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07 February 2014

Dishes with Dee: Quinoa and Steak Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa

I bet you thought we broke up, huh?
Don't worry, we didn't.



Big changes going on in CincyDee's world y'all.
I've been super busy moving and a few other things.
I'll tell y'all about it very soon.

But, I know that you are really just interested in the food right now.
I mean, looking back I have probably given you 2 or 3 recipes in like 2 months.
No good, y'all.

So I rarely eat beef. I don't know why exactly, because I like it, but I just don't like is as much as my other choices.
I mean, I will choose sushi over a steak dinner every time. Every. Damn. Time.
I just prefer fish.

Every now and again though I get a craving for some steak.
Now, we could go all steak house style and get pretty unhealthy with this.
Buttery mashed potatoes with heavy cream, burgundy mushrooms, roasted asparagus with bacon.
Believe me, I've made that meal.
And it is delicious. Add a stick of butter to wet cardboard and it will be delicious too.
But there are ways to have steak and not require a quadruple bypass.

Protein packed quinoa, a citrus and sweet salsa and some bibb lettuce make for a dinner that doesn't totally undo your entire week of salads and workouts.

Quinoa and Steak Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa


Here's what ya need:
1 mango- cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 tomato- seeded and diced
about 1/4 a red onion- diced
1 jalapeno- seeded and diced
Juice of 1/2 a lime
about 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro (plus more for topping)
1/2 c. uncooked quinoa
1 c. chicken broth
1- 1 1/2 lb flank steak
2 tbsp tamari sauce
1/2 tsp freshly ground ginger
1 garlic clove- minced
salt and pepper
1 bunch living bibb lettuce


And here's what ya do:

In a gallon size freezer bag, combine ginger, garlic, and tamari sauce.
Lightly season steak with salt and pepper and place in bag.
Close and massage to coat steak in marinade.
Let it sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes and up to 4 hours.

In a small bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients and mix well.
Set aside.
Salsa's done, babe.

If you have never worked with a mango before, here is a great video from Martha Stewart on how to cut one up.

How to cut a mango

Cook quinoa in chicken broth according to package directions. If you make your own chicken broth ever, I definitely recommend using it for this! I did, and it was amazing.

Finally, cook your steak.
Remove it from the fridge about 10 minutes before you plan to cook it, so right before you start the quinoa.
Cook over medium-high heat in a grill pan until desired temperature.
Flank steak tastes the best at medium-rare, so about 4-6 minutes per side will work.
Note: the trick with steak is to only turn the meat once. Be patient, and let each side cook.
Turning too many times creates and searing effect and will cause the steak to cook very slowly.

Once cooked, let rest for about 10 minutes and thinly slice. Against the grain of course!

I do these DIY style, so I'll set everything out on the table and let each person make their own.
Just simply layer the quinoa and steak on a piece of lettuce and top with salsa!


These will serve 2-4 people, so call up some friends and cook 'em dinner!

Also, they're messy, so get the napkins ready and be prepared to have someone tell you that you have quinoa stuck to your cheek.


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