Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I would share one of my hubby’s favorite dinner recipes. If you are looking for a healthy but “manly” recipe to make, I highly recommend giving this one a try. After everyone has cleared their plates, and raved about your cooking, you can tell them that it was also healthy – they may not believe you :)…You can leave out the details on how easy it was to make though!
For those of you that are unfamiliar with flank steak, it’s a lean cut of meat that usually comes cut long and flat. There are various different ways to prepare it but I like to stick to simple grilling techniques. Although, I rarely eat red meat (personal preference), there are some health benefits to eating it. Red meat is full of B12 (which is hard to come by in plant foods), B3 (Niacin), B6, Zinc, Iron, and various other nutrients. I recommend purchasing a high quality red meat. Preferably grass fed.
Chimichurri Sauce is a green sauce originally from Argentina. It is similar to pesto, but parsley is used instead of basil. The first time I had Chimichurri was at a restaurant a few months back, and all I could think is “why haven’t I ever had this before?” It was so good. I went home and looked up a half dozen recipes, and realized I was going to have to come up with my own. Most of the recipes I looked up called for 1/2 – 1 full cup of olive oil. I am all about heart healthy olive oil, but 1 cup is WAY to much oil (healthy or not), especially for a garnish. I significantly decreased the oil in my recipe, and I think it turned out just as good (if not better) as the one I had at the restaurant.
- 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 T red wine vinegar
- 1 T lemon juice
- 1 T (heaping) minced garlic
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 1 1/2 pound flank steak (preferably grass fed)
- salt and pepper
- Combine all ingredients into a mini food processor (or blender)
- Process until sauce is formed
- Season the steak with salt and pepper
- Place on grill set to medium/high heat
- Grill 5-6 minutes and flip, grill another 5-6 minutes for a medium rare meat (I cooked mine longer)
- Remove from grill and let sit for 5 minutes before cutting