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Koren Style Beef Cabbage Tacos

koren style tacosIngredients

Pickled Napa Cabbage

  • 4 cups sliced napa cabbage (sliced crosswise)
  • 3/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Pinch of salt

Steak & Marinade

  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons chile paste, such as sambal oelek
  • 1 pound skirt steak or flank steak, trimmed

Filling & Cabbage Shells

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown basmati rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon canola oil plus 1 1/2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 medium red cabbage
  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

Preparation

  1. To prepare pickled cabbage: Place napa cabbage in a large bowl. Combine 3/4 cup rice vinegar, 1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, crushed red pepper and salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the salt is dissolved, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Let cool for 2 minutes. Pour over the cabbage and stir well. Cover and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, for least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
  2. To marinate steak: Combine soy sauce, 1/4 cup vinegar, sesame oil, scallions, 1 1/2 tablespoons ginger, sugar, garlic and chile paste to taste in a shallow glass dish. Add steak, cover and marinate in the refrigerator, turning once or twice, for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
  3. To prepare filling & cabbage shells: Combine 1 cup water, rice and 1/4 teaspoon canola oil in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir well, reduce heat to maintain the barest simmer, cover and cook until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Set aside, covered.
  4. Remove the outermost leaves from red cabbage, cut the head in half through the core and remove the core from each half. Peel leaves from each half and select 8 good-looking ones to use for the taco shells. Thinly slice enough of the remaining cabbage to get 4 cups.
  5. Heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and a pinch of salt; cook, stirring frequently, until softened and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the sliced red cabbage and 1 tablespoon ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage starts to wilt, about 5 minutes more. Set aside.
  6. When you’re ready to cook the steak, preheat a grill to medium-high. (Or position an oven rack 3 to 4 inches from the heat source and preheat broiler to high.)
  7. Remove the steak from the marinade; reserve the marinade. Grill (or broil), turning once, 6 to 7 minutes for medium-rare skirt steak or 9 to 12 minutes for medium-rare flank steak. Transfer to a clean cutting board, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the marinade to the red cabbage mixture in the skillet and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the liquid is almost evaporated, about 4 minutes.
  9. To serve, divide the rice and the red cabbage mixture among the cabbage shells. Very thinly slice the steak against the grain and divide among the tacos. Top each with about 2 tablespoons drained pickled cabbage.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Pickle cabbage & marinate steak (Steps 1 & 2) up to 1 day ahead. Prepare rice (Step 3) & cabbage filling (Step 5) up to 2 hours ahead.

Nutrition

Per serving: 450 calories; 19 g fat (5 g sat, 10 g mono); 74 mg cholesterol; 40 g carbohydrates; 5 g added sugars; 11 g total sugars; 30 g protein; 6 g fiber; 728 mg sodium; 1038 mg potassium

Recipe Courtesy of: EatingWell.com

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The study showed that people who drank a bottle of tea fortified with green tea extract every day for three months lost more body fat than those who drank a bottle of regular oolong tea.

Researchers say the results indicate that substances found in green tea known as catechins may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat.

The findings appear in the January issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

How it works The compound ECGC in green tea makes it easier for your body to fry fat.

Article courtesy of:http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20050126/green-tea-fights-fat

Roasted Cabbage

roasted cabbageIngredients

Cabbage

  • 1/2 medium green cabbage(1-1 1/2 pounds), outer leaves removed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Vinaigrette

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic or white-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. To prepare cabbage: Cut cabbage half into four wedges and cut out any thick core, leaving the wedges as intact as possible. Drizzle the cut sides with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place the wedges flat-side down on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Roast the cabbage for 12 minutes. Carefully flip over (it’s OK if it falls apart a little) and roast until browned on both sides, about 8 minutes more.
  4. To prepare vinaigrette: Combine mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add chives and oil; stir until well combined.
  5. Transfer the cabbage to a serving plate (or plates) and drizzle with the vinaigrette while still hot. Serve hot or room temperature

Nutrition

Per serving: 125 calories; 11 g fat (2 g sat, 8 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 4 g total sugars; 2 g protein; 3 g fiber; 271 mg sodium; 205 mg potassium.

Recipe courtesy of: EatingWell.com

Fight Belly Fat

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How it works Blood sugar peaks can signal your body to store fat around your midsection, but monounsaturated fats stop the spikes, thwarting fat accumulation. Half an avocado contains 10 grams of the healthy fats. The American Heart Association  recommends a total fat intake of 25 to 35 percent of your calories with saturated fats limited to less than 7 percent and trans fats less than 1 percent. Avocados contain mostly unsaturated fats, with only about 2 grams of saturated fat and 0 grams of trans fat in a 1-ounce serving. This makes avocados a part of a heart-healthy diet (it is recommended to have 1 medium avocado a day).The key to a healthy diet is eating in moderation, which includes nutrient-dense foods like avocados. However, you can incorporate avocados into your everyday diet because the rich flavor and creamy texture make them a perfect replacement for other foods that contain saturated fats, like butter, cheese and sour cream. Place avocado slices on your sandwich to replace the cheese and mayo. Top your baked potato with mashed avocado instead of butter and sour cream to add taste, increase the nutrients and decrease saturated fat. Avocados can be used in homemade ice cream, on bagels, in salads or in smoothies. The possibilities are endless.