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Last year I attended many Weight Watchers meetings and I not only lost weight, but also learned a lot about healthy eating and have prepared many new recipes that will be helpful to all of us in our quest for a wholesome lifestyle. Many such recipes you would never know were healthy for you unless someone told you so. You know all the buzzwords – lo-cal, low-carb, non-fat, etc. This month I introduce you to one such suggestion to begin your summer swimsuit slim down.

Asian Beef Salad (4 servings)

Ingredients:

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1-1/2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 tablespoon Hoisin sauce

1 lb. lean sirloin beef

8 cups mixed greens

1 cup canned unsweetened mandarin oranges, drained

1/3 cup packaged chow mein noodles

Method:

In a large bowl, combine garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, oil and Hoisin sauce; add steak. Marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours, but 4 hours or overnight is better. Remove steak to a plate; reserve marinade.

Preheat grill or broiler. Grill or broil steak for 8 minutes on each side for medium, or longer until desired degree of doneness. Remove steak and slice into thin strips.

Meanwhile, pour reserved marinade into a small saucepan, bring to a boil, cook, stirring occasionally, one minute more.

To serve, place 2 cups of greens on each of 4 plates. Top each with about 3 ounces of steak, 1/4 cup of oranges and 1 heaping tablespoon of noodles; drizzle each salad with about 1-1/2 tablespoons of cooked and cooled marinade.

Enjoy this great recipe for lunch with your bridge club or your golfing buddies or a patio dinner on an unwindy evening.