET THE RECIPE}

Strawberry Banana Smoothie - Traditional flavors that are outstanding together and kids love them!  Slice of Southern

8.  Strawberry Pear Smoothie - Fresh pears blended with strawberries make for a light and bright drink that will keep you cool and delight your senses!  {GET THE RECIPE}

Strawberry Pear Smoothie - Fresh pears blended with strawberries make for a light and bright drink that will keep you cool and delight your senses! Slice of Southern


9.  Pineapple Mango Chia Smoothie - Tropical flavors of pineapples and mango blended with chia for a wonderfully healthy smoothie that will make you feel like your vacationing on a beach!  {GET THE RECIPE}


Pineapple Mango Chia Smoothie - Tropical flavors of pineapples and mango blended with chia for a wonderfully healthy smoothie that will make you feel like your vacationing on a beach!  Slice of Southern


10.  Blackberry Pomegranate Smoothie - Sweet and tart go well together in this outrageously good smoothie.  Filling and quenching all in one treat!  {GET THE RECIPE}


Blackberry Pomegranate Smoothie - Sweet and tart go well together in this outrageously good smoothie.  Filling and quenching all in one treat!  Slice of Southern




10 Seriously easy and mouthwatering smoothies that will keep you cool all summer long! - Slice of Southern









Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables


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BIG BOLD flavors is what Blackberry Jalapeno Galzed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables is all about.  Let's AMP up your grilling this summer! - Slice of Southern

Let's amp up your game for this grilling season!

BIG, BOLD flavors is what it's all about.  So I turned to the master of flavors that are "off the hook!" Guy Fieri and searched for the perfect recipe to present to you today.


BIG BOLD flavors is what Blackberry Jalapeno Galzed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables is all about.  Let's AMP up your grilling this summer! - Slice of Southern


BLACKBERRY JALAPENO GLAZED PORK TENDERLOIN 

THIS is the recipe of the SUMMER!!!  If you make only one new grilled dish this summer make this one.  Otherwise you will be missing out on a dish that totally knock your socks off.  This spicy sweet Blackberry Jalapeno glaze covers a juicy grilled pork tenderloin that elevates this dish to outstanding!


BIG BOLD flavors is what Blackberry Jalapeno Galzed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables is all about.  Let's AMP up your grilling this summer! - Slice of Southern

I modified his recipe just a bit.  He brines his pork tenderloin first.  Since I think that a pork tenderloin is tender and juicy as it is I skipped that part.  Plus it made this quicker to prepare and it came out fantastic without the brine.  

The sauce really is the kicker to this dish.  Something this bold needs to have a great side dish that compliments it without overpowering it.  Roasted vegetables are the perfect side dish for that.  I chose multi-colored carrots of yellow and orange, along with fresh green beans, and cauliflower.  (MGG loves his cauliflower!)  Roasting is easy to do so this side dish basically takes care of itself while you grill the pork.


BIG BOLD flavors is what Blackberry Jalapeno Galzed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables is all about.  Let's AMP up your grilling this summer! - Slice of Southern

BIG BOLD flavors is what Blackberry Jalapeno Galzed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables is all about.  Let's AMP up your grilling this summer! - Slice of Southern

This dish is outrageously good!  Try it at your next opportunity and double it if you want to invite friends over.  Great for Father's Day or any celebration, or just a weekend cookout.  You will be the envy of the crowd, and the new master griller in town!

Enjoy!




Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables


Pork:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

1 1 1/2 pound pork tenderloin, silver skin removed

Blackberry Jalapeno Glaze:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 to 2 roasted jalapenos, seeded, minced
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 cup seedless blackberry preserves
1 1/4 cup wine, preferably Merlot
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch


Vegetables:

1 head cauliflower
1 small bunch of multi-colored carrots
1/2 lb fresh green beans





Make the Blackberry Jalapeno Glaze:
Add the butter to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the jalapenos and garlic and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the blackberry preserves and 1 cup wine and combine well. Simmer until reduced by half. Add the cornstarch to the remaining 1/4 cup red wine in a small bowl and mix well. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes more. Keep the glaze warm until serving.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Prepare the vegetables by cutting the stalk off of the cauliflower and cut into florets. Place on a sheet pan along with the carrots. Make sure not to overlap. Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and flip the vegetables and add the green beans. Return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes until caramelized.

Meanwhile preheat a grill or grill pan to medium heat.

Add the pork tenderloin to the grill and cook for 6 minutes on each side, browning evenly and the internal temperature registers 135 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. At this point, evenly spread 1/4 cup of the glaze over the pork. Cook for an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the pork from heat to a cutting board and keep it warm tented with aluminum foil. Temperature should be around 155 to 160 degrees.

Slice the pork, arrange the slices on a serving platter and serve with remaining warm glaze and roasted vegetables.


adapted from Guy Fieri's Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Pork Tenderloin



BIG BOLD flavors is what Blackberry Jalapeno Galzed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables is all about.  Let's AMP up your grilling this summer! - Slice of Southern

BIG BOLD flavors is what Blackberry Jalapeno Galzed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables is all about.  Let's AMP up your grilling this summer! - Slice of Southern



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