Monday, January 23, 2012

Warm Spinach & Steak Salad; BaBM

I’m a weeknight meal planner.  With working all day I don’t have the time or energy to try to figure out meals when I get home each night.  So instead I plan them all out on the weekend and know exactly what I’m having each night.   

That being said I can also be a little lazy and sometimes I just don’t feel like planning in advance.  Those days are usually not fun.  They usually start out early with a call to my husband….”hey, what do you want for dinner tonight”  “I don’t know, what do you want?”  “I don’t know what are you in the mood for” “I don’t know, you?” and round and round we go until finally one of us is just like let’s think about it later.  

And then later comes and the scenario is pretty much the same.  As you may guess these days often don’t end well…we usually just eat something we really don’t want just for the sake of eating.   But there are a few instances were these days turn out awesome with one or the other of us coming up with a meal that just blows us away. 

Last week was one of those dinners…we waited until the very last minute and then my husband had a brain storm.  “Let’s do warm spinach salads with steak.”  Now, why didn’t I think of that?  We stopped at the store (another reason I like to have my meals planned) went home and put together this amazing dinner. 

Moral of the story: planning is good and sometimes not planning is even better.

Warm Spinach Salad with NY Strip
1 package baby spinach
1 red bell pepper, cut in strips
1 package of baby bella mushrooms, sliced
Feta cheese, crumbled
Dried cranberries
Olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook bell peppers and mushrooms until desired consistency is reached.  Put aside.  Heat another tablespoon of olive oil in a cast iron skillet.  Grill steak until medium rare.

Remove steak and veggies from pan.  Mix pan juices together and add your red wine vinegar.  Cook several minutes.  Add salt and black pepper to taste.

To plate:  Place spinach in bowls, add veggies. Slice steak very thin.  drizzle with warm dressing and serve.


  1. I'm a diehard meal planner as well, but sometimes those occasions of divine and spontaneous inspiration happen...and when they do, I just go with it! This salad sounds delicious!

  2. I have to plan too. My days are stressed enough without having to worry about dinner. However, you really rocked the unplanned with this salad.

  3. I love it when a plan comes together! Looks great.

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  5. I love weeknight friendly meals! This steak salad looks great! :)

  6. That looks incredibly delicious! Sometimes the best meals are born on impulse!