Tonight’s Dinner of Champions:
Tri-Tip, Caesar Salad, Bread and Flan
Welcome to Spring Break! I have rest and focus just knowing I don’t have to split my focus personally and professionally for the next week and I am so excited to get back in that kitchen and make some magic happen.
The plan for tonight is marinated Tri-Tip (beef), pan-fried and seasoned shrimp with Bread, Caesar Salad and Flan. It sounds overly ambitious, but much of this can be done ahead of time. For instance, I made the bread yesterday, am marinating the Tri-Tip now, bought fresh, defrosted and peeled shrimp and the salad is a pre-packaged salad bag. The bread, salad and shrimp are very quick and can be prepared right before I serve dinner leaving me with time to make tonight’s dessert of flan. And that precious tri-tip just needs to be added to the pan and put in the oven about an hour before dinner. Easy-peasy!
Tri-tip Marinade: I am following the recipe from Our Best Bites for the most part. But I am using preminced garlic (and a lot of it), Smoked Salt, and Avocado Oil. The original recipe can be found here.
Bread: Almond Psyllium Bread that I made yesterday was inspired by the recipe at Easy Keto. Depending upon your psyllium husk, your bread may turn purple like mine. While I prefer the Bagel Loaf Bread, this recipe is dairy-free and a nice change. My husband hates this bread, but I am finding that he doesn’t seem to like psyillium. Its important to add to this base recipe to make it a bit more flavorful. I added Everything But The Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s but this I will add more in future batches. Also, I think I will make this in my muffin tin instead of as a loaf of bread next time.
Caesar Salad: There’s no shame in my game. I bought a bag of salad mix and plan to use it tonight. I will not include the croutons for obvious reasons though. But otherwise it’s a great way to get my husband to eat more vegetables, provide a variety and it’s easy (on time and the wallet).
Flan: I don’t always make dessert but today I will attempt flan. I was planning to make it this weekend and had my heart set on enjoying that delicious custardy goodness…can you tell that I loved flan before I became Keto? Today my day is dedicated to making this dessert. Traditionally, my husband doens’t like flan. But he didn’t like cinnamon until recently either, so I’m giving it a whirl. Also, if he doesn’t like it that means more for me…unless its gross. Fingers crossed!
It’s noon and I have yet to begin the flan. I’m not too worried unless something pops up. I’ll get started by 1 and then it should have enough time to cook and cool before dinner at 6 when my husband gets home.
The flan and bread are a bust! The I was the only one who found the bread to be edible, but than psyllium husk really clears out the bowels, so stick with only 1 piece of bread, if you try it. The flan never caramelized…so I “fixed” it with some Berry Cream Cheese mix and a few raspberries. The flan was salvaged. Whew!