Monday, June 3, 2013
Paleo Steak Roll Ups
mr d and i went to the crossfit regionals competition this weekend. it was all you would expect it to be. here is the one blurry picture i took while we there. this is the crew setting up for the second team WOD (workout of the day). it consisted of 21 deadlifts, followed by 21 box jumps, then repeated by 15 reps of each, then 9. one team set a world record. i guess it was a pretty big deal.
because this is a blog about food, you must be wondering why i'm mentioning the cxfit games. well, it just so happens that i had lunch there on saturday. at a food truck called "the paleo wagon." now, this food truck had two lines, each line had about 20 people in it, at all times. it was ridiculous. the other food vendor there sold soft pretzels, soda, and pizza. i think they had 5 customers, all weekend. as you can probably gather from their name, the paleo wagon was selling meals that complied with the paleo diet. if you aren't familiar with the paleo diet, google it, my friends. but the short version is this: eat like a caveman, i.e., meat and vegetables with limited fruits, no grains, no dairy, and obviously, no processed foods. i wish i had a taken a picture of our lunches. i got the scaled plate, meaning one meat, and mr d got the prescribed plate, meaning two meats. our plates consisted of a hearty scoop of carne asada, 1/2 an avacado, 1/2 of a cucumber, 2 sweet peppers and a strawberry. and mr d's second meat was a chicken sausage link. mr d was really excited about his paleo lunch, and long story short, it inspired me to make a paleo approved dinner. enter the steak roll up.
the recipe came from here, which includes a balsamic glaze to serve over the steak. the glaze looks and sounds delicious, but i was hungry by the time i'd gotten the steak in the pan and decided to forego the sauce and eat the roll ups as is. they were really good. i would definitely make them again, either with steak or with chicken. and i'll have to try the sauce out.
Steak Roll Ups
1 1/2-2 lb sirloin or flank steak
salt and pepper
1 glove garlic, minced
2 carrots, matchsticked
1 red bell pepper, matchsticked
4 green onions, sliced
4 asparagus spears, matchsticked
Prepare the steak by slicing into thin strips. (i butterflied mine, then cut into 8 strips.) Season steak with salt, pepper, and worcestershire and let marinate for 30 mins. While the steak is marinating, heat olive oil in a medium pan and cook the garlic for 1 min. Add the remaining veggies and saute for 2-3 minutes. Set the veggies aside. When the steak is done marinating, place a handful of veggies on each strip of steak and roll them up. Secure with a toothpick. Cook the steak roll ups in the same pan you cooked the veggies in until the desired doneness. (i cooked them about 7 mins on each side. they probably didn't need to be cooked that long, but raw meat makes me nervous.) Serve with more veggies, or with rice if you're not into the whole paleo thing.