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

Ingredients
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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

Instructions

  • 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

 

The Art of Snooze Boosting: Take the Sleep Quiz!

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Consistently getting a great night’s sleep is a game changer when it comes to your overall health. Your weight, ability to fight illnesses, blood pressure, and a boat load of other health factors are directly impacted by your sleep patterns. So, if you aren’t a solid sleeper, it’s time to get back on track.

To help you out, we have a “Sleep Quiz” that can identify some of the usual sleep destroyers. If you have a hard time getting a restful eight hours on a consistent basis, take this quiz, and when you answer “No,” think about adjusting your behavior. With a few tweaks, you’ll be sleeping like a baby.

  1. I wake up at about the same time each morning. □ Yes   □ No
  2. I exercise most days of the week. □ Yes   □ No
  3. I exercise earlier in the day, or at least three hours before bed time. □ Yes   □ No
  4. I avoid stimulants such as caffeine, energy drinks, and certain medications after noon. □ Yes   □ No
  5. I eat a small, low-fat evening meal. □ Yes   □ No
  6. I don’t eat right before bedtime, usually at least two or three hours before bedtime. □ Yes   □ No
  7. In the evening I avoid large portions, high-fat or spicy foods, or other foods that trigger heartburn. □ Yes   □ No
  8. I drink most of my fluids during the day and before dinner. □ Yes   □ No
  9. I limit alcohol to special occasions. I don’t use alcohol to help me sleep. □ Yes   □ No
  10. I do a strength training exercise routine at least two times per week. □ Yes   □ No
  11. I do yoga or other gentle stretches in the evening. □ Yes   □ No
  12. I turn off all my electronic screens, and dim the lights at least one hour before bed time. □ Yes   □ No
  13. I take time to meditate or just sit quietly each evening. □ Yes   □ No

If you have any other tips to get a great night’s sleep, we’d love to hear them! Just post them in our comments, and we’ll share them with the world.

Happy snoozing!