Steak Spinach Salad
Phase: Low Calorie Phase Course: Main Course, Salad
This recipe is safe for Phase 2 of the HCG Diet and counts as 1 meat serving, 1 vegetable serving, and 1 'carb' serving. Make sure you use the correct type of steak for compliance with the HCG Diet. You will need an extra lean type of steak such as sirloin, filet mignon, T-bone, etc. Trim any visible fat from the meat before cooking.
- 100 grams (3.5 ounces) extra lean steak
- ⅛ tsp fine sea salt
- ⅛ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 clove fresh garlic, minced*
- ½ tsp onion powder**
- 1 tbsp Simple Girl Salad Dressing (any flavor for marinade)
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 2 tbsp Simple Girl Salad Dressing (any flavor for topping)
- 1 grissini breadstick (any flavor)
Mince the fresh garlic until fine.
Place the raw steak in a zip top bag along with the sea salt, black pepper, freshly minced garlic, onion powder and 1 tablespoon of Simple Girl Salad Dressing. Zip tightly and place in the fridge to marinate. Let marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Tip: Gently prick your steak with a fork until there are several small holes in the meat before marinating. This will help the seasonings and the salad dressing absorb deeper into the meat providing a better flavor.
Remove the steak from the zip-top bag, discard left-over dressing.
Grill or bake the marinated steak without the use of any oil or cooking spray (whichever cooking method you prefer) until it reaches your preferred level of 'doneness'. We like to grill the steak for this recipe because the 'sear' of the steak makes it taste better.
Wash and dry the fresh spinach. This step is important to remove any contaminates, especially if you do not buy organic produce.
Once the spinach is dry, place in a large bowl, add the steak, and your favorite flavor of Simple Girl Salad Dressing.
Toss until well combined and transfer to a large plate.
Take a broken grissini breadstick and add to the salad or place into a zip-top bag and crush to create a crouton topping. For this recipe, we used the multi-grain grissini breadstick, but any of the flavors would be fine.
Serve and enjoy!
*You should always mince fresh garlic rather than using pre-minced garlic from the grocery store. Most pre-minced garlic contain preservatives. Be on the safe side... mince your own fresh garlic cloves for the best possible weight loss.
**Check the ingredients of the onion powder, as some brands of onion powder can contain unallowed ingredients such as -dextrose. Avoid any onion powder brand with words ending in -ose, -tol, or -dextrin.
***We recommend the Simple Girl brand of salad dressing while on the HCG Diet. To purchase Simple Girl Dressings and sauces, click here.
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