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Simple Meals

Here's a couple of simple meals over the last few days.

First up, a simple grilled burger and salad. What makes it special is the bone stock reduction. It really turns a burger into a pretty sophisticated meal, considering all the nutrition and flavor in the stock. The salad is simply a vinaigrette using Greek Kalamata EVOOA, French Dijon mustard, and apple cider vinegar. As always, click the images for the full size.

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Next up was grilled tri-tip last night, and the same reduction for the sauce, along with the drippings added in (can't get enough of this!). I grilled on the lowest temperature, then crisped it under the broiler for a couple minutes per side. Next to it are yellow onions fried at low temperature (takes a long time) in bacon drippings. The onions really shrink, so plan for about one medium onion per person.

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Richard Nikoley

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4 Comments

  1. Adam Cilonis on June 12, 2009 at 12:57

    Slow-cooked tri tip is on the menu this weekend! It's the only way to go!

  2. perihelion.myopenid.com on June 12, 2009 at 15:08

    K.I.S.S. really applies to meals. It's amazing how easy meals become when the focus is on meats and veggies and embracing fat.

    I'm basically eating only 3 types of meals now. A big veggie meaty oiled up salad, curries and fried/grilled meats and veggies.

    People always ask if I get sick of eating the same thing, and besides the endless variations of ingredients you can do in those 3 basic templates, my answer is an emphatic NO!

    Of course it didn't used to be that way back when I was all loaded up on carbs. They really are so plain and I found they blunted my appreciation of the taste of real foods and spices.

  3. nick on June 12, 2009 at 20:09

    Hi,
    Can you give me a little more info on the bone stock reduction and the salad dressing? I'm new to cooking. Looks delicious…
    Nick.

  4. Richard Nikoley on June 13, 2009 at 11:33

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