WELLLL> I was trying to think of something we could do for St. Patricks Day so naturally I thought green.
Second, I feel like between my busy schedule, my pregnant tired body and my husband stuck in busy season my diet has gone to pot. I want some inspiration to eat and take care of my body more healthily, flavorful and fun. So what not a week of healthy greens?
For this meal First, You want to start off by marinating your meat in a little balsamic vinegar. Balsamic Vinegar is like a magic. It makes fruit sweeter, salads tangy and flavorful, tenderizes and seasons meats, you can use it a variety of ways. Cook it down, eat it raw, dip bread in it…. endless possibilities. AND it is FAT FREE. Instead of using oils, and salad dressings–things full of salts, calories and fat try substituting it with a nice balsamic.
Balsamic Vinegars are much like wines and olive oils. The the older they are the better they become. As I was perusing around the internet I found you can buy balsamic vinegars for hundreds of dollars. But really for a good balsamic vinegar you should probably find one for about $10+
Take your steak and let it soak up the balsamic vinegar. This is great for two reasons…
1. The acid in the vinegar will tenderize your meat
Really the story behind this meal is that I went out to lunch with a girlfriend who told me all about her meal she was making that night. She had an avocado salsa and salmon at home marinating…and since then I have wanted to make the same dish!! I love salsas. LOVE them. Avocado salsa is a made with so many healthy green foods. It’s perfect to start this week off. You can top this avocado salsa on ANYTHING. The creamy smoothness of the avocado with the tart lime, and mmm ccccilantro. (cilantro just deserves a category of its own) and then the crunch savoriness of an onion, mild pepper from the jalapeno.
Grill your steak (or use fish!), slice it up if you like, toss it with a Spinach Salad and use the avocado Salsa as your dressing.
Here are some healthy benefits from just the salsa alone…
Avocado: honestly if I were to list all that avocado does for your body this post would be forever! I found this website that is awesome at keeping it informed and organized: The Nutritional Benefits of Avocados but lets just say it has over 16 vitamins. It helps almost every part of your body, from your teeth and bones, your muscles, skin, digestive system and your cardiovascular system. Avocados can be expensive. I like to buy them in bulk at Costco, and put them in fridge. When I do that the very sloooowly will ripen. So I can keep them for a couple of weeks. the trick is just remembering to pull one out a day or two ahead of my meal so it can ripen quickly and completely.
Limes: limes are full of vitamin C, folate and anti-oxidants. Limes are one of the great foods that will bring out the favor in OTHER foods too. One of the most interesting facts I found was that limes are full of a unique flavonoid compound called flavonol glycosides,these flavonoids have been proven to stop cell division in cancer cells. innnertesting eh? ALSO, I really appreciate that they are natural diuretics. They help to rid you of natural water retention. so IF you are one who is a little swollen at the end of the night, or wake up with swollen fingers? Try adding a slice of fresh lime (or lemon) to your water.
Onions: onions are fullll of polyphenol. what on is is a polyphenol? put simply- its an antioxidant. Onions in particular have more plyphenol than several other veggies full of antioxidants such as tomatoes. ALSO, onions, when cooked (although they are not cooked in this recipes) don’t look their nutrition in the chemical changes that occur with heat, instead their nutrients seep into whatever food you are cooking…such as food. Which also makes since that when you here people complain that there is too much onion in a dish- and you can taste it in EVERYTHING, its true. because it naturally leaks into the whole dish. Just don’t put too much in to over power the meal…
Cilantro: Cilantro has minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Cilantro is rich in many vital vitamins, including folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, vitamin-C that is essential for optimum health. ALSOO, this is also a little tid bit I loved, Cilanto is also a natural cleansing agent. eh? so nice.
Lastly (although I could go on with ALL the components in this meal) Jalapeños: Much like other green veggies they are full of minerals and vitamins, anti-oxidants… vitamin K, vitamin C etc. But what I really like the capsaicin- capsaicin is the chemical the makes your tongue burn… That is know to reduce inflammation. if you have ever dealt with inflammation, as I have, you’d much rather eat spicy peppers than have your hands red and burning swollen and sore.
Really, for this meal you can use any meat. A great seasonal fish, or if chicken is all you have in your fridge… OR opt out on meat. and go Vegetarian. This salsa is amazing. We get addicted just eating it with some tortilla chips. It’s just not quite as healthy as eating it on a bed of spinach ; )
- 4 med size steaks
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 2 avocados
- 1/2 red onion
- 2 TBS chopped cilantro
- 1/2-1 jalapeño
- 2 limes
- 1 tsp salt
1 hour or more before serving start marinating your meat in the balsamic vinegar.
right before you are ready to eat grill or broil your steak for a few minutes on both sides or until desired wellness is reached.
1 hour or more before serving, prepare salsa.
dice avocado, onion, cilantro, jalapeño combine in bowl and mix with salt and lime juice
(you can place onion, cilantro, jalapeño and lime in a food processor to dice smaller, but do not add avocado, hand cut your avocado)
To plate, layer 1/2 cup spinach, steak, topped with avocado salsa.