Few things whet the palette more than a nice, juicy steak.
Fortunately, high-quality unprocessed meat contains many essential nutrients for both lean muscle building and fat loss. For example, one 3.5-ounce (100-gram) portion of raw beef contains vitamin B12, B3 (niacin), B6, iron, zinc, selenium, and tons of omega-3 fatty acids. (SIDE NOTE: Grass-fed beef contains about 5 times as much omega-3 as grain-fed beef, making it a far superior option.)
In addition to the well-known macro- and micronutrients, steak and other red meats are also a source of creatine. Creatine, which is not found in plant-based foods, provides an important energy reserve in the muscles and brain. Lean beef also contains carnosine, a compound that functions as an antioxidant and protects against several degenerative processes.
Yes, steak is certainly a great staple of a well-balanced diet. Problem is, many people have a hard time figuring out new and exciting ways to cook steak. If you're tired of bland beef, here's a delicious dish to consider whipping up for your next weekend party (or when you just have a little extra time to meal prep). Believe me, this puts my Mrs. Dash-seasoned beef to shame!
For the Steak:
2 one-pound bone-in strip steaks, cut about 1.5 inches thick
For the Steak Seasoning:
3/4 tablespoon of rock salt
1.5 tablespoons of whole black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon of dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon of dried minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon of red chili pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon of fennel seeds
For the Herb Butter:
1 stick of salted butter, softened to room temperature
Large pinch of steak seasoning
1 tablespoon of finely minced fresh thyme
1 tablespoon of finely minced fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
1 minced garlic clove
*Cook on any grill to your desired temp!
This meal goes perfect with the #12Week Gold Standard Nutrition Program!