Posts tagged paleo
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
 

Chicken lettuce wraps - made with an almond butter sauce that is full of flavor and lower in sodium! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo friendly!

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I tried so hard not to create a copycat PF Chang’s lettuce wrap recipe, but in the end, I have done exactly that. I know, sounds cliche and basic, but I can’t hide the truth.

This recipe has a total of just three easy steps and takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Step 1: Brown the ground chicken

Step 2: Prepare a marinade to drizzle over browned chicken and veggies.

Step 3: Make the most delicious almond butter sauce known to man.

If you are concerned with your sodium intake, I have a great alternative -- I use liquid aminos. If you are not familiar with liquid aminos, it’s a vegetable protein from soybeans.

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If soy is an issue for you then e coconut aminos is a great substitution. Coconut aminos is a soy-free alternative to soy sauce. There are only two ingredients to this condiment: coconut tree sap and salt. It’s popular in the paleo community and significantly lower in sodium than tamari or soy sauce.

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Both options are lower in sodium, just remember that coconut aminos will have a coconut undertone.

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Let’s get to the recipe! Btw, this recipe is very macro friendly so if you need me to provide the macros, please let me know.

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Chicken lettuce wraps - made with an almond butter sauce that is full of flavor and lower in sodium! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo friendly!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken

  • 1 can 8 oz water chestnuts (drained)

  • 8 oz mushrooms (sliced)

  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)

  • 1 white onion (diced)

Marinade

  • ¼ cup liquid aminos (or GF/low sodium tamari or soy sauce)

  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp almond butter

  • Juice of ½ orange

  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1 small knob fresh ginger (grated)

  • 1 tsp hot chili oil

Almond butter sauce

  • 1 Tbsp almond butter

  • Juice of ½ orange

  • 1 Tbsp liquid aminos (or GF/low sodium tamari or soy sauce)

  • 1 tsp sriracha

Other

  • Head of butter lettuce (or romaine)

  • ½ cup cashews

  • Spring onions

  • Sesame seeds

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, brown ground chicken on medium high heat for 5-10 minutes.

  2. Set browned chicken to the side and add diced onions to the skillet. Saute onions for 2-3 minutes and then add red peppers, followed by mushrooms and chestnuts until cooked through.

  3. While your vegetables are cooking, prepare the marinade by adding all the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together until mixture is fully incorporated.

  4. Lower heat to medium and transfer chicken back to the skillet. Pour marinade over the cooked chicken and veggies and cook until marinade has simmered down, coating the chicken and veggie mixture completely.

  5. While the chicken mixture is cooking, wash and clean butter lettuce, and prepare almond butter sauce by adding all ingredients to a small bowl and whisking together until fully incorporated. Depending on how oily the almond butter is, you may need to add water to the mixture until you reach desired sauce consistency.

  6. When you are ready to eat, spoon a small amount of the chicken mixture onto a single butter lettuce and top with the almond butter sauce, sesame seeds, cashews, and spring onions.

 
Creamy Coconut Lime Chicken Thighs
 

Creamy coconut lime chicken thighs - 30 minute, one pan meal that is perfect for meal preps or for a quick dinner! Dairy-free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly.

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Do you ever get tired of cooking chicken the same way over and over again? As someone who is married to a man that works in the poultry industry BOTH of my hands are up! I would think even someone who develops new recipes every day can fall guilty to this routine.

To get me out of this rut, I often turn to Thai cuisine. One of my favorite thai dishes is Tom Kha Gai soup. If you’ve had this traditional thai soup then you know the flavors of coconut and lime are at the forefront. I’ve taken those components of Tom Kha Gai soup and incorporated it with chicken. So, there you have it -- a delicious Thai-inspired chicken recipe that pairs well with cauliflower rice or sprouted brown basmati rice and broccoli for lunch or dinner!

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You may have noticed that the sauce color isn’t the prettiest but you shouldn’t be discouraged because we are focused on flavor over appearance. I’ve followed recipes similar to this one but they skip the best part which is thoroughly developing flavors in the cast iron. Don’t wipe away those brown bits after browning your chicken! That is the best part, I’m telling you!

