Healthy Marinated Steak Kabobs

Marinating meats and vegetables is my favorite way to add flavor to a dish. A lot of store bought marinades are high in sodium so I prefer to make my own. Making a marinade is simple and cheap, all it takes is a few flavorful ingredients. This marinade took me a couple minutes to prepare and I promise this is one of the best marinades I have ever tried.

The combination of lime juice and cayenne pepper adds a unique smoked flavor to an already delicious meal. Did I mention how simple this healthy and tasty dinner was to prepare? I marinated the steak for 2 hours because that’s all the time I had but if you are able to plan ahead I highly recommend marinating the steak for 24 hours. This marinade would do well with other meats like chicken or fish. Give it a try… I promise you will not regret it!

Healthy Marinated Steak Kabobs

Total time: 2+ hours of marinating and 15 minutes of cooking

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound filet of sirloin
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut steak into 2 inch cubes. Combine lime juice, water, olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, sea salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper in a large ziploc bag and mix well.
  2. Add steak to mixed marinade and put in fridge for at least 2 hours.
  3. Heat charcoal grill or gas grill to medium.
  4. Cut onion and peppers into 2 inch squares. String marinated steak, onions, and peppers onto skewers.
  5. Cook kabobs for 5-8 minutes on each side or until desired doneness.
  6. Combine kabobs with brown rice or whole wheat tortillas. Enjoy!

Spicy Orange & Maple Chicken

Eating chicken for most of my meals can get old. I like to try and change up my meals by adding different spices or pairing it with different sides. I found this recipe on Little B’s Healthy Habits. It has a sweet and spicy combination and pairs well with brown rice and a side salad. It seems like an odd mix but I promise it is delicious!

Spicy Orange & Maple Chicken

Total time: 20 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken, cut in half length wise and then cut into strips
  • Juice from 2 oranges
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp adobo sauce (could sub with 1 tbsp of adobo powder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2.5 tbsp sugar free maple syrup

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add olive oil.
  2. Sprinkle salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper on chicken and add to skillet.
  3. Remove cooked chicken from pan and keep warm.
  4. Add orange juice, syrup, and adobo sauce to pan and bring to a slight boil.
  5. Return chicken to pan and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Serve chicken over a bed of brown rice with sauce spooned on top.

Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Asparagus is packed with nutrients and is beneficial when added to any type of diet. Asparagus is an excellent source of fiber and vitamins A, C, E and K. Asparagus helps rid the body of excess salts and is packed with antioxidants. Are you looking to relieve yourself from bloating and retained water weight? Add asparagus to your diet and you will see why this vegetable is a key ingredient to any healthy and balanced diet.

Let’s face it asparagus is not everyone’s go to vegetable. The good thing about asparagus is that there are so many ways to cook it and change it up. You can chop it up and throw it in a stir fry, bake it with your favorite seasonings, or add it to your favorite casserole. This recipe is my favorite way to prepare asparagus. Parmesan Crusted Asparagus compliments any dish. This healthy and nutrient packed side dish will keep you wanting more.

Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Total time: 15 minutes

Yields: 4 servings (8-10 stalks per serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bundle of asparagus
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and cut the hard ends off of asparagus.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray. Place washed and cut asparagus onto baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil evenly over asparagus. Follow with 1-2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Add to oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until desired doneness.