3 Simple Low Calorie Steak Sauces
We don’t often splash our cash on fancy restaurants. You might have noticed that we spend at lot our time in our own kitchen, whipping up treats there instead.
But when we do venture out, it’s generally a Steakhouse. We are suckers for really good steak.
Alas, it’d be less than sensible to blow that kind of wedge on a weekly basis. Yes, life is hard.
So, we needed little convincing to test-drive another of Iceland’s far more affordable steaks. (Remember we’ve tested their Surf ‘n’ Turf before?)
This time, the Extra Lean Belgian Blue Rump Steaks.
Two reasons people generally don’t indulge in steak all that often:
- It’s expensive
- It’s generally pretty high-fat
So this steak is cheap and lean. Problem solved!
Now, let us be clear – if you spend £4.99 on not one but two steaks and expect a Hawksmoor-esque Filet Mignon in return… you’re going to be a little disappointed.
What you will get, though, is a pretty decent steak that’s silly lean, and quick / easy to prepare.
Rather than write a post on how to cook the steak, though, we figured we’d share a few macro-friendly sauces with you instead.
First, scores on the doors.
Lottie: I’m the biggest bargain hunter going, and as a smaller female don’t have the macros to ‘spend’ on a stonking, well-marbled steak nearly as often as I’d like (boo-hoo).
So I was very pleasantly surprised to find some steaks that were both cheap and macro-friendly.
This isn’t the best, buttery, melt-in-the-mouth steak I have ever eaten. What it is, though, is a bloody bargain and something I can fit into my intake without any shuffling or macro-hoarding.
You’ll never catch me eating chicken, broccoli and rice (if you haven’t gathered by the mountain of recipes we have listed on this site, we’re not about that life) BUT if you are stuck in a chicken, broccoli and rice rut, then I’d treat yourself to a packet or two of these steaks for sure.
Harry: “Eats like butter” was the phrase used by our local butcher about about some rib eye we bought a few weeks back and he wasn’t far wrong. Then again, I’m not surprised considering the fat to meat ratio was at least 50/50.
These Extra Lean Belgian Blue Beef Rump Steaks on the other hand do not eat like butter. Quite the opposite.
Before you think that’s a bad thing, hear me out. These steaks have 0.9g of fat. That’s less than some chicken breasts you get on the market! So in the same way you shouldn’t compare a chocolate bar to a protein bar, you shouldn’t be comparing these to a marbled sirloin.
Compare these to other lean meats such as chicken and white fish however and these are a fantastic alternative. A bit more bite than a fillet but without the gristle like your typical rump. It has a good flavour minus the fat and I personally think it’s a great alternative to chicken breast, tuna or white fish for the calories and macros.
Mustard and Caper Sauce
- 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 tsp Capers
- 100 g 0% Fat Greek Yogurt
Simply mix all the ingredients and season to taste. If you prefer it hot, warm in a small non stick pan being sure not to let the yogurt curdle.
Calories: 21 / Protein: 3g / Carbohydrates: 1g / Fat: 0g
Red Wine Reduction
- 125 ml Red Wine
- 250 ml Beef Stock
- 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 tsp Sukrin Gold Brown Sugar Alternative Can use normal brown sugar or white sweetener alternative but macros may be different
Add 250ml Beef Stock to a non stick pan and reduce by half.
Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer over a medium to high heat until reduced by half again.
Season to taste then serve.
Calories: 30 / Protein: 0g / Carbohydrates: 7g / Fats: 0g
Simple Peppercorn Sauce
- 150 ml Chicken Stock
- 4 tbsp 0% Greek Yogurt
- 2 tsp Black Peppercorns
- 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
Add 2 tablespoons of red wine winger to a non stick pan and bring to a simmer.
Add 150ml of chicken stock to the pan and reduce by half.
Add the peppercorns and continue cooking for a minute.
Add the yogurt and take off the heat, continually stirring to avoid curling.
Serve warm straight off the stove or leave to cool, your choice!
Calories: 22 / Protein: 3g / Carbohydrates: 2g / Fat: 1g