This post has been sponsored by Texas Beef: Beef Loving Texans. All of content and opinions are our own. We believe beef is an excellent choice for one of baby’s first foods and it’s an evidenced-based recommendation. Beef is stout on nutrition, from iron to protein to zinc, plus it’s an easy dinner option for creating family-friendly meals on any budget.
Looking for a delicious way to honor dad this Father’s Day? How about a nice, juicy steak that even your 6-month-old baby will enjoy? We’ve got you covered on how to grill up this budget-friendly meal for Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all our dads out there, and especially to our fathers & babies’ daddies.
Simple Balsamic Steak Marinade
Serving Size: 4-6 ounces for adults and 1-ounce for infants
(Marinades are great for a less expensive cut of meat–if you go big, simply season with Salt & Pepper)
- 1 lb (or so) sirloin, London broil, or flat iron
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt (can omit on baby’s portion if desired)
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Place all ingredients into a Ziploc bag, seal, and marinate steak for 2-6 hours in the refrigerator.
- Using a gas grill, heat over high heat until 500 degrees. Turn off one-half of the grill and reduce the “on” side to medium high heat. Place the steak over the “off” side of your grill. (This technique is called indirect heating). Close your grill lid and heat for 6-8 minutes on one side, then flip over the steak and continue grill until desired doneness. For a medium rare steak cook to 145°F and medium cook until 160°F or desired doneness.
Crusty French Bread
We recommend varying the size of steak based on skill, which we break down into “Baby Bites.”
Pre-Beginner (around 6 months): A 2″ finger of steak is great for allowing the baby to suck the juices out of the steak and getting in the much-needed iron. (Interesting research exists highlighting iron found in beef juices).
Beginner: 2″ inch finger, but a bit thinner as baby’s pincer grasp starts to develop
Novice: Tiny pieces of beef the baby can safely pick up and chew (often once the molars begin to appear babies become better at chewing a tougher steak, but tender pieces of steak can often be gummed)
Advanced: Small cubes or based on toddler’s preference.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! We hope you feel loved and honored on this day. We know how important the role of a father is and we appreciate our dads and husbands and all that they do. By the way, both of our dads’ favorite meals happen to be steak!
For those who want more info on how to grill, check out this great infograph from the Beef Check Off team: