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Easy Grilled Steak Tacos

Hey! Weekend is here once again….hip hip hurray! I would love to hear from you all….what are you loving here on the blog…what are you not-liking…what would you like to see more of…anything really. I am feeling a little disconnect with you all…and in turn have lost my mojo. It is a challenge…trying to share freely while also entertaining the masses. When I first started out it seems that we had a lot more “conversations”…but now it is rare that I hear from you (other that of course my rockstar—number one reader Amanda :) So as I enter into this 6th year of blogging…I would love to know…what bothers you about blogs…what do you love…what should I consider as I move forward…please do tell!!!

For today I will share this easy grilled steak taco recipe…it marinates over night and makes the inexpensive flank steak tender and juicy:)

 

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I love that everyone can make their own…I served the steak up with lettuce, shredded cheese, salsa and guacamole and fresh lime wedges. The steak has so much flavor that you really don’t need much.

 

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Easy Grilled Steak Tacos
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • For the marinade:
  • 1 {2 lb} Flank Steak
  • ⅓ cup Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1 Garlic Clove, smashed
  • A handful of Cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons of Honey
  • Course salt and black pepper to taste.
  • For the table (toppings)
  • flour tortillas
  • lettuce cut up
  • monteray jack cheese shredded
  • salsa
  • lime wedges
Instructions
  1. In a mini food processor; place the cilantro, garlic and lime juice and pulse quickly until chopped. Toss the remaining ingredients in with the cilantro/garlic and pulse until combined.
  2. Marinate flank steak for 30 minutes on the counter top, bringing the meat up to temp before grilling it.
  3. Grill the flank steak 3-5 minutes per side on medium-high heat.
  4. Let steak rest a minute and slice up.
  5. Serve on a platter with other toppings:)

 

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I let my steak marinate over night and just pulled it out 30 minutes before grilling….it was tender and flavorful:)

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Have a great weekend friends…and please consider giving me your 2 cents in the comments below:) Thanks!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Oven Fried Chicken Recipe

Hey yall! I’ve been working on a few things around the house before we take off for the beach next week. Wanted to pop in and share a yummy recipe to make this weekend….

Normally these kinds of recipe are a fail….a healthy version of a comfort food….but let me tell you…this oven fried chicken was a family favorite all around. The key is definitely the buttermilk soak over night….it yielded the juiciest oven baked chicken. Delicious! This recipe would be great for a picnic crowd for the 4th. It is great room temperature….so no need to keep hot. Just fix up a few large pans and let them eat!

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It is so flippin good….your whole family will enjoy this recipe…promise;) I have tried a few other similar recipes but they have come our soggy….not this one though. Coating the tops with a mist of olive oil is a great way to ensure crispy crunchy crust! To make it easy….when you combine the buttermilk bath…go ahead and prepare your coating and just cover…set it aside until the next day when you are ready to bake up the chicken.

 

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Oven Fried Chicken Recipe
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 C buttermilk
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 4 t course salt
  • ½ t black pepper
  • 8 drumsticks 2 chicken bone in breast
  • 8 cups cornflakes
  • ½ C flour
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Whisk together buttermilk, mustard, 2tsp salt and pepper. Place chicken in and toss.
  2. Cover with saran and place in fridge overnight.
  3. Pulse cornflakes in food processor.
  4. Combine in a foil pan cornflakes, 2 tsp, flour. Set aside.
  5. When ready to bake...Heat oven to 425.
  6. Beat eggs in a bowl.
  7. Using rubber gloves, remove chicken from buttermilk, dip in egg, roll in cornflakes.
  8. Place chicken on a oil coated wire rack on top of a cookie sheet. Mist with olive oil.
  9. Bake 35 minutes. (bake breast additional 5 minutes)

 

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finger…lickin….oh you know the rest….

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Perfect picnic food!

Be sure to stop back later for the Handmade Hangout link up!!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Bacon Wrapped Fries

Fabulous spring summer weekend here!. Our neighborhood had an art festival on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday got rained out a little bit but Sunday was beautiful for the most part. We worked outside a little bit. Had a nice relaxing weekend. I’m thinking of doing a container garden. Anybody have any luck with those? What would you suggest? I was thinking of maybe cherry tomatoes and basil but I’m open to suggestions if you have any. After I had so much luck with my tulips this year my gardening confidence has gone up.

We are in the thick of exam week for my kiddos. Summertime is within our grasp and we cannot wait! I will be splitting summer between the beach and home….Both of my kids got their first summer job so they will be working part time…I think we have a good balance of work and play…hopefully:)

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Thought I would start out Monday with a bacon wrapped steak fry….. I mean I cannot go wrong with that right? Bacon wrapped around a potato wedge? There’s just nothing wrong with that am I right or am I right!!?!? This recipe really is not a recipe it is so flipping easy! You could just serve these up with a large green salad and be done with dinner. Perfect summer meal!

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2 large Idaho potatoes will probably be plenty to feed a family of 4. These would also make perfect appetizers if you’re going to graduation party tailgate whatnot. They cook up in just 25 minutes and they are great at room temperature.

