I am a sucker for a good steak, but following The Wild Diet doesn’t mean that you’re “carnivore.” The Wild Diet teaches us to be omnivores… and most of the time we’re enjoying a nice piece of meat with a plate full of fresh greens and veggies.
And that’s a really healthy way to incorporate good quality red meat into your diet.
When most people think Paleo, they think “slab of red meat with a side of bacon.”
There’s much more to The Wild Diet plate.
When I sit down to my evening feast, at least half of my plate is full of leafy green veggies—either a big fresh salad, lightly roasted Brussels sprouts, cabbage, or other organic farmers market find. Then comes a small piece of pasture-raised meat, poultry, or wild-caught fish with a bit of fat.
But what is “good quality” when it comes to red meat?
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The Wild Diet focuses on pasture-raised beef from cows grazing on grass, rather than the feedlot beef you find at most conventional butchers or grocery stores. In the wild, cows graze on grass… not soy protein mixed with GMO corn and bone-meal!
Grass-fed, organically raised beef is significantly higher in important nutrients like:
- CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)—a proven defense against cancer
- Omega-3 Fatty Acid—essential to every cell in your body, especially your brain and heart
- Vitamin E—an antioxidant that’s good for your skin and has anti-aging properties
When buying humanely-raised grass-fed beef, you’ll be getting meat free from hormones, antibiotics, and chemical additives that are widely used in conventional beef to make that steak appear more red and last longer on the shelf.
It can seem like a big expense to purchase good quality meat, but we’ve got a few tricks to help you get more bang for your buck. Including how to get high quality meat at the grocery store, how to properly cook meat so you can get more out of cheaper cuts, and our complete Wild Diet Shopping Guide.
If you can’t find grass-fed, pasture-raised meats at your local farm or farmers market, the meantime, head over to these online stores that sell humanely raised, healthy meats:
Check out the specials and don’t be afraid of the cheaper cuts—like liver and heart! They’re actually super healthy!
But now for one of my favorite steak recipes straight out of The Wild Diet!
Serve it with your favorite roasted veggie like Brussels sprouts (pictured) or a big salad. If you’re dining alone, save that second steak to slice thin for a wrap tomorrow.
- 1 medium garlic clove
- 1 cup packed fresh parsley
- ½ cup packed fresh cilantro
- ⅓ cup organic extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon grass-fed ghee
- 2 (6-ounce) grass-fed, organic boneless top loin steaks
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Place the steaks on the counter for about a half hour prior to cooking so they come to room temperature. (Optional, but it will help the steaks cook evenly.)
- Peel the garlic clove and place it in a food processor with the parsley, cilantro, oliv oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Pulse a few times to combine. Set aside.
- Melt the ghee in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and season with salt and pepper.
- Cook until the steaks reach your desired doneness, 3 - 5 minutes on each side. (Salt and pepper when you flip.)
- Turn up the heat to high just before removing the steaks from the pan and lightly brown each side.
- Transfer steaks to a plate to rest for about five minutes.
- Serve the steaks topped with chimichurri sauce.
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Did you try the Chimichurri steak? Let us know how you like it by leaving a comment below, or tweet a note to me @fatburnman!