Eat Healthier, Eat Well

As millions of others do every year, I made a February 15th resolution to start eating healthier. A friend of mine told me to watch what I eat and I responded I watch every bite of everything I eat as it approaches my mouth. So through an exhaustive 45 second internet search I found dozens of websites with great looking meals andrecipes. Here’s to long life and February 15th resolutions!!

This meal comes to us from EatingWell.com. I skipped the coffee (not everyone here is a coffee lover, go figure) and halved the ingredients, except the rub.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 pound boneless top sirloin steak, trimmed of fat
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled, 1 halved and 2 minced
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, or extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium white onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, or prepared instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups watercress sprig

PREPARATION

  1. Mix cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Rub steak with the cut garlic. Rub the spice mix all over the steak.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat. Add the steak and cook to desired doneness, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest.
  3. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the skillet. Add bell peppers and onion; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add minced garlic and brown sugar; cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add coffee, vinegar and any accumulated meat juices; cook for 3 minutes to intensify flavor. Season with pepper.
  4. To serve, mound 1 cup watercress on each plate. Top with the sauteed peppers and onion. Slice the steak thinly across the grain and arrange on the vegetables. Pour the sauce from the pan over the steak. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 226 calories; 12 g fat ( 3 g sat , 5 g mono ); 60 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 26 g protein; 3 g fiber; 216 mg sodium; 606 mg potassium.

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