Embur Eats: Le Steak + Haricot Verts

October 21, 2014

So often I am stuck making dinner for 1. Being a single and roommateless college girl, I often have to fend for myself when it comes to dinner. Sometimes it can be hard being on a broken college student's budget, but with this Embur Eats series, I want to show you guys some of my favorite meals that I love to cook at home (if and when I have the time)!

I am a really big steak lover. It's actually the only form of beef that I eat (*shocker*), because it's so high in iron and I often lack a lot of that in my diet. This recipe that I am going to show you is how I personally prepare and cook my steak dinner. 

So here I have a ribeye that I picked up at my local grocery store, fresh cut green beans (I hate canned ones), and a potato that I am going to bake in my microwave. Now you may be wondering how I am going to cook or grill a steak in a tiny apartment, but we will get to that in a second! I usually will sit my steak out to thaw in the sink for about 3 hours, and then sit in the fridge to keep it cool.

- 1/2 tsp of seasoning salt
- 1/4 tsp of seasoned meat tenderizer
- 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp of garlic salt
- Olive oil
- Butter

These are the ingredients that I use to season and marinate my steak. I first like start off by dry rubbing the steak with a seasoned meat tenderizer and just covering it with a light layer. Then, I like to go in with about 1/4 teaspoon of seasoning salt. I don't always use the entire 1/4 tsp, but I have that amount for a safe measure. I know some of you may be thinking that this a lot of salt, and by all means, if you don't want that much, feel free to not put as much as I do! I then sprinkle just a bit of pepper on to the steak, not too much though. 

Now I'm going to give you my secret ingredient that is really going to give this steak such great flavoring. It's cinnamon! Some people tend to think this is weird, but trust me, it taste amazing! I like to only rub the cinnamon on the fat of the steak. By doing this, all the juice from the fat will be absorbed in the meat of the steak while and after it's done cooking. I usually will have just 1/2 teaspoon of it for good measure. Like with the seasoning salt, I won't always use all of it. 

So now I'm going let the steak sit for a minute until it's at room temperature. I'm going to wash my hands, and go ahead and stick the potato in the microwave and start preparing my green beans. After I wash them off in my sink, I take a regular frying pan and pour just a bit of olive oil and butter in the pan and let that simmer.

I then put in my green beans and sprinkle a bit on garlic salt and pepper onto them. I don't have a set time to let them cook, just until they look a bit dark green. I'll usually put the stove on a low set temperature and put a lid on top of the pan. 

Now I'm going to whip out my George Forman grill. This thing is so handy for people in small apartment. It gets pretty hot, so I don't like to leave it on there for long because it's going to cook it from both sides, unlike a regular grill. I personally love rare or medium rare steak just because I have low iron and I need it to be like so my body can absorb more iron. When you get a steak well-done, you burn out all the enzymes and nutrients from the meat. So I leave my on for 2 1/2 minutes.

After I take it off the grill, I will put it on a plate and cover it with foil and let it sit for a couple minutes just so the steak has time to absorb all the juices. 

After that you are all done and ready to enjoy your meal! I hope you guys liked this recipe. I really want to continue a series like this on my blog. It's something different and I love switching things up every now and then. Let me know in the comments below or on instagram if you guys do this recipe using the hashtag #embureats and tagging me @emilyaleece!


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