Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Polenta Veggie Bake, and a PERFECTLY Cooked Steak

You guys.  I have finally completed one of my life's goals.

I COOKED A PERFECTLY MEDIUM RARE STEAK.


Travis helped of course.  We watched those steaks like hawks, and man did it pay off.

We marinated two pieces of filet minion in teriyaki sauce and let them sit out on the counter to get to room temperature.  We put them on our little indoor grill and we let them go for three minutes on one side and two minutes on the other.  Took them off and let them rest for about five minutes and then dug in.

To accompany our steaks, I made the most delightful side - a polenta veggie bake.  This was a surprisingly outstanding dish - healthy, hearty and fresh.

I made a trip to the farmers market that morning and just went wild (although I did not use the plums in this recipe, they were just meant for pre-dinner noshing).


First I sauteed the summer squash and zucchini with the leeks, garlic and onion. I added a couple of spoonfuls of store bought marinara sauce and seasoned the veggies with salt and pepper.


I preheated the oven to 400 degrees and laid out  thin slices of prepackaged tubed polenta and topped each slice with a little store bought pesto sauce (this is definitely a semi-homemade meal).


Then I topped with the squash mixture and added another layer and topped with more squash mixture and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.  Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.  And you get this beauty...


SOOOOO GOOD!

This was a successful start to my weekend.  It was followed by some wine drinking and dateline watching, which was followed by an early bedtime and an early morning spin class.

I was feeling so good on Saturday morning, I decided to let loose with friends on Saturday afternoon and attended a four hour all-you-can-drink beer festival at Nationals Stadium.  Some of the standouts were Capitol City Brewery, Firestone Walker (of course), Devil's Backbone, and Troegs.


Then continued the festivities to Adams Morgan...my DC friends need no further explanation about where the night went from there.


Overall, it was such a great weekend.  Felt pretty gross on Sunday morning but proud to say I was (fairly) successful at fighting off any guilty/regretful feelings about my indulgent weekend and powered through the day.  Travis kept me in check :)

Breaking Bad helped too. That show is mind-blowing.



1 comment:

  1. that beer fest looks so fun! i love events like that. perfect for trying a bunch of diff varieties, especially for me, a girl who isn't in love with beer just yet but is ready to explore her options. that steak, omg. it looks AMAZING! great job! and i just love polenta.

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