Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Summer Steak Kabobs

Juicy cuts of sirloin steak marinate into the most tasty Summer Steak Kabob!
These are a fan favorite with a ton of flavor.

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Council.

Summer Steak Kabobs
It's Summer grilling season!

Honestly nothing is much better in my book than waking up on a sunshine filled day already thinking about what you'll be grilling that night for dinner.

Anyone with me?

It's something to look forward to as the day gets filled with all the warm weathered activities. Coming home to dinner already prepped, marinated and ready is a WIN in my book.

Summer Steak Kabobs

The Iowa Beef Council and I wanted to give you all a GREAT grilled dish this month. One that is easy, yet 100% full of flavor. Friends, I'm pretty sure we did it. These Summer Steak Kabobs were a big hit at our house!

We even had an extra kid at our house the night I served them {seems to happen a lot in the Summer} and she went home and told her Mom how great they were. Look at that! Just me getting random kids to eat their meat and vegetables.

Honestly, I think I'd eat shoe leather marinated in this stuff....but thankfully this perfectly tender sirloin cut was close by. Sirloin is actually composed of several types of steak; the top sirloin butt and the bottom sirloin butt. The top section is always prized for grilling, but the bottom is just as good.

Summer Steak Kabobs

Look at how pretty these kabobs are!

I decided to add a colorful yellow squash {any zucchini will do} and some sweet mini orange, red and yellow peppers. Both veggies are friendly to the palate and will soak in anything you sprinkle or brush on. Plus, they are mild so kids are more apt to try them!

When assembling kabobs you always want to make sure you leave a wee bit of space between the steak and veggies.  This will ensure even cooking. Also make sure to cut the cubes of sirloin in relatively the same sizes.

No one wants overdone steak! 

Summer Steak Kabobs

Let's be honest, it's also just fun to eat food off a stick. We love these reusable metal skewers, but wooden ones works just fine. If using wooden skewers make sure to soak them in water before assembling as this will help prevent any burning.

Kabobs are also fun because YOU get to create what gets layered on. I personally like to make them colorful. Here is a great resource for additional kabob recipes - look at all the options!

Summer Steak Kabobs

The marinade for this cut of sirloin is a great combination of olive oil, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, mustard, lime juice and more seasonings.

I mean, anything would taste good marinated in that, right?

You grill these kabobs over medium high heat to your desired doneness, but we choose about 6-8 minutes a side. Just enough to get great grill marks and leave each bit of sirloin with a slightly tender, pink middle.
Summer Steak Kabobs

This dish is ideal for Father's Day this weekend - but also great for any night of the week! Just a few minutes of prep early in the day helps to make dinner easy - and better yet - super flavorful.

Be sure to tag the Iowa Beef Council {@iowabeefcouncil} and myself {@sweetsavoryeats} when you make these. We'd love to see your photos!

A big, beautiful thank you to the Iowa Beef Council for sponsoring this post.

Summer Steak Kabobs

Summer Steak Kabobs
Yield: 8 kabobs
Author: Ally
Prep time: 4 HourCook time: 16 MinTotal time: 4 H & 16 M
Cuts of sirloin steak soak in an incredible marinade before being skewered with yellow squash and sweet peppers on kabobs. Flavorful and fun!

Ingredients

For the Marinade
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T dried minced onion
  • 1 t ground mustard
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 T Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 T garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
For the Kabobs
  • 3 lbs sirloin steak, cut into large cubes
  • 2 small yellow squashes, sliced
  • 10 mini sweet peppers

Instructions

  1. In a bowl combine all of the marinade ingredients in a large Ziploc baggie or bowl (include the juiced limes). Remove 1/4 of the cup of the marinade and keep separate.
  2. Cut the sirloin steak into large cubes and place in the marinade. Let the steak marinate in the fridge for 3-4 hours. About 30 minutes before grilling remove it from the fridge and set out to bring to room temperature.
  3. Right before grilling skewer the steak, squash and peppers, alternating each. Remember to leave a little bit of space between each piece to ensure even cooking.
  4. Heat the grill to medium high heat. Place on the grill and close the lid.
  5. Flip after 8 minutes and brush on the extra marinade with a grill brush. Cook an additional 6-8 minutes until you have your desired doneness.
  6. Remove from the grill and let rest a few minutes before eating.

