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Old 07-15-2018, 02:15 PM   #1
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Best Steak for Cold Salad

Mark and I had a bit of a falling out last night. He called me at 11:30 pm and complained that he was hungry, and wanted me to go out to some fast food place to get him a snack. In a thunderstorm. After a long day at work. And I hadnít even eaten yet. Anyway, thatís between us.

I thought it would be a good thing if I filled a leftover container with some salad greens, another couple filled with dressings, and a a couple of ziplock bags with proteins. Iíll pull out the Anova and make some poached chicken for one, but Iíd like to fill another with steak, cooked medium rare and sliced very thin, that can be served cold.

I donít cook or eat meat very often, so Iím not sure what the best cut of meat would be for such an application. Iíd imagine one thatís not too fatty, and since itíll be very thinly sliced, a cheaper cut would work well, but Iím just guessing.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Iím really over midnight runs to Jack-in-the-Box! And Markís gonna be in hospital until at least midweek, and then in an inpatient rehab center for about two weeks!

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New York strip is my favorite cut - it's tender and flavorful without too much fat and I love the leftovers on salad.

Another thing you can make is an Asian-style noodle or rice bowl with a dressing in a separate container. Noodles, veggies and cold cooked chicken, pork or beef is refreshing and delicious.

As an aside, as one who has been a patient many times, try not to take his frustration personally. He's been through a lot lately, with the stroke and now the broken hip. Living in hospitals and rehab centers is no fun. Being a caregiver is difficult, too, so this is a tough time for you both. Just understand that moments of frustration are bound to happen, but the important thing is helping him get better and come home. Take care.
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New York strip is my favorite cut - it's tender and flavorful without too much fat.

Another thing you can make is an Asian-style noodle or rice bowl with a dressing in a separate container. Noodles, veggies and cold cooked chicken, pork or beef is refreshing and delicious.

As an aside, as one who has been a patient many times, try not to take his frustration personally. He's been through a lot lately, with the stroke and now the broken hip. Living in hospitals and rehab centers is no fun. Being a caregiver is difficult, too, so this is a tough time for you both. Just understand that moments of frustration are bound to happen, but the important thing is helping him get better and come home. Take care.
Thanks! I’ll pick one up at the grocery after my shift tonight. Just sear it in a cast iron pan?
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You are on the right train of thought about not wanting a fatty cut in a steak salad. In mine I like marbled meat but not fatty. Strip steak is a good choice.
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You are on the right train of thought about not wanting a fatty cut in a steak salad. In mine I like marbled meat but not fatty. Strip steak is a good choice.
So far, that’s two for strip steak!
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:32 PM   #6
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These Mason jar salads would work well, too. Make several at a time; they'll keep all week. I'd also suggest bringing him some favorite seasonings to jazz up the institutional food he's getting.

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So far, thatís two for strip steak!
I'll chime in, too. That's what we had for dinner last night. The small remainder will be part of the toppings on tonight's dinner salads.
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These Mason jar salads would work well, too. Make several at a time; they'll keep all week. I'd also suggest bringing him some favorite seasonings to jazz up the institutional food he's getting.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolynkyls...bQ#.guDVJ0NvV3
Very good idea, thanks! I think this’d work better for me, though. Since Mark’s salads may be kept in the fridge for a couple of days, I think it’s better that the ingredients remain separate until it’s time to eat. Plus making the salad or sandwich can be part of his occupational therapy
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I'll chime in, too. That's what we had for dinner last night. The small remainder will be part of the toppings on tonight's dinner salads.
This is turning into a survey, lol! That’s three for New York strip. Unanimous, so far.
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Old 07-15-2018, 03:01 PM   #10
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+4 NY Strip is my favorite cut.
Also boneless sirloin is good.
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Very good idea, thanks! I think thisíd work better for me, though. Since Markís salads may be kept in the fridge for a couple of days, I think itís better that the ingredients remain separate until itís time to eat. Plus making the salad or sandwich can be part of his occupational therapy
Good point. This page has lots of good ideas for variations, though.
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Old 07-15-2018, 03:54 PM   #12
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NY strip, tenderloin , flank, skirt will all work for a salad.
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Mark and I had a bit of a falling out last night. He called me at 11:30 pm and complained that he was hungry, and wanted me to go out to some fast food place to get him a snack. In a thunderstorm. After a long day at work. And I hadnít even eaten yet. Anyway, thatís between us.

I thought it would be a good thing if I filled a leftover container with some salad greens, another couple filled with dressings, and a a couple of ziplock bags with proteins. Iíll pull out the Anova and make some poached chicken for one, but Iíd like to fill another with steak, cooked medium rare and sliced very thin, that can be served cold.

I donít cook or eat meat very often, so Iím not sure what the best cut of meat would be for such an application. Iíd imagine one thatís not too fatty, and since itíll be very thinly sliced, a cheaper cut would work well, but Iím just guessing.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Iím really over midnight runs to Jack-in-the-Box! And Markís gonna be in hospital until at least midweek, and then in an inpatient rehab center for about two weeks!
Am I missing something here? He's in hospital and you have to take food in to him! Even the National Health Service over here hasn't fallen that low!
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This is in addition to what he is served in the hospital.
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Am I missing something here? He's in hospital and you have to take food in to him! Even the National Health Service over here hasn't fallen that low!
The food at the hospital is probably nutritious enough, but it's not the most interesting. The longer the stay, the less appealing it becomes.
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Am I missing something here? He's in hospital and you have to take food in to him! Even the National Health Service over here hasn't fallen that low!
No, I don’t have to take him food, I want to, because I want him to eat in order to speed his recovery, and the food the hospital provides is reminiscent of high school cafeteria food. His schedule is way off because of the meds, too, so more often than not he’s asleep when they bring in his tray, and they remove it if he appears to be asleep, and hasn’t touched the meal. Cost is also a consideration; I can supply a lot more food for seven bucks than Mickey D’s!. (Quarter Pounder w/Cheese and a Coke ala carte = $7.00 or very close.)l

So, in order to keep my late night food forays to the bare minimum (um, that’s be none, in my mind), I cook and deliver. And I love cooking, too, so win-win. As long as I make quantities that will be good over a few days, my “work load” is much less. I can deliver on my schedule, not his. Mostly, I want him to recover.

Sorry to go on. The hospital, as I’ve commented on, does feed him. I feed him better - he eats what I make!
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The food at the hospital is probably nutritious enough, but it's not the most interesting. The longer the stay, the less appealing it becomes.
You’re a very kind food critic! I remember actually being served Lean Quisine! There was a menu, I remember and it listed some Thai noodle dish, probably pad Thai or an Americanized version. The menu didn’t mention that it would be delivered in the original, microwaveable tray! Hospital food is awful at its very best!
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Youíre a very kind food critic! I remember actually being served Lean Quisine! There was a menu, I remember and it listed some Thai noodle dish, probably pad Thai or an Americanized version. The menu didnít mention that it would be delivered in the original, microwaveable tray! Hospital food is awful at its very best!
Yuck. The one time I stayed in a hospital as an adult (in Montreal), the food was okay, but mostly not very appealing. I was only in for a few days, but I was really tired of overcooked vegis and uninterestingly cooked meat by the time I got to go home.
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Youíre a very kind food critic! I remember actually being served Lean Quisine! There was a menu, I remember and it listed some Thai noodle dish, probably pad Thai or an Americanized version. The menu didnít mention that it would be delivered in the original, microwaveable tray! Hospital food is awful at its very best!
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I've always used top sirloin.

When I was eating salad every day I would buy a whole bunch of those Starkist tuna pouches at the 99Ę Only store. They have at least 15 different flavours
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