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Serve stuffed steak with grilled corn on the cob. / Photo by Linda Gassenheimer/TNS

Add a little extra flavor to simple grilled streak. Small pockets made in the meat are filled with a tasty mixture of garlic, shallots, parsley and breadcrumbs.

Grilling corn on the cob in their husk gives a smoky flavor to the corn.

The steak and corn can be made inside on a stovetop grill. Or you can use a skillet for the steak and place the corn under the broiler.

Open a bag of washed, ready-to-eat salad to serve with the meal.

 

HELPFUL HINTS

* Shallots are a mild-flavored member of the onion family. You can use onion instead. Be sure to cook them until transparent.

* You can use any type of quick-cooking steak.

 

SHOPPING LIST

* To buy: 3/4 pound grass-fed strip steak, 1 large shallot, 1 bunch parsley, 4 ears corn on the cob in their husks, 1 can olive oil spray, 1 container panko breadcrumbs.

* Staples: garlic, butter, salt, black peppercorns.

 

Stuffed Steak

Olive oil spray

1 garlic clove crushed

1/2 cup diced shallots

1/4 cup chopped parsley

2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

3/4 pound grass fed strip steak (about 1 1/2-inch thick)

Heat grill to medium high. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, and spray with olive oil spray. Add the garlic and shallots. Saute 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to a mixing bowl. Add the parsley and breadcrumbs to the bowl. Mix the ingredients together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove visible fat from steak, and make slits about 1 inch apart on each side to form pockets for the stuffing. The slits should be about 1/2-inch deep and cover the width of the steak. With the tip of a knife or a small spoon, stuff the stuffing into the steak. Reserve remaining stuffing. Spray the steak on both sides with olive oil spray, and place on a hot grill 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and grill 4 to 5 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 125 degrees for rare, 145 degrees for medium rare. Grill a little longer if needed. Remove to a cutting board, and let rest. Saute the remaining stuffing in the skillet used to saute the garlic and shallots. Cut the steak into slices, and divide between two dinner plates. Spoon the sauteed stuffing on top.

Yield 2 servings.

Per serving: 261 calories (24.7% from fat), 7.2 grams fat (2 grams saturated, 3.1 grams monounsaturated), 96 milligrams cholesterol, 41.1 grams protein, 9.8 grams carbohydrates, 0.6 gram fiber, 152 milligrams sodium.

— Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

 

Grilled Corn on the Cob

4 ears corn in their husks

2 tablespoons butter

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pull husks down to their base, leaving them attached to the base. Remove the silk. Pull husks back into place. Place the corn in a large bowl or deep roasting pan. Fill the pan with water, and soak the corn for 10 minutes. Place the corn on the heated grill for 10 minutes, turning over after 5 minutes or until husks are charred. Pull the husks back again, and place them on two dinner plates. Spread with butter and salt and pepper to taste.

Yield 2 servings.

Per serving: 256 calories (48% from fat), 13.6 grams fat (7.5 grams saturated, 3.9 grams monounsaturated), 31 milligrams cholesterol, 5.9 grams protein, 34.3 grams carbohydrates, 4.8 grams fiber, 145 milligrams sodium.

— Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of over 30 cookbooks, including her newest, "The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook."

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