Hello, and welcome to the first edition of Cooking with Namon.
My love has many talents, but one talent I love to highlight is his ability to cook. I am constantly posting lovely meals on my Facebook and Instagram, so we thought it was about time to make a video and share his cooking “secrets”. Tonight he was working with what we had in the fridge. This is a VERY easily meal to cook. If you are an experienced cook, this post will probably be very familiar for you. However, if you are newish, like me, and you want inspiration and encouragement, this post is for you.
Namon will be cooking Steak with Leeks and Mushrooms.
We split this into two videos. Preparation, and Cooking.
For this meal you will need:
One large leek – cut into strips and then cut in half
1 or 2 small sirloin steaks – cubed
Crimini mushrooms (baby portobello) – cut or chopped (you will see in the video)
Garlic – minced (NOT featured! You can buy it minced)
Rice Bran Oil – about a tablespoon-ish, you can substitute olive oil
Sesame Oil – a tablespoon-ish
Rice Vinegar – a tablespoon-ish
Salt and Pepper
Sesame Seeds – optional, they just make it look pretty.
Here is Namon’s Prep video, just click here and follow the Youtube link.
Okay, did you watch? He gives some good tips, so it is good to watch! 🙂 Also, we are wine drinkers. I know, I know, this is a health blog. We stopped all alcohol for our first 21 days of our fitness journey, and then we added red wine back. YOUR journey is yours.
Okay, so now that everything is prepped, Namon turned on the burner and started heating the pan. You have to heat the pan BEFORE you add the oil. You don’t want to burn your oil. Get the pan warm and THEN add the oil. Okay, I’m posting the Cooking video, and then I’ll write out what he did.
Click here to see Namon cook everything up!
Okay, so here is a text version of what Namon did.
He added Rice Bran Oil to the heated pan. We use rice bran oil because it has a high burn temperature (which means it won’t spit as much and it takes a lot of heat to burn it).
Then, he added the leeks and stirred them about.
He then added the sesame oil (mostly for flavor).
Next he added the minced garlic. He minced them himself, but he forgot to mince them until after I stopped filming. Sorry!
Next came the mushrooms!
Now here is where Namon wants to make a correction. IF he had it to do OVER, he would have removed the veggies and placed them in a different bowl. In the video he added the meat (which to me is okay too), but he likes a crispier meat and the veggies wouldn’t have been able to handle that.
Next, he pushed aside the veggies and added the meat. We like our meat medium rare. This doesn’t take too long, especially when your meat is cubed. He pushed the meat down to touch the pan.
When everything was close to done he added the rice vinegar. This adds a good flavor to everything! It really brings that punch to an otherwise rather bland meal.
When it was all done he transferred everything to a plate and sprinkled it with the sesame seeds.
This was a delicious meal! I enjoyed it, and it was a simple and healthy dinner.
Okay, so this was maybe an awkward first attempt, but we tried! 🙂 I will continue posting videos of the things Namon cooks for me. Eating healthy at home doesn’t have to be complicated. Hopefully, it inspires you to try something new.
Let me know if you try this, or ways to make this better! Happy Friday, guys!