In cooking, not everything needs to start with a purpose in mind. Well, of course there’s the purpose of eating and ending the hunger. Duh! But you don’t have to walk in the kitchen with a recipe and knowing what you’re doing before you start. Sometimes the easiest and best tasting recipes are just accidental combinations thrown together at the last minute.
The other night I had steak thawed and decided to grill it. I wasn’t sure exactly what else I was going to be doing with it so I threw it on the grill and poked around in the pantry and fridge while it cooked. I saw the leftover miso paste first that I used for my homemade ramen soup and grilled miso chicken.
After that I just grabbed a bunch of Asian-like ingredients and mixed. I almost always have a batch of rice or pasta in the fridge. This time it happened to be brown rice and I had a can of black beans. Voila, throw everything in a bowl and done. What’s the Asian equivalent of voila? LOL. I wasn’t sure how the dressing would turn out since it was pretty much an after thought.
I just didn’t want to toss everything in a bowl without adding something, and these ingredients were the ones that came to mind without a lot of added calories. Somehow it magically came together and the dressing was a.MAZE.ing! I made another batch and used it on a salad. I grilled a pork tenderloin and topped it with the dressing. I also made fish tacos and yeah, this was the taco sauce.
Asian Steak Bowl with Miso Lime Dressing
- 16 oz top sirloin
- 1/2 cup (84g) uncooked brown rice
- 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 cups (400g) broccoli florets
Miso Lime Dressing
- 1 1/2 (24g) Tbsp white miso paste
- 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp water
- Grill or cook the steak to desired level of doneness.
- Cook the rice according to package instructions, and drain and rinse the beans.
- Steam the broccoli until tender.
- Slice the steak into strips.
- Divide the steak, rice, beans and broccoli into 4 bowls and drizzle with the dressing.
Makes 4 bowls at approximately 411 calories each (including dressing) – 35g protein, 43g carbs, and 11g fat. The dressing alone is 21 calories – 1g protein, 2g carbs, and 1g fat per serving.
This is seriously the easiest recipe ever and I feel silly laying out the steps. Basically it’s just cook everything, mix the dressing, combine in bowls, eat. All that’s left is to wash the dishes. 🙂