Easy Steak Dinner {With Mustard-Shallot Sauce}

Serves 4
Hands-On Time: 15m
Total Time: 25m
1 1/2 pound sirloin steak (1 inch thick)
kosher salt and black pepper 2 teaspoons
olive oil
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 shallot, chopped
1 pound green beans

1.  Season the steak with ¾ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook in the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest 5 minutes, then slice against the grain.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, and shallot.
3. Meanwhile, steam the green beans until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
4. Top the steak with the mustard sauce and serve with the green beans. {GENTLY BORROWED  FROM REALSIMPLE.COM; REPOSTED WITH LOVE}

Quick Dinner Cleanup Checklist

Keep the refrigerator clear. A crowded refrigerator is an invitation to spills from things knocked over as you rifle through it before dinner. Related: The Ultimate Refrigerator Makeover

Cover the counter. To limit the mess when preparing meat, chicken, or fish, consider lining countertops with butcher paper (buy it from your supermarket meat department), then fold it up with the scraps and toss it when you’re done.

Fill the sink with hot, soapy water. As you work, drop in the tools and dishes you’ve used and let soak. (Put knives in a tall glass or other container so you don’t risk cutting yourself later.) When it’s time to straighten up, a quick drain and rinse often does the trick.

Clean up in stages. Keep a bowl beside your cutting board to toss scraps into as you work, containing the mess instead of spreading it over the counter. When you’re done, empty it, clear away any dishes you’ve used for pre -prep, and put away ingredients you don’t need before you begin to cook. Do a similar deck clearing at each stage, if you can, to make working easier and buildup lighter. Related: 24 Smart Kitchen Organizing Ideas

Cook cleanly. Line baking and roasting pans with foil or parchment paper to save scrubbing later. Slip a piece of foil or parchment between a pot’s rim and the lid to keep the lid spotless. Coat measuring cups and spoons with nonstick spray so sticky ingredients, like peanut butter, molasses, and honey, slide right out and the cups and spoons clean up easily.

Wear your towel. Tuck a towel into the waistband of your apron to wipe up small spills, which in turn won’t sit around becoming sticky blobs that need scrubbing later. Related: 9 Adorable Dish Towels

Use your downtime. While the water is boiling, the oven is heating, or onions are softening in the pan, you can be doing small-dose cleaning: Load the dishwasher to clear the sink; wipe up that spill; sweep the kitchen floor.

Set and bus your table like a pro. Use a rolling cart—whether wicker, wood, or a little red wagon—to carry dishes and silverware to the table, then clear it of dirty dishes, in one trip each way.

Clear the clutter. After dinner, gather the odds and ends from the rest of the house that have found their way onto the kitchen counters, the top of the refrigerator, or the floor, then put them all in a basket and have a helper find their homes.

Run the dishwasher before bed. Placing similar items together in the machine means you’ll make fewer trips around the room to empty it.

Moving & Dinner Recap

Okay, so, lil’ recap. If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that the hubbs and I have been moving, due to an unexpected forecloseure on our home.

  While all of that has been going well, the hubbs and I had my parents over for dinner, this past Tuesday evening {01/08/13} at our current {New} residence. It was a {Thank You} dinner, for my parents, because WITHOUT THEM, WE WOULD BE HOMELESS, and all of our worldly possessions out in the yard, & the ditch. Oh gosh, I can just see it now… {spaces out, just a bit}


  Gah! Okay, so…. Back to the family Thank You Dinner – I single handedly made a huge dinner course; baked chicken strips, which I used my own special meat/fish rub, {YUMM!} this was on a bed of pasta, with your choice of {my own special recipes} tomato sauce, with fresh herbs & spices from Fox Hollow Farms, Ga., and creamy Basil Alfredo Sauce, the sides were Sweet Peas, Sweet Corn, and a HUGE Baby Spinach & Baby Argula salad, with halved Cherry Tomatoes, sliced Olives, n’ Sliced Mushrooms, I can’t forget the sourdough rolls, with melted butter on top –  which were a HUGE hit!!

  Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get any captures of the course, before it was well devoured… BUT!! {I can’t leave ya’ll hanging!! >.  

{Found it on pintrest, If you want the recipe, check my Pintrest, in my board, Chicken Recipies} It is NOT my recipient, I put my own twist on it. Enjoy, ya’ll!! ~Ami