Heat the vinegar mixture. In a small saucepan, stir together the vinegar, water, salt and your desired amount of sweetener. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture reaches a simmer. (Or alternately, you can heat the mixture in the microwave.)
Combine in a jar. Place the thinly-sliced onions in a large mason jar. Pour the hot vinegar mixture over the onions, screw on the lid, and shake the onions briefly until they are evenly coated with the vinegar mixture.
Marinate. Let the onions marinate for 30 minutes. (You may need to press the onions down with a spoon so that they are all submerged under the vinegar mixture.)
Serve. Serve immediately, or refrigerate the onions in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
Inspired by the most delicious meal at Afro Grill in Minneapolis.
Pepper Steak Ingredients:
2 lbs. thin cut round steak or top sirloin, cut in strips
1/3 c. soy sauce
2 TBSP cornstarch
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 TBSP ginger paste
Crockpot Pepper Steak:
1 onion, diced
1 14 oz. can stewed tomatoes
3 TBSP brown sugar
3 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 TBSP ginger paste
1 c. water
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp. Montreal steak seasoning
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 TBSP cornstarch + 3 TBSP water
2-3 sweet red, orange, or yellow bell peppers, sliced
Green onions for garnish
Marinate the meat: In a large ziploc bag add all the marinade ingredients. Place bag in fridge overnight or for at least 30 minutes.
Crockpot: To the crockpot, add the diced onion through the pepper. In a small bowl mix the cornstarch and water together, and while stirring the crockpot ingredients, add the cornstarch slurry to the crockpot.
Discard any marinade if there is extra, and add the marinated meat to the crockpot.
Cover and cook on LOW for 4-5 hours or HIGH for 2-3. It is done when the meat is tender.
Once the meat is tender, turn off the crockpot and add the sliced bell peppers and put the lid back on for about 15 minutes, or until the peppers are crisp tender.
Garnish with green onion and serve over basmati rice pilaf.
Basmati Rice Pilaf Ingredients:
1 1/2 c. basmati rice
3 TBSP unsalted butter
1 small onion, diced
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/4 c. water
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. golden raisins or dried apricots, chopped finely
1/4 c. sliced almonds, toasted until golden brown
Rinse rice in a fine mesh strainer until water runs nearly clear (optional).
In a saucepan melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook stirring until softened but not brown, about 4 minutes.
Add the cumin through garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add rice and cook stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.
Add the water, salt, and pepper and return to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, cover, an simmer until all liquid is absorbed about 15-18 minutes. Occasionally remove lid, stir rice (so it doesn’t stick and burn), then place lid back on.
Once liquid is absorbed, remove from heat, remove lid, and sprinkle dried fruit over rice (do not mix in); then place the lid loosely over the pot and let stand for 10 minutes; then add the toasted almonds and fluff with a fork.
Afro Grill Crockpot Pepper Steak with Basmati Rice Pilaf:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt the water, and cook pasta al dente. Reserve 1/2 c. pasta water for sauce, if needed.
Meanwhile in a blender, combine cottage cheese through salt, and blend until smooth. Transfer to a large skillet and bring to a light simmer, stirring occasionally.
Once pasta is al dente, drain, reserving 1/2 c. pasta water, and add pasta to sauce and toss to coat. Add reserved pasta water to thin, a few Tablespoons at a time, as necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Easily converts to vegetarian by swapping another can of beans for the chicken.
Recipe adapted from Recipe Runner.
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 c. diced yellow onion
1 1/4 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
2 c. cooked shredded chicken
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 c. diced fire roasted green chiles
2 TBSP chopped cilantro
15 oz. can green enchilada sauce
5 corn tortillas, cut into triangles
1 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Serve with avocado, cilantro, and sour cream
Preheat oven to 425° F. Cut the corn tortillas into 1/8ths.
Heat the olive oil in a large oven safe skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and spices to the skillet and sauté for a couple minutes until the onion softens.
Lower the heat to medium and add in the shredded chicken, black beans, green chiles, cilantro, green enchilada sauce and season with salt and pepper. Stir everything together then add in the corn tortilla wedges. Stir to coat the tortillas in the sauce.
Top with the shredded cheese and place the skillet in the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until it’s bubbly and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and top with extra cilantro, avocado slices, and sour cream.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, zucchini, garlic, and ginger and sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft.
Add the curry powder and cumin to the skillet and continue to stir and cook for one minute more; then add the salt. Continue to cook for about five minutes more.
Add the chickpeas, frozen spinach, and a 1/2 c. of water to the skillet. Stir everything together and then bring it up to a simmer over medium heat. Let the mixture simmer for five minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
After five minutes, turn the heat down to medium-low and add the coconut milk; then add the lemon juice and honey, and once it’s heated through, adjust the salt to your liking.
Serve the chana saag curry over a bowl of warm rice and a side of naan.
Mix the dough: Mix the discard through the salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour and use your hands to incorporate the ingredients until they are well combined and there are no dry bits left in the bowl. The dough will be stiff. Cover the bowl with plastic and let rest at room temperature until doubled in size. In my 68°F kitchen, it takes roughly 8 hours. Warmer kitchens will take less time, colder kitchens will take more time.
Divide and shape: Turn the dough out onto your work surface and use a bench scraper to divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 78g each. Shape each piece into a ball and cover them with a kitchen towel. (At this stage the dough balls can be stored in a covered container in the fridge for up to 3 days before cooking.)
Preheat skillet: While the dough is resting, preheat a cast iron skillet over low heat for 10-15 minutes. If you are worried about sticking, feel free to oil the skillet, but I find it’s not necessary.
Roll dough: Working with one ball of dough at a time, use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a round shape with a 1/8″ thickness. Use a little flour if necessary to prevent sticking. The dough rounds should be about 6″ in diameter.
Cook naan: Place the rolled dough into the skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the naan over and cook on the second side for 1-2 minutes. Flip the naan one more time and watch for the dough to puff up with air. Once it is full, remove it from the skillet and repeat with the remaining dough. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Notes: Store the cooked naan at room temperature in a plastic bag for up to 3 days. If you store the dough in the fridge to cook later, allow the dough to come to room temperature before cooking for best results. Freeze the naan in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.