Best Meat Recipes?

Peachesandsushi
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So my Boyfriend is a HUGE meat-eater and I'm not.

so you have any good, quick, and easy recipes that involve some sort of meat but is also healthy? (like no fried chicken or stuff)

Thanks! :)

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moonshae
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

I don't know if this counts as a 'recipe' per se, but my boy seems to like it. I get some of those 'gourmet' style burgers pre made from the supermarket, cut them into quarters, give them a quick reshaping, cook, freeze and done! Straight from freezer to bento for a quick meaty thing.

Jiza
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

that's a good tip!
I have a 'gourmet' supermarket near home so I'll try.

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Alice
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?
moonshae wrote:

I don't know if this counts as a 'recipe' per se, but my boy seems to like it. I get some of those 'gourmet' style burgers pre made from the supermarket, cut them into quarters, give them a quick reshaping, cook, freeze and done! Straight from freezer to bento for a quick meaty thing.

At that point, you may as well make your own, either from good quality mince or by mincing it yourself.

Chicken sceweres, cold sausages, and just plain old ham sandwiches are all most welcome in Creatures lunchbox. Mind you, he's not all that adventurous.

Jiza
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

I usually make a stash of this dish. It is very tasty, it also turns out very sauce-y but you can put it in a silicon mold so it won't spoil the rest of the food in your bento. I never used it in a bento, though, but I guess it would be ok. Or you just could store it in the fridge and take only the meat forgetting about the sauce.

The quantity of veggies in this recipe goes absolutely to taste. i find it the better with a bigger amount of veggies but this goes to taste)

- 1 or 2 onion, sliced
- olive oil
- carrots & other veggies like green peppers and so (absolutely optional), cut in slices
- like 1/2 kg of beef meat cut in chunks (they should be like 3 cm long maximum)
- a pinch of salt

1.- just heat up to medium heat the olive oil in a pan with the salt. Put enough oil to cover well the bottom of the pan.
2.- when hot, add the onion and cook it until half cooked.
3.- Add the rest of the veggies and cook until done.
4.- Remove the veggies from the pan. Add another olive oil spoon or 2. Add the meat and cook until brown in every side. Be sure that it's cooked in the inside. (I particularly like meat well cooked).
5.- When the meat is done, add the veggies and cook a little more time. You can add some more oil if you see that the whole thing is getting a little dry.

I find this good for bento because the meat chunks will be good at room temperature :)
If you make this the night before, just microwave it a bit or re-heat it in a pan with a little oil before you put it in the bento :)

I hope this helps!

Peachesandsushi
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

This is really helpful! this also might be a way that I can sneak vegetables into his diet! n_n Thank you!

Jiza
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

I know! My husband is also a carnivorous and I'm fighting for the veggies! lol

Stephanie
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

One of the easiest ones is a family recipe of mine, I have never had it but everyone I have every made it for love it. Sorry I can not be very precise with the recipe, I have never measured.

-chicken (I usually use breasts or thighs, but any cut or size piece will work)
-soy sauce (enough to cover the chicken)
-orange juice (a splash or two)
-finely chopped garlic (a clove or two for a lb. or two of chicken, more for more chicken)

Toss everything in a plastic bag, mix it around. Let it marinade over night to a full day in the fridge, turning or mixing every so often. Bake or BBQ as you would any other type of chicken.

Peachesandsushi
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

Duly noted! Thanks! and don't worry about exact measurements! I hardly ever measure anything anymore! :D

Jiza
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

Soy sauce and orange juice??? I must try this :D

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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

You might also like to try soy sauce and beer.

I originally learnt about it after reading a book where the protagonist makes himself a stir fry with strips of beef and green pepper using soy sauce and beer (I think the book was The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami*). I tried a non-meat version myself with a little oil and added toasted sesame and it came out really well. Now, whenever I have some leftover beer (which isn't that often) I combine it with soy sauce and add it to a hot pan of vegetables. Ginger goes well with this too. I often prefer it to soy sauce and mirin (teriaki) as a quick and easy cooking sauce. I'm sure soy sauce and beer is very good with beef and other meats.

