If there’s anything that goes perfectly together, it’s grilling, summertime, and Paleo.
Who else craves everything fresh, simple, and quick as soon as that sunshine shows up? And of course, the last thing I want to do is toil over the hot stove when the weather is gorgeous outside.
Over the years, I’ve accumulated quite a list of favorite grill recipes. It is my preferred cooking method, after all. Adding a bit of depth to my flavor profile while keeping a cool kitchen is a no-brainer for me! And there's less mess, fewer dishes, friends to keep you company (because nobody else wants to be inside either when the weather's nice!). I actually can't think of a downside to grilling. Unless it's Montana Winter Grilling. It may be considered hardcore, but I must say it's happened around here once or twice.
One more thing. Is there anything that can compare to the smell of beef cooking over an open flame? I mean seriously, when my neighbors start cooking hamburgers or steak, you can find me on their doorstep, pretending to look for my kid.
Just kidding. I'm actually either running to the store or, if I'm smart and I've stocked up, I'm running to my freezer to get my own beef barbecuing party started. Something about the combination of burning beef drippings and smoke... It doesn't sound so wonderful typed out like that, but I know you know what I'm talking about.
These 5 recipes are also extremely flexible between lifestyles. We live in a house divided. My husband has no issues with eating chips, burger buns, tortillas, etc., while I do my best to stick to a fairly clean Paleo diet, and the kids fall somewhere in between. That can lead to some tricky meal planning, which is why I love these meals (and summertime cooking in general) so much! I tend to eat a lot of salads, both because they're super easy, and packed full of nutrients. Don't want to use a big fat burger bun? Turn it into an inside-out burger and boom. You can actually taste your burger (instead of all that bread!). I've found flexibility is key when maintaining a healthy lifestyle while still keeping your family happy.
Anyway, enough about why grilling is amazing, the divine smell of burning beef fat, and being nice to those who don't always want to eat your same diet. Here are some of my most favorite grilled beef recipes that make their way into our dinner rotation weekly (at least!) throughout the summer:
Are you really surprised that these are number one? Skip the traditional patty-in-a-bun and try a lettuce wrap or Smoky Sweet Inside-Out Burger
to mix things up and keep it light!
2. Grilled Steak Salad
Probably the most popular meal at our house because it’s just so easy
. I'd say it's pretty self-explanatory. Just grill your favorite cut of steak, slice it up, and toss it on a salad. If you need some inspiration, start with this deliciously fresh California Steak Salad recipe
3. Flank Steak Fajitas
I have a mild fajita obsession. Like, I only order them every single time we're at a Mexican restaurant and I crave them at all other times. Trina, over at Paleo Newbie, shared this great, easy-to-make Flank Steak Fajita recipe.
Again, you can skip the tortillas and enjoy an AWESOME fajita salad with a healthy serving of guacamole (one of my faves), or change your life and give these paleo tortillas
, from Steph at Stupid Easy Paleo, a try.
4. Grilled Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce
Tacos are just so flippin' GOOD! And so versatile. And if you've never had chimichurri sauce, I want you to drop what you're doing and go make some right now. Preferably with a side of charred flank steak, some paleo tortillas, some pico de gallo, and a big dollop of guac...kind of similar to this highly recommended Grilled Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce recipe from Delish.
5. Steak Kabobs
Are kabobs a classic, or what? This Steak Kabob recipe from A Cozy Apron has my mouth watering—especially with that chimichurri on top! (I told you it's amazing stuff!)
Guest post by Emily of Sawdust Kitchen
About the Author | Emily Metcalf is a food and lifestyle blogger at Sawdustkitchen.com. She’s enjoyed the benefits of a Paleo diet since 2014. Outside of the kitchen, you can find her fixing up houses, gardening, or adventuring around the beautiful state of Montana with her husband and two young children. Follow her on Instagram @sawdustkitchen to see what she’s up to!