The BEST Steak Marinade Recipe

IMG_0361Grilling… The best thing about summer time. So many things you can grill. One of our favorites is steak! We prefer T-bone, or Top Sirloin cuts for grilling. The grilling part is easy but finding a good marinade recipe can be hard. I have tried SO MANY different steak marinade recipes and sauces and have finally found THE BEST marinade recipe for steak. I got this amazing recipe from my friend Irina, and she got the recipe from her brother in law. This recipe has been handed down, tried and tested from person to person and for good reason! The ingredients are so simple, you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried this marinade recipe before. Keep in mind that you want to let the steak marinate for at least 4-8 hours so marinate it either the night before or the morning of the day that you plan to grill. Try marinating your steak this way next time you grill. You will love it!!! The recipe for the Veggie Kabobs (pictured above) was posted previously and it’s great to pair with steak.

The BEST Steak Marinade Recipe {I marinated 6 steaks; 1 steak per person}

Ingredients:

  • 2.50-3 LB Steak (T-Bone, Top Sirloin, or your choice)
  • Steak Seasoning
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (pressed)
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce (Low Sodium, which is usually abt 40% Less Sodium)

Directions:

1) Wash your steaks and pat them dry with paper towels.

2) Season each steak, individually, on both sides with steak seasoning. Don’t go crazy with this seasoning as it contains a lot of salt and you don’t want to overdo it. *You do not need to add any additional salt at all since steak seasoning already contains salt, and because you will be adding soy sauce so the salt from that will also absorb into the meat and give you flavorful steak!

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4) Put all seasoned steak into a big bowl (with a lid). Add the soy sauce and pressed garlic cloves to the steak. Mix together to combine flavors. You will see the steak start to absorb all the soy sauce, that’s exactly what you want to happen. *If you feel it’s not enough soy sauce, add a few more spoons. Or if you are marinating more steaks, add enough soy sauce accordingly.

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5) Let steak stand and marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours. I usually marinate the night before grilling or the morning that I grill. It is best to give it at least4-8 hrs to marinate.

6) Grill steak on the grill as you normally would. You can also cook it on a skillet with butter but grilled steak is definitely best!

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Grilled Veggie Kabobs

IMG_0355Summer is finally here!!! And with it comes grilling! We love to grill and have friends over for cook outs, especially at the pool. Some of our favorite things to grill are burgers, chicken wings, chicken thighs, steaks and of course these veggie kabobs! Stay tuned for the next recipe on the best steak marinade ever! I got the recipe for these veggie kabobs from my friend Irina, who is an awesome cook and always gives me amazing recipes and idea’s. These grilled veggie kabobs are great to pair with grilled steak. Super easy to prepare and of course absolutely delicious! You can get the ingredients anywhere, but I found all these fresh and yummy veggies at Aldi! Buying the packs of veggies in Aldi like I did, will give you enough to make this great recipe twice (you will only need to add 1onion, 1 pack mushrooms, 1 eggplant to make it the second time) and it will save you money. I promise you, these grilled veggie kabobs will be your new favorite thing to grill with meats this summer so give them a try! 🙂

Grilled Veggie Kabobs {Yields about 14-16 Veggie Kabob Sticks}

Ingredients:

  • 1 Small Eggplant
  • 1 Bell Pepper (Orange, Red, or Yellow)
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Yellow Squash
  • 3 Zucchini
  • 1 Package White Mushrooms
  • 6 TBS Mayonnaise
  • 3 TBS Barbecue Sauce
  • 1.5 tsp Steak Seasoning
  • 1 tsp “Mrs.Dash” or any other Salt Free seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

IMG_0359Directions:

1) Do all the prep work first. Wash and cut all of your veggies into kebab sized chunks.

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2) In a separate bowl mix the mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, and spices together until it it the consistency and look of a sauce.

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3) Mix the veggies with the marinade sauce and let stand to marinate for at least 4 hours. I usually marinate the morning of the day we grill them.

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4) 30 minutes before you grill, put the veggies on wooden skewer sticks. No particular order but I like to have a variety of all veggies on each stick for a pretty color combination and to get a taste of each veggie on each stick.

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5) Grill the veggie skewers on the grill along with meat or steak or anything else you are grilling. They take about 30 minutes to grill to perfection. You can just lay them down on the grill, or get a grill basket and grill the veggie kebabs in the grill basket. I have tried both ways and both work just fine.

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6) These are especially delicious with steak!

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Chicken, Veggie, and Buckwheat Soup

IMG_0352This chicken, veggie, and buckwheat soup is a new favorite recipe in our home. I have been making it every week for the past few weeks. It is a nice twist on the traditional chicken soup recipe. The sautéed blend of veggies give it a wonderful flavor and substituting buckwheat for the noodles makes it so different and refreshing, yet so filling and satisfying! I make a big pot to last us 2 days and we enjoy every spoon full. I think this is the only soup that I could never get tired of eating lol. I originally got the recipe idea for this soup from my sister in law, Liliya. However I adapted it and created my own version of her recipe. My picky 5 1/2 year old says this is his new favorite soup, so that says a lot. The best part about this soup is how super easy it is to make, probably the easiest soup recipe ever! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as my family does!

Chicken, Veggie, and Buckwheat Soup {Yields 1 big pot, Serves 12-14}

Ingredients:

  • 4 Chicken Thighs (Bone in, Skin off before cooking) Organic is best
  • 1 1/4 Cups Buckwheat (Washed)
  • 5 Celery Ribs (diced small)
  • 4-5 Carrots (1 big carrot shredded, 3-4 carrots diced into thin circles)
  • 1 Large onion (diced small)
  • 1 pack Mushrooms (sliced thin)
  • 1 bunch Dill (chopped small)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (minced or through garlic)
  • 1 TBS Salt
  • 2 TBS “Better then Bouillon Chicken” paste
  • 1 tsp Mrs.Dash or other Salt Free seasoning
  • 18 Cups Water
  • 2 TBS Olive Oil (for sautĂ©)
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon

*I use all ORGANIC veggies for this soup, tastes so great!!!*

IMG_0347Directions:

1) Do the prep work first. Take the skin off ( discard it) wash the chicken thighs, and set aside. Wash all the veggies and cut them, set them all aside into a bowl or plate.

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2) Set a large pot with 18 Cups water on High heat. When it comes to a boil, turn down to Medium heat, add 1 TBS Salt and 2 TBS of the “Better Then Bouillon Chicken” paste. Add the 4 chicken thighs to the pot. Cover and cook for 30 Minutes. *Meanwhile move on to step 3.

3) Set a pan with Olive Oil on Medium heat. Add the diced veggies; the diced onion, diced celery, carrots both shredded and diced, and sliced mushrooms. Sauté, mixing for about 8-10 minutes until veggies are soft and cooked through. Wash the buckwheat.

4) When the chicken thighs have cooked through (after 30 minutes) Take them out of the pot and set aside in a plate to cool down. Add the washed buckwheat to the soup pot. 5 minutes later, add the sautéed veggies into the pot. Add the 1 tsp Mrs.Dash or other salt free seasoning, and add 1 chicken bouillon cube. Let it cook for about 15 minutes, until the buckwheat is soft. *When buckwheat is soft and ready, that means the soup is done!

5) When soup is done, add 1 bunch chopped dill (no stems) and add 3 minced or pressed garlic cloves. Cover the soup with lid, turn burner off, and let soup stand for at least 10 minutes for the flavors to blend.

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6) To reheat, pour soup into smaller pots, as much as you will eat, and heat up on medium heat. This soup tastes just as great on the 2nd or 3rd day!

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