Red meat is often touted as a bad thing. The reason? It is high in saturated fat. Saturated fat has a role in increasing LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol). This has a negative effect on heart health. There has also been evidence of red meat increasing colon cancer. It is unclear the exact mechanism. BUT, it has plenty of other nutrients. It is rich in protein. It is an excellent source of iron. This is a deficiency seen more commonly in girls. It is also rich in vitamin B12 which helps keep red blood cells and nerves healthy, through its contribution to make DNA. Zinc is another micronutrient that it provides, which works its magic at keeping the immune system healthy. So yes, red meat has some negativity associated with it, but it also provides a good source of nutrients. As with anything that you eat, always consume in moderation! It is recommended according to a 2000 Calorie diet on myplate.gov that a 5.5 ounce serving of protein is obtained from a variety of protein sources including lean meats, nuts, legumes, etc. If you choose to eat a burger for dinner, it would probably be wise to eat a 3 oz burger. This is roughly equivalent to the size of the standard McDonald’s burger.
In this recipe, I decided to forgo a sandwich, and make a dish that could be eaten in a variety of ways. As a salad, as a rice and steak bowl, as a bean and steak bowl, or even as a sandwich if you so desired.
Ingredients (servings for 2):
- 8 oz steak cooked, and cut into cubes (I cooked my steak on an indoor George Foreman grill)
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup brown rice, or add-in of your choice (optional)
- Place cut up steak in bowl, and add all other ingredients except the rice. Mix together.
- Serve over rice, beans or a salad. This can also be made into a sandwich. I would recommend using pita bread or a wrap, and adding some sort of slaw to it, like a coleslaw or broccoli slaw.