Carne Asada Bowl — Whole30, AIP-friendly

Carne Asada Bowl — Whole30, AIP-friendly
By Alison Marras
Indulge in the tantalizing Carne Asada Bowl, where the vibrant flavors of Latin cuisine meet the health-conscious principles of the Whole30 and AIP diets. Savor every bite, knowing that you're nourishing your body with wholesome, nutrient-dense ingredients. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that is both delicious and aligned with your dietary goals.

Ingredients

Orange juice
1/4 cup
Lime, juiced
1
Extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grill (or use a spray)
2 Tbsp
Garlic powder
2 tsp
Dried oregano
1 Tbsp
Cumin (cinnamon for AIP)
1 tsp
Sweet or smoked paprika (omit for AIP)
1/2 tsp
Coriander powder (omit for AIP)
1/4 tsp
Sea salt to taste
- Cucumber-Radish Pico de Gallo:
Cucumbers, diced
2 mini
Radishes, diced
2-3
Red onion, diced
1/4 cup
Lime, juiced and zested
1
Fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 Tbsp
Sea salt to taste
- Bowl:
Cauliflower rice
4 cups
Ghee (or olive oil for AIP)
1 Tbsp
Turmeric powder
1 tsp
Sweet or smoked paprika (omit for AIP)
1/2 tsp
Dried oregano
1 tsp
Sea salt to taste
Black pepper to taste (omit for AIP)
Shredded lettuce (or greens of choice)
4 cups
Optional garnishes: sliced avocado, coconut yogurt, lime wedges

Utensils

  • Small mixing bowl
  • Baking dish or zip top bag
  • Whisk
  • Food processor or blender
  • Grill or cast iron skillet
  • Skillet

Instructions

Prepare the steak with marinade. Clean steak and cut off any “silver skin” on the fat layer that may remain for an easy-to-chew texture. Place steak in a baking dish or zip-top bag. Combine all other ingredients for the marinade in a small mixing bowl and whisk, pour over the steak and make sure it’s fully coated. Refrigerate and allow it to marinade for at least 1 to 4 hours.

 

Prepare Pico de Gallo and Avocado dressing. Meanwhile, combine all pico de gallo ingredients in a small mixing bowl and let sit for the flavors to meld. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Also, prepare the avocado dressing by combining all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Add water as needed to loosen the dressing. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Grill steak. Heat a grill or cast iron skillet over high heat, add olive oil and once shimmering, place the marinated steak (discard the extra marinade). Grill on each side for approx. 6 minutes for medium-rare or more if you’d like it well done (depending on the thickness of the steak). Once ready, let the steaks rest for 5 minutes and slice thinly.

Make cauliflower rice and salad. In a skillet, add ghee or oil over medium-low heat. Add cauliflower rice (fresh or frozen) and season with seasonings. Mix to combine with a wooden spoon and cook for 5-8 minutes until rice is soft. Set aside. In serving bowls, add salad greens and cauliflower rice to be the base of the bowl.

Assemble the bowl. Add sliced steak over cauliflower rice, drizzle with avocado dressing and optionally garnish with sliced avocado, lime wedges, cilantro, and coconut yogurt.

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