Beef Kabobs with Chimichurri and Cauliflower Mash

Last week was a long week at ZELO HQ, and by the time Friday hit, we were ready sit back and enjoy the weekend.  To avoid going out and eating ourselves into a caloric black hole we decided to experiment with a semi-homemade meal in the test kitchen. 

Eating healthy doesn't mean you need to spend hours in the kitchen slaving over complicated recipes.  People tend to overcomplicate cooking as an excuse to eat out, but there are plenty of ways to save time and calories.  The recipe below is "semi-homemade", and all you need is a blender and 15 minutes. 

A simple chimichurri sauce adds healthy flavor to many dishes.  We added a secret ingredient that we think you will love. 

A simple chimichurri sauce adds healthy flavor to many dishes.  We added a secret ingredient that we think you will love. 

With semi-homemade meals, it is best to determine which part of a recipe will take up the most time and buy that at the store.  In this recipe, we picked up some healthy steak kabobs at whole foods.  We opted for the non-marinated version so that we could season the protein ourselves (it is always better to have control over marinades, sauces, seasonings, and dressings...they can sneak in unwanted calories, sugars and sodium).  While the grill was heating up, I boiled some cauliflower for the mash, and made a quick chimichurri sauce.  I changed up the recipe a bit by leaving out the olive oil that typically goes in a chimichurri and replacing with cashew cream instead!   Cashew cream is a great filler for sauces to add volume with few calories and little affect to the taste.  2 TBS of olive oil will cost you about 220 calories, but 2 TBS of cashew cream will only cost you 53 calories and adds more volume to the sauce.  Cashews are much lower in fat and calories than other cooking fats, but they still have the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (good fats).  Cashews also contain copper, which helps with the production of the skin and hair pigment called melanin (cashews=pretty skin and hair, win!).  Next time you want to make a sauce, dressing, dip, etc...don't forget about our friend the cashew! 

Check out the recipe below: 

Nutrition: 2 servings

(per serving estimate) Calories: 369 kCal   Fat: 12g   Carbs: 22g   Protein: 43g   Sodium: 300mg   Sugars: 4g (Fit Tip: sub chicken or tempeh for a lower calorie or vegan meal option)

Ingredients:

Cashew Cream (save the extra for another recipe):

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup water (240ml) + more water for soaking

Steak Kabobs:

  • Purchased from Whole Foods (2 skewers)

Cashew Chimichurri Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 TBS of cashew cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crushed red pepper

Cauliflower Mash: 

  • 2 cups of raw cauliflower
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Feel free to add in additional ingredients that you like on mashed potatoes. 

Instructions: 

  1. While the grill is heating up, get out your blender or food processor. 
  2. Combine all ingredients for chimichurri in blender and pulse until smooth (about 45 seconds).  Set aside sauce until meal is ready.
  3. Bring pot of water to a boil and add in cauliflower.  Boil cauliflower for about 15 minutes, or until tender (don't overcook the cauliflower or your mash will be soupy).  
  4. While the cauliflower is boiling, start grilling the skewers for about 10-15 minutes depending on how cooked you prefer your steak.  
  5. Remove the skewers from the grill and let sit for a few minutes so that the meat holds in the juices. 
  6. Drain water from pot of cauliflower, add cauliflower into blender with spices and garlic, add in 1/2 cup of water and pulse until you have the consistency you desire. 
  7. Top off the kabobs with some of the chimichurri, serve with your garlicky mash, and enjoy!
Cauliflower mash is a great low carb alternative to creamy mashed potatoes.

Cauliflower mash is a great low carb alternative to creamy mashed potatoes.