Grilled Flank Steak- My Favorite Balsamic Marinade

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Grilled Flank Steak- My Favorite Balsamic Marinade

a cutting board with roasted yukon gold potatoes and sliced grilled flank steak with a delicious marinade

There’s nothing quite like a perfect grilled steak and so I’m sharing my secrets on Grilled Flank Steak and my favorite balsamic marinade. 

We went over to one of our friends’ home the other night for dinner. We brought the meat and salad and they supplied side and dessert (oh my gosh it was the most delicious strawberry shortcake. A true favorite of mine!)

I got this recipe from a girl I went to Elementary and Junior High School with. Fast forward 5,000 years, we became friends on facebook and the rest is history! 

Anyway, this is hands down our new favorite way to cook flank steak. If there is one meat recipe you try from me this weekend, make it this one. You will love it forever.

What is Flank Steak?

Flank steak is a somewhat tough but lean cut of beef that is long and flat. It is still quite flavorful but it mostly benefits from a marinade that tenderizes the meat.

Prepared this way, marinated, cooked quickly at high heat, and thinly sliced, flank steak practically melts in your mouth.

What’s in the Marinade?

At first glance, this flank steak recipe might look like a lot of ingredients, but you’ll likely have most of them in your pantry or fridge already. Here is everything you will need…

  • Soy Sauce– This adds a lot of flavor and a touch of salt to balance out the sweetness in the marinade.
  • Oil– Vegetable is what we use, but you could use olive oil.
  • Dark Brown Sugar– Dark brown sugar gives a touch of sweet and balances the salty of the soy sauce, but we prefer dark brown sugar to add a little more depth of flavor.
  • Worcestershire Sauce– Umami is the flavor you forget about. Yes, there’s sweet, salty, bitter, sour but did you know umami is that earthy goodness? Worcestershire enhances that in a beef marinade.
  • Dijon Mustard

How to do hot and cold therapy at home

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Sharing tips on how to utilize hot and cold therapy at home. 

Hi friends! How’s the morning going? I hope you’re having a great day so far!

For today’s post, I wanted to talk about hot and cold therapy, especially since they’ve been pretty buzzy topics on social media lately. This natural remedy can provide numerous benefits, so I wanted to share how to do hot and cold therapy safely at home. There are a couple of important reminders and considerations in this post, too!

How To Do Hot And Cold Therapy At Home

Hot and cold therapy is straightforward, requiring only basic items that you likely already have at home.

What Is Hot And Cold Therapy

Hot and cold therapy involves the use of heat and cold to stimulate different physiological responses in the body. It is an affordable and highly recommended remedy for improving overall health and well-being. When you apply heat to an area, it helps to increase blood flow and relax muscles. Cold therapy, on the other hand, constricts blood vessels, reduces inflammation, and stimulates the nervous system.

Alternating between heat and cold can provide comprehensive health benefits by combining the effects of both therapies. Heat can enhance circulation and relax muscles, while cold can reduce inflammation and invigorate the body. This alternation can be particularly effective for boosting circulation, enhancing recovery, and improving immune function.

Potential Benefits of Hot And Cold Therapy

It *can* do all of these things:

Enhance circulation

Reduce inflammation

Stimulate the nervous system

Boost immune function

Relieve muscle tension

Improve skin health

Promote faster recovery

Enhance mental clarity

Increase energy levels

Hot And Cold Therapy At Home

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

To get started with hot and cold therapy, you will need a few basic supplies:

Heat packs or hot water bottles

Ice packs or cold packs

Towels

A timer

****Or you could go total body by alternating time in a sauna with time in a cold plunge.

Step 2: Applying Heat

Heat therapy works by dilating blood vessels and improving blood flow to the area being treated. This can help relax muscles, relieve tension, and promote healing.

Warm the Heat Pack or Hot Water Bottle: Use a microwaveable heat pack or fill a hot water bottle with warm water.

Prepare the Area: Place a towel over the skin to protect it from direct heat.

Apply the Heat: Place the heat pack or hot water bottle on the desired area for 10-20 minutes at a time.

Remove the Heat: Take off the heat source and give your skin a break before reapplying if needed.

Step 3: Applying Cold

Cold therapy involves using ice packs or cold packs to stimulate the nervous system and reduce inflammation.

Prepare the Ice Pack or Cold Pack: Use a commercial cold pack or wrap ic

Collagen boosting superfoods

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Sharing some of my favorite collagen boosting superfoods!

Hi friends! How’s the day going? I hope you’re having an amazing morning! The kids are at a fun camp and I have back-to-back podcast interviews and client calls. I’m hoping I can sneak away for a yoga class tonight!

For today’s post, I wanted to chat about collagen.

Collagen is a vital protein in our bodies, playing a crucial role in maintaining the health and elasticity of our skin, hair, nails, and joints. It’s the main component of connective tissues and helps keep our skin looking youthful and radiant. However, as we age, our body’s ability to produce collagen naturally declines, leading to wrinkles, sagging skin, and weaker joints.

