Recipes Men Love
Treat your man -- or yourself -- to healthy, home-cooked comfort food.
Not to sound sexist, but most men I know really enjoy sitting down to a
nice, home-cooked meal -- all the more so when it contains some of their
all-time favorite dishes. And who can blame them? It probably goes back to when
they were boys, and their mothers or grandmothers would cook up something
special just for them.
When you make a man's favorite foods, it sends the message, "You are
special" or "I love you" because you took the time to make a dish
that you know he loves. Sounds simple, but this premeditated act of kindness
can be very powerful.
So what exactly are these recipes that men love? Only
each particular man knows the true answer to that question. It probably depends
on what types of foods and dishes he was exposed to as a child.
For example, my guess would be that a man who was lucky enough to have an
Italian grandmother would probably have a soft spot for all things pasta. My
husband? His mother was part of a large family that lived on a farm in Idaho,
so he tends to enjoy Midwestern casseroles and country-style desserts. I can
work with that!
Some new research has borne out what many women already know: While men
often prefer warm, hearty, meat-related comfort foods, such as steak,
casseroles, and soup, women tend to prefer snack-related foods like chocolate
or ice cream, according to a recent University of Illinois study.
That said, in this article on recipes men love, we will focus on lighter,
healthier versions of just that -- steak, casseroles, and soup. I'm even going
to throw in a healthier version of apple pie for good measure.
Dad's Favorite Flank Steak
Journal as: 1 serving of lean meat and moderate-fat meat
with 1 teaspoon fat.
There's something about marinated flank steak -- it just looks, smells, and
tastes spectacular. We have trimmed the sodium, fat, and calories in this
recipe. There's a health bonus, too: a lower-fat marinade also helps decrease
the amount of HCAs (heterocyclic amines, which are thought to work with fat in
foods to promote cancer growth) that could form and deposit on the
2 tablespoons canola oil
6 tablespoons concentrated chicken broth (lower sodium if available)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup lower-sodium soy sauce
4 green onions (the white and part of the green) cut into thin, diagonal
1 teaspoon ground ginger (or 2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger)
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 medium-large flank steak (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- Combine canola oil, chicken broth, honey, soy sauce, green onions, ginger,
garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce in a medium bowl with a whisk; set
- Remove any visible fat from the flank. Lightly score the meat with a
serrated knife, cutting about 1/4-inch into the meat in a crisscross pattern
(leave about an inch between cuts) on the top and bottom of the flank.
- Put the flank in a rectangular plastic container, add the marinade, and
coat the steak well all over. Cover and marinate the flank steak all day or
overnight, turning occasionally.
- Grill 10-15 minutes on each side or until cooked to desired doneness. Use a
carving knife to cut diagonally across the grain of the meat into slices of
your desired thickness.
Yield: Six servings (3 ounces of cooked steak per serving if using a 1.5
pound flank steak.)
Per serving: 232 calories, 24 g protein, 13 g carbohydrate, 9 g
fat (3.8 g saturated fat, 3.7 g monounsaturated fat, 0.5 g polyunsaturated
fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 0.2 g fiber, 488 mg
sodium. Calories from fat: 35%