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


What We Eat: Wholesome Tomato Soup

Usually, when I go for tomato soup, I am feeling quite lazy. Resulting from my meal coming from a can or box. I never considered making tomato soup another way, until our wellness team passed us this recipe. The benefits? A much fresher, tastier soup that doesn’t contain an excessive amount of sodium.

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Wholesome Tomato Soup

Serves 4


  • 4 lbs fresh tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 green onion stalks
  • 1/3 cup 1% or fat free milk
  • Pepper to taste
  • Optional: Fresh herbs such as basil, oregano, and thyme
  • Optional: Veggies such as squash, zucchini, and carrots


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Quarter tomatoes, shallot, garlic, and optional veggies.
  2. Drizzle 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil into an oven safe dish. Place quartered veggies, shallot, and garlic in dish, and drizzle the remaining olive oil on top.
  3. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Add green onion stalks. Broil on low for 10 minutes. Add the optional herbs for the last 1-2 minutes.
  5. Remove dish from oven. Pour all contents into blender, including the liquid. Add milk.
  6. Liquefy ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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PS, this recipe was also featured in our 31 Healthy Recipes Challenge.

Healthier Holiday Meals

The holiday’s are hear, and while I sometimes error on the side of eating too much (see our Hunger Meter), I do try to eat a balanced holiday meal. Here are a few tips and recipes on the traditional holiday favorites that will trim calories and boost nutrition.

Green Bean Casserole

The green beans are great, but the rest of the ingredients lead up to a high fat high calorie feast! Why not serve up fresh steamed green beans without all the extras? Steam beans to tender-crisp then sauté with diced shallots and toasted sliced almonds.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes don’t have to be loaded up with cream and butter to taste great. Take advantage of the natural creaminess of potatoes. You can also ramp up the flavor by adding fresh herbs, spices, and other flavor enhancers such as sweet roasted garlic. Here’s one recipe to trim up the calories in mashed potatoes:

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Candied yam—another vegetable dish turned into a sugar-and fat-laden indulgence. For a new tradition, try this Meringue-topped Sweet Potato Casserole, reprinted with permission from Eating Well (EatingWell.com/recipes/sweet_ potato_meringue_casserole.html):

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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving tradition in many homes. This year, create a new tradition by making a homemade cranberry apple sauce that is lower in added sugar and higher in fruit than the traditional and canned versions.

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