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My husband describes this recipe perfectly - it’s reminiscent of a good southern meal but with flavors of something exotic. I think that’s a perfect description because I wanted to create a recipe that is wholesome and hearty but with more depth. You can bring these spicy, floral, and fragrant flavors to your table easily using curry powder, ginger, and cilantro.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs

  • Salt, pepper, yellow curry powder to season

    SAUCE

  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1 red pepper (diced)

  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 small knob fresh ginger (minced)

  • 1 lime (juice)

  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot flour + mixed in with 1 Tbsp water

GARNISH

Fresh cilantro, green onions, lime wedges

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.

  2. While your pan is getting hot, generously season chicken thighs on both sides with salt, pepper, and yellow curry powder.

  3. Add the chicken thighs to the skillet and sear for 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside on a plate. The chicken doesn’t need to be fully cooked at this point - we will be returning it back to the skillet shortly.

  4. Turn the heat down to medium and add more oil to the pan. Add garlic to the pan and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped peppers. Make sure to scrape the brown bits into the garlic and pepper mixture.

  5. Once peppers start to sweat, add coconut milk, salt, fresh ginger, and lime. Bring to a boil then add the arrowroot flour + water mixture. Once your mixture has thickened, place chicken thighs back into the pan.

  6. Cook for 10-15 minutes on medium heat or until your chicken thighs have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

  7. Garnish with cilantro, green onions, and lime. Serve over brown or cauliflower rice.

NOTES

  1. If meal prepping for 4 servings, cook 4 servings of brown or cauliflower rice and one broccoli head.

  2. Some coconut milk brands can provide different consistencies. I prefer using Thai Kitchen.

  3. Feel free to spice up the recipe with chili oil or fresh chilies!

 
Fudgy Paleo Brownies
 

Foolproof staple brownie recipe that is also gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free!

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Growing up, brownies were my least favorite dessert. Maybe because the flavors were too rich or the texture was too dry, but nonetheless, I stopped eating them. Of course I would get the judgy looks and sneers but hey, they didn’t taste good to me! That is, until I had a fudgy vegan brownie at this bakery in Atlanta and I was floored! It was like the heavens opened up with arms wide open and sucked me in!

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Too much? Well, that’s how I feel about these brownies! Now, this recipe didn’t happen overnight (perfection doesn’t happen overnight). As a food blogger, sometimes recipes can be made simple and it just clicks. Other times, not so much.

This recipe did not instantly click. It started out as a Mexican hot chocolate cookie that had the batter of a brownie but baked similar to a cake and ultimately dried out after a day or two. But the flavor was there and that’s where I went. Long story short, here we are and I am so glad!

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Adding a healthy twist to an old fashioned brownie can be cumbersome at times. Luckily, this brownie is free of everything “bad” yet it tastes just like your typical sugar-filled brownie. This way, we can still ride that amazing “sugar high” but not feel so bad.

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How do we get there? Well, we adapt and understand the ingredients that we are using. For example, coconut flour is used to replace all-purpose white flour. Coconut flour absorbs liquid so we only use ¼ cup. Baking powder is a great leavening agent but since this is a paleo recipe, we use coconut sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract instead. This combination gets whipped until a “ribbon stage” is reached.

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 8 oz dark chocolate chunks

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunk

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper. Spray with a non-stick spray and set aside.

  2. In a small saucepan or small bowl, melt 8 oz dark chocolate and oil in 30-second increments if using the microwave or low heat on stove top until smooth and glossy. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

  3. Using a hand mixer or KitchenAid mixer, combine coconut sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract and whisk together until the mixture reaches the “ribbon stage” (when you lift the whisk, the mixture should stream down evenly in “ribbons”).

  4. In a medium bowl, whisk dry ingredients (coconut flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda)

  5. With the mixer/hand mixer on low, add the melted chocolate and dry ingredients until fully combined. Fold in ½ cup dark chocolate chunks.

  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the surface.