Bacon Wrapped Fries
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 8 slices of bacon cut in half
  • old bay to dust on top
Instructions
  1. Heat a cookie sheet in an oven to 475.
  2. Wash potatoes and dry.
  3. Slice potatoes lengthwise, then quarter. Each potato should yield 8 large fries.
  4. Wrap and stretch a slice of bacon around potato and place on a piece of parchment.
  5. Carefully remove baking sheet from oven place parchment with potatoes on top.
  6. Sprinkle with old bay.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes and flip potatoes
  8. Bake for another 12 minutes.

 

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I think the key to this recipe is to get the baking sheet piping hot. 1 potato will equal 8 wedges. Best served with some sour cream maybe some dipping cheese a little salt and pepper. This is a great side dish or appetizer….or heck a meal!

xo

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

3 ingredient Chicken Tenders

 

I hope yall had a fabulous Mother’s Day! We had a great time celebrating the day with brunch at our house. It was a beautiful day. If you follow me on instagram…you saw that we have officially started to walk Stella again. We were having such a hard time with her the past few months on her walks. She is a perfect puppy…until you would leave to take her on a walk. She would get really stubborn and just want to do what SHE wanted. We took her to a local trainer called Head over Heels (highly highly recommend!! ) They gave us the necessary tools to speak her language….and now we are all walking again! Such a joy!! I was beginning to think we would never make it past our street ever again….but she now that we are speaking the same language we are all good:)

I wanted to share with you a recipe that my mom used to make at least once a week….and I have followed on in that tradition. These 3 ingredient chicken tenders are a snitch to make…and can be a base for so many other recipes (think chicken parm….yum!!) On a busy night, just cook up a big batch and you will have them all week to munch on. Enjoy!!

 

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A few items that will make this clean up easy is some paper plates and wax paper. If you have time earlier in the day, you can go ahead and bread the chicken and place in the fridge. Just be sure to bring the chicken out of the fridge about 20 minutes or so…that way they will come up to room temp—makes the frying time less.

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Here is what you will need:

3 ingredient Chicken Tenders
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 boneless chicken cutlets (sliced into strips)
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 C Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 C canola oil (for frying…you’re right…technically 4 ingredients;)
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium high heat. You can test when it is ready by dropping a speck of bread crumbs in….it will sizzle when it’s hot enough.
  2. Place chicken strips into beaten eggs and stir to coat.
  3. Place bread crumbs on paper plate.
  4. Using tongs or rubber gloves, dredge chicken into bread crumbs. Place on wax paper.
  5. When oil is hot, place a few tenders in the oil (placing too many will cause the oil to cool)
  6. Turn the chicken over when the sides start to brown. (each side cooks for about 3-4 minutes) You can test for doneness by cutting in center.
  7. Continue with remaining chicken.

These are great serve hot, warm or cold!

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Enjoy!!

Have a great Monday!!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Tomato Mozzarella Panini Sandwich

What a beautiful Derby weekend here! We had a great time hanging out with a few friends and neighbors…and watched the ponies at home. I came up with a few fun games to watch in between the races…I will share that soon:) Hope your weekend was restful and fun:) I cannot get over that it is already the first week of May. We only have 2 weeks left of classes…then exam week…then SUMMER BREAK!!! Cannot wait! My post may start to fluctuate a bit…based on what we have going on. Summer is typically for low blog numbers…so I may scale back my post….we shall see….

Did you realize that Panera got rid of the tomato mozzarella sandwich? It was my go to Friday lunch during lent and they just got rid of it. They replaced it with a tomato wrap on their flat bread….which I can tell you does not compare even remotely close to the goodness of the panini. This disappoints me on many levels that are probably not normal. Loved that sandwich. I set out to create something similar at home and I duplicated it pretty well.  (sorry for poor pics…took them quick…)

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You know that I love my Panini maker but if you do not have one you could always use a baking sheet. , just the sandwich your Panini in between two baking sheets and place a heavy brick wrapped in foil on the top. It might come out a wee bit chewier…but works in a pinch. This is the Panini maker we  have….love it!

 

 

This recipe makes for a perfect use of those fine ripen tomatoes. Get some fresh bread , ready made refrigerated pesto or make your own and some fresh mozzarella. You can also slap on some arugula or fresh basil leaves if you’d like. We had this with a salad and it was a perfect meal.

Tomato Mozzarella Panini Sandwich
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • bakery fresh bread
  • 2 tomatoes
  • pesto sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • fresh mozzarella sliced
  • arugula
Instructions
  1. Cut the bread in half and spread inside with pesto
  2. Place tomatoes, cheese and arugula
  3. Place in Panini maker for 5-8 minutes
  4. If using the oven, heat to 400, place on baking sheet with parchment. Place another baking sheet on top with heavy object. Heat 10 minutes

 

 

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And hey Panera if you’re listening please bring back my favorite sandwich! The flatbread does not compare!

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Have a great Monday friends:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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