Friday, March 1, 2013

Simple Allergy free Dinner Recipe

I just had a reader ask me if I could submit some dinner ideas because she had a boyfriend with food allergies.  How thoughtful of her!   I can only pray that someday my daughters grow up to find someone that kind.

Well, as far as dinner recipes go, I basically keep it fresh and simple.  I cook whole foods, try to buy organic and I usually roast or grill instead of fry. 

As a kid, I spent many summer afternoons at my Portuguese grandmothers house.  She made everything from scratch.  Delicious soups, stews, you name it, it was simmering all day long.  Boy, did that house always smell amazing.   Before dinner, my grandmother would often ask me to go out in the yard and grab a bundle of fresh parsley that she grew among other herbs. Till today, if I smell fresh parsley it takes me back to being eight years old, running in my grandmothers backyard looking for herbs.  I knew that I wanted my children to have memories like that.  I take cooking to be one of the most important things that I offer my children.  I often tell them that you need to see plenty of different colors in your foods.  Color=Healthy!  Green, yellow, red, all of the nutrients that your body needs.  So with that being said, it doesn't need to be fussy and loaded with a ton of ingredients, keep it fresh and simple.

Here's a very simple steak dinner:

Grilled Tri-Tip, 
Grilled Zucchini 
Garlic roasted tiny potatoes

Zucchinis (about 3)
Garlic (2 cloves)
Olive oil (I use extra virgin)
Tiny potatoes
Sea salt
Black cracked pepper
Fresh Parsley

Preheat oven to 400

Prep your veggies.  Slice your Zucchinis down the middle.  So in the end you should have 6 half pieces. Salt and pepper to taste.  Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Slice your tiny potatoes in half as well. Using a garlic press, put in two cloves of garlic. Salt and Pepper to taste and drizzle with olive oil.  Toss together.
I usually add fresh parsley, if your kids don't like it then omit the parsley.  I think it gives a good flavor and parsley has excellent health benefits!  I always add it when I can...

Salt and pepper your steak. 

Pop your potatoes in the oven first, and bake for about 20 -25 minutes or until fork tender.

Grill meat until medium rare.

Grill zucchini for about 5 minutes or less on each side.  Basically until done. This might vary depending on the size of the zucchini.  

So once your meat is ready, let it sit out for a bit to retain all the juices. Do not cut it right away.

That's it, I usually serve this with a good Merlot.  Of course the kiddos get juice;)

Enjoy!! Happy Grilling Season!


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