Beef Tacos

Menu Plan: May 7th to May 12th

This Week in Food

Monday
Seasoned Chicken Breast in Pita Pockets wtih Hummus

Chicken breast was seasoned garlic & onion powder, salt & pepper, pan fried in a cast iron skillet on both sides till nicely brown, covered and finished in a 350F oven for about 20 minutes. Remove chicken from pan to cutting board and cut up in bite small pieces. Add   enough water to the pan to de-glaze (getting all the yummies from the bottom of the pan). Put chicken back into the skillet to absorb all the liquid, then remove to serving bowl.

We generally do pitas buffet style. There was bowls of cut up lettuce, tomatoes, celery, and so on – whatever is to your liking, as well as a garlic/chick pea hummus.

Cut the pitas in half to create pockets, spread some hummus on one or both of the insides, then fill pita with your choice of fillings.

Just salad dressing works well too.

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Tuesday

Pan Fried Pepper Steak with Stir Fried Peppers & Rice

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Wednesday

Star of the Week:

Tacos With Fresh Salsa

Beef Tacos & Toppings

 Tacos are always a huge hit at our house and so simple to make! They can easily be prepped and on the table in 30 minutes if your meat is thawed. Choices of meat are varied too. I’ve seen ground beef, chicken or pork and even fish used, though we almost always use beef since it’s our family’s favorite.

For the toppings, besides lettuce & extra-old white cheese, we’ve traditionally used just chopped onions & tomatoes; however, fresh salsa can’t be beat! Sour cream is an incredible, although fattening, addition.

When making fresh salsa, it is well worth buying vine ripened tomatoes, or better yet , from your own garden!

For those who find white onion too strong, use a red onion, or a sweet white onion. Green onions can also be used.

Taco Meat

2 lbs ground beef
1 med. Onion, chopped (about ½ cup)
1 clove garlic, minced finely
1 to 1 ½ cups salsa
2-3 tbsp. taco seasoning

Directions: Start browning ground beef in pot over medium-high heat, as a bit of fat is released, add onions and taco seasoning. When almost all pink is gone, add garlic. When cooked through, add salsa and heat through.

Fresh Salsa

Fresh Salsa

4 medium vine ripened tomatoes
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
½ to 1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. cilantro, chopped

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Thursday
Sirloin Tip Steak with Salad

Sirloin Tip Steak with Pepper Stir Fry and Rice

For an excellent tutorial on cooking steak, please view the video below on youtube. I do not by any means endorse this particular chef, Gordon Ramsay,  but this particular video is clean and very easy to follow and duplicate the results.

How to Cook a Steak

The Stir Fry Ingredients:

Stir Fry Ingredients

White onions; green, yellow, red & yellow bell peppers; snow peas in pod.

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Friday
Pork Loin Steak with Applesauce & Salad

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Saturday
Roast Beef, Baked Potatoes & Oven Roasted Carrots

Roast Beef

I started the roast by searing all sides in a hot skillet with a bit of grape seed oil, then putting it in a 300F oven for about 1 1/2 hours or until meat thermometer registers desired degree of doneness. A simple web search on “beef internal cooking temperatures” will get you charts on the right internal temperature to suit your family.

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