First, my sweet Loverbrains is studying for his Masters degree and is currently reading a research paper written by one of his profs. It cracked me up...she had this quote at the beginning...
"Medicine makes people ill,
mathematics makes them sad,
and theology makes them sinful."
I said, "I sure agree...math makes me cry!!" HAHAHA! Actually, I think I'll need to ponder this a bit more...Why would Luther write this? I guess when we study God, THEOLOGY, it convicts of sin...hmmm?
Now, I must share this most awesome recipe from my favorite healthy crockpot cookbook! Better-Than-Takeout Mongolian Beef. Now, I have to put a little plug in here for buying those odd ingredients...those hard to find items. Most of the time I don't go to the effort...but in the wintertime when my senses are numbed by the weather...and I'm attempting to eat healthier...it's good to think out of the box. And with the nice assortment in your average grocer's it's just NOT that hard...I promise!
I made a simple side salad with lettuce, thin radishes, peppers and citrus vinaigrette. I'll guesstimate my recipe here: 1/4 c. oj, 1/8 c. lime juice, 2 T. dijon mustard, and EVOO to emulsify! That's a Loverbrain word...hehehe!
Here ya go...
Better Than Takeout Mongolian Beef
3lbs lean beef bottom roast (remove extra fat)
3 cloves garlic, grated
1" knob peeled fresh ginger, minced or grated (I keep this in the freezer and snap off pieces as needed...it lasts longer!)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. low sodium soy sauce
2 T. black vinegar (the one ingredient I could not find...so I substituted balsamic the blackest I had)
2 T. hoison sauce
1 T. five-spice powder (awesome stuff!)
1 T. cornstarch
1 t. red pepper flakes (or more:-)
1 t. sesame oil (LOVE this stuff too!)
Put it all in the pot on low for 5 hours. Take roast out and slice it thinly and then into strips (put paper towels around cuz otherwise the juice will pour onto the floor...don't ask me how I know this!) Put meat back into crockpot and cook another 20 minutes or so...while you cook your noodles. Use chop sticks for additional funtimes!
It was delicious...I can take pictures of me holding chopsticks...TRICKY! This meal challenged my chopstick abilities...but Loverbrains did GREAT....no surprises there, eh?
Emma (our ballerina in residence) enjoyed it, too...using her fork, of course! She wasn't crazy about the salad though.
My pickiest eat...cleaned his plate! Two thumbs up from this Sweet Boobah is a REAL selling point. AMAZING!
And Scruffy approved of the leftover lickings too! The WHOLE family loved it!