Healthy Thai Beef Salad
One of the toughest things about winter is making myself eat healthy. When it’s freezing outside, it’s so much more tempting to make something warm, cheesy and gooey like a big batch of mac n’ cheese or Irish onion soup. While we do that occasionally, it’s not a good habit to get into. Remember, I’m trying to get a booty, not a gut!
To avoid gaining that winter weight, I’ve been trying to be creative with our meals and work in extra veggies and lean protein wherever I can. This past Sunday the temperatures dropped to 15 degrees and Rob and I didn’t leave the house all day other than to walk Oliver (which was miserable). Since we were stuck inside all day, I ended up cooking a bunch! For lunch I made us one of the tastiest salads I’ve had in a long time. Rob loves Asian food, so I went with that theme and made a Thai beef salad using lots of veggies and a PRE Brands sirloin steak and O.M.G. it was so good!
If you’re not familiar with PRE Brands, it’s worth checking out! Their organic grass-fed meat comes pre-packaged and individually wrapped. I keep a few of our favorite cuts in the freezer and pull them out for dinner in a pinch.
What I loved about this salad was that it was light, but still filling and packed with a lot of textures, flavors and colors — all things that make up a good salad in my book. The sesame lime vinaigrette added a much-needed winter kick and had me dreaming of warmer days. Rob loved it too!
The other thing that I absolutely love about PRE Brands is that each package gives you the ideal cooking times of the steak on the back. I always think that steak can be a bit intimidating to cook, anyone else? I used a cast iron grill pan (perfect for apartment dwellers) on medium heat using the suggested times and the steak turned out perfectly!
Healthy Thai Beef Salad
2 limes, juiced
1/3 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tsp sriracha sauce
salt & pepper to taste
For the Salad:
1 PRE Beef sirloin steak
3 handfuls of mixed greens
1/3 cucumber, seeded and sliced
1/4 cup sliced red onion
1/2 avocado, cubed
1 small carrot, shredded
2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp mint, chopped
2 Tbsp crushed peanuts
Season the steak with salt and pepper. Heat a grill pan or grill to medium heat.
When hot, cook the steak 5 minutes on each side or until desired doneness.
Remove from the grill, cover with foil and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
Meanwhile combine all the vinaigrette ingredients in a jar and shake to combine.
Combine all the remaining salad ingredients through mint and toss with a drizzle of the vinaigrette.
Top with sliced sirloin steak and crushed peanuts.
Have you tried PRE Brands before? What did you think? What are your favorite healthy winter recipes?
P.S. I included links to some of the products shown in the pictures below!
*This post was sponsored by PRE Brands, as always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Fox & She up and running!