This is almost too silly easy to post. But since I’ve eaten it twice in the past three days and could have it again for dinner tonight, I thought it may be worthwhile to at least someone out there 😛

3 Simple Ingredients.

1:  Beef. Grass-fed and hormone-free.


And TWO DOLLARS. Whoever says that eating healthfully & ethically is “too expensive”… anyways 😉

You just gotta get creative!!


Chuck shoulder steak. Which, unless cooking low and slow, needs to be marinated for at least 12 hours before a quick sear.

No one wants shoe leather served up on their dinner plate now do they? 😉 

2:  San-J Tamari Sesame dressing. I seriously can’t rave about this stuff enough. I’ve gone through mayyyyybe 2 bottles in the past week or so? Don’t judge.

3. Sambal Oelek. Sriracha’s purer cousin and probably one of my favorite things everrrrrrr. And the only time I say byebyebye to garlic.


I marinated this steak for a day the first time around. And 12 hours the next time around. Both led to steak perfection!

The steak took a mere 30 seconds on each side to cook, with just a bit of olive oil in a medium-high pan. You want that pink in the middle!! 


Seriously still don’t know why I can’t get enough of this. Maybe the simplicity of just some truly amazing flavors. Who knows – who cares – I’m gonna grab a knife and fork and enjoy (maybe for the third time this week??!!)

Hey, we don’t judge here 🙂


It got just a lil’ windy here in Richmond the other day.

And perhaps a lil’ stormy.

Tornado. Derecho. Whatever they call decide to call it.

Guess 80-100mph winds will take down a few branches too? 😉

Oh. And the power.

Yea that. Lucky for me though I got mine back just in time to throw together this super tasty stir fry for dinner!

Starting with a simple marinade using basic ingredients, most of which are common kitchen staples in this house 🙂

Soy sauce.

Rice vinegar.

Sambal oelek.

A spicy chili paste. That’s amazing. But if you don’t have sambal. (1) go get some asap ;), it’s at most grocery stores or any Asian market. (2) use sriracha instead, note that it will add a hint of garlic too. (3) sprinkle in red pepper flakes or chopped jalapeno instead.

Pickled ginger.

I bought this on a whim at the Asian market. And find myself using it on anything I possibly can. It comes in little shreds and adds the most amazing fresh ginger flavor. For like $2 total. Use fresh ginger though if you can’t find the pickled.


Thin steak.

I used a grassfed eye round steak, sliced thin.

Sesame oil.

Another Asian market find. This one stocked at most grocery stores too. But use any oil you like here if you don’t have sesame on hand.



Frozen broccoli.

After simply marinating the steak for 10 minutes, begin by stir frying the onion and broccoli in a hot wok (pan) using sesame oil.

Add steak to cook through partially (or however you like it), flipping half way through. This takes no time at all.

Pile a few spoonfuls of brown rice or any rice/noodle you like into a bowl and layer on the beef vegetable stir fry.

Top with another spoonful of spicy sambal if you’re spice-crazed like me over here 😉

And in no time flat, a delicious dinner is served.

Leaving extra time for all that post-storm tree branch cleanup. ?

Or Bachelorette watching/wine drinking. Whatevs. I mean, priorities people 😛

So yea. About the stir fry. Give it a try, super easy and I think you’ll like it!

Oh yea. This marinade would also be great on seafood, chicken or even tofu I’m pretty sure. And if you like a “saucier” ‘fry then feel free to double the sauce recipe too 🙂

Thursday = Almost Friday which = Fiesta which = Tostadas!!!! 

There’s my I’m-an-accountant-and-like-math-and-equations (??) for you 😉

All ending in a final result of this “build and eat” kinda meal…

Steak and Bean Tostadas w/ Corn & Homemade Salsa

Tonight had me cravinnnnn’ some beef…

What can I say.

And this mesquite seasoning is a go-to for me.

Smokey and a bit spicy.  Perfection.

I marinated the beef in a mixture of 1 tblsp white vinegar, 1/2 tblsp olive oil and 1 tblsp mesquite seasoning for 30 minutes.

Then cooked on the stovetop over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until just pink inside.

Additional tostada ingredients included:

Refried beans.

Sharp cheddar.

How can you resist this label?  It just spells fun!

Homemade salsa courtesy of Fanatic Mom.

Pioneer Woman’s recipe.  Try it.  Like now.  It’s delicious!  I promise 🙂

Let’s build 😀

1. Tortilla.  Heated in a hot skillet for 30-45 seconds each side until a bit crispy & warm.

2.  Refried beans.  These were mixed with a few spoonfuls of the homemade salsa and microwaved until hot.

3. Beef.  It’s what’s for dinner.

4.  Corn.  For a fun, sweet mix-in.

5.  Shredded sharp cheddar.  The fun stuff 😉

6.  Homemade salsa.

7.  Shredded lettuce and cilantro.

In. My. Mouf.

So good!

Let’s break it down:

Creamy beans, hearty beef, sweet corn, tangy salsa, cool crisp lettuce all wrapped in a warm, slighty crunchy tortilla.

I think so.

Perfect for a busy Thursday!  Leaves me plenty of time to get to packin’….

I’m headed to our nation’s capital this weekend!  Bring it D.C., it’s been too long even though you’re only 2 hours away 😛

Lil’ sis and Fanatic Mom are holdin’ down the fort while I’m gone, lucky for them there’s some leftover tostadas 😉