Saturday, March 10, 2018

Italian Vinaigrette Steak and Roasted Veggie Salad

Inline_Steak SaladThe only seasoning you need for this main course salad is Primal Kitchen® Italian Vinaigrette and Marinade. Citrus and red wine vinegar, plus thyme, basil and oregano, infuse Italian flavor into roasted vegetables and steak. Use the vinaigrette to toss the steak and roasted veg into a green salad, and the meal is done.

Italian vinaigrette makes a great marinade for meat, tenderizing with vinegar and lemon, and adding flavor with dried herbs and seasonings. Oil in the vinaigrette keeps meat moist and succulent, but all too often it’s industrial seed oil that you don’t want touching your grass-fed steak. That’s where Primal Kitchen® vinaigrettes are different. Primal Kitchen Italian Vinaigrette and Marinade is made with pure avocado oil and high in monounsaturated fats. Healthful and convenient, this vinaigrette makes it easy to eat right and eat well.

Servings: 4

Time in the Kitchen: 25 minutes, plus 30+ minutes to marinate

Ingredients

Primal

  • 1 pound skirt steak (or other cut of steak, like rib-eye or New York) (450 g)
  • ½ cup plus ¼ cup Primal Kitchen Italian Vinaigrette and Marinade (120 ml plus 60 ml)
  • 3 yellow squash, cut into ½-inch rounds
  • 3 zucchini, cut into ½-inch rounds
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved (230 g)
  • A few handfuls mixed greens or arugula
  • Fresh basil and oregano, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

Primal

Preheat oven to 425 ºF/218 ºC.

In a sealable plastic bag (or glass dish), combine steak with ½ cup Primal Kitchen Italian Vinaigrette and Marinade. Toss to coat. Marinate a minimum of 30 minutes, but ideally 2 hours or more.

On a large rimmed sheet pan, toss yellow squash, zucchini, red onion and tomatoes with remaining ¼ cup Italian Vinaigrette and Marinade. Toss well so all the vegetables are lightly coated. Season with salt and pepper. Recipe Tip: For veggies that are lightly browned and crispy around the edges, spread the vegetables out onto two sheet pans instead of just one

Roast vegetables 30 to 35 minutes, stirring once or twice, until done.

Turn broiler to high. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Remove steak from marinade, shaking off excess liquid. Broil 3 minutes a side, for medium-rare. *The steak can be grilled, instead of broiled.

Slice steak and toss with roasted vegetables, plus torn fresh basil and oregano leaves. Add mixed greens. Dress the salad with Primal Kitchen Italian Vinaigrette and Marinade.

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Easy One-Pan BBQ Chicken [Video]

This recipe for One-Pan BBQ Chicken has been on repeat lately. Our DTFN clients love it too because it’s just so stinkin’ quick and easy! Seriously, I’ve made a lot of simple recipes over the years, but this one has to be one of the easiest and most delicious yet! I know a lot of recipes claim to be super easy, but then they end up taking too long with all of the prepping and chopping. This One-Pan BBQ Chicken is no-fuss and the perfect family-friendly meal for busy weeknights. Mal has requested it several weeks in a row now, so I’d say it’s a winner – bacon usually does that! 🙂

I almost always do some sort of meal planning every week to stay on track and simplify our life, but, on occasion, dinner rolls around, I don’t have anything ready to go. Easy recipes like this one can really save the day when life gets crazy and planning falls by the wayside. I often plan this meal for a week that I know we have a ton going on and just need a fast dinner on the table with leftovers for the next day. Most of these ingredients are ones we typically keep on hand, so it’s easy to make it happen without any prep.

You can also customize this recipe based on your family’s taste preferences. We use chicken thighs because they are budget-friendly and add a ton of flavor to the meal. However, if you prefer chicken breasts, you can absolutely substitute those into the recipe. I bet pork, salmon, shrimp, or a flaky white fish would also taste great in this dish. You could even toss in spinach or another green veggie if you’d prefer them over peppers and onions or just want to add a little more color to your plate. Plus, that way, you don’t have to worry about having a side dish to go with the meal – just loaded up on veggies!

I could honestly go on and on about why I love this recipe so much, but I’ll just share one more reason: It’s truly a ONE-PAN meal. I find that even “easy” crock-pot recipes include extra steps, like searing meat in a separate pan or sautéing veggies before adding them. With this recipe, you don’t even need to dirty a cutting board! I use kitchen shears to chop the bacon and pre-cut frozen peppers and onions, which mean no chopping at all. There aren’t any extra dishes to clean, especially if you just “wing it” (aka no measuring) with the ingredients like I do. I hope you give this recipe a try and enjoy as much as we do!

 

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 pieces of thick-cut bacon, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 6 chicken thighs, approximately 1.5-2 pounds
  • 2 cups frozen chopped peppers and onions <— I like the fire-roasted ones from Trader Joe’s
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce

Directions:

  • In a large skillet on medium-high heat, cook bacon pieces until browned.
  • In the same skillet with the bacon, add the chicken thighs and cook on both sides until browned and cooked through.
  • Add peppers, onions, and diced tomatoes and continue to cook until peppers and onions are warm and no longer frozen.
  • Reduce heat to simmer and then stir in the barbecue sauce. Continue to simmer until sauce is heated through.
  • Serve over rice, pasta, mashed potatoes, or your favorite veggies!

Makes 6 servings

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