That's tonight's dinner. I defrosted some grass-fed tri-tip and decided today was a good day for the grill. I also took a couple of onions and 2 lbs of zucchini and give them the same treatment.
We don't have a lot of experience grilling meat, and yes, the tri-tip was a tiny bit overcooked (still figuring out the meat thing AND the grass-fed thing. Most recipes are written for grain-fed meat.)
The marinade was pretty simple. I have a Williams Sonoma grilling cookbook that I received as a birthday gift from my great neighbor. I didn't have the beer it called for, so I used red wine vinegar.
Grilled Tri Tip:
2-3 lbs tri tip (we had two small roasts at about 3.2 lbs): $38.20 (this IS grass fed)
2 T. olive oil: 0.22
2 T. red wine vinegar: 0.15
2 cloves garlic, pressed: 0.10
2 tsp oregano: 0.10
1 tsp cumin: 0.05
2 tsp chili powder: 0.10
Total: $38.92 for about 7 4-oz servings, or $5.56 each. Grass fed is pretty lean and does not shrink down much. Mostly our servings come out to be about 3 oz each, cooked, so it would be a tad bit cheaper. But I ate 4 oz tonight.
On the side you'll see some quinoa cooked in the rice cooker with a veggie bouillon cube (no MSG, thanks! No sodium either.) Topped with some salsa and diced avocado. And of course, the slightly charred zucchini and onions.
My lunch today was a Hugh Jass salad. Lettuce, black beans (canned), corn (canned), radishes, cucumber, goat cheese, salsa, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and about 4 blue corn chips crushed on top.
I think I will be eating a lot of salad this summer. I am really trying to lose these stubborn 15 lbs that have found me in the last 9 months as a result of turning 40/ being injured and not able to run/ becoming a supervisor to 3 people/ having a spouse who suddenly started traveling 2x a month this year. The only way that I've successfully lost weight is Weight Watchers (counting works!), and oddly, it generally only works for me if I have at least 15 lbs to lose. I guess I need to get into a long term habit. Interestingly, once I LOSE the weight, I am generally able to maintain it for a few years without counting. Go figure.
Anyway, yesterday's workout was a long 1000 yd ocean swim plus a 2.5 mile run. It was noticeably colder than last week, and it was choppy. I just couldn't get my rhythm, so I resigned myself to feeling uncomfortable, slogging through it with frequent breaks, and coming out of the water nearly dead last. The run was okay though. I think I kept a pace of about 10:30, thanks to my friend Whitney who stuck with me and chatted. And the knee held out.
Today I went for what was supposed to be a 3 mile walk/run, which turned into a 6 mile walk/run (half and half). Followed by some time in the pool with my family where I squeezed in 400 yds of laps in bits and pieces.