New Memorial Day Grilling Recipe + Adventures with Ben

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Remember that thing I used to do where I donned sweat-wicking clothes, then quickly put one foot in front of the other on a rotating and/or outside surface? What was that called again?

Oh right, RUNNING.

After nearly an entire month of traveling then catching up, traveling then catching up, traveling then catching up – I am officially HOME for the foreseeable future, and SO ready to get back on a schedule that includes exercising regularly!

Sure, I’ve fit in the occasional jog here and evening walk there, but I honestly don’t think I’ve been on a standard "hit the gym/trail 3-4 days a week" routine since Vegas. Vegas! Well, the buck stops here – rather, it stopped tonight – as I immediately changed into my best ninja-inspired workout clothes (read: all black) and hit the trail for a 3 mile run after work!

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It was slow going, but not impossible, and the beautiful weather made it easy to get back out there. I am soooo ready to keep going and get my weekly mileage back up. I guess distance does make the heart grow fonder! ;)

I couldn’t bear to part with the sunshine when I got back, so Ben and I fired up the grill and threw the flank steak that had been marinating in the fridge for a few hours on the fire, and made Steak Salads for dinner!

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Oh yes, the luscious flank steak. My favorite quick-cooking steak that’s as tender as can be when marinated in Stacy’s Marinade for a few hours, grilled for 2 minutes a side on super-high heat, then sliced into whisper-thin strips…

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by Ben The Steak Master. He calls them "beef ribbons". Mmmkay.

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The tender, savory beef ribbons flank steak slices were placed on a bed of cold, crisp lettuce, then surrounded by veggies on all sides.

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Let’s see, what do we have here…steamed asparagus,

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steamed broccoli,

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crisp cucumber, dried cranberries,

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and the most BEAUTIFUL sliced tomatoes!

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Aren’t they gorgey?

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After assembling our salads, we headed back outside to christen our back deck with the first outside supper of the summer. 8)

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"Hey! Don’t start without me!!!" ;)

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They were fantastic, you’ve GOT to try that flank steak marinade, but beware – too many beef ribbons MAY cause husbands to lay face-down on the floor with a bad case of the beef sweats. OMG I cannot stop laughing!!!

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Ohhh, anyways… ;)

Memorial Day is this weekend which usually signifies the official kick-off of grilling season, which is actually perfect timing because my Iowa Burger recipe was published the other day! I updated the original post with the recipe, complete with an easy-print feature. Hope you enjoy!

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With that, I am off to enjoy a chopped mango for dessert. They have been so perfect lately, and seem to do a good job of satisfying my sweet tooth.

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Ok, if a few chocolate chips happen to find their way from the pantry into my mouth later on, I wouldn’t hate it… ;)

Goodnight!

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Are you into grilling?

I loooove a juicy steak and grilled peaches!

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