Friday, October 17, 2008

Steak with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, and Feta

Sounds like a weird combination, doesn't it? I found this recipe in this month's Real Simple and pulled it out because oddly enough we always have chickpeas in the pantry. I love them on salads and in salads (if there's a difference!).

This was a quick meal which was exactly what I was looking for after the eggplant parmesan marathon from the night before! We grilled the steak while preparing the side of chickpea, tomato and feta salad so it really came together fast. Feel free to spice up the steak however you like but definitely give the side salad a try! I'm still enjoying it for lunch and love the combination of fresh flavors provided by the tomato, feta and cilantro. I used fat free feta to cut down on some of the fat grams shown in the nutritional info below....but I don't really recommend that...fat free cheese always disappoints me! I should have known better!


Steak with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, and Feta

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 1-inch-thick strip steaks (about 1 1⁄2 pounds total)
Kosher salt and pepper
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 plum tomatoes, sliced into half-moons
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup crumbled Feta (4 ounces)

1. Season the steaks with 1/2 t each salt and pepper. Grill the steak....or heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook to the desired doneness, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Remove from the skillet and let rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.


2. Wipe out the skillet and heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Pat the chickpeas dry with paper towels and add them to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly crispy, 3 to 5 minutes.


3. Stir in the tomatoes, cilantro, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Transfer to plates and sprinkle with the Feta. Serve with the steak.


Yield: Makes 4 servings

NUTRITION PER SERVING

CALORIES 672; FAT 24g (sat 8g); CHOLESTEROL 99mg; CARBOHYDRATE 64g; SODIUM 1082mg; PROTEIN 50g; FIBER 22g; SUGAR 4g

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