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Grilled Sirloin Steak with Herb Sauce + A Week of Dinners

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Herb Sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
SERVES: 4

Cooking spray
1½ lb sirloin steak (1 inch thick)
1½ Tbsp steak rub (your fave)
½ cup fresh parsley
½ cup olive oil
1½ tsp red-wine vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp salt
Pinch black pepper

1. Spray grill or broiler pan with cooking spray, then preheat. Sprinkle both sides of the steak with the rub.
2. In a blender, combine the parsley, olive oil, vinegar, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend until mixture is thick and smooth. (It will keep for at least a week in the fridge.)
3. Place steak on grill for about 5 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side until it reaches desired doneness (make a small incision in the meat to check).
4. Let the steak rest for about 10 minutes, then slice in thin strips across the grain. Serve it with the sauce for dipping or drizzling.

PER SERVING: 453 calories, 33 g fat (6 g saturated), 613 mg sodium, 64 mg cholesterol
Quickie-side suggestions: Serve with a bag of  green salad, french fries (sprinkle with Italian seasoning after baking), or mashed potatoes (the instant kind take 5 minutes). Steamed broccoli or fresh spinach sautéed in a little olive oil also goes great with steak!

Sesame-roasted Salmon

PREP TIME: 5 minutes
ROASTING TIME: About 15 minutes
SERVES: 4

Cooking spray
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp honey
1¼ lb salmon fillet
1 Tbsp black sesame seeds

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking pan with foil. Coat with spray.
2. In a small bowl, stir together garlic, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, and honey.
3. Slice salmon into four pieces, then place in the pan skin side down. Prick the surface with a fork. Spread honey-mustard mixture over the top of the fish, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.
4. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven, and bake for 10 to 20 minutes, until the fish flakes evenly when pierced with a fork. The total cooking time will depend upon thickness.

PER SERVING: 209 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 321 mg sodium, 81 mg cholesterol
Quickie-side suggestions: Salmon pairs well with quick-cooking brown rice and asparagus or green beans.

 

5 meals ready in minutes

Monday: Peas 'n' Ziti 
Boil 1 pound of ziti, then add a 10-oz package of frozen peas during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Reserve a half cup of the cooking water, then drain. Stir in ricotta cheese and cooking water along with parmesan, salt, and pepper to taste.

Tuesday: Chicken Pizza
Spread a prepared crust with tomato sauce, monterey jack cheese, and cooked chicken strips. Bake as directed until bubbly.

Wednesday: Tex-mex Tacos
Breakfast for dinner! Whisk 6 eggs with salt and pepper. Scramble in canola oil, adding grated Mexican-blend cheese. Warm corn tortillas in the microwave. Top each with scrambled eggs and salsa (and/or scallions and avocado). Fold and serve.

Thursday: Sausage Sliders
Form 10 small patties from 1 lb ground turkey sausage. Broil for about 5 minutes, or until crisp and thoroughly cooked. Place on small rolls, along with mozzarella cheese and tomato.

Friday: Pasta e fagioli
In a large pot, sauté a chopped onion and minced garlic clove in olive oil. Add 4 cups chicken broth, a can of diced tomatoes, a cup of uncooked elbow macaroni, and 2 cans of drained cannellini beans. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and parmesan.

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