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Dinner at My House? There WILL Be Meat! 
Aug. 31, 2013 12:09 pm 
Updated: Sep. 4, 2013 2:12 am
Anyone who knows me well has probably heard me say, when referring to any meal, "If there's no meat, it's a salad."
Let me clarify that just a bit. First of all, I really only say that about Dinner... and probably Lunch. Breakfast doesn't count. Secondly, I actually LIKE a salad - on the side of my dinner - I personally don't want a salad AS a meal unless it has meat on it. And finally, I will even admit that I will, on occasion, have a dinner of spinach lasagna with a salad & crusty bread (no meat involved). So I know I'm contradicting myself there as well. But as a general rule - and again, only speaking for me, personally - I live by this equation:  No meat = Salad.
That being said, I'm sure you've gathered that Mr. Redeye, being the outdoorsman that he is, is quite the meat-eater as well. And he does love to fire up the grill with whatever he may have brought home from the hunt. This weekend he's headed to the Mississippi Delta for the big Labor Day Weekend Dove hunt - I'm looking forward to reaping the benefits of that in the next week or so.
My husband (aka Redeye, Red, Jim, etc.) travels a lot for work and of course, spends a lot of time at the hunting camp. So I'm usually home a good bit of the week by myself. When he IS home, chances are at least one night we're going to grill something. More often than not, that will be steak, and I certainly don't complain - he's mighty good at it. As a matter of fact, he's dubbed himself The Grillmaster, and well, I'll let him have that.

He does have a tendency to cook more than we will eat in that one sitting, but lucky for me, I've found plenty of things to do with the leftovers. I want to tell you about one I tried the other night.

These open-faced sandwiches were really tasty! They did need a little salt & pepper, but other than that, I think the recipe is great as written. I bet a little fresh tomato would be great on them as well. I, of course, used leftover steak (part of a T-bone) that we had seasoned with our usual blend. This was a great use of the leftover steak & so simple to throw together - I'll be making them again often.  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Grilled-Steak-and-Fresh-Mozzarella-Flatbread/Detail.aspx?evt19=1<  

Like I said, Jim's gone a lot. So another thing I do to make dinner easy for myself when he's out - or when he needs something & I'm not home - is to freeze individual servings of various things that can easily make a meal. You can almost always find individual servings of spaghetti sauce, chili and taco meat in my freezer. Let's face it, ground beef is just so easy to work with and versatile. Did you know that a 3oz serving of lean (95%) Ground Beef only has 5.1g of total fat, 2.4g of saturated fat, and less than 95mg of cholesterol and only about 150 calories? That's better than the same size portion of a skinless chicken thigh! It's actually Good for you, folks! Even better than that, it's Tasty!
Last week I cooked a big batch of taco meat. We made Taco Salad using this recipe for dinner that night and I froze the rest of the meat for later.

Who would have ever thought that simply changing up the way you combine the same usual ingredients would make a taco salad SO much better?!?! I'm here to tell you - It was DEEE-Licious!!! I made a dressing by combining Ranch dressing & Taco Sauce. Yum!!!! I ate this three time that week! You simply have to try it. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Confetti-Beef-Taco-Salad/Detail.aspx?evt19=1<  

So, as I said - If you're coming to dinner at my house, you can pretty much count on having meat - quite likely that meat will be Beef, because well, you know: Beef. It's What's For Dinner. And that's definitely OK with me.

To find lots of other helpful Beef recipes and tips, visit BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com  

Aug. 31, 2013 2:59 pm
OK with me too, plus I actually like salad, lol!
Aug. 31, 2013 7:56 pm
Mee too, Bibi - on the side, LOL!
Aug. 31, 2013 8:02 pm
VERY nice! Like your take on this one!
Aug. 31, 2013 8:27 pm
Sounds good Staci I Must be a decendent of cave men cuz I am a true carnivore. Salads have their place but meat is what I live for:) Thanks for sharing!
Aug. 31, 2013 8:30 pm
Marianne & Patty - Thanks a bunch! And PC, I know what you mean, and don't even get me started on gravies/sauces!!! Oh, Heavens.....
Sep. 1, 2013 10:37 am
Hi, Stacy, What salad recipe did you make? I love salad with my dinners. My mom (passed away) made this lemon dressing that no one can duplicate in our family. That salad with lemon dressing with any meal made the meal.
Sep. 1, 2013 11:02 am
Oh gosh, Lela! I didn't realize the pics & recipes didn't convert. Let me add them now -
Sep. 1, 2013 12:02 pm
Staci-Nice with the pics!
Sep. 1, 2013 2:41 pm
Very nice photos, I really like salads also, usually with meat and at times tuna. I have one at lunch every day when i'm home. Thanks for sharing.
Sep. 1, 2013 3:04 pm
If I eat salad for dinner, the next morning I am ravenous. Any ground I gained by eating healthy was negated in one full swoop. Gimmee meat!
Sep. 1, 2013 7:17 pm
Nice blog and pics!! And here is yet another thing we have in common. I am a beef-a-holic, lol. We eat a lot of beef, but also eat pork, venison and chicken. Given my choice, I'll take beef any day of the week over chicken!! I do love a salad now and again but unless its a salad with meat, it's not dinner in my book, lol.....
Sep. 1, 2013 8:31 pm
I have to agree Staci!
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I'm not so much a person who loves to Cook, as a person who loves to EAT!!! I'm "born & raised" in Mississippi, though I've lived other places and am thrilled to be back. Married to a good ol' country boy - Jim, aka "Redeye" - who's reluctantly become a good daddy to my sweet kitty, Tallulah Belle.
My favorite things to cook
Gosh, there are lots..... Gumbo (Yum!)or anything Cajun/Creole, pasta, grilling. I don't really bake, but that's because I don't have much of a sweettooth. Bring on the potatoes & gravy, please!!
My cooking triumphs
I'm most proud of our two-year run at the Ducks Unlimited duck gumbo-cookoff here in Jackson, MS. We won people's choice each year and had a ball doing it!
My cooking tragedies
Well, there have been several.... but the worst? The absolute WORST? That would have to be the first time I tried Chicken 'n Dumplings. I was in college & had my grandmother (Nanny) on the phone giving me her instructions, and well, you know how "they" are - "a little of this, not too much of that" - that's about the best you get as far as measurements go....... SO, first she forgot to mention I needed to use PLAIN flour (not self-rising), and she said to mix in shortening..... That's about the time they had just started making butter-flavored Crisco. And of course, I thought, well heck..... If regular's good, wouldn't butter-flavored be Better?..... Suffice it to say I ended up with a big pot of almost Neon-Yellow MUSH!!!! Seriously frightening stuff!!! I was horrified and my boyfriend & roommates were none too impressed. I guess that's why Domino's does such a good business. Oh well, lesson learned. BTW - my great-aunt later taught me how SHE made dumplings! Now I'm an expert, lol.
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