Eating Steak For Breakfast

I had steak for breakfast. And it made me wonder why I hadn’t had it before.  I usually eat my first meal about 10 or 11, so it’s not like it was 6am and I was gnawing on a t-bone in my pajamas, but by 11 it seemed appropriate.  I’d had it the night before for dinner – made it at home, grass fed, marinated in a ginger, soy, garlic bath and so stunningly delicious, that I went to sleep eager to wake up, knowing what was waiting for me.

I’m a big believer that when you start to feed your body well, your body starts to know what it wants and when. I don’t believe in having rules around what foods should be eaten at what time of the day. I’m not a fan of cereal for breakfast or toast or bagels, as they just don’t fill me up, dinner for breakfast, on the other hand… I also think there’s a strong argument (with the solid backing of zero scientific evidence), that when you change things up, you stay full longer.  It’s as though your body registers that something’s different and sits up.

Especially when that something is a protein that you slip in when your body’s least expecting it. When you eat protein it stays with you longer, meaning less snacking and less pre-lunch energy dips. Eating protein (especially protein you really have to chew) also means you’re likely to eat more slowly, which means the “I’m full” message gets registered before the “I want more” message overrides it. For some people, low-satiety foods (starchy carbs and sugar) can actually act as an appetite stimulant, making it even less likely that the “I’m full message” will come in time to avoid over-eating.

Fat itself  (such as the fat in proteins like eggs, meat, and tempeh) also helps trigger this satiety response.  Animal-based fats contain vitamins A and D which are particularly helpful in the absorption of protein. It’s largely why I leave in the egg yolk, and leave in the fat in yogurt.

I did add one thing to the “steak as breakfast” that I didn’t add the night before – “breakfast pesto” – called that, not because it has anything to do with breakfast per se or because it contains eggs or something weird like that, but because I made it to accompany my “breakfast” whose only flaw was slight moisture-loss from a night in the fridge.

The next post will be all about the pesto itself and I’ll share some great suggestions I got on FaceBook about creative alternatives.

In the meantime, get the divine steak marinade recipe.

What goes inside the marinade… (though I forgot the soy, which you should not).

Any unconventional breakfast foods you want to share? Any fave marinades we should know about for summer BBQing?

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  • MindyKannon

    Yum and I agree – when you practice “mindful eating”  you know what you need when you need it and the meal rules are demanding to be ignored.  Great post.  Mindy Kannon

  • http://cookinghealthyforme.wordpress.com/ Ann

    Looks delicious!  I’m a fan of egg yolks, so I tend to leave them in.  As long as I don’t over indulge… I do us low-fat mayo & yogurt (fat free is not my favorite flavor).  I think steak for breakfast is a fine idea!

  • http://www.healthyeatingforordinarypeople.com Rivki Locker

    I’m more of a light/sweet breakfast type of gal, but I totally agree with you – listen to your body, there’s no reason to follow rules about what to eat when! 

  • At Home with Vicki Bensinger

    The steak with pesto sounds great. I would have a hard time eating steak that early but that’s just me. However a bag of M&Ms at 10am is easy for me to do. It’s my one addiction.

    What’s great though is to butterfly a beef tenderloin, slather it with the pesto, roll it up, tie it and roast it. Try that next time you make your pesto. You’ll love it!

    Thanks for the marinade recipe.

  • Caitlin

    Whenever I make spaghetti for dinner (with ground turkey, garlic, and veggies), I have it for breakfast the next day. I don’t even bother heating it up. So satisfying.

  • Caitlin

    Whenever I make spaghetti for dinner (with ground turkey, garlic, and veggies), I have it for breakfast the next day. I don’t even bother heating it up. So satisfying.

  • FrugalArugula

    I thought that was chimichurri at first, which is a nice alternative to pesto.

  • http://twitter.com/WeekendVintage Jana Miller

    I grilled up burgers at 9:30 am Sunday morning….so yummy.
    xo Jana

  • http://piquantprose.blogspot.com Michaela

    My dad eats German coldcuts on bread for breakfast.. and for lunch. He’s also a fan of leftover salad for breakfast.. I just can’t bring myself to eat wilted lettuce for breakfast but he loves it.

  • Amy Lewis

    Great picture, great idea. I love leftovers for breakfast, though my passion for cereal is both deep and wide. I’ve never had pesto for breakfast, though. Pondering the omelet implications.

    • Michelle Madden

      Pesto on an omelet is divine!!

  • Meg

    venison rocks breakfast. guess it is similiar to steak…i even eat it cold sometimes. i usually grill it with my tumeric/curry rub.

  • Eringaia77

    The recipe for the steak marinade is also my ‘go-to’. It’s wonderful! I also love to add a little sesame oil.

  • Bkayser

    Left-over salmon cakes (http://notfoodscience.blogspot.com/2011/06/salmon-cakes.html) with a fried egg.  De-lish!

  • Fred

    Very interesting and humorous piece, thanks!  You make my anticipated breakfast of organic cheerios with organic raisins, sprinkled with organic flaxseed meal and organic hemp powder, deliciously flooded with strawberry kefir,  sound whimpish/sissy!!!  Smiling, will venture forth with it anyway.

