Kitchen Challenge: Use a New to You Lean Beef Cut – Part 2 Steaks

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In Wednesday’s post, An April Kitchen Challenge: Use a New to You Lean Beef Cut, I touched on why lean beef is a great addition to a healthy diet. [My friend Amee’s post, The Health Benefit’s of Lean Beef, is also filled with helpful info!]

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I also introduced you to eleven different roasts/prepared cuts which are waiting to find their way into your kitchen.  Today we’re talking lean steaks!

Take a look at the list below… what steaks from this list haven’t you tried before?  Are any popping out at you to give a try this month? I hope you’ll join me in this challenge!  Have you decided between a roast or steak or BOTH? 

Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak with Cranberry Salsa from @HealthyDelish

pictured above: coffee rubbed flank steak with cranberry salsa from Healthy Delicious

Flank Steak aka flank steak filet, London broil, jiffy steak, plank steak
// A boneless, flavorful steak often served sliced thin [against the grain.]
// Best when marinated to tenderize, then grilled or broiled.
// Delicious Looking Flank Steak Recipes to Try

Eye of Round Steak
// Cost-friendly and very versatile as long as you let it sit in some liquid first.
// Best when marinated to tenderize, then grilled, broiled, or braised to medium rare.
// Delicious Looking Eye of Round Steak Recipes to Try

  • Bella & Brie Steakhouse Salad with Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette from Cupcakes and Kale Chips.  Topped with sliced steak, sautéed mushrooms, Brie, toasted pecans, and a WOOT!-worthy dressing, this is an A+ meal-worthy salad.
  • Tuscan Style Steak from Gourmet Innovations.  Though this recipe calls for a rib-eye, because of the marinating and grilling to medium rare taking place it makes it a great fit for the budget-friendly eye of round. 

Petite Tender aka shoulder petite tender
// Lean but juicy, this is one of the most tender cuts with a beefy flavor and lots of versatility.
// Best when grilled or broiled.
// Delicious Looking Petite Tender Roast Recipes to Try

Petite Tender Medallions
// These medallions are thin slices cut from the petite tender described above; juicy, beefy, pre-portioned goodness!
// Best when skillet cooked.
// Delicious Looking Petite Tender Medallions Recipes to Try

Steak and Heirloom Tomato Salad | Magnolia Days

pictured above: steak and heirloom tomato salad via Magnolia Days and The Beef Checkoff.

Ranch Steak aka shoulder center steak
// Cost-friendly, convenient and versatile.
// Best when grilled or broiled.
// Delicious Looking Ranch Steak Recipes to Try

Sirloin Tip Center Steak aka round sirloin tip center steak
// A popular boneless lean cut.
// Best when skillet cooked, grilled or broiled to medium rare.
// Delicious Looking Sirloin Tip Center Steak Recipes to Try

  • Spicy Beef Stir Fry with Pepper from Omnivore’s Cookbook.  Warm and spicy translates to tasty and comforting with this sweet and savory dish, done in 25 minutes.
  • Steak and Asparagus Stir-Fry from Magnolia Days. The answer to what to make when you have little time and need a nutritious meal in a hurry!

Sirloin Tip Side Steak aka round sirloin tip side steak
// A boneless, cost-friendly steak.
// Best when marinated and cooked to medium rare via grilling or broiling.
// Delicious Looking Sirloin Tip Side Steak Recipes to Try

  • Fajita Kebabs from B.Britnell.  How great would a build your own kebabs bar be at your summer grilling parties this summer? Don’t have a yard or grill to share with friends? Pack it up and head to a park that offers community grill space!
  • Individual Steak Roulade with Pesto from Foraged Dish.  A delicious meal that’s very simple, but also quite impressive and appropriate for special occasions and celebrations.

Sirloin Tip Steak aka ball tip steak, knuckle steak, sandwich steak, breakfast steak, round tip steak, trimmed tip steak
// This economic cut is available both thin-cut and thick-cut.
// Best when marinated to tenderize.  Then cook to medium rare via skillet on the stove-top.
// Delicious Looking Sirloin Tip Steak Recipes to Try

  • Black Pepper Steak from Omnivore’s Cookbook. This stir fry dish works well with a thinly sliced beef, making it perfect for this the thin-cut version of the sirloin tip.
  • Crock Pot Mongolian Beef from Very Culinary. Twenty minutes of prep and then set-it and forget-it.  Four hours later: DINNER! with a boatload of flavor. 

