What We Eat: Fiery Beef Satay Skewers

Marinades are great as they add tons of flavor without a bunch of unwanted calories typically included with cream sauces, butter, or oil. Also, there are many different marinades out there to keep your dinners different through the weeks.

The below marinade we included in the recipe for fiery beef satay skewers is one we really enjoy. The sweet heat and fresh lime make this a perfect summer day meal, but good enough to enjoy any time of the year. I made the dish  with peppers and turnips. The green peppers really complemented the beef nicely. I’m still working out the kinks with the turnips! And please use any veggie you prefer, or have left over in the fridge.

Fiery Beef Satay Skewers

Serves 4

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  • 1-1/2 lbs top sirloin steak
  • 5-6 green onions, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1/2 cup Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs ground Cayenne


  • In large bowl, combine mustard, soy sauce, honey, lime juice, garlic and cayenne.
  • Remove and reserve 1/2-cup of this marinade mixture for basting.
  • Trim fat from beef steak. Cut into 1-1/2” cubes.
  • Add beef to remaining marinade in bowl. Toss to coat.
  • Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Remove beef from marinade. Discard marinade.
  • Alternately thread an equal amount of beef and green onion onto each of four 12” metal or bamboo skewers.
  • Place skewers on grill over medium ash-covered coals.
  • Grill, uncovered, 10-12 minutes for medium-rare to medium, basting frequently with reserved 1/2-cup marinade and turning occasionally.
  • Let sit for 3-5 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories: 264
% Calories from fat: 27
Fat (gm): 8
Saturated fat (gm): 3
Cholesterol (mg): 85
Sodium (mg): 1011
Protein (gm): 30
Carbohydrate (gm): 16


My Attempt at 31 Nutritious Recipes

This March, I decided to partake in the festivities of National Nutrition Month by broadening my healthy recipe arsenal. Throughout a normal month, I cook about ten different recipes, never dabbling with ingredients like quinoa, Greek yogurt, curry, kale, or even orzo pasta. As I can always use more nutrition in my diets, I have challenged myself to try thirty-one of our healthy recipes by the end of the month!

Along with adding more nutritious ingredients to my normal cooking, I hope to find a few new recipes that will push my go-to recipe list from ten to at least a dozen! Maybe, if I’m lucky, I will make it a baker’s dozen! Yes, that is audacious!

Summer Smoothie

Summer Berry SmoothieSo, it is now March 6, and how many recipes have I tried? Five! That’s me being on track! I started the week with the Summer Smoothie, providing myself an easy recipe to guarantee a first success! Typically, when I make a smoothie, it consists of an orange juice base and frozen fruit. By switching to cranberry juice and adding Greek yogurt, I upgraded my morning nutrition (addition of protein and calcium with less sugar)!

Though, my biggest recommendation is if you’re using a blender early in the morning, begin by closing the bedroom doors of those sleeping! While the smoothie was delicious, I didn’t need to be called a punk while sipping it down!

Easy Crockpot Chili

EasyCrockpotChili-SingleNext up, easy crockpot chili. As you may have guessed, this recipe was easy as well as tasty! Chili is one of those recipes that is very difficult to screw up! I followed the instructions, only adding a bit of cayenne pepper for a little heat!  Now, I have multiple days of lunch prepared, and only need to grab an apple and carrots for an easy balanced lunch!

Chicken Basil Bowl with Basil Lemon Dressing

Basil Bowl_lemon dressingWhile the chili was simmering, I decided to go on my first adventure into broadening my food horizons. I made the chicken basil bowl with quinoa. I have had quinoa before, but it was always a cold salad purchased at a grocery deli.

Basil Bowl_lemon dressing2I boiled the quinoa as needed, but it was a bit bland without any seasonings. Thusly, I thought the basil bowl was just average. Also, if I make this recipe again, I will plate more greens and less quinoa. As for the dressing, it came out great (refreshing and easy to make), and I have plans to use the remainder on a salad.

5-Step Skewers

Of the five recipes made so far, this has been my favorite! Grilled mangos are another first for me, and I have been missing out! I marinated the pork for an hour before skewering it with the mangos and placing it on the grill. Eight minutes later I was plating the food, with Skewers_Singlesome brown rice (this time with seasonings). With the mangos and pork skewered together, I assumed the mangos would cook faster, and be overdone, but to my surprise the mangos and pork were both perfectly done! The most difficult part of the recipe is waiting the hour for the pork to marinate, which, in my opinion, is well worth the wait! Enjoy this one!

Twenty-six more recipes to try! I will keep you filled in on the journey! And, please send me your thoughts, improvements, and questions as you try these recipes for yourself, especially if you have tips for seasoning quinoa!

Take Care!