EDIT: * I just found the quote where it was mentioned online
"I would be stir frying thin slices of beef, onions, green peppers, and bean sprouts with a
little salt, pepper, soy sauce, and a splash of beer-a recipe from my single days. The rice was
done, the miso soup was warm, and the vegetables were all sliced and arranged in separate
piles in a large dish, ready for the wok"

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Re: Best Meat Recipes?
Loretta wrote:

(I think the book was The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

that's one of my fav books! :D :D :D
I'll look up for the recipe :D

Adriana
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

This sounds scrumptious :P
Adding it to my list lol

Thank you
Adriana

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mosaica
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

I wanted to chime in with a suggestion for Maki's basic meat & tofu mixture for meatballs. As a Dane who loves her frikadeller (our national meatball), I was a little uncertain about using tofu mixed in with the meat. I love tofu as the star ingredient in hundreds of dishes, but in meatballs? Thing is, they really did made a lovely addition to meatballs, adding a tender, toothsome lightness, with the added bonus of some vegetable protein. So I'm a big fan now, and maybe your carnivorous boyfriend will be too :-)

You can make them into meatballs, mini-burgers, stuffed tofu or mushrooms, mini-meat-pies --the possibilities are endless! Eaten plain, they're great, and it takes 3 minutes in the morning to whip up a piquant sauce which makes them even tastier. They freeze really well --If I'm in a hurry I defrost them for no more than a minute or two in the microwave, and when they're still cold but unfrozen, I tip them into a little frying pan with a quick sauce of, say, ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and a splash of any wine I have sitting around, and voila! Yummy meat for my bento. I learned this all over at Just Bento: http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/meat-tofu-mixture-mini-burgers-me...

Cheers!

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MitarashiDango
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

For me, it'd be chicken or beef marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and lot of black pepper. Adding some honey to the mixture works very well too! You can also try with hoisin sauce, but remember to use less soy sauce. AFter that, just leave them in the fridge for about 8 hours to let the marinade seep through (or freeze them when you're not using, but defrost when you're about to cook). I will then add some sliced onions and red peppers when I cook them.
Another option would be miso and kochujang (korean hot-spicy paste, I think Maki-san uses it too) which happens to work well with veggies too. You can add soy sauce if you think it needs more taste or chilli flakes to make it more spicy. And then, the same set of onions and red peppers go into the pot when cooking.
If you want them sweet and sour, you could try adding chicken/beef bullion, lime juice, sweet chilli sauce, salt and white pepper. Onions and red peppers then go into this one too ^^; But this time, I shall call for fresh ripe pineapple chunks and zucchini. I dare not try adding soy sauce and tomato sauce because I'm afraid they might "spoil" the flavors. Garnish with some fresh parsley before serving =p

Sorry for not being able to give any measurements because I simply dump and taste ^^;

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Smalerie
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

The other night I actually look some ranch dip mix (the powdered kind) and mixed it with some olive oil and then used it as a marinade for some chicken breasts. After they had a chance to sit in the fridge while I worked, I cooked them up in a grill pan. I was shocked by how much my boyfriend liked it. Hooray for easy weeknight meals!

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Stephanie
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

My mom does that, and melts a bit of cheddar cheese on top just before it is done.

She does the same thing with chicken that she cooks in cream of mushroom soup.... I don't eat meat so I don't know how they taste, but I have never heard any complaint [besides myself, because I will not eat noodles or vegetables cooked with the meat].

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Re: Best Meat Recipes?
Smalerie wrote:

The other night I actually look some ranch dip mix (the powdered kind) and mixed it with some olive oil and then used it as a marinade for some chicken breasts. After they had a chance to sit in the fridge while I worked, I cooked them up in a grill pan. I was shocked by how much my boyfriend liked it. Hooray for easy weeknight meals!

Another version of this is instead of the Ranch, use the French onion soup packets with Olive oil - then either put it in the oven or pan fry.

This same thing also works BEAUTIFULLY with chopped up potatoes - the onions get crispy and it's salty and savory. I was making it waayyyyy too much there for awhile. And for the guy who is only meat + potatoes - he loved these too!

Smalerie
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Re: Best Meat Recipes?

Wow, I never thought of that! I've used french onion soup packets for meat loaf before, butI should really try it on potatoes! Thanks!

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