    The marinade reads as just awesome and can’t wait to also try it on salmon.

    If “protein” is Googled, it is  amazing to discover how it is such a huge factor in just about every part (literally!) and function of our bodies. Surprised me to learn it is suppose to also aid in digestion.

  • http://www.mommysnest.com MommyLisa

    My mother used to make us cheeseburgers for breakfast on the morning of standardized tests in school.  ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregonweb Greg Kuehn

    I’ve just started down my path to eating better, which was prompted by a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis and then getting a pancreatitis smackdown which put me in the hospital twice in May.  Time to do something different than depend on western medicine pill popping therapy.  Of course, I use medicine when it makes sense…  But at this point, being told that diet has little to do with the UC, I believe, is nonsense.  So lately my new favorite breakfast food has been about a cup of sweet brown rice, a couple of ounces of organic blackberries, about a cup of vanilla soy milk, and 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup.  Love it.  Thanks for sharing the story and reminder that steak can be a great breakfast food, too.  

  • Agentlulu88

    which steak did you actually use in the marinade picture?

    • http://www.thesweetbeet.com Michelle Madden

      In the photo it’s actually London Broil, but I tend to choose sirloin. I am a big fan of slicing the meat first and then marinating since it absorbs even MORE of the marinade that way, but there is a risk of it easily over cooking when you so do…

  • Meezermom

    The marinade sounds wonderful! I’m a big ban of eating leftovers from last nights dinner for breakfast. It’s just another meal right? And it seems to me that a better time to get a protein boost to start the day. My favorite breakfast is Salmon (not heated up) and leafy salad with just a splash of some type infused oil (I try several right now Black Truffle – really good!).
    Thanks for the Marinade recipe can’t wait to try it!

  • Meezermom

    Oops Lets try Fan of eating leftovers – and that”S a better time to get…. Guess I need to take my Ginkgo. 

  • http://6512andgrowing.wordpress.com/ 6512 and growing

    My son just fetched 5 lovely brown eggs from the chicken coop, soon to be breakfast. I’m a big fan of protein for breakfast. My kids can be heard saying “can we have some fruit now, we ate our protein…”

  • Andre

    Why is your first meal at 10 or 11?  What time do you wake up and what time do you eat your previous meal?  10am is very late for breakfast, at least for me, but I guess if you eat dinner regularly at 8 or 9pm and go to sleep at 2am, it makes sense.  Me, on the other hand, eats my first meal at 5am when I exercise (that is, 100 minute cycling) which is a Cliff bar or a banana with peanut butter.  Then I have a fatty & protein filled breakfast around 7:30am.  Dinner at 6-7pm.   

    • Fifty

      So what if ones first meal is at 10 or 11?  Mine usually are!  You are an early bird in body day type.  I am a night owl, and maybe Michelle is, too.  That’s why my first meal is at 10 or 11 – it’s not a crime or unhealthy.  It has nothing to do with when you do eating thru out the day, but what your body day type is.  It also has nothing to do with laziness, motivation, or intelligence. 

      I’m a night owl by day type, as was my hard working single mother and my siblings.  And I do, indeed, eat dinner regularly at 9 pm or 10pm – since I’m a SAHM.  It was hard when I was working, but now I revel in my daytime freedom.

      Don’t imply that Michelle is doing something unhealthy or wrong just because she eats later than you.  Maybe you are the one out of sinc eating so early (giving slack due to modern employment demands).

    • Michelle Madden

      Why?  Well becasue that’s what feels right for my body. I wake about 6-7am, always have a cup of a tea sometimes followed by a cup of coffee (maybe a handfull of blueberries or slice of apple). Do a couple hrs of work, followed by a work out about 9am (can’t excercise on a full stomach), and then post workout, I am SO ready for a proper full meal !

      I think the key is finding a routine that works for you. If eating when you first wake, is what feels right, do it!  I find if I wait til I’m really hungry, then I tend to eat more portein and an overall healthier meal than if I’m only just a little bit hungry.

    • Michelle Madden

      Why?  Well becasue that’s what feels right for my body. I wake about 6-7am, always have a cup of a tea sometimes followed by a cup of coffee (maybe a handfull of blueberries or slice of apple). Do a couple hrs of work, followed by a work out about 9am (can’t excercise on a full stomach), and then post workout, I am SO ready for a proper full meal !

      I think the key is finding a routine that works for you. If eating when you first wake, is what feels right, do it!  I find if I wait til I’m really hungry, then I tend to eat more portein and an overall healthier meal than if I’m only just a little bit hungry.

    • Michelle Madden

      Why?  Well becasue that’s what feels right for my body. I wake about 6-7am, always have a cup of a tea sometimes followed by a cup of coffee (maybe a handfull of blueberries or slice of apple). Do a couple hrs of work, followed by a work out about 9am (can’t excercise on a full stomach), and then post workout, I am SO ready for a proper full meal !

