Texas Carne Guisada

Last week, I made a very delicious stew with skirt steak, canned tomatoes and dumplings.  Here is where I got the following recipes:

South Texas Carne Guisada 

Trinidadian Style Dumplings 

A few days before I made the Carne Guisada, I wanted to make sure my skirt steak was extra tender.  When I was looking throughout the internet for marinating ideas, I found this link.

Here were the ingredients I used:  1) 1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice 2) soy sauce to taste  3) Frontera Grill Habanero Salsa

I read that the citrus helped tenderize the meat more quickly and I just like soy sauce.  I also had quite a bit of salsa sitting in my fridge, so I thought it would marry well with the flavors of soy sauce and orange juice.  Here are the pictures of the steps.

#1 – I had a ton of oranges left at home.

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2. I just cut the oranges in half and put some muscle into my rarely used citrus juicer.

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3. I mixed the juice with salsa and soy sauce to taste.

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4. I  cut the skirt steak into cubed pieces and I let it marinate in the fridge for a couple of days.  It probably would have been fine to start cooking it after a few hours, but I didn’t get around to cooking it until a couple of days later.

Now here is a picture of the Texas Carne Guisada I made with the dumplings.

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I added the dumplings into the simmering stew when there was about 10 minutes left.

After cooking…….Clean up …….

I love cooking and baking more than eating out, even though I am single and I mainly feed myself and occasionally my roommate/brother.  However, cleaning up – especially after handling raw meat can be quite a bear.  After learning that Lysol contains carcinogenic toxins, I decided to use a non-toxic, pleasant smelling, equally as effective product called Melaleuca Sol-u-Guard.  It has made cleaning up a lot more pleasant!

Melaleuca Sol-U-Guard is not sold in stores or by independent distributors, but I can show you where I get it and how I am able to save money and time! Have a wonderful Monday and I look forward to posting soon!

Munchtastic Monday – 11/4/13 Peanut Butter Brownies

Here is a picture of the peanut butter brownies I made over the weekend:

Peanut Butter Brownies

Here is the recipe:

http://www.hugsandcookiesxoxo.com/2013/06/brownies-stuffed-with-reeses-peanut.html

Changes I made (hold tight, there were many)
1) Instead of butter, I used Earth Balance non soy buttery spread (dairy free) because I had a coupon.
2)I also replaced the cocoa with chocolate chips because I had a coupon. I melted the chocolate chips along with the buttery spread. 3)I just scooped spoonfuls of peanut butter (of course, it was on sale and cost as much as the generic brand and it was in a glass container, which I deem safer than plastic) in between the layers of chocolate.

Please let me know if you have any questions!