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Grilled Beef Kebabs

Source: Fitness Magazine, September 2009

KebabI love this marinade!  And even more so because I had the ingredients on hand.  I substituted out some of the veggies for ones that were in my garden.

Makes: 4 servings     Prep time: 30 minutes    Marinate: 2 hours   Cook time: 12 minutes

INGREDIENTS
Marinade
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 6 cloves)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme

Kebabs
1 pound boneless beef sirloin or top round steak, cut into 1-1/4-inch cubes
1 small red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
1 large yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
8 white button mushrooms
8 cherry tomatoes

DIRECTIONS
In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, black pepper, rosemary, and thyme.

Place cubed beef in a resealable plastic bag set in a medium bowl; pour marinade over beef. Seal bag and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, turning bag occasionally.

Drain beef, discarding marinade. Alternately thread beef, onion, peppers, and mushrooms on eight metal skewers, leaving 1/4-inch spaces between pieces.

Place the kebabs on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill 12 to 14 minutes, or until meat is cooked through, turning occasionally. Add a cherry tomato to the end of each skewer and serve.

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Easy Beef Fajitas

Source: Fitness Magazine, January 2009Fajitas

I’ve always loved fajitas, and was happy when I came across this recipe.  The spices are all ones I had on hand, and work well together.  I’ve included my tweaks.

INGREDIENTS
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp ground cayenne
1/2 tsp salt
1 sirloin steak (about 1 pound)
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp lime juice*
1 14-oz bag mixed bell peppers and onions (frozen)+
4 flour tortillas
1 cup salsa **
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese++
1 sliced avocado++

*I used 2-3 Tbsp lime juice
+ I used fresh 1 onion, 1 green pepper and 1 red pepper
** I left out as I hate tomatoes
++ My additions

DIRECTIONS
Combine spices and salt in small bowl; rub 1/2 the mixture on steak.
Broil steak 6-7 minutes/side. (I did 10/side)
Let sit 5 minutes; cut into thin strips.

Heat oil in non-stick skillet over medium-high.
Add vegetables, lime juice and remaining spice mixture, cook until soft. (~5-6 mins)
Warm tortillas; top each with beef, veggies, etc.
Roll closed and eat!

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