Steak and vegetables is a timeless dinner that suits anyone from renaissance kings to rowdy kids. More importantly, it provides the protein, fiber, carbohydrates and other nutrients required for a well-balanced family meal. The dish is versatile enough to work with many seasonings and flavors, so you can alter the recipe to fit your family and your budget.
A seared steak and steamed vegetables is a classic choice for a quick and healthy dinner. It also works well as toddler-friendly finger food. Sear the steaks and cut into strips small enough for little mouths. Cube and boil a few potatoes. Throw frozen peas or green beans into a steamer and cook long enough to warm. Rinse the vegetables with cold water to help maintain their crisp texture. Toss the potatoes with a little seasoning and heap onto each plate. Top the potatoes with steak strips and add the green vegetables on the side. Add a little cheese to the vegetables and provide an assortment of dips -- ketchup, honey mustard and creamy dressing -- and your steak and vegetable dinner will please even the pickiest of your kids.
Stir fry your steak and vegetables to add an Asian flair to your family dinner. Slice the steak into strips small enough for little one's to eat with ease. Stir fry the steak and sprinkle with soy sauce for a salty taste or sweet teriyaki sauce for a kid-friendly touch. Throw sliced carrots, water chestnuts and bell peppers in with the steak. Stir fry the vegetables just long enough to warm them up. Serve the steak and vegetable meal over white rice for a light flavor or brown rice for a boost of fiber. For the greatest ease, use a bag of frozen stir fry vegetables instead of slicing up fresh ones.
Whipping up a hearty steak and vegetable stew can be a snap if you own a slow cooker. Cut the steak into pieces small enough for kids to eat. Toss the browned steak, diced potatoes and beef broth into the slow cooker. You can also add a bag of frozen vegetables, such as sliced onions and bell peppers or California mix. Season lightly, cover the slow cooker and turn to low. Start the stew in the morning and by the time you get home in the evening, your warm dinner is ready.
Cool your family down on a warm summer night with a tasty steak salad for dinner. Sprinkle steak sauce or seasoning mix lightly over low-cost steaks to keep the meal flavorful and budget-friendly. Sear the steaks quickly on the stove and let cool as you prepare the salad. Combine lettuce, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers together in a large bowl. Separate the salad into individual bowls and top with thinly sliced steak. Eat the salad plain or add a creamy dressing to help tantalize kids into eating more than just the meat portion.
Although many adults like to enjoy their steaks rare, undercooked steaks can cause foodborne illness. Young children and pregnant women are particularly at risk. Protect your family by ensuring that your steak reaches an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F. Then, let it sit for a few minutes before serving.
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