healthy sides for steak

Healthy Side Dishes to Eat with Steak

Looking for a healthy side dish to pair with some grilled steak? When it comes to deciding on what type side dish to make with your main course meal, the options are endless and it can especially hard to find one with great nutritional value.

To help you out, here’s a great list of super healthy side dish recipes for you to pair with your steak.

Roasted Green Beans

This super simple roast green bean side dish is a great choice for those you looking for something healthy and light to accompany your beef steak.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of green beans (trimmed)
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1/2 cup of pine nuts
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)

Tips

  • Although it is optional to trim the tapered ends of your green beans, it is easier to chew with it cut off.
  • Pine nuts can go bad quickly. Before cooking, store them in the fridge or freezer to preserve its freshness.
  • If you don’t have any pine nuts available or you find them too pricey, feel free to use chopped pecans.

Instructions

  1. Cook the green beans in a pot of boiling water for about 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Once the green beans are tender, drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and saute the pine nuts, garlic, and green beans in until brown for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add salt to taste.
  4. When everything is cooked, take out of the pan and serve with your steak!

Nutrition Facts

  • 152 calories
  • 12g fat
  • 18mg cholesterol
  • 341mg sodium
  • 9g carbohydrate
  • 4g protein

Mashed Cauliflower

Looking for a low-calorie version of mashed potatoes? Mashed cauliflower is the perfect and healthier alternative for you. Simply follow the directions below and enjoy your steak meal with the perfect cream mash cauliflower on the side.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized cauliflower head (chopped into 1-inch pieces)
    • 1 tsp of sea salt (divided)
    • 4 oz of cream cheese (softened)
    • 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese (shredded)
    • 2 tsp of butter (unsalted)
    • 2 tsp of fresh parsley (chopped)
    • 1/4 tsp of black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, place the cauliflower and half a teaspoon of sea salt and water. Cover and then bring to a boil for about 12-15 minutes or until very soft.
  2. To test if the cauliflower is soft enough, still a for in one of the pieces. Once the cauliflower reaches its desired softness, drain and set aside to let it cool.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower pieces into a food processor and then add the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, half a teaspoon of sea salt, black pepper, and chopped parsley. Let it mix until completely creamy and smooth.

Nutrition Facts

  • 239 calories
    • 20g fat (12g saturated fat)
    • 56mg cholesterol
    • 530mg sodium
    • 10g carbohydrates
    • 9g protein  

Roasted Artichokes

Ingredients     

  • 4 medium-sized artichokes
    • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 medium-sized lemon
    • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp of black pepper

Tips

  • To properly clean an artichoke, rinse it under cold water and then use a soft kitchen brush and remove the natural light film it has. By doing so, you’re getting rid of the bitterness that artichokes can carry if cooked with the film.
  • The parts of an artichoke which are edible are:
    • Base petals
    • Center core of the stem
    • The heart
  • The fuzzy part at the center is not edible.

Directions

  1. Set the oven to 400°F.
  2. With a sharp knife, cut 1 inch at the top of each artichoke and then with some scissors, cut off the tops of the outer leaves.
  3. Cut each artichoke in half and with a spoon remove the fuzzy center of each artichoke.
  4. Once the artichokes are cut and prepared, place them in baking pan and drizzle with olive oil, lemon zest and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. With the foil, cover the entire baking tray and bake until tender for 50 minutes to an hour.
  6. Once tender, take the artichokes out and serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • 76 calories
    • 19g fat
    • 5mg cholesterol
    • 446mg sodium
    • 6g carbohydrate
    • 4g protein

Greek Couscous Salad

If you need a side dish that’s a little bit more filling, this Greek couscous salad is a great option to fill that empty stomach. Enjoy a flavorful and colorful side dish made with the freshest ingredients.

Ingredients     

  • 1 can of chicken broth
    • 4 cups of uncooked couscous
    • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
    • 1-1/2 tsp of lemon zest (grated)
    • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
    • 1 tsp of Greek seasoning
    • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
    • 1 pc of cucumber (sliced)
    • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes (halved)
    • 1 cup of fresh parsley (chopped)
    • 1 can of ripe olives (drained and halved)
    • 4 pcs of green onions (chopped)
    • 1/2 cup of feta cheese (crumbled)

Instructions

  1. Grab a large saucepan over medium heat and add in the chicken broth then bring to a boil. Then stir in the couscous, remove from heat and set aside until the broth is fully absorbed.
  2. After about 5 minutes or once the couscous has absorbed the broth, transfer to a large bowl and let it cool.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients and add the cucumber, olives, green onions, tomatoes and chopped parsley to the couscous. Followed by the dressing.
  4. Add in the cheese and mix until fully incorporated. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

  • 335 calories
    • 18g fat
    • 4mg cholesterol
    • 637mg sodium
    • 39g carbohydrate
    • 9g protein

With this great list of healthy and filling side dishes you really can’t go wrong. Just simply choose the recipe of your choice, prepare and enjoy your meal!

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