7 Healthy and Satisfying Sides to Round Out Your Steak Meal
A steak is one of the complete meals you can have for lunch or dinner. An 8-ounce filet mignon, for instance, contains 823 calories. It also has 23 grams of protein and other vitamins and minerals meaning you can get some required nutrients as you enjoy your prime cut of beef.
Eating steak for lunch or dinner, though, won’t be complete without an order or two of your favorite side dishes.
But if you have already ordered an 8-ounce filet mignon, you may want to think carefully about which sides to order if you are counting calories to lose weight or to stick to your diet.
Whether you’re having your steak at a restaurant or at home, here are some healthy yet filling side dishes that will complete your meal:
Baked or boiled sweet potatoes
Baked potatoes or French fries would definitely be on top of your list for sides to accompany your steak. Go the healthier route, though, and order sweet potatoes instead.
A medium baked or boiled sweet potato contains 103 calories, slightly lower than a white potato of the same size. Sweet potatoes also have higher fiber, vitamin A, and potassium content.
Make sure you order your sweet potatoes baked or boiled and not fried, and avoid slathering cheese and butter on the dish to keep it healthy and low-cal.
Baked or roasted asparagus
Creamed asparagus is another steak side dish favorite. Aside from being tasty, it is rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, calcium, iron, folate, protein, and fiber. Unfortunately, the cream sauce, butter, and cheese added to the vegetable can pack it with fat and sodium.
Baked or roasted asparagus, though, is a healthy option. The veggie will simply be sprinkled with salt and pepper (or some other organic seasoning you like), and it will be the perfect accompaniment for a prime cut of sirloin.
Roasted corn and tomato salad
Roasted corn on the cob is another classic steak side dish. However, if you will cover the corn with copious amounts of butter and salt, you will cancel out its important vitamin contents which include vitamins B and C, magnesium, and carotenoids.
If you want to eat corn as a side dish to your steak meal, grill the corn and mix the kernels with cherry or heirloom tomatoes, onions, and some lettuce. Add a splash of lemon or vinegar, and you will have a healthy and refreshing side that will complement your grilled steak.
Grilled artichoke salad
Artichokes are great sources of vitamins C and K, folate, fiber, and antioxidants which make it one of the most nutritious vegetables around.
When artichokes are added to a salad, you will have a healthy and filling side. A great salad recipe to try is to mix grilled artichokes with tomatoes, olives, chickpeas, and pepperoncini. Add some provolone cheese and toasted pine nuts and drizzle with vinaigrette, and you will have a delectable side dish to enjoy with your steak.
Glazed carrots are gaining popularity as a steak side but the butter and sugar used to make this dish make it a high calorie and sweet dish.
To get the full health benefits of this veggie (which includes vitamins A, K, and B6, and potassium) opt for grilled carrots. When lemon, dill, oregano, and mustard are added, you will indulge in a refreshing side dish that will complement your steak meal.
Grilled or roasted green beans
Green beans are another vegetable packed with a variety of nutrients which include vitamins A, B6, and K, calcium, iron, magnesium, and fiber.
A simple seasoning of salt, pepper, and garlic will bring out the great taste of this veggie. You will love this dish when it is roasted or grilled.
Another healthy green veggie that is a staple steak side but has never been quite popular is broccoli. This vegetable is rich in vitamins C and K, iron, potassium, and fiber.
Broccoli can be served in various ways as a steak side dish. It can be added to a salad with cauliflower, apples, oranges, and walnuts. Add your favorite low-fat dressing (vinaigrette is highly recommended) and you will have tasty, tangy salad that goes well with your steak.
If you don’t like broccoli in your salad, order it baked or steamed. Add some lemon juice and a small amount of butter and you have a perfect steak side as well.
There’s no need for rocket science when ordering a healthy and filling steak side dish. You simply choose the vegetables, order them grilled, roasted, or baked, and do away with or reduce your consumption of butter and other high calorie, creamy dressings.
You will then enjoy a scrumptious steak meal without the unnecessary calories, bad fats, and other unhealthy ingredients.
AUTHOR BIO: Jenene Bronwin Batts is the Senior Marketing Coordinator at Tourism Development & Investment Company or TDIC. She oversees website maintenance, PR requests, marketing initiatives and all general guests’ enquiries for the company’s destinations, including KOI Restaurant & Lounge and Boa Steakhouse in Abu Dhabi.