I didn’t think it was possible to cook meals in 30 minutes. Let alone 15. I watched Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals’ cooking show on Food Network. And with everything she’s cooking in that show. I am simply skeptic to turn out meals in 30 minutes. There’s no way! Even if I am working extra fast in the kitchen. Which I seldom do. Because I don’t like being rushed. And because by nature I am a slow person. And even they admitted, in one of Rachel Ray’s documentaries, that it takes them about 8 hours to film each episode of her “30 minute meals.”
Is it really possible turn out a decent meal in 30 minutes? Or Less?
Well. Two weeks ago, my son, Ramon gave me a list of food, a menu, he wanted to start eating. Sort of similar of what he used to eat back when he was going to school in Tulsa.
In that list he had pan fried steaks: NY strips or rib-eye; wilted spinach and canned beans: kidney or black beans. Drained and rinsed. Then warmed in a small pot.
And this combination of pan fried steaks, wilted spinach, and beans, literally takes me less than 15 minutes to cook. I couldn’t believe it! I guess it’s just a matter of choosing what I can actually turn out 15 minutes…
I kinda like this way of cooking.
Now I’m excited to experiment what other meals I can prepare in 15 minutes or less!
Here is an example of a 15 Minute Meal. I have prepared this a number of times this past few weeks: Pan Fried Steaks, Wilted Spinach, and Kidney Beans.
At least 15 minutes before you start cooking. Take out the steaks you need to cook.
Season the steaks with ground sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Here in this pick… is a 3/4 of New York Strip steak. And I cut them in three smaller strips. Of course , you don’t have cut them like I did here. I just did this because I like my steaks medium well.
Ramon likes his steaks medium rare. Which is even faster to cook. About Three minutes on each side.
Note: A slice of New York strip steak or Rib-eye is usually between 12 and 16 ounces. And that is plenty of meat. For me, a good serving is usually 7 – 10 ounces. So what I do and even for Ramon, I cut a New York strip or a Rib-eye steak in half. And it serves two people. And Willie can have a whole slice of steak…
Not sure if you are familiar with the cuts or grades when it comes to steaks. But there are 3 grades of steaks that available for consumption:
USDA Prime – is the highest grade. Usually supplied to upscale restaurants and fine steak houses.
USDA Choice – is the second highest quality.
USDA Select – This type of steaks are lowest on the scale of quality. These steaks are commonly available in supermarkets and used by most restaurants.
I usually buy a choice cut. Which is available at Sam’s Club.
Allow half a can of kidney beans per person.
Place beans in a small pot. Add 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp. sea salt and 1/2 cup water. Place the pot over medium heat until it boils. Reduce heat to low and simmer the beans while you cook steaks.
I love buying this type of spinach. Clean. Washed. And ready to use. I get this at Sam’s Club too.
Allow 3 handfuls for each person.
OK… here goes:
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add extra light olive oil. About 3 3 tablespoons.
Cook steaks according to doneness preferred.
A medium steaks is about 4 minutes on each side.
And a medium well is 5 minutes on each side. And 6 minutes for a well done steak.
Keep the oil and steak drippings in the pan. Especially if you are cooking for 3 people. Otherwise, if you’re only cooking for one person. Remove but 1 tablespoon oil and steak drippings.
Remove to a platter with the steak (s).
15 Minute Meals or Less!
Serve 3 people.
Pan Fried Steaks:
3 slices steaks – NY Strips or Rib-eye. About 7 – 10 ounces each
1tsps. ground sea salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
3 TBSPs. extra light olive oil
Take out the steaks from the fridge at least 15 minutes before cooking. Season each steaks, on both sides, with ground sea salt and ground black pepper.
Heat a large, nonstich skillet. Add olive oil. Just before oil starts to smoke, cook the steaks. Three minutes on each side for medium rare. Four minutes on each side for Medium. And 5 – 6 minutes on each side for medium well and well done.
Warmed Kidney Beans:
2 cans kidney beans – drained and rinsed
1 tsp. coarse sea salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
1 cup filtered water
Open the can and pour the beans into a strainer. Rinse beans under cold running water.
Place beans in a small sauce pan. Add salt and black pepper. Pour water over the beans.
Heat beans over medium heat until it starts to boil. Once boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. Serve warm without the liquid.
6 cups – firmly packed, baby spinach (washed and ready to cook)
Oil and steak drippings – about two tablespoons
½ Ground sea salt
¼ ground black pepper
Over medium heat, and while the skillet and drippings are still hot. Add the spinach. Toss or stir spinach until wilted. About 2 minutes. Season with sea salt and ground black pepper.
Serve with the steaks.
Tess’ Kitchen Secrets:
#1 – Always season the steaks at least 10 minutes before cooking. This will give the seasoning time to penetrate into the meat.
#2 – The oil and drippings from steaks make the spinach taste great.
#3 – Canned beans are great substitute for bread and rice. Rich in fibers and complex carbohydrates. And canned beans are much less gassy. Hsssshh. Don’t tell anybody that.
Enjoy and Happy Cooking!