  7. Bake for 17-20 minutes until edges are set and the inside is slightly underdone.

  8. Let the brownies rest in the pan for 15-20 minutes. This is the hardest part but so worth it!

  9. Store in fridge for up to a week or freezer for up to a month. I personally like making these to freeze so that I can have brownie bites for my ice cream!

 
Mindful Matcha and Mint Chip Energy Balls
 

A tiny burst full of superfood energy! Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo friendly, and naturally sweetened.

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Matcha to me is like a fine wine. I only want to drink it during those special occasions when the timing is just right.  Matcha is also not the cheapest thing in the world so you can probably see where I’m going with this but in all reality, I cherish the benefits and the robust flavor that goes along with it.

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You see, matcha comes from the same plant as green tea but since it is made from the entire leaf, it packs in a more concentrated amount of antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. Matcha powder can stand on its own, but why we can take it up a notch by adding cordyceps mushrooms, ashwagandha, ginger, and wheatgrass.

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Okay, let’s pause. I’m sure some of you are asking, “What the heck are these ingredients and why are we adding them”?

Cordyceps Mushrooms: Improves energy, endurance, and strength while helping to reduce fatigue.

Ashwagandha: An herb that can reduce anxiety and stress, help fight depression, boost fertility and may even boost brain function.

Ginger: A spice that is beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.

Wheatgrass: Is prepared from the freshly sprouted leaves of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum. Benefits include weight loss, decreased inflammation, lower cholesterol and better blood sugar control.

So, wouldn’t that taste like dirt? I thought the same thing until I used Further Food ‘s mindful matcha powder. The matcha flavor that I love so much masks the earthy flavor of the superfood ingredients, making this powder adaptogenic (herbal pharmaceutical) and superfood enriched! If you are interested in trying their matcha powder, use fromtherootsblog10 for 10% off your first order!

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Matcha can stand on its own, but combining matcha with mint and chocolate really takes these energy balls to a new level. Peppermint extract and cacao nibs really bring out the refreshing tones of matcha while being naturally sweetened with medjool dates.

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I love knowing that I can treat myself to these  first thing in the morning for that burst of refreshing energy or have one as an afternoon or pre-workout snack.

Matcha obsessed? Check out these matcha and carob cookies.

I was not financially compensated for this post. All recipes, photos, and opinions are my own.

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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup superfine almond flour

  • ¼ cup coconut flakes

  • ¼ cup cacao nibs or mini dark chocolate chips

  • 8 pitted medjool dates

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 Tbsp filtered water

  • 2 tsp mindful matcha powder or regular matcha powder

  • ½ tsp organic peppermint extract

  • Sprinkle of pink himalayan salt

Directions

  1. To a food processor or high powered blender, blend medjool dates until the dates form into a ball. Scoop out and set aside.

  2. To the food processor, add the rest of the ingredients except the cacao nibs and blend until a fine meal is achieved - about 20-30 seconds.

  3. Add the dates back in and blend until fully incorporated: not crumbly, not tacky, but more mold-able. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 tsp water in increments. Be sure to taste the dough for desired flavor. Personally, I like to add more peppermint extract to the dough.

  4. Take the mixture out of the processor and transfer to a small bowl. Fold in cacao nibs or chocolate chips.

  5. Scoop out 1 tablespoon amount and form into a ball. Repeat until all dough is formed into balls.

  6. Chill in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before serving.

  7. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 1 month.

Notes

  • Makes 10-12 balls

 
Paleo Banana Nut Bread
 

Paleo banana nut bread that is naturally sweetened with just bananas!

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Banana nut bread has been a favorite of mine since childhood. Watching cartoons with my favorite blanket in hand and the smell of banana bread in the air was absolutely comforting! Well, not much has changed because I still love that scenario with the switch from cartoons to Grey’s Anatomy!

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While this paleo bread is naturally sweetened, you are not missing out on anything when it comes to flavor. For this recipe, it’s best to use ripened bananas to really encapture the natural sweetness of the bananas into the bread. I only add the maple syrup in case you desire a sweeter banana bread. Coconut and almond flour is used instead of white flour as the flour combination are lower in carbs, higher in fiber and a better option for people with food allergies/paleo friendly.

