Chimichurri Steak Tostadas
I have to be honest here…I haven’t watched BOTH nights of the Bachelorette. I didn’t know it was going to be this intense two-night event until I started watching my recorded episode last night. And there was just no way that I could waste four hours of my life in one week. No way. Two is doable when the commercials are removed, but four. B*tch ain’t got time for that! I have work to do! So instead, I’ll watch the second episode later this week then do a recap of it on the podcast on Saturday! Cool? You don’t give a sh*t? Cool!
So the first episode of the week starts off in Hilton Head (where I still really want to go) in some room that was furnished by Charlotte’s first husband Trey’s mother. Stop and think for a second. You know what I’m talking about? Sex and the City? Plaid everywhere. It was the ugliest room ever. Wherever they were, whoever the interior decorator was, well, that person should move on to their next career. Kenny and Lee start their feud that has seemed to last a lifetime and Lee looks like an ultra drunk mess. I love when people’s hair goes awry and they can’t keep their eyes open. That’s how you know they’re winning at life.
Rachel then moves on to a one-on-one date with Jack Stone. Poor Jack Stone. He seems like he’s a super nice person, but he does this thing when he talks where he tucks his chin so he’s looking at you through the top of his eyelids. He honestly just looks like he’s going to murder you. And he vigorously blinks his eyes. He’s a very intentional eye blinker. So their date is spent shucking oysters and we get to watch them feed them to each other. No one needs to feed oysters to another person. I understand that they are an aphrodisiac or some bullsh*t like that, but they are not sexy. You’re swallowing goo. Not cute. Well Jack Stone definitely hopes it’s working and goes in for the first kiss while Rachel pulls back. He gets a peck and is thrilled by the feeling the rough lips and oysters give him. Poor kid. Little does he know that a few hours later, Rachel will pick up the rose and his eyes will light up, then she will kick him to the curb. Why does she do that? Is that a producer thing? She could just leave the rose on the table and say it’s not working, but she goes in for ultra dramatic effect. Cruel. He leaves without saying a word, which is strange since he couldn’t stop talking the entire date. Literally. Rachel even says, “I don’t know what else to say” and they walk out while Jack Stone is obviously about to snap and kill everyone. Luckily for us, he kept his instincts together. I wonder what JS is up to nowadays.
After the blinking date, Rachel skips the cocktail hour. That’s her go-to move. She then kicks off Iggy (the guy who looks like a sumo wrestler) and Tickle Monster, which I’m totes bummed about because he seemed like the most genuine guy there. Iggy cries and tickle monster tickles. We move on. After the rose ceremony, they all go to Norway. My question is – did they pack winter clothes or did the producer let them go shopping? Could you imagine packing all your winter clothes in your one suitcase you’re allowed on this show? How miserable. Once they get to Norway, Rachel takes out her favorite guy Bryan on a date where they scale down some famous ski jump. At least I think that’s what it was. I honestly don’t know what was happening other than they were hanging above the ground, by a string, and Bryan thinks it’s a good time to make out. That makes a lot of sense, BRYAN. At the end of the date, Bryan and Rachel talk about how they were ugly growing up and nobody liked them, then once they grew up, everyone wanted them. Totally relatable. The date ends with Bryan telling Rachel that he’s falling in love with her and SURPRISE SURPRISE, he gets a rose.
Then we move on to the Norway group date where they play Handball and have to wear wrestling match outfits during it. I wonder if Rachel is requesting sports-specific dates. Because I hate them. The only thing I liked about that date was Dean wearing his jock strap on the outside. He’s a gem. After they waste their testosterone, they all go back to some hotel to talk one-on-one. Alex reads a note to her about how he’s feeling instead of just speaking like a normal person. Then Josiah turns into the new Jack Stone of the group, talking extremely slow and telling Rachel that she is the one for him. She ain’t having it. So what does she go do? She goes to hang out with Peter and they decide to get in a hot tub. While all the other dudes are waiting in the other room. Her poor judge of a father is honestly probably disowning her at this point. Because she GOT DOWN with Peter in the hot tub/bath tub. We haven’t seen a hot tub scene like that in quite a few seasons. But you know what was so sad? After she dry humped the sh*t out of Peter, she walked into the room of dudes and gave Will the date rose. Straight up. Way to ruin Peter’s ego, Rachel. I dig your style.
Ok thank gosh I didn’t watch the second 2 hour episode because this post would be SO long. Let’s end this. So, of course, Lee and Kenny who hate each other so so much, well they get the two-on-one date. Before the date, Lee lifts weights in tight jeans and cowboy boots. And I hate him so much for that. At least he’s decreasing his chance of having offspring. Naawwmean? And guess where the date is? Outside. Because they want these dates to always be true misery. Rachel and Kenny are literally freezing to death and trying to talk about serious matters while shivering to no end, and Lee is fine as can be. He is wearing a lightweight long sleeve shirt while Rachel has a scarf, gloves, down jacket and boots on, and he feels nothing. Because he has no soul. When someone says, “I’ll pray for you” to a person they obviously hate, it means nothing. That’s not being a good Southern boy, Lee, that’s being an assh*le. The episode ends with Kenny ready to crush Lee’s face in. He won’t, which sucks, because someone really should. The end.
So I now think it’s going to be between Peter and Bryan. I still don’t know who wins SO DON’T TELL ME but it’s going to be one of those two. What’s your guess?! Let’s gossip!
