Monday, August 13, 2007

A Longing for Steak from Days Gone By

Even though I now do not eat meat (or most fish or seafood, only tuna, scallops and calamari), I used to be a pure-blooded carnivore. I would polish off a Teriyaki Sirloin without ever batting an eye! This probably explains why I gained the weight I did, and turned to Weight Watchers to help me shed over 100 lbs. Thankfully the program still allowed me to enjoy those things I loved so much, and I learned that it wasn't necessarily what, but more how much of something you ate that mattered in the battle of the bulge. My mom and I picked up the New Complete Cookbook at one of our first weigh-ins, and it became a source of staple recipes from then on. Even now, it remains a welcome resource in our home whenever we feel that we haven't hit the gym quite as hard as we should have been!

This was the most succulent beef I have EVER had in my entire life (before I stopped eating meat). I still miss it occasionally, especially since she continues to make it for the family and it smells incredible. There is something about the savoury and yet sweet pulls from the marinade, the melt-in-your-mouth tender texture and the kick from the ginger and crushed chili flakes that takes this from "an everyday dinner" to "THE dinner". It was a wonderful event each time my mom brought out the broiler tray from the oven, and boy was I excited when I saw the bag of marinating meat in the fridge! It is perfect for easy entertaining as well, and equally good for tossing into a steak salad. This recipe is 5 POINTS per serving for current Weight Watchers, and good luck on your journeys!

Asian Flank Steak
Makes 4 servings
1/4 c low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp liquid honey
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp lemon zest
2 minced cloves garlic
1 tbsp red-wine vinegar
pinch crushed chili flakes
1 lb beef flank steak
  1. Mix all ingredients in a Ziploc baggie.
  2. Add steak and turn to coat.
  3. Refrigerate 24 hours.
  4. Bring out meat from fridge, let stand 30 minutes.
  5. Pat steak dry, place under broiler or on hot grill 4 minutes a side.
  6. Remove from heat, let stand 5 minutes before cutting and serving

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 196.5
Total Fat: 8.5 g
Cholesterol: 56.7 mg
Sodium: 981.6 mg
Total Carbs: 4.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
Protein: 24.1 g

1 comment :

Valli said...

Oh my!! Sorry to say but you have me drooling out here!!!!! Weight Watchers is a good program with a good support system. Congrats!!!