Showing posts with label bowl. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bowl. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

eMeals Recipe: Orange Teriyaki Beef Noodle Bowl

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago - a friend and I have joined It's an online meal planning tool. You pick your plan (low fat, Paleo, gluten free, etc...) and whether you want 1-2 servings or 4-6 servings - and then boom - you get meal plans every week! Sometimes you can even pick your grocery store and it will match up your meal plans with what's on sale at your store.

With this new meal plan - I've been trying a variety of meals from the low-fat plan and really liked this Orange Teriyaki Beef Noodle Bowl:

I like these recipes because most of the time - I have a lot of the ingredients on hand already. It's nothing you have to go and buy every single item - the only thing I had to buy here was the beef and the vegetables.

I bought the pre-cut stir fry beef because it was actually cheaper than the whole round steak!

I made sure to BARELY cook the beef - I hate when it's overcooked!

After removing the beef, you cook the vegetables, broth and sauces...

Then add broken angel hair pasta. I ended up using thin spaghetti which took longer to cook. Also - I think that when I make this again - I'll either break the pasta into 1 inch pieces or just in half. These two inch pieces were pretty much impossible to eat! They weren't long enough for the fork and too long for the spoon. Frustration ensued!

The spaghetti cooks in the broth...

And then it's done! This recipe was so incredibly simple - but how did it taste? 

This was really delicious! I cut the recipe (listed below) in half-ish because I'm only cooking for 1-2. I used the full amount of marmalade though because I wanted to make sure I could taste the orange and it was perfect! I really enjoyed this one and took the leftovers to lunch a couple days.

Orange Teriyaki Beef Noodle Bowl
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Servings: 4-6

1 lb. thin cut round steak, thinly sliced
16 oz pkg frozen vegetables, stir-fry mix
2.5 cups beef broth
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
2 T orange marmalade
1 T soy sauce
3 cups uncooked angel hair pasta, broken into 2-inch pieces

1. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat
2. Add beef and cook until browned, remove from pan
3. Add stir-fry mix, broth, teriyaki sauce, marmalade and soy sauce to pan
4. Bring to a boil; add pasta, reduce heat and cook 4 minutes or until pasta is tender
5. Return beef to mixture; cook until thoroughly heated

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Product Review: Taco Bell's New Cantina Bowl

So Taco Bell has created "Cantina Bell" and is trying to play with the big dogs...barking up the Chipotle porch. How will they do? 

I guess some set up first - they have enlisted Celebrity Chef Lorena Garcia - who was oddly enough co-host of America's Next Great Restaurant with the guy that started Chipotle! She's supposedly making gourmet items for Taco Bell - with better ingredients. 

They are offering a bowl and a burrito as well as chips & guac. I tried the bowl with steak. The above is a photo - there's a dressing in addition to lettuce, beans, tomatoes, corn, guac and steak.

The verdict?

Awful. Completely and utterly AWFUL.

I know - some of the folks out there are going to comment "Well it's Taco Bell what did you expect?" Oh bite me.

I expected edible. This steak was NOT - it was really bad. I've eaten their steak in items before but this was just gross. It tasted like hard pieces of mud. Hard, crunchy, no flavor - like what I would think dog food tasted like. It was THAT bad.

The toppings were okay but they had none of that "fresh" feeling and taste you get from Chipotle.

So don't bother - and the price was barely less than the real deal.