While there are plenty of skincare products that contain collagen, eating collagen-boosting foods can help the body make its own collagen more effectively. Not all collagen supplements are the same, and incorporating natural sources into your diet can provide a more holistic approach to collagen production. Today, I wanted to share a roundup of collagen-boosting superfoods that you can add to your diet.

(dress is from Amazon here!)

5 Collagen Boosting Superfoods

1. Bone Broth

Bone broth is one of the most potent sources of collagen. Made by simmering animal bones and connective tissue, bone broth contains a rich supply of collagen, gelatin, and essential amino acids that support joint and skin health. Drinking a cup of bone broth daily can help strengthen your body’s natural collagen production. Besides boosting collagen, bone broth also supports gut health, reduces inflammation, and improves joint function.

2. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are high in vitamin C, a crucial nutrient for collagen synthesis. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, protecting the skin from damage and helping to repair tissues. Consuming one to two servings of citrus fruits daily can enhance your body’s ability to produce collagen. Additionally, these fruits are hydrating, low in calories, and great for overall immune support.

3. Leafy Greens

Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are packed with vitamins A and C, which are essential for collagen production. They also contain chlorophyll, which has been shown to increase the precursor to collagen in the skin. Incorporating at least one serving of leafy greens into your daily diet can help you achieve healthier hair, skin, and nails and let your natural radiance shine. Moreover, leafy greens are rich in fiber, aiding digestion and promoting a healthy gut. Shredded cabbage is another one of my faves.

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Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad

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With an abundance of sweet ripe berries, fresh green spinach, chewy pasta, and a bright and flavorful light balsamic dressing, this strawberry spinach salad is an unexpected and delicious pasta salad that is certain to become one of your family’s new favorites.

Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad is the perfect potluck side dish.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This is not your average spinach pasta salad. With strawberry season on its way (and blueberry season not far behind), this strawberry and spinach salad should be on your radar as you plan your summer meals. It is the perfect light lunch or side dish for a summertime dinner.

In the abundance of pasta salad recipes, there’s something especially irresistible about the sweet bite of berries in this particular dish. I often use a combination of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries for a uniquely delicious combination of flavors and textures.

A sprinkle of goat cheese adds a salty, savory tang that ties all the flavors in this salad together. I’ve used both honey goat cheese and regular goat cheese in this recipe and they were both delicious.

Strawberries are the ultimate sweet bite in many of our favorite recipes. I’m always amazed by how much flavor strawberries add to a simple salad. As it turns out, pasta salad is no exception!

While I often use a combination of blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries in this particular strawberry spinach pasta salad, if you don’t have all those types of berries you can easily substitute with all of one kind of berry.

5 Minute Avocado Salad

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5 Minute Avocado Salad

a bowl of avocado salad mixed with toasted pine nuts and chunks of manchego cheese topped with cilantro.

This avocado salad is bright and fresh and only takes 5 short minutes to make! Creamy avocados topped with a simple tangy dressing, toasted pine nuts and chunks of manchego cheese. It’s just a lovely salad!

Avocado is one of my love languages. They are pretty much the best little fruit ever. I mean, how many foods out there can you eat for any and every meal? They are healthy and satisfying. They are beautiful and so creamy. Throw them on some toast, mash them into guacamole, add them to a taco, wrap them with bacon, blend them into a dressing, or in this case, make them the base of a salad. Winning, winning, winning!

Ingredients for Avocado Salad

I love coming up with new salad recipes and this one is a little out of the box (i.e. I didn’t find another salad quite like it out there on the interwebs) but it seriously just works! All you need is a few avocados, a couple of simple ingredients for a zesty dressing and a few fun add-ins that just make dish come alive! Here is what you will need:

  • Avocados: you’ll want ripe hass avocados, see my section below on how to pick ripe avocados
  • Lime Juice: fresh is best, like by far the best
  • White Wine Vinegar: combined with the lime juice, this is just the acid you want to balance out of the creamy richness of the avos
  • Manchego Cheese: a semi-hard Spanish cheese made from sheep’s milk that is buttery in texture and similar in flavor to pecorino romano
  • Pine Nuts: toasting the pine nuts gives them a little crunch and enhances their flavor
  • Salt: adds and enhances flavors
  • Cilantro: adds a fresh herby pop of flavor and is my favorite herb to pair with avocados

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Possible Substitutions:

Ok, I realize that some of these might not be common ingredients to have on hand, so here are some possible substitutes, but I highly recommend hitting the grocery store and trying the original recipe.

Avocados – no substitutes here because nothing can replace the heaven of an avocado

Lime Juice – you could try lemon juice, but lime and avocado just belong together

White Wine Vinegar – try red wine vinegar or rice vinegar (not seasoned)

Manchego – pecorino romano, asiago or monterey jack are ok substitutes

Pine Nuts – pistachios, toasted almonds or chopped cashews

How to Pick a Ripe Avocado

There are few things better than a perfectly ripe avocado and there are few things worse than an over- or underripe avocado! To pick a r

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