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Flank Steak with Ponzu and Miso Butter March 6, 2012

Filed under: Japanese,Meat,Recipes — chocolatekrinkles @ 4:32 am
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I love steak. Places like Fogo de Chao are just meant for people like me: total and complete carnivores. Having said that, I usually don’t try to cook steak at home. It’s partly fear that it’ll taste funny or I’ll over or under cook it. But when I happened upon this recipe, I realized that not only had I not had steak in a while but also that I had most of the ingredients, I knew twas meant to be!

Ah, a medium rare steak. Just how I like it!

Flank Steak with Ponzu and Miso Butter


  • 2 lbs flank steak cut into 4 pieces *
  • 1 tbsp Ponzu
  • 2 tbsp Mirin
  • 3 tbsp Shiro miso (or white miso)
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp Japanese cooking sake
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 dashes black pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients (except for the steak) for the glaze in a pan. Bring to a boil and let cool.
  2. In a plastic bag, marinate the steaks with 1/2 of the glaze for 1 hr. Heat grill over medium to medium-high heat. Scrape off any glaze on the steak, then add to pan.
  3. Grill for 3-4 minutes per side then flip over carefully, letting it grill on the other side for another 3-4 minutes**. Brush on some glaze and let grill again for 1 min per side.
  4. Remove steak from grill and let it cool for about 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with some glaze drizzled on top or to the side.


* I only got a lb of flank steak and divided that into four smaller steaks.

** let it grill for about 4-5 minutes to get the steak somewhere between medium-rare to medium.


All in all, delicious! The steak was flavorful and cooked just perfectly. I ate this with some brown rice and veggies but I think this steak would also taste great with a salad. I think I just found my go-to steak recipe!

Source: Rasa Malaysia


Baked Rigatoni with Beef February 7, 2012

Filed under: Italian,Meat — chocolatekrinkles @ 4:44 pm
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Cold weather = comfort food. Usually my comfort food is all about rice+meat (my mama would be proud!) but recently, I’ve been craving me some Italian food! After perusing Cooking Light recipes, I finally found one that was easy to make and would fit all my meat+pasta cravings: Baked Rigatoni with Beef!

Baked Rigatoni with Beef (makes 8 servings)


  • 4 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 lb ground round
  • 4 cups cooked rigatoni (about 2.5 cups uncooked pasta)
  • 1.5 cups (abt 6 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup (abt 1 oz) grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare tomato sauce.
  2. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  3. Cook beef over medium-high heat until browned; stir to crumble. Drain well. Combine beef, tomato sauce, pasta, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese in an 11×7 in baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked all the way through.


Random notes:

I’ve used both ground round and 96/4 ground beef and didn’t taste a difference — I love making healthy subs without sacrificing taste!

I also used whole wheat rigate + rotini cause that’s what I had at the apt. I like having the excuse to clean out my shelves when I can!

Also pictured is a makeshift garlic toast: a piece of multi-grain toast with a little bit of olive oil, a dash of garlic powder, and a little bit of parm cheese. YUM.

Source: Cooking Light (by way of MyRecipes)


House Special, Please! July 5, 2011

Filed under: Dessert,Eating Out,Meat — chocolatekrinkles @ 5:36 am

Fogo. De. Chao. Never have three words been spoken with such love and adoration amongst my ridiculously carnivorous family. I mean, when I found out we were going here for lunch, I figured it was a little bit of undeserved good karma. And somewhere in heaven, heads.are. rolling. Dramatic? Perhaps. But oh. so. good.

Favorite of the table: the House Special, aka Picanha.

At some point, we talked about bringing a sign that said “House Special” next time we go back, until my cousin suggested just getting shirts made. Dorkiness be damned!

Despite eating enough meat to feed an entire country, we still had room for dessert. Between all of us, we split two molten chocolate cakes and one papaya cream. Although I usually scoff at non-chocolate desserts, lemme tell ya: the papaya cream takes the cake this round.

I realize this really isn’t healthy food but I’m going to say that this lunch is just an example of living a balanced life!


Beef Bulgogi June 30, 2011

Filed under: Korean,Meat — chocolatekrinkles @ 7:52 pm

I love me some Korean food, I really truly do. Unfortunately, it’s kind of pricey to eat Korean food so often –and quite frankly, not so healthy. So when I found a recipe for beef bulgogi for a fraction of the cost (and calories!), I jumped at the chance to give it a whirl.


  • 1 lb flank steak
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce *
  • 2.5 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/4 cup green onion
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

* Use low-sodium (tastes the same and less salt content!)


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl (with the exception of the beef). Put beef in a separate bowl and pour combined ingredients over it. Cover, refrigerate and let sit for at least an hour or overnight.
  2. Preheat grill and lightly oil grate.
  3. Grill beef 1-2 minutes per side (or until slightly charred and cooked through).

Makes 4 servings.


Great and easy to follow recipe. Not to mention, the short cooking and prep time… works out well with my short attention span and all!

Source: All Recipes


Mini Meatloaves

Filed under: Comfort Food,Meat,Recipes — chocolatekrinkles @ 5:27 pm

The first time I had meatloaf, it was at a friend’s potluck. Last semester. I know, how did I live 23-ish years without eating meatloaf? Well honestly, the idea of meatloaves just never sounded that appetizing to me. But the one I had at my friend’s potluck was delicious, moist, and just divine. When I found out what ingredients were used to make it, I realized, I really need to find a healthier version of this.

And along came the All-Recipes version. Healthier, without sacrificing quality!


  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef **
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • Olive oil spray (something to lightly coat muffin pan)

* Used skim — it’s going to be baked so you won’t be able to tell the diff between skim v whole milk anyway!
** Used 90/10 or leaner — I’ve tried 92/8 and 96/4 and I didn’t notice any difference.


  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Combine egg, milk, cheese, cooking oats, and salt in a large bowl. Add in ground beef and mix well.
  3. Add beef mixture into pre-oiled muffin pan.
  4. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard in a separate bowl. Stir thoroughly and brush on top of every meatloaf.
  5. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.

Makes 8 servings. 255 calories per serving.


I try to stretch out this recipe to 12 servings but only because my pan has 12 muffin molds so I fig, why not?

Random note: the recipe makes a ton of sauce and I only ever use a fraction of it. Despite this, definitely still make it because otherwise, your meatloaves will taste a weebits bland!

Source: All Recipes