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My Grill Is Fixed – Beef & Bacon Pinwheels for Dinner

My grill is fixed! I certainly have missed it!  Now, you are in trouble because I will be posting more foodie pictures.  Last night we had beef and bacon pinwheels for dinner.

If you ask any of the neighbors that border my backyard the question “Who is the craziest person in your neighborhood?”  They just MIGHT say me.  I have a garden, I grow raspberries and shovel a nice pathway to my grill on my deck all winter long, just to cook in below zero weather.

In my neighborhood, I rarely see people outdoors in winter.  In the summer months, rarely do I see people at all, unless they are cutting their lawn.  Nobody in the neighborhood has a garden and they like to spend their summers camping, on their boats or at their summer homes.  One neighbor man I spoke to last year even told me that he didn’t KNOW you could have a garden in the city.  REALLY?!

Never give up
Last week my husband finally got around to ordering me the new parts for my gas grill.  It took him a few “man tools” like a blow torch, hack saw, shop vac, grinder and allen wrenches to disassemble the entire inside of the grill.  About two hours worth of his time and only $30.00 from our checking account and the job was complete.  Sure beat the price of purchasing a new gas grill.

As a treat to reward him for all his hard work I decide to make him beef & bacon pinwheels.

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Beef & Bacon Pinwheels

Ingredients:
8 strips of bacon
1.5 pounds of beef flank steak
4 wooden kabob sticks (soaked in water)

Directions:

1.) If you want crisp bacon I suggest precooking your bacon a little before assembling your pinwheels.  Line a microwave safe plate with paper towelling.  Lay bacon down flat.  Cover the bacon with another layer of paper towelling.  Partially cook the bacon for 3 minutes on high in the microwave. It is not necessary to do this step but skipping it will produce bacon on the chewy side.

2.) Cut steak horizontally (like butterflying a fish) but leave about 1/2 inch uncut on opposite side.  Open meat so it will lie flat like an open book.  Cover with plastic wrap and flatten to 1/4 inch thick using a rubber or wooden mallet. Remove the top plastic wrap when you get  the correct thickness.

3.) Place plastic wrap under the flank steak. Place the grain of the meat left to right.  Place all bacon strips down evenly spaced and roll up tight using the plastic wrap as a guide to help you roll the pinwheels tight in a jelly roll style.

4.) Then skewer steak, crosswise, at 1-inch intervals using the wooden kabob sticks (soaked in water) that you have clipped to 5  inches in length.  Using a sharp knife, cut
between skewers to make 1-inch-thick pinwheels. The pinwheels will end up being about 1 1/2 inches thick when cut separately.

5.) You can grill or broil the pinwheels. To grill – preheat your grill. Grill cut side down and then flip – grilling around 4 minutes on each side.  To broil – broil 5 inches from heat.  Turn at the 4 minute mark and broil another 4 minutes. Please see guide below to cook to the pinwheels to your own perfection.

Medium = 140 to 145 degrees F
Medium Well = 150 to 155 degrees F
Well =160 degrees F and above

If you do not already have one, can I suggest that you purchase a meat thermometer because it takes the guess-work out of grilling.  It is a superb tool to have on hand for yourself and for when you have guests that wish for meat cooked a way you normal don’t personally cook for.

I purchased a fork thermometer (here).  This was my second meat thermometer that I had purchased.  My first thermometer only lasted me one grilling season.  The fork one has lasted over three seasons…still going strong.

I can not say enough good things about the fork thermometer.  It tells me both the temperature of my meat and if it is well done, medium, medium rare, or rare.  At first, I laughed at the size. Then, I quickly understood I wasn’t burning my fingers trying to remove it, like my old one.  WHY DIDN’T I INVENT THIS GADGET!

Now that my grill is fixed, expect more grilling recipes.  I like the fact I don’t have any pans to clean after dinner.  Beef and bacon pinwheels, roasted asparagus and toasted garlic bread …that is what’s for dinner! Good things do come in small packages…

Enjoy!
Nikki

 

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No Soda For A Month Challenge

Decided something a few weeks back…pretty much EVERYTHING I consume is bad for me.  How many times have you thought the same thing?

If you browse the internet long enough you will find videos, articles and information that pretty much make you not want to put anything into your mouth, unless you grow it yourself.

For me, I have been trying to just stay away from this type of posting.  Don’t want to horrify myself any more than I have to.

Since, I have seen some of the videos and read so much about drinking soda; I decided to try and cut it out of my diet. I’ll spare you all the details on drinking soda.  You are more than welcome to look them up for yourself. For this month, as a trial from 4-1-15 – 4-30-15 my husband and I vowed to not touch diet or regular soft drinks. If all goes well; and we are seeing results – of course, we will continue down the path.

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It has been one week without soft drinks thus far for both of us. Challenging concept. We both have been long term soda drinkers. In the past, I would purchase 2 twelve packs of soda weekly for the house.  This did not include my husbands beverages at work; nor, any road trip beverages.

The first week you will suffer from headaches and cravings.  It is rather tough to get through.  If anyone tells you that drinking soda is not an addiction and can stop at anytime, they are lying to you and themselves.

Yes, you will go through withdrawal symptoms.  It gets easier with each passing day; but prepare yourself for nasty headaches and crabbiness.  After your first week, things get much easier. Pain relievers will become your best friend for days 1-6.

Weigh-in on our 7th day yielded pleasant results.  Down three pounds for each of us and no headaches.  It was rough getting through the first week.  No lie, I simply will not sugar coat it…

It will be interesting to see what the rest of the month brings now that the headaches have subsided. Hoping to see some results on the scale.  Not planning on changing my diet at all, other than eliminating soda. However, in coming months, I do plan on adding in more challenges.  Challenging ourselves to take small, monthly steps over the remainder of the year toward achieving positive and healthy results. I will update you at the end of the month on the results our our no soda for a month challenge.

Alternative to drinking soda this month—-> Infused Water.

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Frozen Banana, Yogurt and Granola Bites – A Snack That Will NOT Ruin Your Diet

Looking for a sweet treat without ruining your weight loss goals? This frozen banana, yogurt and Grape Nuts treat might be what you are looking for.

Love Maegan Frozen Banana Snacks

I was searching the internet for snacks to replace my summer ice cream habit.  Something that is sweet but still provides some healthy benefits to nourish my body.  That is when I came across an idea on LoveMeagan.com that I felt might work to satisfy me. They were perfect!

Frozen Banana, Yogurt and Granola


Materials:

Grape Nuts Cereal
Yogurt in any flavor
Bananas
2 Shallow Bowls
Cutting Board
8×10 Cake Pan
Spoon
Knife or Banana Slicer

 

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Since we have been slicing plenty of bananas lately I decided to splurge and purchase a Banana Slicer.  For under three dollars, I am pleased with it and found it to be a good investment.

 

 

 

Directions:
1.) Pour Grape Nuts Cereal into one of the shallow bowls.  Spoon yogurt into the other shallow bowl.

2.)
Remove the banana peels and cut them into bite sized pieces.

3.) Dip banana into yogurt to coat and then into Grape Nuts.

4.) Place on 8×10 cookie sheet.  Once you are finished coating pieces, pop the cookie sheet into the freezer.  Freeze solid.

5.) Remove the frozen treats off cookie sheet and place into a freezer container or freezer bags.  When ready for a frozen treat take out a few pieces and eat straight for the freezer.