Today, I experienced something that quite frankly happens too often. I’m not sure if I have a look about me or it’s my personality or what, but people always say the worst things to me. Old ladies like to make comments about my clothes. My niece told me recently that she liked my hair better brown & not blonde & that her mother (who is older than me) doesn’t have to dye her hair blonde to hide the grays (eye roll, right?). Well, today, someone congratulated me on being pregnant. That doesn’t sound awful, but I’m not pregnant. I was embarrassed, mortified, and tickled at the same time. In my all too cool way of shrugging these things off (and probably the reason more people say awful things to me), I just told her, “It’s a Food Baby.”
I am working in the gym, but I don’t take myself too seriously to recognize that I still have room for improvement. The truth is, though, I just love food. I love it so much that I’ve started this site just so I can share my passion & love for food with other people. The best thing is, I’m not a fancy chef or a food critic. I honestly never really cooked until about 6 years ago (seriously- I was burning hot dogs). And all of a sudden, I found out that I love to cook and, from what I hear, am pretty good at it. To someone with not a lot of time for hobbies, this was encouraging! As a wife, doctoral student, sister, daughter, aunt, and full time professional in education, it’s hard to make gourmet meals. I recently discovered, though, that some of my favorite “food babies” don’t come from gourmet meals. They come from meals like this one – one pan, easy cleanup, quick, healthy meals. So, let me share this one with you (courtesy of My Latina Table).
This meal is one pan, easy clean up. You can change the vegetables to any that you wish. You could add in rice, quinoa, couscous, or just eat plain like I did. It is gluten free & healthier than eating out. It literally cooked in less than 15 minutes once the potatoes were done (which I boiled while chopping the veggies). This is one of my new favorite meals & will seriously be in rotation for time to come. Of course, I added a glass of red wine to my meal in my favorite wine glass (still rocking the wedding presents).
I hope you enjoy it & if you try it, let me know by posting it to your social media & tagging #asideoflife.
- 2 lbs flank steak (or thin sirloin)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbs ground cumin
- 1 tbs oregano
- 2 cups broccoli (rinsed & chopped)
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 2 lbs small red potatoes
- 1 red pepper
- salt & pepper to taste
- Boil potatoes in salt water for 20 minutes
- Preheat your oven to “high” in broil mode.
- Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil (for easy clean up) & spray with cooking spray (or use olive oil).
- Add broccoli, onions, red pepper, & boiled potatoes to one side of sheet pan.
- Mix 2 cloves of garlic, olive oil, cumin, oregano, salt, & pepper to vegetables & toss until well seasoned.
- Season flank steak with pepper, salt, & the rest of the garlic. With a sharp knife, cut steak into thin slices & add to the other side of the sheet pan.
- Cook in broiler for 5-7 minutes & then flip the meat. Continue cooking on broil for 5-7 more minutes until cooked to your desired level of doneness.