October 3, 2016

Steak with Blistered Tomatoes & Blue Cheese

5 Affordable Weeknight Meals with Whole Foods Market | The Naptime Chef

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This week I am participating in 5 Affordable Weeknight Dinners from Whole Foods Market with my friends at Whole Foods Market. We were asked to come up with five delicious family meals that we can make with one bag of groceries using Whole Foods’ super fresh ingredients .

This is the perfect challenge for me since I love Whole Foods Market and have long admired their commitment to high quality food and food education. Before I visited the store I also downloaded their new app and looked up my local sales flyer. They are great ways to find everyday deals and coupons at the store. I love it when I find a way to save a little bit on groceries.

Thinking of five easy weeknight dinners was not hard since I have a whole roster of delicious meals on my blog and in my books. To use a wide variety of food from their store I decided to make some of our true favorites, it was fun to make them all again!

Here is what I made:

Poached Salmon with Leeks

Greek Chicken Skewers

Shrimp & Rice Soup

Ricotta Gnocchi with Eggplant

For a new recipe, I decided to add a steak recipe to the repertoire since Whole Foods Market has a terrific meat department. The butcher at our store is always knowledgeable and kind. I also know what I am buying because of the straightforward 5-step animal welfare rating system they use. It makes it easy to see how the animals were raised for the meat I am buying.

Whole Foods Market’s meat department only sells meat raised without antibiotics, added growth hormones, or animal by-product in their feed so I never have to worry about those things. The transparency is a terrific way for me to make an informed decision.

5 Affordable Weeknight Meals with Whole Foods Market | The Naptime Chef

To flavor our steak dinner, I added a super quick rub made using 365 Everyday Value brand spices, fresh tomatoes from the produce department, and raw milk crumbled blue cheese. All of these ingredients were well priced and easy to locate. Shopping for them was completely worry-free since I know Whole Foods Market is committed to selling only the best ingredients and everyone in the store is approachable if I have a question.

What I loved about this dinner is how it came together so quickly at home. I marinated the steak for under half an hour to add a little heat and flavor. Then it was finished in the grill in just a few minutes. After that I added the yummy tomato and blue cheese topping to complete the meal.

I made the rest of the dishes over the course of the week using more of my Whole Foods Market groceries. Everything tasted fantastic and I am so glad I revisited the recipes I hadn’t enjoyed in a while.

Steak with Blistered Tomatoes & Blue Cheese

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 4

Steak is terrific in leftovers. Slice it thinly and serve it over salad with the next evening. And if you have tomatoes and blue cheese leftover you can sprinkle those in the salad too! Another fun way to eat steak is in a sandwich with a little melted cheese. Pack it for work or send it to school in a lunchbox for a hearty lunch.

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  • 2 pounds skirt steak
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 cup fresh cherry tomatoes (or similar small tomatoes)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese


  1. In a large bowl whisk the olive oil, garlic, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Add the steak and toss it a few times to make sure it is coated in the marinade. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it marinate for about 20 minutes while you light the grill.
  2. Bring a grill to medium flame and lightly oil the grate. Grill the steak for about 4 minutes per side, or until it reaches your desired doneness. Remove to a platter and cover with aluminum foil to rest.
  3. Place the tomatoes directly on the grill grate and use tongs to gently roll them back and forth for about 1 minutes, or until the skins blacken and blister.
  4. Carefully remove them to a bowl and sprinkle in the blue cheese. The cheese will start to melt a little and make a chunky sauce.
  5. Divide the steak amongst four plates and serve each piece with a scoop of tomatoes and blue cheese on top.

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