Ever since I discovered the wonders of cooking – and learned how to maneuver around the kitchen without feeling lost – I always try to eat home-cooked food whenever possible.
Don’t get me wrong. I love eating at posh restaurants and trying new cuisines that I don’t have in my repertoire, but on the days that I stay home, I have a strong preference of eating a meal cooked in my own kitchen, as compared to ordering takeaway.
To be completely honest though, there are days when the lack of time and feelings of exhaustion leave me feeling completely drained of energy. During those days, when it’s hard to think about a complicated recipe and even more difficult to muster up the energy to put in an hour’s worth of cooking, I lean back on simple, quick, fail-proof recipes.
Some days it may be a quick stir-fry of vegetable noodles or simple egg porridge. Basically anything that doesn’t require a lot of preparation or cooking time is now fair game. Any dish that demands little thinking and concentration, but is still nutritious, appealing to the eyes and quick to make is a bonus though.
So today I bring you a meal that fits all these requirements – colorful beef and bell pepper skewers.
Where I live in Argentina, beef is the main meat that people eat, so it’s easily available at very affordable prices. That’s the main reason why I chose beef for this recipe, but you can always go with chicken, pork or turkey or lamb – depending on your preference.
I’ve also chosen bell peppers and onions to go along with the beef – mainly for their great tastes and colors – to brighten up the meal. You can however also use zucchinis, carrots and other vegetables of your choice.
For this meal that can be prepared from start to finish in literally less than half an hour, start by soaking wooden sticks in water for about 10 minutes. As the wooden sticks soak, cut the beef into small, even-sized cubes. Once that’s done, season the beef cubes with a bit of salt and pepper, and set the beef aside. Next up, cut the bell peppers and onions into small pieces about the same size as the beef.
Now that the ingredients are ready, remove the wooden sticks from the water and heat up your grill at medium heat (I used a stove-top grill). Thread a wooden stick through the ingredients, alternating between beef cubes, bell peppers and onions, until all the ingredients are used up. Rub the grill with a little fat from the beef to prevent the ingredients from sticking to the grill, and place the skewers in one single layer, letting them cook for a few minutes on each side before flipping.
Serve the skewers with a couple of sprigs of fresh parsley, and there you have it – a fast, simple and delicious meal for those busy, tired weeknights! There’s no more excuse for ordering takeout!
A fast, simple and delicious meal for those busy, tired weeknights!
- 1 kg of raw tenderloin beef
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 small red onion
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Around 15 wooden sticks
- A few sprigs of fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)
- Cut the raw tenderloin beef into small cubes, and season with a bit of salt and pepper.
- Cut bell peppers and red onion into small squares roughly the same size as the beef cubes.
- Soak wooden sticks into water for about 10 minutes so they don’t burn on the grill.
- For every skewer, you will need about 3 beef cubes, 2 bell pepper squares and 2 onion squares. Thread a wooden stick through the beef cubes and bell pepper and onion squares.
- Pre-heat grill over medium heat for a few minutes, then rub with some fat from the beef.
- Grill skewers over medium heat until beef has reached the point you like.
- Garnish with a few sprigs of parsley, if you like.
Serves 2 as a main, or 6 as a side