Chimichurri Steak Tostadas
- Yield: 3-6 1x
For the cherry tomato salsa
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 white onion, minced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
- big pinch of salt
For the cauliflower puree
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
For the chimichurri
- 1 packed cup fresh cilantro
- 1 packed cup fresh parsley
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ white onion, minced
- juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
For the tacos
- 1½ pound skirt steak (or hanger steak or flap meat)
- salt, to taste
- 6 Siete Cassava Coconut Tortillas of my Tortillas from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook
- pink peppercorns
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pull meat out of fridge to help come to room temperature. Pat dry and sprinkle with salt on both sides.
- Place all ingredients for the cherry tomato salsa in a bowl and toss to combined. Place in fridge to marinate until meal is ready.
- Steam the cauliflower until fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer the steamed cauliflower to a high speed blender and puree until smooth. It should resemble smooth mashed potatoes. Add the garlic powder and salt and puree once more. Set aside.
- For the chimichurri: place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Set aside.
- Heat up a grill pan or grill to a medium-high heat and grease to keep the meat from sticking. Place meat on grill and cook on both sides for about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare, depending on the thickness. Set meat on cutting board and cover with foil to let rest for about 10 minutes then thinly slice against the grain.
- While the meat is resting, place tortillas on the baking sheet, spray with coconut oil and sprinkle a small pinch of salt on top of each. Place in oven to bake for 7-8 minutes, until brown and crispy.
- Now all you have to do is build your tostadas: tortilla, 2 tablespoons of the cauliflower puree, 1-2 tablespoons chimichurri, sliced steak, cherry tomato salsa and garnish with cilantro and freshly crushed pink peppercorns!
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21 thoughts on “Chimichurri Steak Tostadas”
To whomever said in the comments last week that you thought she was crying because the producers were forcing her to keep Lee on the show, at first I questioned you, but after this week, I’m like YEAH! You’re totally right! Realistically she should let both Kenny and Lee go because she’s not going to end up with either one of them. As for who she’s going to end up with, I’m guessing Peter. She’s usually the one going in for the kiss, encouraging the make out sessions, and she even suggested the hot tub.
the hot tub scene was SO INTENSE haha!!
My favorite thing about this season is Evan Bass’ Twitter commentary. (He was the erectile dysfunction guy from last season & ended up marrying Carly from Bachelor in Paradise.) He wants a petition to get Lee out of Nashville. Would sign, if I lived there.
Definitely not related to the Bachelorette, but I just wanted to say that these tostadas look AMAZING! I love the idea of putting cauliflower puree in them. Plus, I’m a total sucker for chimichurri – I’ve been known to eat it with three meals in the same day! Photography is on point, by the way! Love it!
awwwww thank you so much, Brynn!
I just absolutely love reading your rants on the Bachelor/Bachelorette. Your thoughts mimic mine and I’m always cracking up at the end of your post and sometimes forget food is involved! Ha! Sometimes.
lol sometimes i do too
I also think it will Peter and Brian at the end too, although I think she’ll choose Brian…but I like Peter more 🙁 These tacos tho! everything I love, steak and chimichurri sauce…too good not to try!
maybe peter will be the next bachelor! i feel like it’s a good chance!
These look amazing! I love cherry tomatoes! I’d prefer red onions though, and maybe some mayo on top.
Hi Juli! Random question –> Can you subscribe to you blog to get emails when posts are up or is it only the weekly newsletter? I’m on the newsletter already. Just curious!
PS my vote is for Peter but I think it will be between Peter, Brian & Eric!
no just weekly emails!
Pheeeww….these look so good!
The second you said “Charlottes first husband Trey’s mother” visions of GREEN PLAID flooded my mind hahahaha. dying…. Oh Bunny ( I think that’s what her name was )
hahahahah BUNNY!! i forgot that name!
Hi Juli! I’m not sure if someone has already asked you this or not, I have listened to most of your podcasts but I dont remember! When you are taking photos of all your food/recipes – Do you go out and just buy single plates & cups that catch your eye and then get rid of them afterwards? How do you go about doing so?
I don’t get rid of them but yes, i just buy single plates or glasses sometimes, usually in pairs because I’ll post multiple plate layouts and multiples drinks in one photo. but i keep them for future photos for sure! and i just usually buy mine at whole foods because they always have great glassware and plates!
So, I went to high school with Jack Stone, and he is a super nice guy for sure, but he was beyond awkward on the show… I had a never ending crush on him LOL! Poor guy, he needs to learn his camera angles, the chin-down-eyes-up thing was SOOOO creepy!! Rachel: “If we went back to Dallas together, what would we do?” JS: “Honestly, I would just lock you up.” CRINGE-WORTHY!!
Thanks for all you do, I laugh at your instastories on the reg, in a good way!
that poor poor guy lol the producers also didn’t help him out with his edit lol! when he got in the car to leave and looked super sad, he looked so cute (which is so mean to say!) but as soon as he didn’t have his creep head tilt, he was so cute!
UGH, I meant to also say, I think Jack is going on Bachelor in Paradise!
Just tried this recipe tonight and OMGosh! The whole family loved it and it was super easy to prepare. The dish was even beautiful – ready to be photographed! I did not make the cauliflower puree but spread ripe avocado on the tortillas before serving. Gave this 5 stars and will put into regular rotation! Thanks for the recipe and for the Bachelorette chat! We were on Team Dean but now we see he’s on Bachelor in Paradise so I guess that’s a no go.