Notes:

Tips for cutting steak: Place in the freezer for 30-45 minutes before slicing to create more uniform pieces.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

137.27

Fat (grams)

13.71

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.89

Carbs (grams)

3.43

Fiber (grams)

0.29

Net carbs

3.14

Sugar (grams)

1.09

Protein (grams)

0.94

Sodium (milligrams)

993.58

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00
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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

 This shop has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone
#mccainquickcookfries #friesfaster

These Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos are a new Summer favorite 
in our house!

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

My kids are done with school and are officially all up in my business for the summer! Moms, I'm sure you can relate. As a work-from-home Mom, I treasure the quiet days during the school year where I can plow through work fairly quick. 

Now, it's a bit of a juggle fest - but it is fun having them home too!

You know what else the kids do during the summer?  THEY EAT. Suddenly, lunches are back on the menu for four of us instead of just lonely old me. But today, I have the perfect quick lunch for you! McCain® has recently unveiled their Quick Cook Fries - Faster to Prepare. Easier to Share! What makes these fries GREAT is that they cook in half the time* compared to McCain traditional fries.

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

It was easy to find these McCain Quick Cook Fries in the freezer section at my local Hy-Vee store. I purchased the McCain® Quick Cook Waffle Cut Fries, but they also come in straight cut and crinkle cut varieties as well. Click HERE to add these fries directly to your grocery cart.

When kids are hungry, they want to eat NOW. So to have some fries ready {and super crispy!} in just 10 minutes or less, well it's a double bonus.

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

Here's the deal - my kids love cheeseburgers and they love fries and they love burritos. So why not combine the three for a filling and fast lunch?

Since these fries cook quickly, they were done in just 9 minutes in my Air Fryer {10 minutes in the oven} and they were super crispy. Plus, no flipping is required. McCain potatoes are made with no artificial flavors, only 100% natural potato goodness you'll be happy to serve your kiddos - 100% real, 100% delicious, 100% real potatoes.

We chose the waffle fry variety, but the straight cut and crinkle cut version work great in these burritos as well.

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

For these tasty cheeseburger burritos, we added McCain Quick Cook Waffle Fries, cooked ground beef {mixed with just a bit of ketchup and mustard}, shredded cheese, diced tomato, shredded lettuce, and a healthy drizzle of thousand island dressing.

Honestly, that first bite is incredible and crisp!

Be sure to buy the big, burrito-sized flour tortillas {I mean, you want to load these babies up} and then tightly wrap the sides before rolling into the burrito. You might want an extra side of thousand island dressing on the side for dipping too.

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

This recipe makes four nice sized burritos. We cut them in half and served with extra McCain waffle fries on the side {of course} and let me just say it was WELL RECEIVED.

The kids immediately asked to make these again throughout the summer and I had no problem telling them yes. 

You know what else is great about them? The waffle fries stayed nice and crispy even when wrapped up with all the cheeseburger burrito fixings. These fries are legit! 
McCain Quick Cook products are great for getting meals on the table fast - especially now that the kids are home for the summer. I'm finding not only for lunches but for late dinners after getting home from the ball diamond. It's the old joke of we either we eat at 4 p.m. or 9 p.m. these days.....anyone with me?

These burritos will also become a rotation on game nights - it's easy to have the ground beef already prepared and the cold items ready to go in the fridge. Literally, it's just 9 minutes in the air fryer or oven to get these fries golden. 

Then wrap them up and eat!

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

Get these McCain fries on your grocery list soon - browse HERE to see which retailer close to you has them in stock.

Also, once you have them - be prepared to go back and buy them out. You will want your freezer stocked for summer. Burritos everyday!

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

I cannot wait to see you guys making these Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos soon - I can guarantee your family will love them.  Be sure to tag me {@sweetsavoryeats} with your photos, I'll be sure to share the love on social media.

This shop has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
#mccainquickcookfries #friesfaster

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos
Yield: 4
Author: Ally
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 25 Min
All the flavors of a cheeseburger + fries wrapped up in a burrito! Ground beef, shredded cheese, tomato, lettuce, crispy waffles fries and thousand island dressing layered in a flour tortilla. #ad #mccainquickcookfries #friesfaster

Ingredients

  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 2 cups cooked ground beef
  • 1 T ketchup
  • 1 T yellow mustard
  • 1/2 bag McCain® Quick Cook Waffle Cut Fries
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup thousand island dressing

Instructions

  1. If using an Air Fryer: preheat to 390 degrees, when ready cook the McCain® Quick Cook Waffle Cut Fries for 9 minutes or until golden brown - no flipping is required.
  2. If using the oven: preheat the oven to 425 degrees and bake in a single layer for 10 minutes or until golden brown - no flipping required.
  3. While the waffle fries are cooking warm up the ground beef and mix in the ketchup and mustard.
  4. While the waffle fries are still hot start assembling the burritos. On the tortilla layer: waffle fries, ground beef, cheese, tomato, lettuce and thousand island dressing.
  5. Fold up the sides of the tortilla and tightly wrap up the burrito.
  6. Serve warm with additional thousand island dressing on the side if desired.

