Steal This Meal: The “Ingredients” Edition

We’re taking a break from reader-submitted Steal This Meal submissions to bring you a Whole9 reminder.  While there are plenty of fancypants Paleo recipes out there, calling for carmelized this or braised that, we’d like to point out one simple fact.  Your Whole30 meals don’t have to be complicated to be delicious. They don’t have to be gourmet-inspired, they don’t have to take hours to prepare, they don’t even have to be real honest to goodness ‘meals’.  Sometimes, you can skip the slaving-away-in-the-kitchen part and just eat the INGREDIENTS of a meal.  (I know!  How freeing, right?)

Take today’s S.T.M. suggestion – a giant fiesta of meat and veggies that Dallas grilled just last night for Melissa’s parents in NH.   It was simple, it was easy, it was 100% Whole30 compliant… and it more closely resembled ingredients than an actual prepared ‘meal’.   Steak tips.  A ton of fresh veggies.  Some fruit.   That’s it.  And it turns out it was one of the tastiest dinners we’ve had in a long time.  Proof that sometimes, the ingredients don’t just make a good meal… they are a good meal.

Steal This Meal:  Meat.  Vegetables.  Grill.  Go. (Serves 4)

  • 2-3 lbs. of high quality steak tips, Paleo marinade of your choice optional
  • 3 peppers (1 green, 1 yellow, 1 red)
  • 2 sweet Vidalia onions
  • 2 portabella mushroom
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 mango

Slice all vegetables and fruit into wide, thick slices.  No oil is needed, although some prefer to brush a little on the vegetables to keep them from sticking.  Set your grill to medium heat.  Add steak and the denser vegetables (peppers, onions, zucchini).  Add portabella and pineapple.  Save the mango for last, because it cooks the fastest.  Turn vegetables and pineapple often.

Grill until meat is cooked to preference (rare, aduh) and vegetables are to the desired tenderness.  Grill marks taste good, so don’t be afraid of a few lines seared into your pineapple.  Fill your plate, serve and eat.

Got a delicious, simple list of ingredients for our next Friday recipe feature? Send your Steal This Meal entry (along with photos and YOUR Whole30-inspired story!) to [email protected].