Grilled Steak with a Veggie-Bacon Side Dish Recipe
This grilled steak and cabbage recipe will tantalize your taste buds with bold flavor and provide the perfect balance of nutrition. With a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time on the grill, you can whip up this incredible combo in no time.
So gather your ingredients, get the grill fired up, and let’s get grilling!
Here are the steps to preparing and cooking this Grilled Steak and Cabbage Recipe:
Preparing Your Steak
Grilled steak is one of those dishes that everyone loves but few truly master––until now! By following these steps carefully you can serve up juicy cuts every time.
When you’re looking for that perfect steak, you might want to choose something with high fat content, like ribeye or porterhouse. Fat adds flavor and prevents your steak from drying out while it cooks.
When seasoning your steak, look to classic combinations like salt and pepper, or garlic and rosemary. Once you’ve seasoned it, let it sit out at room temperature for 20 minutes. This will ensure even cooking throughout.
When you’re ready to grill your steak, make sure your grill is hot—the heat should be medium-high; if it’s too hot, the outside of the steak will burn before the inside is cooked through.
- Place your steaks on the grill and leave them alone until they release easily from the grate—that’s when you know it’s time to flip them over!
- Cook for an additional 5 minutes on each side for medium-rare steaks; for mid-well done steaks cook 10 minutes per side.
- Remove from heat and let rest for 10 more minutes before serving.
Making Your Veggie Side Dish
This unforgettable side dish made up of cabbage, carrots, broccoli and bacon pieces will wow you!
While your steaks are resting, prepare your vegetables—you can use cabbage, carrots, broccoli or any combination of vegetables you like.
Prep your veggies:
- Slice up 1 head of cabbage into thin slices or shreds;
- peel 4 carrots and slice into thin strips;
- cut 1 head of broccoli into small florets;
- mince 2 cloves of garlic;
- dice 4 slices of bacon into small pieces;
- measure out 2 tablespoons each of olive oil and butter;
- season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cooking your cabbage medley:
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and butter until bubbly.
- Add diced bacon pieces to pan and cook until crisp—about 5 minutes—stirring occasionally so everything cooks evenly.
- Once bacon is crisp remove from pan using a slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess grease. Add remaining tablespoon each of olive oil & butter to pan along with garlic & vegetables (cabbage, carrots & broccoli).
- Sautee vegetables until softened — about 8 minutes — stirring often so everything cooks evenly without burning or sticking to the bottom of pan—adding more oil as needed as the vegetables cook down in size/volume in pan.
- Once veggies are tender, add bacon back into pan & season with salt & pepper as desired
- Stir all ingredients together before removing from heat
- Once heated through & combined together well (about 2 minutes) it’s ready
Serve warm alongside grilled steaks!
Perhaps you’re wondering about dessert… you might want to try this wonderful lemon cake recipe…
Nutrition information for this Steak and Cabbage Recipe
I’ve never been a calorie counter, but if you’re interested in that you can check out the “calculator” here.
The Veggie Dish…
A side dish featuring sliced cabbage, carrots, broccoli and bacon pieces definitely has potential to create a healthy meal.
Cabbage, carrots and broccoli all contain fiber, vitamins and minerals that provide our bodies with energy and important micro-nutrients for keeping us healthy. Additionally, the fiber content in these vegetables can aid in digestion and will fill you up more quickly so you’re less likely to overeat.
When it comes to the bacon though, that’s where things can become tricky. Bacon is processed meat which tends to be loaded with saturated fat and sodium, so portion control is essential when deciding if this delicious side dish should be part of a nutritious meal. If kept in moderation then this yummy cabbage medley could certainly be elevated to a nutritional level that would keep your body strong and satisfied!
Tips to make it healthier:
If you use a low-fat, nitrate-free bacon and dress your vegetables in an oil of neutral taste like avocado oil, prepare them with minimal salt or processed seasonings; then it would be a healthier option.
While this is an unconventional side dish that may not appeal to everyone’s taste buds, it contains nutrients like Vitamin C, Iron, Folate and Potassium that are beneficial to overall health.
The Grilled Steak:
Grilled steaks can be a great addition to a healthy, balanced diet for meat eaters!
Not only are they high in protein and low in calories, but when prepared the right way, can also provide various vitamins and minerals.
Grilled steaks are lower in fat than pan-fried or deep-fried cuts of beef, so you don’t get all of the unhealthy fats that come with those cooking methods.
If eaten regularly, grilled steaks are an excellent source of lean protein such as iron and zinc, as well as essential amino acids like omega-3 fatty acids which help to reduce inflammation. Plus, they make for a delicious meal that’s sure to satisfy your cravings!
So grab those tongs (and maybe an apron!) because it’s time to get grilling! Enjoy!
Tips for healthier grilling
There are ways to make delicious grilled steaks a little healthier.
First, use lean cuts of steak with visible external fat removed.
Second, marinate the steak before grilling to reduce the formation of harmful compounds when it’s cooked at high temperatures.
Third, avoid adding sauces or butter while cooking; instead choose seasoning options such as freshly ground black pepper, rosemary and rock salt for flavor.
Finally, keep an eye on the heat and aim for medium-rare cooking – this will help retain more of the natural flavors and retain any nutritional benefits the steak may have.
So try these tips the next time you cook up some grilled steaks!