My Backyard Story…
Growing up, I can remember my Dad using his BBQ all year long in our back yard and grilling a variety of meats and poultry. There was nothing better than seeing the plume of smoke coming from my back yard as a kid. I always knew that when I caught a whiff of that smoke in my neighborhood; there was a tasty dinner about to unfold at my house. I can remember jumping on my bike and making a bee-line straight to my house to make sure I would be on time for dinner.
Ingredients: Feeds a Family of 4
Total Cooking and Prep Time: 1 Hour or less
1 ½ Pound, Skirt Steak, the steak should be no more than a ½ inch thick
1 Cup of Tomato Juice or V-8 Juice
2 Tablespoons of Tabasco Sauce
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire
1- Head of Red Lettuce, or you can also buy the Pre-Packaged Salad Mix from ReadyPac
Yellow Bell Pepper, Sliced Thin
Large Tomato chopped and rinsed to remove goo
½ Large Red Onion, peeled and sliced thin
Cucumber, peeled, sliced thin
Pecans and Caramelized Onions
Equipment: BBQ Grill, 1-Gallon Ziploc Bag, Cooking Spray, Large Salad Bowl
Cooking Steps: Make Marinade
There are a few variations to this marinade and they all turn out fine for this recipe. The base of the marinade is Tomato. I have used Tomato Juice, V-8 Juice, Mr.& Mrs. T Bloody Mary Mix, Tomato Sauce, and even Ketchup… They ALL work! Just make sure you have at least 1 Cup of any of the above. Now add Tabasco Sauce and Worcestershire and place all these ingredients into a Ziploc , 1 – Gallon, re-seal able bag. Place Skirt Steak in the bag with the marinade and allow this to sit room temp for a minimum of 30 minutes, (if you have more time, refrigerate while marinating).
Every family is different and I want to give my readers the option to match their salad to their family. Introducing vegetables to our children through salad recipes is a great way to introduce healthy eating. Not every child is going to like the same kinds of vegetables, so make sure you see my recipe and be flexible. If you have fussy vegetable eaters, make sure to cut the other vegetables in this recipe down to smaller sizes. If my recipe calls for slices, turn the slices into tiny cubes. This recipe still tastes great as a chopped salad as well, (Chopped salads are a great way to hide vegetables in salads).
I also want to give my readers the option to match their budget on this recipe as well. Using a Pre-Packaged Salad mix will save you time and money, so feel free to use that option. I like the ReadyPac, pre-packaged, “All American” Salad for its variety and portions of other vegetables. Take your lettuce or salad and vegetable varieties and set up each bowl with a healthy portion. You can compliment the salad with your favorite salad dressing. CookLikeADad prefers Girard’s Light Caesar Salad Dressing.
30 minutes Later…
Start your grill on HIGH Heat, take your Steak out of the Marinade and wipe off any excess marinade off the meat, ( leaving it on can cause premature burning of your meat and will dry out your steak). Lightly spray skirt steak with cooking spray before placing on grill.
Skirt Steak is lean meat, so you will only need to cook each side between 7- 10 minutes. When done, let steak rest for 5 minutes before serving. Cut steak down to thin slices and serve on top of salad. This recipe works as a great way to introduce your children to more varieties of vegetables. Enjoy!
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