While mealtime is often chaotic in our house, it doesn’t have to be. Believe me when I say it’s possible to create a simple and easy weeknight meal that still tastes amazing without spending hours in the kitchen. Thanks to Metropolitan Market for sponsoring this post.
It’s no doubt life can be hectic, our house this week was particularly crazy. The flu made its way through the kids, and we somehow avoided it. But healthy meals sort of fell by the wayside. With everyone finally on the mend, I planned a delicious meal for two, and headed to Metropolitan Market, a independent grocer here in Seattle.
Since 1971, they’ve been serving multiple locations in the greater Seattle area. Metropolitan Market has a real presence as a community grocer, partnering with places like Hopelink and West Seattle Helpline. Metropolitan Market makes it easy to plan a simple and easy weeknight meal for your family, inspired by recipes on their website – you’ll find everything you need in their vast produce, bakery, and meat and seafood department.
I’m going to let you in on a secret. It’s possible to make an amazing steak dinner in less than 20 minutes. Alan and I love steak, so when I saw the Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak on the Metropolitan Market website, I knew we had to try it. For dessert? Their Best Berry Crisp.
You can definitely make this meal for your whole family, Alan and I decided to get a smaller steak and enjoy a (somewhat) quiet meal for ourselves. Other options include using leftovers for steak and eggs. Yum!
A few tips on how I made our simple and easy weeknight meal:
After you’ve marinated your steak for the recommended time, let it come to room temperature before cooking, you’ll get better results.
We prefer to pan fry our steak because it’s easier to control the temperature and heat of the cooking surface. I can prepare the perfect medium rare steak in less than 10 minutes in a pan.
Bake the Best Berry Crisp while the steak is coming to room temperature. It will be ready to enjoy shortly after you’ve had your dinner.
Buy pre-prepared frozen vegetables to save time.
Easy Weeknight Meal: Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak
1 (about 1-1/2 lbs) beef Flank Steak
Salt & pepper
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped or 1 tsp dry
1 1/2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp sugar
For directions on cooking flank steak visit the Metropolitan Market website.
Be sure to check out their dessert recipes to, so you can make things like their Best Berry Crisp.