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The end result is a healthier moist bread that can be enjoyed for breakfast, dessert or as a snack! My favorite way to enjoy this bread is with peanut butter. Paired with a morning green smoothie, this is a very filling breakfast.

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Have fun with the recipe and add chocolate chips or different types of nuts/seeds if you would like!

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Paleo banana nut bread that is naturally sweetened with just bananas!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 ripe bananas (mashed)

  • 3 large eggs (lightly whisked)

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour

  • 1/2 cup almond flour (finely ground)

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan or line loaf pan with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, combine bananas, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Whisk until fully combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine baking soda and powder, cinnamon, salt, and flours.

  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until fully combined. Depending on how large your bananas were, you may need to add a liquid like coconut oil if your mixture is too dry. If your mixture is too runny, slowly add more almond flour. The batter should be wet but thick. Gently fold in walnuts to the batter.

  5. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes until cooked through and the top is brown.

  6. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cool rack. Enjoy!

 
Dark Chocolate Chip Protein Bites
 

If you are looking for a classic protein ball, then look no further! These dark chocolate chip protein bites are perfect for treating a sweet tooth, perfect as a pre-workout snack, or to cure that 3pm crash!

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In light of the team series and various competitions my CrossFit gym has been doing this past month, I thought it would be fitting to make protein bites. Although I am not competing, I do want to make sure that I have the energy and stamina to complete my workouts successfully. That is why I incorporate this recipe into my weekly meal prep so that I always have a quick go-to snack right before my workout every time.

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It can be so easy to purchase protein bars instead because of the convenience but most protein bars are loaded with artificial sweeteners, preservatives and can be high in calories. If it’s convenience you are looking for, these protein bites are super easy to make! Added bonus: if you do swap these out for your regular protein bars but miss the flavor, these taste just like Larabars!

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These dark chocolate chip protein bites are made with plant-based ingredients that are nutrient dense and worth every little calorie. They are naturally sweetened with Medjool dates which contain potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and calcium to name a few.

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Medjool dates are great workout fuel since they are packed with slow-burning carbs (about 66 calories and 15 grams of sugar). These carbs are in a low glycemic form which means that glucose is released into the bloodstream slower which allows for steady energy during a workout.

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If you are looking for a classic protein ball, then look no further! These dark chocolate chip protein bites are perfect for treating a sweet tooth, perfect as a pre-workout snack, or to cure that 3pm crash! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups GF oats

  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (vegan)

  • 1 cup (packed) or 12 medjool dates

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

  • 1/4 cup almond butter

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds

  • 1/4 cup cold water

  • Couple dashes of ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak medjool dates in warm water for 10 minutes.

  2. To a food processor or high powered blender, add soaked dates, oats, protein powder, almond butter, chia seeds, cinnamon. While pulsing on low, slowly add the water until the mixture is evenly combined but not overly processed. (may need to use more water for desired consistency)

  3. Transfer mixture to a bowl and add the chocolate chips. Fold in the chocolate chips until combined.

  4. Using a cookie scoop or 1 Tbsp measuring spoon, roll into 1-inch balls.

  5. To set, place balls onto parchment paper lined baking tray and place into the fridge or freezer for 10 minutes or eat right away! Will keep for about a week in an airtight container or you can freeze them for longer term storage.

NOTES

  1. Makes 22-24 protein bites

*Protein is derived from plant based vanilla protein powder

 
Pecan Crusted Spiced Salmon
 

Pecan crusted spiced salmon is loaded with flavor, juicy and oh so tasty! This salmon is great for a quick dinner or lunch meal prep!

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Ever since Katie Lee from the Kitchen on Food Network made brown sugar spiced salmon, I have been obsessed with the concept! The salmon looks professional and complex yet super easy to make.

The only thing stopping me from eating it so much is that it calls for ½ cup of brown sugar! That’s why I recreated this recipe using coconut sugar instead of brown sugar while also adding pecans for texture and crunch.

