By Mike Thayer
The weather was fantastic yesterday, it got over 80 degrees on March 17th! It was a wonderful St. Patrick's Day so the Thayer family enjoyed a great supper outdoors. There's nothing like a beautiful day and that tantalizing smell of meat on the grill......
The menu: Ribeye steak topped with grilled onion, with some roasted asparagus and penne pasta tossed with parmesan on the side. Sliced fruit for desert, apples and cantaloupe.
Good food, great conversation, a little music playing in the background while enjoying the evening sky..... It was a nice family meal to cap the day and the food was easy on the diet.
Simple but delicious
We got the ribeye steak at the Hawkeye Foodservice Outlet Store, near Tiffin. They sell individually packaged eight ounce steaks and we love them. For $3 a pop, the quality is excellent and no marinade is necessary, they have excellent flavor despite coming out of the freezer. Just add a little salt and pepper on one side, throw them on the charcoal, grill to your liking and you have a melt in your mouth delicious steak.
The asparagus was also simple but delicious. Add a couple pads of butter (olive oil is a good alternative, stay away from margarine), some Thayer house seasoning and roast them until tender crisp.
The penne pasta tossed with a little parmesan was more for my wife and kids. Pasta isn't something I eat much of anymore, I did have a taste and like everything else on the plate it was simple but delicious.... A nice pairing with the asparagus.
This meal isn't a guilty pleasure, it's actually quite sensible. According to livestrong.com, an eight ounce ribeye provides your body 64 grams of protein and includes the following dietary nutrients: niacin, vitamin B6, B12, E, K, selenium (antioxidant), iron and potassium. There are no carbohydrates in steak. The asparagus gives your body some dietary fiber, vitamin a, c, iron, even a little calcium and protein! The underused vegetable only has a little over five grams of carbs per serving. The butter adds 36 calories to your meal, but no carbs! A serving of penne pasta on the other hand, contains 88 grams of carbs and why I try to stay away from the stuff. Tasting a few noodles is enough. As far as the Thayer house seasoning goes, it consists of a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, red pepper powder and a little chili powder. An alternative is Mrs. Dash. The sliced apple and melon for desert was just the right amount of sweet, the vitamins and fiber a bonus.
Simple but delicious. What a great day!