Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Massaged Kale Salad with Cherries, Pistachios, and Grilled Steak + 30 Days of Dinner!

These 30 Days of Dinner cover the last little stretch of the school year, so there's plenty of eating out and not 100% clean eating. But we managed. And YAY for summer!! We've been busy already, but I love getting a little more daylight to cook, lots of fresh produce, and warm weather to grill out. This steak salad recipes is TOPS. It's super easy, but so fresh and delicious. A must make! 

Massaged Kale Salad with Cherries, Pistachios, and Grilled Steak

- 1 lb flank steak 
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- your favorite steak seasoning

- 2 bunches of dino kale, de-stemmed and chopped into ribbons
- 1/2 medium red onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 cups cherries, pitted and cut in half 
- 2 avocados, seed and skin removed and sliced thinly 
- 5 sprigs of mint, chopped 
- 1/2 cup pistachios
- 1 tbsp of hemp seeds

- juice of 2 large lemons 
- 1/3 cup of olive oil

1. Rub your steak with olive oil and season it liberally with steak seasoning. Set it aside and allow it to come to room temperature.
2. Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil for dressing and set aside.
3. Add kale to a large salad bowl. Pour dressing over kale and using clean hands, massage the dressing into the kale leaves. This will soften the leaves and allow them to absorb some of the dressing.
4. Assemble the salad by adding the onion, pitted cherries, avocado, mint, pistachios, and hemp seeds.
5. Add steak to a hot grill and cook for 3 minutes each side, making sure not to overcook. Remove steak from the heat and allow it to rest for a few minutes.
6. Slice steak and arrange it on top of salad.

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30 Days of Dinner

Day 1 (Th) -- leftovers
Day 2 (F) -- Massaged Kale Salad with Cherries, Pistachios, and Grilled Steak
Day 3 (Sat) -- dinner out
Day 4 (Sun) -- dinner out 

Day 5 (M) -- dinner at a friend's house
Day 6 (T) -- Best Ever Turkey Chili; Asparagus and Mushrooms in Lemon-Thyme Butter 
Day 7 (W) -- leftovers
Day 8 (Th) -- Kimchi Beef Burgers; sweet potato fries
Day 9 (F) -- brinner
Day 10 (Sat) -- dinner out
Day 11 (Sun) -- Chicken Meatballs with Garlic Kale Marinara 

Day 12 (M) -- Carne Asada; Green Beans and Beets with Balsamic Reduction; Crispy Lemon Oven-Roasted Potatoes
Day 13 (T) -- Shawarma-Spciced Chicken Pita with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce
Day 14 (W) -- leftovers
Day 15 (Th) -- Massaged Kale Salad with Cherries, Pistachios, and Grilled Steak; oven roasted potatoes
Day 16 (F) -- Grilled Chicken Tacos; cauliflower rice
Day 17 (Sat) -- Lemon Spaghetti with Turkey Sausage + Spinach 
Day 18 (Sun) -- burgers and sweet potato fries 

Day 19 (M) -- dinner out 
Day 20 (T) -- Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie (this sounds so bizarre, but was strangely delicious); salad 
Day 21 (W) -- Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken; sautéed green beans 
Day 22 (Th) -- Grilled Marinated Flank Steak (I thought this was just OK); roasted green potatoes; green salad 
Day 23 (F) -- dinner out 
Day 24 (Sat) -- Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Tomato Sauce (this recipe was a freakin' disaster for me and proved once again that somethings are just better left un-paleofied); Paleo Turkey Meatballs 
Day 25 (Sun) -- chicken sausage and vegetables; spaghetti squash with Fennel Frond Pesto (DELISH); grilled asparagus (can you tell we picked up a monster CSA that day?) 

Day 26 (M) -- Chipotle Pulled Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa (subbed honey for brown sugar and everyone LOVED this); cauliflower rice 
Day 27 (T) -- Fajita Chicken Kebabs; cauliflower
Day 28 (W) -- leftovers; Fennel, Escarole + Radish Salad 
Day 29 (Th) -- Backpocket Bolognese over spaghetti squash; leftover salad
Day 30 (F) -- dinner out 

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