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March 16, 2011

Less is More- a simple Swedish meal

Tonight Magnus and I made dinner using fresh and healthy ingredients. Our goal tonight- KEEP IT SIMPLE!!
We had Swedish beef, a rosemary forest-mushroom butter sauce, and grilled asparagus (drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper).

1. Washed and diced garlic, and onion and sauteed with non-dairy butter over medium heat for about 7 minutes.
2. Washed and diced forest mushrooms and red bell pepper and added to the saucepan. Sauteed over medium-low heat for another 10 minutes. Crushed and added some dried rosemary- on a whim! (This ended up being a really great decision.)
3. Meanwhile, heated up a grill pan on very high heat, put in a dash of olive oil and once extremely hot- grilled the meat for about 2 minutes on each side. Then the meat was put it in the oven for 10 minutes at 200C.
4. While meat was in oven, washed and snapped off ends of the asparagus and grilled in the hot pan for about 3 minutes (no more) on each side. Before you put the asparagus in the hot pan be sure to turn down the stovetop to medium heat. The asparagus is very sensitive and only needs minimal heat. We topped with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.

All elements of this dinner came out beautifully. I forgot how much I enjoy asparagus. It was delicious and my favorite part of the dish. I must add that the rosemary made the mushroom sauce taste especially divine and Magnus cooked the meat perfectly! I am reminded again tonight how much better "less" can taste. Often, it seems that recipes and food products have a million ingredients, so much that the genuine flavor of the food gets diluted. I almost have to ask myself, "What is it that I am eating again?" Glad we kept it simple tonight!

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