Notes:

Feel free to add whatever you want in these burritos to make them "cheeseburger style" - chopped pickles, onions, relish, etc.


*McCain® Quick Cook Waffle Cut Fries require less oven cook time compared to McCain's traditional fries.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

748.07

Fat (grams)

41.34

Sat. Fat (grams)

11.11

Carbs (grams)

53.47

Fiber (grams)

4.01

Net carbs

49.46

Sugar (grams)

6.86

Protein (grams)

38.45

Sodium (milligrams)

879.42

Cholesterol (grams)

121.99
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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Snickerdoodle Blondies

Snickerdoodle Blondies are just like the cookie, yet easier to make in bar form!
Definitely put these on your baking list soon.

Snickerdoodle Blondies

Well, we are about two weeks into our official Summer vacation and life is cruising along. For whatever reason it feels like at warp speed. This week I'm helping at our church's vacation bible school, so once we get home at lunch the day is half over and I'm trying to crunch in all the things before we head to the ball park at night.

Busy!

I felt like it had been ions since I last baked so last week and a bit over the weekend I baked! I looked back at my recent blog posts and the past seven were savory dishes. SEVEN! 

My last sweet treat dated back to April.

Snickerdoodle Blondies

So guess what's today.....dessert!

About time, right?

Now, I've always and forever loved a classic snickerdoodle cookie {who doesn't?} but I don't always love rolling each individual cookie into cinnamon and sugar. 

I realize....small step....but when life is busy, it's another one to add to the list! So I came up with these Snickerdoodle Blondies instead. No rolling needed.

Snickerdoodle Blondies

This cookie batter is SIMPLE - minimal ingredients {most we all have on hand in our kitchens or pantrys}. After that you spread {or sprinkle} a simple vanilla/sugar/cinnamon paste on top to give it a crunch and some extra flavor.

Seriously, your kids could make these bars, they are incredibly easy.

After letting them cool, they cut easily into bars. Don't expect them to last long though! Just like the cookies they are chewy and packed with cinnamon and nutmeg flavor.

Snickerdoodle Blondies

These bars are great for any gathering and hold up really well - even in the heat of the Summer! It's a great bar that doesn't melt. If wrapped up tight they stay fresh for a few days.

We've even froze these! Just wrap them up individually in plastic wrap and they can be eaten pretty much straight out of the freezer.

Cold or at room temp, they are a fan favorite.

Snickerdoodle Blondies

Over the years I have made so many, many bars. What can I say - they are easy and delicious! Some of the popular ones that continue to get many page views year in and year out are my Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Brookie Bars, my Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Bars, my Oreo Fluff Bars and my Peanut Butter Magic Bars.

I have no doubt I'll be adding these Snickerdoodle Blondies to that list soon.

Snickerdoodle Blondies

I cannot wait to see you all make these!

Be sure to tag me on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} and I'll share your photo with my friends as well. Sharing is caring. 

Snickerdoodle Blondies

Snickerdoodle Blondies
Yield: 18
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 35 Min
If you love a classic snickerdoodle cookie - then these bars will become a favorite too! Only less hassle and easier to make!

Ingredients

For the Batter
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
For the Topping
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 3 T sugar
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a stand mixer or using a hand held mixer combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy and then add in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Sift together the dry ingredients and gently add it to the wet batter until just combined. The batter will have a consistency of cookie dough.
  4. Spread/press the batter into the pan evenly.
  5. In a bowl combine the topping ingredients (it will be crumbly and wet) and sprinkle it on top of the batter.
  6. Bake the bars for 25-30 minutes or until slight firm to the touch and golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool and then cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

248.10

Fat (grams)

10.39

Sat. Fat (grams)

6.38

Carbs (grams)

36.69

Fiber (grams)

0.74

Net carbs

35.95

Sugar (grams)

22.01

Protein (grams)

2.07

Sodium (milligrams)

276.66

Cholesterol (grams)

26.99
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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Summer Bucket List Idea - Celebrating Iowa's Craft Breweries

Looking for fun this Summer? Grab your Iowa Wine & Beer Passport and hit the trail to some of the best craft wineries and breweries across the state. 

