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Flank Steak With Cilantro Almond Pesto

I never said it was pretty.

But it was delicious. I promise. I seriously need help taking appetizing pictures when it’s dark outside. Any tips?

I got this recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, Cooking Light.Almond Pesto 1Flank Steak With Cilantro Almond Pesto

(Adapted from Cooking Light)


  • 3/4 cupfresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoonsslivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoonchopped seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoonsalt
  • 1/8 teaspoonblack pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 3 tablespoonsplain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoonsfresh lime juice
  • 1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed
  • Optional: Four whole grain tortillas
  • Optional: 2 bell peppers, sauteed

Table of Contents


  • Prepare grill, or grill pan.
  • Combine first 6 ingredients in a blender; process until finely chopped (about 15 seconds). Add yogurt and juice; process until smooth.
  • Grill steak 6 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices. Serve steak with pesto.
  • If you want to turn these into tacos, add the steak and pesto to tortillas with sauteed bell peppers (we were going to do this, but at the last minute we decided not to).Almond Pesto 2

I made my pesto without garlic (garlic contains FODMAPs), but Nick and our friend Janan enjoyed theirs with garlic (I had a taste with the garlic and it was fabulous). While this may not be the prettiest dish, it truly was delicious and very simple. As you saw in the first photo, we served the steak and pesto with baked butternut squash, spinach, and sauteed bell peppers (the bell peppers could have been used to turn this meal into steak tacos, but we decided not to do that).

QUESTION: What’s your favorite pesto dish? Have you ever made pesto with almonds?

Before I forget to post it, I wanted to share this article from the Wall Street Journal, about the low FODMAPs diet. It sounds like it’s really catching on here in the states. Probably because…it works!

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Hi, my name is Rebecca Houston and I am a writer. I write about health, healthy food and daily meal plan for various websites.
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