So I'll file this one in the "completely off the cuff" and "has potential but needs refining" categories. I had some thinly sliced steak that I planned to use in some carne asada/rice and beans/tacos type thing tonight. Before I headed off to the gym I whipped up a quick marinade with some chile, lime juice, salt, cumin and oregano. I had every intention of popping into the grocery store to grab some tortillas, but just didn't feel like it when I drove by and went straight to the gym. I figured instead I'd do some rice with lime/cilantro and black beans. Then I got home and discovered I was out of black beans (unheard of!) and didn't really feel like rice after all. As I was spinning my grain and starch lazy suzan and pouting at my rice selection, my container of egg noodles caught my eye.'
I love egg noodles. I think it's a childhood thing. You know, those fond memories of cube steak and egg noodles that really should remain memories because I don't really crave cube steak. Or noodles and butter. Now that I'm an adult, I love me a good beef stroganoff. Odd, I know, for a mushroom hater, but I just pick them out.
All of a sudden I really wanted egg noodles, and I had beef but the flavor profile of my marinade seemed a little, well, not quite right. But I figured what the hell...
I sauteed some white onions, garlic and cubanelle peppers, then tossed in diced steak and an extra squeeze of lime juice and tossed a cover on the skillet. When the noodles were just about done, I tossed them in and let everything cook together. The juice from the steak made a nice, light sauce and I only had to tweak the seasoning a bit. I didn't bother to take a picture - the steak was a tad gray and only the cubanelles added some color. I think next time I will use a different cut of meat and give it a good sear. The chiles were a good addition, I will likely play around with the combo and maybe toss in some corn.
For something borne out of not really wanting anything I'd planned on, dinner didn't turn out so bad.