This post is sponsored by Travel Iowa.

Summer Bucket List Idea - Celebrating Iowa's Craft Breweries

More times than not this job of mine gives me the best opportunities – ones that take me to unique places and lets me eat and drink to my heart’s desire. There isn't a day that I do not take it for granted. A few weeks back I asked the husband, “would you like to take the day off work and go drink beer with me?”

I think you know his answer. There was zero hesitation!

Iowa (believe it or not) is home to some of the finest craft beer in the country. From Des Moines to smaller cities across the state, breweries in Iowa are as unique as they are abundant. Each brewery has its own history and story, along with its own eclectic experience for the locals and their out-of-state visitors. 

Travel Iowa recently unveiled the Iowa Wine & Beer Passport program, where beer and wine lovers can track their progress supporting these locally owned businesses across Iowa winning prizes along the way, while also grabbing discounts when visiting.

Sign up HERE (I promise it’s super easy!) - - > https://bit.ly/3y2PHAj

I visited two breweries in Dubuque, Iowa (the cutest Mississippi River town by the way) and we had the best time! Both breweries were different and unique in their own right and might I say served some darn good beer?

Summer Bucket List Idea - Celebrating Iowa's Craft Breweries

First up was the Dimensional Brewing Company. Situated with a fun view of the mighty Mississippi, this place is BIG and roomy – a great place to bring a group of friends for happy hour.

With a modern, yet old town feel, this is a place where all your friends can spread out and try a variety of their delicious beers on tap. From stone cold classics to something new and interesting they’ve got you covered.

We ordered two flights (you know, to make sure we tried it ALL) and came away with some favorites! Both of us made sure to grab a variety from lights to darks, even a couple sours and seltzers. 

In the end we picked four clear winners: Builder the Bob (darker, yet smooth & crisp), Strawberry Shortcake (sweet and tart), Chickity Czech Yo Self (light and pretty perfect) and Jumbled Up (which tasted like a great iced coffee to us).

Summer Bucket List Idea - Celebrating Iowa's Craft Breweries

Summer Bucket List Idea - Celebrating Iowa's Craft Breweries

Dimensional Brewing was clearly the place to be when we were there – it filled up quickly during the lunch hour (we also ate some great barbecue). With open air seating and great views of the downtown and river we saw groups of families, people on their lunch break and retirees enjoying a slow, quiet Friday afternoon.

It was such a hip and fun place, we’ll definitely be back when in Dubuque. Make sure you are following them on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop.

Summer Bucket List Idea - Celebrating Iowa's Craft Breweries

Next we traveled to Jubeck New World Brewing, just a few blocks down (which gives you a chance to see all of the other shops and restaurants Dubuque has to offer). We loved upon arrival that it looks nothing like a typical brewery – in fact if not thinking you’d like it was just another cute storefront!

But once inside you see it’s quaint and homey atmosphere just stepping in the door. Founded in 2012 after a few years of the two owners just home brewing – they turned their vision into a vibrant social space. In the beginning they had just six beers on tap with the menu written on a flattened cardboard box. Humble beginnings! 

We noticed right away Jubecks has “regulars”. There were customers lined up right at the opening to fill their growlers! Plus, many arrived to pick up their to-go orders in the can varieties.

Summer Bucket List Idea - Celebrating Iowa's Craft Breweries

We ordered a flight (that came to us on a wooden airplane!) and we both agreed on three favorites: Angel Food Cream Ale (hint of sweet, yet smooth), Jeremy’s Folly (rich and caramel flavored, yet light) and X14 Farmhouse Sour (hints of mango and pineapple undertones). 

Jubeck’s is a place you want to keep secret and to yourself (whoops!) because it’s a place where they LOVE their customers and treat you like family. We will definitely be going back on our next trip to Dubuque. And next time if it’s not raining, we’ll take advantage of their outdoor seating. 

Be sure to follow Jubeck’s on Facebook and Instagram – they have fun things going on!

It was such a treat to travel the day away and have fun at these Iowa craft breweries. Now it’s your turn to do the same! Sign up for the Iowa Wine & Beer Passport today. Browse through all of the listings and start mapping out your Summer Bucket List today. 

A big thanks to Travel Iowa for sponsoring this post.