Balsamic and Basil Marinated Steak with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

Thursday, January 01, 2015 Alanna Figueira 12 Comments

balsamic basil marinated steak
Happy New Year! I'm so excited to be doing my 5th official whole30! This is the 3rd January whole30 in a row that I've done. Each one is a little different and the results seem to only be better with each round. If you search my blog for "whole30" you will find a ton of recipes, info about me and my experiences, and tips from me.

 Some of you joined me in my last whole30, and I hope many more will this time too. A group makes you accountable and keeps everyone on track.   The group will be entirely on Instagram.  I don't want anyone to feel like they need to use my blog to do this.    We will support one another using the hashtag #plgwhole30  I will be posting recipes and mini challenges all month, so stay tuned and subscribe to my blog if you haven't already! 

The rules:

✔️Read the book. You need to know the ground rules.  

✔️No cheating. At all. Period. You can't have one m&m or one bite of your kids pizza. 

✔️Check the #plgwhole30 hashtag daily and support each other. Help someone out that has a question, cheer someone on.

Read the website there is awesome information on there.  I particularly love the shopping list and timeline    

Need help meal planning?  Check out Whole 30 Meal Plans

Preparation is key during whole30.  If you are prepared you will never be hungry and you will succeed. Some whole30 food staples for me that require some prepping are bone broth, fermented veggies and homemade mayo.  Some Items I can't live with out (other than veggies, eggs and grassfed meat) -ghee, coconut aminos, coconut oil, coconut butter and cashew butter. 

I think it's important to think about what whole30 means to you.  What are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to lose weight?  Are you a sugar addict?  Are you trying to alleviate some kind of pain or symptom?  Are you a binge eater?  Do you have brain fog?  Are you trying to detox? Whatever it is, this will help you.  But whole30 is different for everyone and I think needs to tweaked for each individual.  I'll talk more about this in future posts.

For me, whole30 is a reset button.  It resets my sugar gage for sure.  By day 30 things that are not usually sweet are sweet for me.  Some of these things will stick with you.  I developed the sweet taste for coconut milk, coconut butter and nut butter during whole30 and never lost it. These things are sweet to me now and were not in the past. I feel great during and after whole30, I use it as a detox.  I thoroughly enjoy taking a break from sugar, even though I only use unrefined natural sweeteners, I can still feel the difference without them.  I eat paleo most of the time, and I still benefit tremendously from whole30!  My breast milk supply increases in fat content, which is great, and my nursling is always super happy about this!  It's definitely not about weight for me, my weight never changes during whole30. I always eat as much as I want and as a nursing mother, that's a lot!  It's more of a mind cleanse for me.  I love the mental clarity clean eating brings about and and I love the clear skin and bright eye high!

Balsamic and Basil Marinated Skirt Steak with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

This recipe is from my second ebook, Modern Paleo Holiday Cuisine. The book is a holiday edition, but most of the recipes are any day recipes, like this one. I love this recipe because it's so fancy pants and flavorful, you will never feel like you are doing some kind of detox or elimination diet. I like this best with grassfed skirt steak, but any steak will be delicious. Try to marinate overnight if possible. You will have extra pesto, slather that stuff on a baked potato, toss with some Zoodles, or use on some protein in your next meal.

Steak Marinade

balsamic basil marinated steak
1 lb skirt steak (any steak)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil (or 1 tbsp dried basil)1 tbsp fresh minced garlic (or 1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp onion powder

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

1/2 cup fresh basil, packed

1/2 cup roasted red peppers
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large garlic clove
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

balsamic basil marinated steak


1.  Marinate steak in gallon sized plastic bag or Tupperware overnight or a minimum of 4 hours.

2.  Pan sear steak in ghee or grill until cooked to your preference.

3.  While steak is cooking, prepare pesto.

4.  Add all pesto ingredients to food processor and pulse until combined into a pesto texture.

5.  Serve pesto on top of cooked steak.


balsamic basil marinated steak

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  1. Alanna, have you ever made the pesto with something other than pine nuts? I just haven't justified the cost yet - soo expensive :( and wondering if there's a good substitute?

  2. try walnuts. I use them in pesto all the time

  3. Made this tonight. Absolutely phenomenal! Followed the recipe. My new favorite. It's crazy to be eating this spectacular of a meal on a Whole 30.

    1. Did you roast your own red peppers or did you use store bought roasted red peppers?

  4. We can't have nuts over here any way pumpkin seeds would work??

  5. I have used pumpkin seeds before and it's delicious! I have also used sunflower seeds and it's equally good

  6. You can also buy a small package in the baking section as well! Still expensive but you are only buying what you need and it's less than $2.

  7. Subbed roasted walnuts for pine nuts. Amazing.

  8. Made this and it was delicious! I've posted a photo on my instagram :)

  9. I roasted my own! Great flavor! Roast them on the BBQ and then wrap them in a wet paper towel for 10-15 minutes to steal them. The skins come off much easier this way.

  10. This recipe had way too much salt for my taste. I had to add extra peppers and extra olive oil to mitigate the salt. It ended up being edible but not very good.