      I think the key is finding a routine that works for you. If eating when you first wake, is what feels right, do it!  I find if I wait til I’m really hungry, then I tend to eat more portein and an overall healthier meal than if I’m only just a little bit hungry.

  • michelle

    Yesterday a client and I found ourselves searching for a lunch restaurant opened @  11 we ended up going to a sushi bar (the only people open) at first it felt like too much but I did feel great all day and was not starving at dinner! There IS something to this! LOVE LOVE LoVE that marinade!

  • Colleen

    while living in Thailand, I used to order pad krapow (Thai basil and chili) with veggies over rice, with a fried egg on top for breakfast all the time.  the mix of veggies with spiciness and protein was the perfect kickstart to the day and kept me full for a long time.  3+ years later, i still miss the easy access of that dish at any hour of the day! 

  • Anonymous

    Yes! to the high protein – my high energy meals during the Summer, when I’m working fulltime @playcamp are mostly 2 eggs & fresh fruit & green tea for breakfast & meat & fresh fruit or salad for lunch. I understand starchy foods actually make your body produce a hunger-inducing hormone called ghrelin (sp?), so I avoid eating grains during the day.

    & we grew up eating cold fish for breakfast – leftover fishsticks w/ vinegar & pepper was my fave = )

  • http://cookinghealthyforme.wordpress.com/ Ann

    Ya know, I had to post another comment!  For some reason I missed the link to your marinade!  We have very similar tastes….my go-to marinade is almost the exact same thing!  I use less olive oil and no onion and toss a wee bit of splenda in instead of honey about half the time.  I think I might have to try the onion in it!  Thanks for a great tip!

  • Glo

    try quickly steaming fresh filet of fish in chicken broth flavored with fresh ginger, scalions & soy, then serve over grits. delicious, satisfying & healthy…

  • db

    Yum Yum!!! Breakfast is definately the best!!!  We eat fabulous protein and vegtable rich B’s every morning!!!
    We Agree…..It keeps you going and full longer than oats, cereal, etc. This a.m. was lamb, grilled tomatos and grilled onions w/pesto.

  • Brandy White

    Did you reheat the steak or eat it cold? I’ve always disliked the taste of day-old steak, so any suggestions would be helpful!

    • Michelle Madden

      I actually ate it at room temp (but you could certainly reheat). I added the pesto since it was a tad dried than the night before, but with this addition it was as juicy as ever!

  • http://absolutlyfit.blogspot.com Laura

    Yesterday I made pancakes with Indian flavors for breakfast. I used a recipe for fluffy protein pancakes (http://www.50by25.com/2009/10/healthy-meal-protein-pancakes.html), but before I mixed the batter, I sauteed onions, garlic, and red peppers to add. Once the pancakes were made, I put on top a tomato sauce with cumin, coriander, and fenugreek. SO good, and really healthy!

  • http://www.deadtreemedia.com Jeff @ Dead Tree Media

    I love me some steak for breakfast… I usually do it at restaurants, but occasionally when I do a steak at home that I can’t finish in one shot, I just use it the next morning with some eggs, etc.

    My finacee and I have been working our way through a box of steaks from 35 Degrees (named after the temp you age steaks) and that’s been happening a lot.  These are seriously the best home steaks I’ve ever had, but they are huge.  We had a couple of the filet mignon steaks the other night that made through breakfast and lunch the next day.

    They are a little pricey, but totally worth it… plan ahead though.

  • Guest

    Sounds great. Thanks for the recipe. I thought that it was unsafe to use leftover marinade on your meat after it was cooked though? 

    • http://www.thesweetbeet.com Michelle Madden

      It is unless you heat the marinade thoroughly for several minutes – I would boil it for about 3 mins and that should kill any pathogens that may potentially have been in the raw meat.

  • http://onegirlonepen.blogspot.com/ Indie

    I absolutely love this blog. It is all things combined…good eats, stunning creatively expressed photography and great writing ability.

    The information here is superb!

    You rock Michelle!

    Indie

    • http://www.thesweetbeet.com Michelle Madden

      Thank you Indie that’s really kind of you to say!

  • Theracio5

    The best breakfast is something I call green grits.
    Just cook up some grits, add the ends of any cheese you have aging in the cold cut drawer of the frig then go out in the garden and cut a good handful of whatever herbs tickle your fancy that day………parsley, cilantro, basil, sage, chives, etc. If you are really hungry, top with a poached or over easy egg. Yummmmm,

  • Emcarlile

    Michelle-
    The marinade recipe calls for “1 tbsp soy”…  Is this soy sauce or some other type of soy?  Thanks for clearing this up for me :-)

    • http://www.thesweetbeet.com Michelle Madden

      Soy sauce – yes!!

  • Elle at Eat Boutique

    I am SO excited for this post! I love steak and I love breakfast. It was always a faux pas to put the two together but they seem like a match made in heaven.

  • Ryan Critchett

    Nice! I’m loving it. Massive performance boost since I started doing this. I think it’s meant to be *in a falling in love kind of way!!* Dreamy.