I'm what you might call lazy when it comes to cooking. I prefer no waiting and quick results, but I came across this recipe for Vaca Frita (translation: fried cow) and decided to change my ways for a day or two. After two hours of cooking and a day of marinating, I have to say: the results are incredible!
It's astounding that so much flavor came from so few ingredients: steak, bay leaf, water, salt, pepper, garlic, lemon and lime. While it may seem like a heavy dish (I did reduce the amount of olive oil a bit), I found that even with all the frying, it's actually a relatively “light” meal – maybe not compared to a salad, but I'd certainly take this meal over most restaurant's fried meats, which tend to leave me stomach achy and upset.