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Flank Steak with a Re-Invented Chimichurri with Pomegranate Seeds

BT Montreal | posted Friday, Jan 22nd, 2016

Ingredients:

  • 1 Flank Steak (about 1.5-2 lbs)
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup of green olives finely chopped
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 large lemon juiced
  • 1 large lemon zested
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Large handful of parsley chopped
  • Large handful of cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper

 

Method:

  1. Season the meat with course salt and freshly-ground pepper.
  2. Heat a large saute pan to medium-high heat.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan, and then sear the steaks on each side until you attain a nice golden crust. Cook about 3-4 minutes per side or until it is cooked to your liking.
  4. Once the steak is cooked, transfer to a dish and let it rest, with a loosely tented foil, or for about 10 minutes.

 

Chimichurri:

  1. In a bowl add in the pomegranate seeds, olives, olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice and zest, honey, parsley, cilantro and black pepper, stir it all together. (This can also be done in a food processor)
  2. When you’re ready to serve, slice the steak and put it on a butcher`s board, spoon the chimichurri over the top and I love to add some extra pomegranate seeds.

 

Recipe courtesy: Chef Vanessa Gianfrancesco

Don’t make these 5 New Year’s health resolutions

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, Jan 7th, 2016

Next year, say no to detoxes and yes to weight training

It’s that time again: You’ve gorged yourself on the wings and legs of every festive bird in sight and are now more than ready to engage in the ritualistic fitness and nutrition snapback prompted by a change in the calendar. While there’s nothing wrong with committing yourself to a more balanced, less bonbon-heavy lifestyle — and there’s certainly something seductive in a “new year, new you” mentality — there are just some health resolutions we should resolve ourselves not to try.

“This year, I promise to finally give that teatox a try.”

No, no, no! Jan. 1 is the day we are easily the most vulnerable to fad diets and detoxes, but stay strong. We’re talking about alkaline diets, juicing, and other deprivation schemes disguised as “cleanses.” In particular, “teatoxes,” which supplement a low-calorie diet with large amounts of herbal tea, can have a devastating effect, not only on your sanity, but on your bowels (sorry). Most teatox packs include senna, which can cause diarrhea, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and even heart irregularities. Anyway, isn’t tea supposed to be relaxing?

“This year, I promise to adopt an intense, all-cardio fitness regimen.”

Go ahead, get your blood pumping. But remember to make time for lower impact exercises, like walking. Not only is going for a stroll a potent calorie burner, but it also fights depression and can actually increase the size of your brain. Same goes for weight training, which is especially important in aging women to guard against osteoporosis.

“This year, I promise to finally cut out cheese [or bread or any other life-affirming food].”

For some (most) people, the idea of eliminating dairy or sweet, sweet sugar is a punishment tantamount to death. Dramatic? Maybe. But if you’re looking to give your diet a cheese-less makeover, most experts recommend avoiding the deprivation mindset entirely. Instead, resolve to add more water, whole grains and leafy greens to your diet. A simple yet effective mental switcheroo that gives your new nutritional outlook some staying power.

“This year, I promise to move my entire exercise regime into the comfort of my own home.”

We get why you’d want to avoid the frustrated and sweaty January gym masses. And, being Canadians, we are also plenty aware of the frigid hellscape that is winter. Still, outdoor exercise is a game-changer; it can boost your happiness and even contribute to a better night’s sleep. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take advantage of our country’s very attractive landscape and try snowshoeing.

“This year, I promise to avoid the frozen food aisle.”

Surprise! The quick convenience of the frozen-food section makes it seem like it would be a vitamin deadzone, but broccoli, chickpeas and blueberries on ice are actually quite high in antioxidants, protein and, yes, vitamin . C. Looks like you learn something new every year.