Yesterday was a good day. (Go Bears!)
A Sunday Funday is already in the plans for next week’s game. And, believe it or not, I’m going to be watching it with a Green Bay fan. We may or may not start a ruckus.
After a super late Saturday night out and a 4-hour span of time dedicated to NFL playoffs, I needed a day to unplug and chillax.
But I’m back, and you would not believe what I did over the weekend.
I made steaks for the first time!
Don’t make fun of my excitement. This is huge. Steak is one thing I never make due to pure intimidation. And now I’m feeling pretty damn good about it. Maybe next time I’ll finally work up the nerve to make salmon?
Anyhoo, another reason this is a big deal is that when cooking for myself, I generally don’t eat a lot of meat. There are a few reasons for this.
1. I like quick meals. Meat often requires more attention than I’m willing to give it. Sounds selfish. But I call it efficient.
2. There’s this thing called a “strict food budget” that I’m on. Meat is not the cheapest thing to eat. So most of my protein come from other sources (like beans, eggs, peanut butter- all cheap things).
3. I don’t crave it often. My particular food cravings are often saved for far more exciting things. Like brownies or loaded nachos (but not at the same time).
4. When I go out to eat, it’s that much more exciting to order things I don’t have often.
Let me give you a quick background recap.
I grew up on a farm. More specifically, a cattle farm in Missouri.
See? Quick recap.
Anyway, this works out really well for me. My parents are pretty awesome and don’t mind sending me home with tons of food. Vegetables from the garden and meat from the farm are often sitting in a cooler in the back of my car as I drive back to Chicago. Not that long ago, my dad gave me steak. Rib eye if you want to be specific.
I’m sure when my dad asked, he was surprised I actually said “sure, steak sounds good”. I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve had steak in the last 5 years. But surely there’s something that could be done with it, yes?
After putting it off long enough, I finally started looking around for recipes. When cooking, I don’t often use recipes. But since I’m a steak novice, it couldn’t hurt to have a little guidance. Finally, I settled on balsamic-dijon marinade from Fitness Magazine.
It seemed simple enough. I even bit the bullet and bought dijon mustard for the occasion. That’s yet another thing not consumed often. Clearly, I’m really outside of my comfort zone on this one.I wasn’t able to secure everything the recipe called for. Garlic powder was used vs real garlic. Lemon juice out of a bottle vs fresh lemon. Parsley instead of fresh rosemary (I know what a difference this is- I swore I owned dried rosemary but was completely wrong yet still felt the need for green).Drowwwwwnnnnnning…. probably didn’t need to double the recipe. But the regular just didn’t seem like quite enough.
Obviously I was wrong.
Out comes the grill.It was for the best that my fire alarm is still in need of batteries. I should really get on that.
The steak cooked a little faster than originally anticipated. If we’re being completely honest, I like my steak “well done”, and that’s what this was. BUT, I would have been fine if it had spent maybe a minute less grilling.
But since this was my first time, I consider it a serious win.Since there was a “straight from the farm” theme going, I busted out some green beans from my canned goods collection. Beautiful. I would have cooked this for a friend, but was horribly terrified of screwing it up. So there are leftovers for sure which will be used in wraps and salads and such at some point this week. Maybe next time I’ll share my awesomeness.
Because I was loaded up on protein and football, the next obvious thing I needed to do was lift weights.
Enter No More Trouble Zones by Jillian Michaels. Got pumped up. The only thing missing was a manly grunt. I figure using 5 and 8-lb weights wouldn’t require it, though. So I didn’t.
So to summarize, my Sunday was filled with steak, football and pumping iron.
Such a lady I am.
Anyone else working today? We’ll see how productive I actually am- sleeplessness has hit me pretty hard. Not sure how anyone is expected to function on less than 4.5 hours? Good stuff.
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