Sorry if it seems as if I have disappeared off of the face of the earth, but that is what planning a wedding will do to you! Not only have we been planning the big event, I started seeing a personal trainer and I love it! Don’t get me wrong, she kicks my ass and has me doing things I never thought I would do like counting and tracking my calories and cutting out alcohol. Yes you heard me, limited wine intake until the big day! Its been a challenge especially when I travel, but I will say that I feel so much better and it is so great to be moving my body again and a relief to have something outside of work and the wedding to focus on. Not to mention, my trainer is pretty freakin rad.
So now you know why I have not been posting much lately. I have been eating light meals like Greek yogurt with berries, tuna with vegetables, cottage cheese with fruit, grilled chicken with greens… you get the idea. Sounds pretty boring, right? Well it can be, but I realized (and my trainer agrees) that you have to have some healthy fun and being super strict on things just sets you up for failure. Mike and I got a pretty flank steak from Figueroa Produce and I really wanted to make a salad to pair with it with blue cheese dressing. Obviously, blue cheese dressing is the devil, but I think I came up with a way to be able to eat this with out packing in all of the calories of the traditional dressing often made with oil, buttermilk, and mayonnaise. I made it with Greek yogurt! I know it sounds weird, but give it a try. It was really tasty and I promise you won’t be able to tell much of a difference. Greek yogurt is the bomb. We use it for everything. It is a good substitute for mayo, sour cream, etc. and it is really high in protein. This dressing would also be good as a dip for vegetables or apples… in fact, I am def packing some along with a sliced apple as a snack tomorow.
Grilled Flank Steak…
- 2 pounds flank steak
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
Score the surface of the steak with a knife. Make the cuts about 1/4 inch deep. Combine the marinade ingredients. Place steak and marinade ingredients in a large freezer bag. Coat the steak well with the marinade. Seal the bag and place in a bowl. Chill and marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Coat the grill rack with a bit of olive oil and preheat to high heat. Take the steak out of the bag and sprinkle generously on both sides with salt and pepper. This will help form a savory crust on the steak. Place steak on the hot grill. If you are using a gas grill, cover the grill. Grill for 4-6 minutes on each side until medium rare. Don’t overcook flank steak as it can get tough. Remove from the grill and place on a cutting board. Let rest and cover with aluminum foil for 10 minutes. Slice steak on a slight diagonal and put on top of the salad.
Guilt Free Blue Cheese Dressing:
- 1/4 cup blue cheese finely chopped or in crumbles
- 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (we use Fage 0%)
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
- Cracked black pepper to taste
- Bit of salt of seasoned salt
- Drizzle of honey or agave
Finely chop or break apart blue cheese into small crumbles. Combine blue cheese, Greek yogurt, lemon juice , vinegar, and garlic in a bowl or jar and mix well. Add all seasonings and a drizzle of agave or honey and stir well with fork until cheese is no longer clumpy. Adjust seasonings to taste and may want to add some water to get it to your desired consistency. We left it pretty thick. I suggest letting sit for a couple of hours or even making this the day before. Use atop salads or as a dip for vegetables or crunchy apples.
- 3 cups baby arugula
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 green apple, thinly sliced
- 1 red or orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 Roma tomato, chopped
- salt and pepper
Toss all salad ingredients into a bowl and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Toss salad with 2-3 tablespoons of the blue cheese dressing. Plate the salad and top with a few slices of the grilled skirt steak. The warm steak as well as the crunch and sweetness of the apple paired with the strong blue cheese is soooo good! You won’t even miss all of those calories you are saving:)
So, if I post anything else before the big day, bare with me as they will more than likely be about me trying create a healthier option. Fingers crossed that I can keep this up… not just for the wedding, but for a healthier lifestyle. Hooray!