For my second TV debut I polled dads on Facebook and asked "What meal do you want made especially for you on Father’s Day"? The answer was a unanimous "steak on the grill"!! There was of course some joking around because there seems to be this perceived notion that steak isn't "healthy". The thing is, if you buy the right cut and you prepare it in a way that prevents harmful substances and promotes eating more nutritious foods I think steak can be a great choice.
5 Tips For Healthier Grilling
First, let's learn a little about why it's important to keep health in mind while grilling. Cancer-causing reactions happen forming PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) when fat drippings hit the coals and the smoke sticks to your food. HCAs (heterocyclic amines) are the black or charring you see on your meat when you cook over high heat or if you have flare ups. It's important to know that this applies to all high heat cooking, not just outdoor grilling.
Argentine Steak Sauce/Marinade
Reserve half for marinating and half for sauce
Watch here for a demonstration and a few extra tips
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, thick stems removed (sub half cilantro for variety)
3⁄4 cup olive oil (high heat oil such as canola oil if using as a marinade)
1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon diced red onion or shallot
1 teaspoon dried oregano or 2+ tablespoons fresh oregano
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined.
Courtney Stinson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist