Project Cookbook: Grilled Steak, Plums, And Bok Choy

by Kimberly Dresdner on August 27, 2014

Grilled Steak, Plums, and Bok Choy; A perfect summer-time grilling recipe

I tried to make this Grilled Steak, Plums, and Bok Choy recipe last fall, but I somehow missed the plum window and couldn’t find this delightful little stone fruit anywhere, so this recipe sat in my queue for nearly a year.  Well, the plums turned up two months or so ago in the store and I decided it was the perfect time to finally give this recipe a shot.  The presentation turned out awful (more on that below) and I was in the very beginning stages of being in a Project Cookbook rut (I actually think this was the first recipe I cooked that I didn’t write about for the last 4 months or so), that I never followed through with the blog post review of this summary grilled steak concoction.  Well, the stars finally aligned.  I’m moving out of my rut (with a fun, new twist by turning recipes into infographics) AND plums are in season, so let’s get YOU cooking this Grilled Steak, Plums and Bok Choy recipe.

Grilled Steak, Plums, and Bok Choy

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Grilled Steak, Plums, and Bok Choy recipe infographic

My Thoughts:

Grilled Steak, Plums, and Bok Choy; A perfect summer-time grilling recipe

I really love the simplicity of this recipe.  The ingredient list is super short (but I guess not short enough, because I totally forgot to sprinkle the dish with the toasted sesame seeds at the end) and it cooks up pretty quickly.  One lesson I learned from cooking this once before is you are better off buying under-ripe plums and instead of trying to half the fruit around the pit, simply start cutting pieces off, leaving some of the fruit around the pit.  This is a thousand times easier than trying to twist the fruit off the pit.  The under-ripe plums will stay nice and firm on the grill, whereas a ripe plum will likely get too mushy and fall through the grates (that’s exactly what happened to me on my first attempt).  The sweetness will definitely come through in the under-ripe plums, so don’t worry about that!  Back to my review.  The grilled steak is lightly seasoned by the soy sauce and the bok choy has a nice charred flavor from the grill.  In my opinion, the plums definitely make this dish very unique as well as very seasonal.  Nick and I also found this recipe to be quite filling.  It must be all that protein!  I’d definitely make it again!  Looking to use up some of your late summer stone fruit?  Give this recipe a try!

Grilled Steak, Plums, and Bok Choy; A perfect summer-time grilling recipe


Summer Of Goodness: A Runner’s Giveaway

by Kimberly Dresdner on July 29, 2014

Hello from the San Juan Islands, up in Washington!
Sitting on the back porch in the San Juan Islands
I’m beating the heat this week, away from Dallas, but I thought I would stop in and share a fun giveaway with you all!  Depending on where you live, you may or may not heard of Zoe’s Kitchen, a Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant.  Well, they have launched a Summer of Goodness campaign, encouraging people to do good deeds throughout the summer and they want to give one lucky Healthy Living in the City reader a fun runner’s gift basket, specifically tailored to the individual winner (with accurate sizes and all) with a retail value of $100.

Before we get into how you can win this super awesome gift basket (think compression socks and an iHome sports sleeve), let’s dive into this Summer of Goodness thing a little more.

Summer of Goodness

What does doing good really mean in this Summer of Goodness?  It could be a lot of things.  You could help out at a local community garden.  You could buy a coffee for the stranger in line behind you at Starbucks.  You could pick up trash at a local park.  Really, the choices are limitless.

When I get back to Dallas, I will be spending a weekend fixing up the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico studio, a dance studio in the Little Mexico neighborhood in West Dallas.  On top of providing dance classes to the neighborhood children, the center also offers after-school programs and summer camps.  After 39 years of operation, the studio has experienced a little wear and tear and could use a little bit of upkeep.

Ballet Studio pink tile bathroom with flowers on the wall

Among the many Summer of Goodness projects I will be working on at the ballet studio, I will be doing some updates to the bathroom as well as organizing the costume room.

Summer of Goodness Provisional Project for the Dallas Junior League

I’m excited to dive into this project and help this wonderful community asset out!

So now your turn.  What will you be doing for others this summer?  Share what you plan to do or have already done on social media for your chance to win a runner’s gift basket, valued at $100.  Simply share on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #sharegoodness and fill out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck and do good!