Beef and wild rice

Slice chilled steak into half-inch cubes. Season with gleeful amounts of black pepper, some steak rub, and some low sodium soy sauce. Let sit.

Slice carrots into small cubes or discs. Fill skillet with just enough water to cover them and bring to boil. Vaguely boil carrots for 5mins or so until softened. Meanwhile, mince garlic and/or other aromatics (onion, ginger).

When carrots are done, drain and set aside. Wipe down skillet and spray with a good amount of olive oil spray. Bring heat to high. Toss steak cubes in and stir fry. When steak is halfway done, throw in the minced garlic. When garlic is softened, add the carrots and (pre-cooked, low sodium) wild rice. Optional: frozen peas, diced peppers, or other colourful veggies. Add final boost of flavour with sesame oil, pressed ginger, garlic powder.

Verdict: Tasty and presentable. Well done me.


Creamy tuna and avocado pasta

Verdict: Edible.

Cook pasta shells according to package directions, adding lots of salt to the water. Drain and set aside.

Brown two cloves of minced garlic in medium-high pan. Add (mostly drained) tin of tuna in small chunks or large flakes; mix in with half to one (mashed) avocado.  Add lots of pepper and a little salt. For more flavour, add pressed garlic and a dollop of store-bought alfredo sauce and/or light mayonnaise. Add well-drained pasta shells and stir well. Serve warm.

Steak and carrot soba

Verdict: Pretty good.

Slice chilled steak into thin strips (the thin cuts intended for sandwiches are great here if you want to cook quickly). Marinate in a bit of salt, and lots of curry powder, chili powder, black pepper, and/or garlic powder.
Put a pan of water on the stove and bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, cut half a carrot into long thin strips with a julienne knife or a vegetable peeler. Optional: finely slice some green onions as well.
When the water comes to a boil, add in the soba and the carrot strips, and simmer until the soba is done. Drain, rinse, set aside.

Wipe the pan dry; heat up some sesame oil; then fry the steak strips on high. When the steak is nearly browned, add the green onions and some toasted sesame seeds if you have them. Finally, mix in the soba and carrots, drizzling everything with a bit of soy and oyster sauce for moisture and flavour.