My musings…

Lomo Saltado – 6 servings, ~400 calories (AND SUPER DELICIOUS!)

Lomo saltado is a typical Peruvian dish.

1 pound(s) raw lean beef tenderloin, cut into 1/2-inch thick strips
2 medium garlic clove(s), thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsp table salt, divided
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup(s) cilantro, fresh, leaves, divided
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
6 medium Yukon Gold potato(es), cut into 8 wedges each
4 spray(s) olive oil cooking spray, divided
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
2 medium red onion(s), thinly sliced
2 average serrano chile(s), cut into thin strips
2 medium sweet red pepper(s), cut into thin strips
2 medium tomato(es), cut into wedges


  • In a nonreactive bowl, combine beef, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, cumin, 2 tablespoons of cilantro and lime juice; cover and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450ºF. Coat a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray; place potatoes on top. Coat potatoes with cooking spray and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil; sprinkle with remaining teaspoon of salt. Turn potato wedges over several times to coat. Roast for 15 minutes; turn over and roast until both sides are crisp yet tender inside, about 12 to 17 minutes more.
  • While potatoes are baking, coat a large skillet with cooking spray and add 1 teaspoon of oil; heat over medium-high heat. Brown beef, flipping once, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side; remove beef and set aside.
  • Add remaining 2 teaspoons of oil and cook onions, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Add chiles, peppers and tomatoes; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes more. Add beef to skillet and toss to coat. Serve immediately, topped with fries and garnished with remaining 2 tablespoons of cilantro. Yields about 1 1/3 cups of beef mixture and 8 potato wedges per serving.
  • ————————
    Elvis says the difficulty with me trying all these new recipes is that he likes everything and I’m making him fat!  Luckily most of the things I am making are healthy and fairly low cal!  He actually really loved the way the potatoes were done in this recipe because they ended up super crunchy and delicious.  We did use Russet potatoes instead of Yukon Gold, though I’m not sure this made any sort of a difference.

    Another one of our goals for this year is to save money.  One of the best ways to do that is to not spend it in the first place, right?  So, I’m turning into my mother and have started clipping out coupons from the newspapers…  Last week I got a pretty awesome deal, though.  I had 2 – 55cent off tortilla coupons AND the tortillas were on sale for $1.50 AND they double coupons at the store I went to, so the tortilla packs ended up costing me 40 cents each.  I don’t remember for sure if there were 8 or 10 in each pack, but that will cut down on the cost even more for the next time I make Freezer Burritos!

    The other thing we do is purchase almost all of our clothing at second hand stores. We have both been able to find quality clothes there at a mere fraction of the original price (like the almost brand new Calvin Klein Jeans I got the other day). Elvis has a bunch of compatriots that work at the second hand stores, too, so often we get an even FURTHER discount (those CK jeans? Marked at $14. Paid <$1.) We were especially lucky the other week, though. I had off MLK Jr Day from work and was bored, so we hopped in the car and headed to one of the stores nearest our house. Unbeknown to us, they were having a 50% off of everything sale! For $50, we were able to pick up 10 pairs of pants/jeans, 2 t-shirts, a sweatshirt 5 dress shirts, a leather jacket, and a small humidifier! Pretty cool, huh?


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