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I usually pair the salmon with sweet potatoes because the caramelized pecans complement the flavor and texture of the sweet potato. It’s also great to make this for lunch or for your meal prep as the dish is filled with healthy fats, protein, and complex carbohydrates to keep you satisfied and full of energy!

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If you are incorporating this recipe into your meal prep, I would recommend eating the salmon at least two days after it has been cooked. If you are anything like me, I like to have my salmon cooked on the raw side so fewer days in the fridge is best!

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To make this into a lunch/dinner meal prep: simply boil two peeled sweet potatoes until mushy. Add salt and pepper to your potatoes. Next, saute the rest of your vegetables until halfway cooked through with salt and pepper. Assemble by adding mashed sweet potatoes, vegetables and salmon on top. Enjoy!

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Pecan crusted spiced salmon is loaded with flavor, juicy and oh so tasty! This salmon is great for a quick dinner or lunch meal prep!

ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh salmon

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

directions

  1. Sprinkle seasonings on the pink side of the salmon.

  2. Add oil to a pan on medium-high heat. When hot, place seasoning side down on the skillet and cook for 5 minutes.

  3. Add salt and pepper to season the skin part of the salmon and flip.

  4. Mix sugar and pecans and sprinkle the mixture on top of the salmon. Cover with a lid and set the temperature to low-medium and cook for 5-10 minutes or until desired pink and the sugar has melted.

  5. *If the coconut sugar has not caramelized, place the skillet in the oven with the broiler on low. Cook for 1-2 minutes but make sure you keep an eye on it!

  6. Let cool and serve with mashed sweet potatoes and steamed vegetables!

 
Simple Steak Marinade with Chimichurri Sauce
 

No summer grill is complete without a good steak marinade and chimichurri sauce recipe! Easy, simple and super delicious!

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When it comes to steak, you want to think of the KISS principle (keep it simple, stupid!). When cooked right, a steak is super juicy and tender on its own with some simple salt and pepper. But to take it to the next level, well, I am all about that! Using marinades is a great way to kick up your steaks just a notch. This simple marinade infuses the steak with tons of flavor. Lime juice is used to break down the toughness of the meat while the garlic brings out the flavor. I highly recommend marinating the steak overnight but if you are pushed for time, 30 minutes should suffice. For this recipe, I used strip steak, but you can also use different cuts of steak like a skirt steak for instance.

My favorite way to cook a steak is on the grill (is there a better way!?). I like to set my grill over medium-high heat and cook each side for just 5 minutes to get a nice sear and to achieve the rare to medium-rare pinkness. You could also cook in a skillet if you do not have access to a grill.

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(By the way, this steak marinade recipe can be used for my verde carne asada tostadas!!)

You could stop after grilling your steak, but wouldn’t you like to go an extra step? If you are interested in adding some green to your steak, try out adding a chimichurri sauce! Since you are marinating the steak with subtle ingredients, the sauce really takes the steak to the next level!

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Everyday herbs like cilantro and parsley are used to provide a fresh clean flavor to the steak. The sauce is super easy to make with just a processor or blender. You could also use this sauce on different types of dishes like eggs, chicken, or used in pasta salad dishes.

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No summer grill is complete without a good steak marinade and chimichurri sauce recipe! Easy, simple and super delicious! 

INGREDIENTS

Steak Marinade

  • 1 1/2 lb steak of choice

  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • 1 lime (squeezed)

  • 2 Tbsp EVOO

Chimichurri Sauce

  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley

  • 1 cup cilantro

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 1/2 medium onion

  • 1 Tbsp lime juice

  • 1/3 cup EVOO

  • S&P to taste

  • dash of chili pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS

For the marinade and grilling

  1. Coat the steak with salt and pepper on each side.

  2. Whisk the garlic, lime, and EVOO together and pour into the Ziploc bag.

  3. Add the steak to the bag and marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight preferably.

  4. Grill on medium-high heat and cook for 5-10 minutes per side or until desired pinkness.

  5. Let the steak rest by placing aluminum foil over the steak for at least five minutes. Cut steak across the grain and serve with chimichurri sauce.

For the chimichurri saucE

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until everything is fully incorporated and smooth.