Grilled Spicy Filet Mignon Salad
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay shows us that grilled steak doesn't just taste good, it can be good for you.
Makes: 4 Servings
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp chili paste with garlic
1 tbsp peanut oil
2 (12 oz) filets mignons
Freshly ground pepper
1 head Bibb lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
3 cups fresh spinach, torn into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup fresh basil
1 small cucumber, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 carrots, thinly sliced
5 radishes, thinly sliced
1 cup red or yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
Ginger Lime Dressing (below)
Salt and ground black pepper
Bobby's Tip: For a lean alternative to fatty, premade dressing, try this: Ginger lime dressing
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp finely diced shallots or green onions
1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
2 tsp sugar or sugar substitute
2 tbsp peanut oil Salt and pepper
Mix together. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
TO MAKE:  Whisk soy sauce, lime juice, chili paste, and oil together; pour into a resealable bag.  Add steaks; close bag (removing the air). Marinate for 30 minutes in the fridge.  Heat grill to high.  Remove steaks from bag; pat dry. Season with pepper; grill for 3 minutes per side for medium-rare.  Remove from grill, let sit for 5 minutes, then slice into 1z4-inch-thick slices.  Combine salad ingredients in a bowl. Toss with half the dressing and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter, top with steak, and drizzle on remaining dressing.
[A] Spices don't just add bite to meat. Chili paste contains capsaicin, a metabolism-boosting fat-burner that increases the body's ability to dissolve fibrin-a major component in heart-stopping blood clots.
[B] Raw spinach is an excellent source of glutathione, an antioxidant that not only kills cancer-causing compounds in your body but also helps remove harmful pollutants from your system.
[C] Worried about bacteria in your food? Compounds in basil have been shown to restrict the growth of food-borne germs, including E. coli. Dried basil is an OK source, but fresh is much more potent.
[D] Dairy products aren't the only way to get a strong skeleton. Studies show that people who frequently eat tomatoes have healthier bones and are less likely to suffer from bone disease than people who don't.
[E] Besides fueling the growth of new muscle tissue, arginine- an amino acid found in beef-is used by cells to produce nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes blood vessels and enhances circulation.
Per serving: 354 calories, 38 g protein, 18 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 17 g fat