Florentine-Style Strip Steaks with Smoky Roasted Turnips

This week is all about simplicity.  I want to do as little as possible when it comes to cooking.  I will not try to pull the wool over your eyes — eating right and making health a priority is not always easy.  It is easy to make healthy choices, sure, but it’s all the stuff that comes along with it that can be difficult.  For instance, because Jason and I don’t eat fast food, or quick box meals I have to make sure that we always have things to eat when we’re on the go.  Not only do I wake up early to prepare breakfast for us everyday, but I have to make sure that we both have lunches.  Sometimes that involves me making meals in the morning, or making enough at night to insure that there are leftovers.  Some days are easy, but there are some nights where as I am falling asleep I realize at the last minute that I don’t have anything for lunch the next day.  Remember, we don’t eat sandwiches.  We don’t eat hotpockets.  We don’t eat cereal or pop-tarts.  In order for us to have good quality things to eat I have to make it.  Every.  Single.  Day.  With a lot of cooking, comes a lot of dirty dishes.  It’s a lot to deal with, and when you have other things on your plate as well like long hours at work, bills piling up, your vehicle not working, etc. it can become very overwhelming.

I have been under a good deal of stress lately, and I have been feeling the physical effects of this.  It doesn’t help to eat right if your stress level is going to jeopardize your health anyway.  So, needless to say I am going to take it easy for a while to get back on track.  Last night’s dinner couldn’t have been easier.  Yes!  Typically when we prepare steaks, whether they’re on the grill or under the broiler, I spend some time marinating them.  Not this time.  The steaks went on the grill with simply salt and pepper.  Once they were done cooking I did something kinda special with them; I couldn’t help it!

Ingredients

  • 4 strip steaks, or whatever steaks you prefer
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 c. EV olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. each of fresh chopped chives, sage, and rosemary

Process

  1. Let steaks come to room temperature before grill-time.  Season both sides of steaks with salt and pepper to your liking.
  2. When steaks are close to being done, pour olive oil on a large platter.  Add all your fresh herbs and whisk to combine.  Let the herbs sit for a few minutes to flavor the oil.
  3. Once steaks are done, place them over the olive oil on your platter.  Flip a few times to help coat both sides, and then tent with foil.  Let sit about 5 minutes to fully rest before eating!

For our side I served up one of Jason’s favorites.  They are very easy and truly give this dish a simple “meat and potatoes” kinda feel.  While these aren’t technically potatoes — they make a great substitution and are just as good in their very own way.

Ingredients for Smoky Roasted Turnips

  • 5 medium-sized turnips, cleaned and cubed
  • 3 strips of uncured bacon, diced
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cook bacon over medium heat in a small skillet.  Do not cook until bacon is crispy, but just enough to render some fat and brown a bit.
  3. Pour bacon grease along with bacon over the cubed turnip in oven-proof dish.
  4. Add all spices, and toss well to combine.
  5. Roast in the oven for about 40 minutes, stirring once after 20 minutes.

florentine style strip steaks

 

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