Grilled Beef and Avocado Pitas

Grilled Beef and Avocado Pitas

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Allow the beef to marinate for 24 hours for maximum flavor.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 12 ounces beef flank steak
  • ½ cup bottled light clear Italian salad dressing
  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups spring baby salad greens
  • 1 medium red sweet pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into bite-size strips
  • 1 medium avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 whole wheat pita bread rounds, cut in half horizontally


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  1. Score both sides of steak in a diamond pattern by making shallow diagonal cuts at 1-inch intervals. Place steak in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish.
  2. In a screw-top jar, combine salad dressing, lime peel, lime juice and cilantro. Cover and shake well. Pour half of the salad dressing mixture into a small bowl and add onion; cover and chill until serving time. Pour the remaining salad dressing mixture in the jar over steak in bag. Seal bag; turn to coat steak. Marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.
  3. Drain beef, discarding marinade. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. For a charcoal or gas grill, grill steak on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat for 17 to 21 minutes for medium doneness (160°F), turning once halfway through grilling time.
  4. To serve, thinly slice beef across grain. In a large bowl toss together beef, salad greens, sweet pepper, avocado and the dressing-onion mixture. Divide beef mixture among pita halves.
  • Tip: Broiler Directions: Preheat broiler. Place steak on the unheated rack of a foil-lined broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 15 to 18 minutes for medium doneness (160°F), turning once halfway through broiling time.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ pita with fillings
  • Per serving: 250 calories; 10 g fat(2 g sat); 5 g fiber; 25 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 49 mcg folate; 37 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 1,023 IU vitamin A; 35 mg vitamin C; 41 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 532 mg sodium; 502 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (58% daily value), Vitamin A (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2 lean protein, 1 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable

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