Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Angela @ LeMoine Family Kitchen {Guest Post}

Hi!  I'm Angela stopping by from LeMoine Family Kitchen.  I am a wife to my loving husband, a mother to our two beautiful and energetic boys, and a licensed Zumba Fitness instructor.   I love my family, cooking, girls days out, quiet nights in and enjoying the life that I have been blessed with.   My goal with my blog is to spread my love of cooking and maybe inspire others to get in the kitchen and try some recipes out...and share some of my experiences both in and out of the kitchen!  Happy Eats!!!
This is actually a crazy easy meal to make despite sounding a bit fancy!!!  Seriously, who needs to spend the extra $$ eating out when you can make this at home!  The bonus here, slow cooker baby!!! The flavors that come out of this flank steak are incredible!  Simply seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder.... the kicker is the liquid smoke!  After 5 hours in the slow cooker this meat just falls apart! Served with quickly sautéed peppers & onions and an easy cilantro lime brown rice!  So incredibly delicious!!!
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Steak Carnitas & Sautéed Peppers over Cilantro Lime Rice
2 lb flank steak
1 Tbsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
4 onions, divided
1 1/2 tsp liquid smoke 
1 1/4 cup water
3 red bell peppers, sliced
2 green bell peppers, sliced
6 garlic cloves, sliced
brown rice cooked per package directions 
(I made 2 family sized 10 minute bags of brown rice)
2 limes
In a small bowl mix the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Rub the seasoning into the flank steak. 
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Place into the slow cooker.  Cut an onion into 1/4 or 1/8 and place into on the meat. Mix the water with the liquid smoke and pour it in. Set to low for 5 hours. 
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Once there is an hour remaining go ahead and shred the meat with a couple forks or tongs. Allow to finish off and soak in those fantastic juices! Finish off with the juice of a fresh lime. 
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Into a large sauté pan, over medium high heat, add a few drizzles of olive oil, the peppers, onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. You are looking to cook them until just a bit tender and a nice light caramelization. (this pic is pre cooking)
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After the rice is cooked, season lightly with salt and pepper, squeeze in the juice of 1 fresh lime and stir in some fresh chopped cilantro. 
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*this is my original recipe*

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