Chipotle Burrito Bowl with Blistered Veggies and Marinated Steak
This has become a staple in my house. I usually make enough so that I can have it for dinner one night and take to it work for lunch the next day. If you're eating grains, feel free to throw over rice. If you're trying out the keto diet, keep it as is!
For the dressing: Whiz together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, cumin, oregano, salt, dates, garlic and chipotle pepper in a blender until it's well combined and thick. This dressing is particularly thick, which I love, but if it feels to thick you can thin it out with a bit of water. Set dressing aside until you're ready to eat. There will be leftover dressing that you can keep for your next salad!
For the steak and marinade: In the same blender (it's ok if there is a little dressing at the bottom), add the oil, cilantro, red onion, tomato paste, cumin seeds, dried chipotle pepper, salt, cayenne, pepper and garlic and blend until it's thick. Give it a taste, make sure you're happy with it and then pour it into a resealable plastic bag with the meat, refrigerate and marinate for at least 15 minutes and up to overnight.
When you're ready to grill the steak, select a grill pan (or use an outdoor grill) and grill over a high heat until there are rich beautiful char marks, 4 minutes, and then flip and cook 2 to 4 minutes on the second side, depending on how rare you like your meat. For a medium rare, cook it 2 minutes, if you like it more well done, do 4 minutes. Allow the meat to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing into strips.
For the roasted veggies: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil.
In a large mixing bowl combine the olive oil, dried chipotle pepper, coriander, cumin, oregano, black pepper and salt and give it a good mix. In batches, add the bell peppers, cauliflower and onion and toss to coat. Distribute the vegetables evenly between both baking sheets, leaving room between all the vegetables to ensure they don't steam while they roast. Roast until fully cooked and the peppers begin to char, 20 to 25 minutes.
To assemble: Toss the lettuce and cabbage with a touch of salt and 2 tablespoons of dressing. Continue adding dressing until you're pleased with the taste of the greens. Put the greens at the bottom of 4 bowls, top with roasted veggies, steak and guacamole if using. Finish with a touch of cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime. If you're not prepping this dish for 4, just use what you need and put the rest in resealable containers for the next day.
Combine the avocado, chives, white onion, lime juice and salt in a mixing bowl. I prefer the guacamole on the chunkier side, so I gently stir until combined, but you can also mash the avocado if you like it creamier.
I like to roast the veggies and grill the steak last, but this is a personal preference, you can order them however you like.