Tri Tip Steak (Frugal Man’s Filet)


Tri Tip Steak (Frugal Man’s Filet)

This is the frugal man’s filet mignon.  When tri tip roasts are on sale you can pick one up for around $3.99 per pound.  From this roast you can cut about four nice 2” steaks and have lots of meat left to turn into a great beef stew.  This can be a very inexpensive and flavorful cut of beef if seasoned and cooked properly.  You will not get the butter tenderness of the fillet but you will get a very tender piece of meat with a great beef flavor.

Ingredients:

4          2” tri tip streaks trimmed

2 tbsp.  All purpose spice rub

1 tbsp.  Olive oil

1 tsp.   Butter

Directions:

Season the steaks with the all-purpose spice rub and let sit at room temperature for around 30 minutes.  Heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Add steaks, brown on both sides cooking to a medium rare doneness.  Transfer to a plate and let rest for ten minutes before serving.  Serve with steamed asparagus and roasted potatoes.  You can eliminate the butter if you are watching calories without hurting the outcome.

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Chicken Burritos


Chicken Burritos

This is one of the simplest meals I make that is so good.  I cook the chicken in a crock-pot on low for 4-6 hours covered with red chili sauce, as hot as you like it.  When the chicken is done all you need to do is shred the chicken, heat up some beans, make some salsa and guacamole, and have a feast.

Ingredients:

Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless

All-purpose spice rub

Wheat tortillas

Red chili sauce

Black beans, rinsed and heated

Shredded Cheese, your favorite, I use a Mexican blend

Salsa

Guacamole

Anything else you like inside your burritos.

Directions:

Place the chicken thighs in the crock pot, season with all-purpose spice rub, and cover with red chili sauce.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Remove chicken for the crock pot and shred.  Cover the chicken with some of the red chili sauce.

Steam your tortillas and create your burrito.  We like to add the cheese first, and then beans, then chicken and salsa followed by guacamole.  Do whatever way you like, this is a meal easily made yours, enjoy.

Photos will be posted early this evening after we go to the five year old birthday party at a park and it looks like rain in lovely Southern California, hope not.

You may notice, I am back to my original menu plan for today.  My menu took a beating this week, I hope I can somewhat follow it for next week.  I will post my new menu later today.  Happy creating.

Grilled Tri-tip Roast


Tri-tip is so flavorful and easy to prepare. All you need is a good rub and a hot grill to make this inexpensive cut of meat sizzle with flavor. Remember to cook the meat to medium rare for the best flavor.

Ingredients:

2-2.5 lb. Tri-tip of beef

2 tbsp. All purpose spice rub

Directions:

Let the tri-tip sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes then rub both sides with the all-purpose spice rub and let sit on the counter for another 20 minutes. Get your grill hot. Cook the tri-tip on the grill about 20 minutes each side. Use a meat thermometer to make sure you have cooked it to medium rare. Remove to a plate and let rest for 15 minutes. Slice thin and serve with Oven Roasted Potatoes and sautéed spinach.

All Purpose Spice Rub


All Purpose Spice Rub

There are tons of spice mixtures on the market and we have all tried many of them, some better than others.  The biggest issue I have with the store bought varieties is the high content of salt.  I really want to get the flavor of the herbs and spice not just the salt.  So I decided that the only way to get what I want is to mix my own blends.  The following is what I use on a variety of meats and chicken.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.

All Purpose Spice Rub

2 Tbsp.            Chili powder

2 Tbsp.            Paprika

1 Tbsp.            Turmeric

1 Tbsp.            Garlic powder

1 Tsp.              Sea salt

1 Tbsp.            Ground black pepper

Mix everything together and keep in a spice jar and use it on any meat or poultry to kick the flavor up a little.