Potato Pancakes with Filet Mignon and Fried Eggs #SundaySupper

pictured above: potato pancakes with filet mignon and fried eggs from Peanut Better & Peppers

Tenderloin Steak aka beef tender steak, filet de boeuf, filet steak, tender steak, chateaubriand, filet mignon, fillet steak
// The most tender choice available [the proof is right there in the name!] and sold boneless.
// Best when skillet cooked, grilled, or broiled.
// Delicious Looking Tenderloin Steak Recipes to Try

Strip Steak [Bone-In] aka club steak, bone-in top loin, shell steak
// A tender and full-flavored family favorite.
// Best when skillet cooked, grilled or broiled.
// Delicious Looking Strip Steak [Bone-In] Recipes to Try

  • Whiskey Steak with Asparagus Puree from The Wholesome Pursuit.  Lots of good beef-cooking tips in this post, too!  And asparagus puree served next to a whiskey soaked steak? Talk about a crowd pleaser!
  • Grilled Strip Steak from The Eat More Food Project. Though this recipe uses boneless strips, bone-in works here, too. I love versatile recipes like this which allow me to buy whichever is priced better at the market.  These lean strip steaks marinated in spicy soy sauce, seared, and finished in the oven with butter and thyme is a beefy dish I’d dream about.

Boneless Strip Steak aka club steak, NY strip steak, Kansas City steak, top loin steak
// A tender and full-flavored family favorite.
// Best when skillet cooked, grilled or broiled.
// Delicious Looking Boneless Strip Steak Recipes to Try

  • Korean-Style Spicy Steak Lettuce Wraps from Veggies by Candlelight. An incredible sauce with full flavored beef wrapped and topped with crispy and crunchy veggies makes a super fun, tasty meal for on your own or with friends.
  • Skillet Pepper Steaks from Healthy Seasonal Recipes.  Totally bookmarking this for when all the neighborhood farmers have peppers for sale!  Fresh local bell peppers seem like the perfect partner for strip steak in this easy skillet recipe.

Bottom Round Steak aka Western griller
// Another new-to-the-scene cut, often served carved into thin slices after braising, grilling or broiling.
// Best when marinated to tenderize and cooked only to medium rare.
// Delicious Looking Bottom Round Steak Recipes to Try

  • Steak and Stout with Potatoes from Noshing with the Nolands via Yummly.  Bookmarkable for next St. Patrick’s Day or the next rainy weekend in need of comfort food.
  • Crying Tiger Steak from The Wanderlust Kitchen.  The marinade takes this simple dinner dish from good to great, and the Thai relish pushes it over into WAMBAM-delicious territory.

Fajita Photos (3)

pictured above: easy, flavorful beef fajitas

Top Sirloin Steak aka sirloin butt steak, top sirloin butt center-cut steak
// Widely considered the most versatile, this steak is lean, juicy, well-flavored and tender.
// Best when grilled or broiled.
// Delicious Looking Top Sirloin Steak Recipes to Try

  • Easy, Flavorful Beef Fajitas from ME! 🙂 This is a great way to put on-sale steak from the butcher counter to use. This marinade is bold, the recipe is easy, and you can bulk it up with veggies to make leftovers for a week of lunches [or brunch! who wants breakfast tacos?] Yum!
  • Lighter Spicy Mongolian Beef from Can You Stay for Dinner.  Soy sauce beefy goodness “meats” [hardy har har] caramelized brown sugar sweetness!  BOOM.

Top Round Steak aka London broil, top round steak, top round center cut steak
// This is a cost-friendly choice, full of flavor but meeting guidelines for lean.
// Best when marinated – don’t skip this step, as it will really help tenderize this tougher cut of meat, then grill or broil it.
// Delicious Looking Top Round Steak Recipes to Try

  • Green Curry Beef with Pineapple and Coconut Rice from Healthy Delicious. Curry is a recent favorite, paired with two of my favorite flavors – pineapple and coconut.
  • Sweet Potato Beef Stew from Back to Her Roots. Use top round steak cut into stew meat pieces for this healthy twist on a hearty, classic favorite.  So many flavors and lots of nutritious veggies!

Tri-Tip Steak
// This is a new-on-the-scene cut, popular on the West coast but making it’s way nationwide.  This steak is richly beefy and tender.
// Best when grilled or broiled.
// Delicious Looking Tri-Tip Steak Recipes to Try

T-Bone Steak
// A T-Bone is actually two lean steaks attached together by the T-bone; a strip connected to a tenderloin.
// Best when skillet cooked, grilled or broiled.
// Delicious Looking T-Bone Steak Recipes to Try

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Beef Expert Bureau.  This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff.

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