Beloved Layered Sirloin Bake

We’re down to the wire.

I leave for India in less than a week and have just a few last minute things to cross off my to do list – stop by the bank to grab some rupees, confirm my stay at the ashram, buy up some raw granola, pick up a pair of lulu lemon studio crops and massively cleaning the house.

But all that was placed on hold this past weekend so I could prepare enough dinner for Kevin so that I don’t have to worry about him starving to death while I’m gone.

I knew that if I didn’t prepare a couple of dishes for him he’d end up eating Knorr frozen meals, ice tea, and chocolate soy pudding for a whole month.

And… we cannot have that.

I turned to my favorite veggies for inspiration for this casserole. I wanted something that would pack loads of nutrition, freeze well, and appeal to the meat lovin’ man.

The trick to Kevin; and I’m sure this applies to all men out there, loving any meal that comes out of my kitchen is to throw steak in it!

Oh yes, and sauce. Sauce is good too.

Beloved Layered Sirloin Bake

Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Corn free, Grain free

A casserole dish you can make for your family when you want to make sure they’ll get all the nutrition they need in one bowl.

Yield: 1 3qt. (3L) casserole

Servings: 8

Ingredients

Squash layer

Sirloin layer

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 1/4 lbs top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips

Vegetable layer

  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2” thick slices
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 1/2” thick slices
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1/4” thick slices
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2-1 cup of your favorite pasta sauce

“Cheesy” topping

  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup coarsely ground nuts – I used a mixture of almonds and pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free stone ground mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon Herbamare
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly oil a 3 quart (3L) casserole dish with a dab of coconut oil.
  2. Squash layer: Cook cubed squash in boiling water for 3 minutes until slightly softened. Drain, toss with herbamare and pepper and place at the bottom of the prepared casserole dish.
  3. Sirloin layer: Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Add beef and cook for 1 minute per side. You just want them to be browned only! Place browned strips on top of squash.
  4. Vegetable layer: Return frying pan to heat and reduce to medium-low. Sauté onion for 5-8 minutes, until softened. Place on top of beef then layer the remaining vegetables on top. Sprinkle with oregano and basil. Cover with pasta sauce. I used 1/2 cup because it’s all I had, but wish there was just a bit more in this casserole.
  5. Cheesy topping: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until incorporated. Crumble over top of casserole.
  6. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 1 hour until golden on top and heated through.

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The ingredient list may look overwhelming, but many of the ingredients are repeated, simple, or very, very easy to get your hands on. Not to mention, it’s very simple to put together!

If you’re not a fan of nutritional yeast, feel free to top the casserole off with some daiya mozzarella cheese, or other dairy-free cheese topping.

Along with my newly beloved layered sirloin bake, I also prepared:

Chicken Noodle Meatloaf

Comforting Baked Mac ‘n Cheese with Bacon

Biscuit Topped Chicken Pot Pie

If Kevin says that he’s hungry while I’m gone, he’s clearly nuts. I just wish I could bring a bit of this with me for my travels!

Do you prepare meals for your loved ones so that you’ll know they’ll eat well while you’re gone?

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  1. Wow! He is so lucky to have you. I don’t think I’ve ever prepared that much food for someone when I travel! (Then again, maybe I should because they always eat pizza and burgers while I’m gone!)

  2. Wow, Kevin is a VERY lucky man!!! I just have myself to worry about in my house, so no, I don’t cook for anyone else when I’m about to leave. Having said that, I know my mum HATES cooking so when I go to visit I usually bring her leftover soup or chili or whatever I make tons of for the blog and get sick of before I can eat it all myself! ;)

  3. I’ve never had to prepare food for anyone before leaving for a trip, but that’s so nice of you to take care of him! He’s going to eat so well while you’re away. I can’t wait to hear more about your adventure too!

  4. You’re a good woman and this looks amazing! I’m doing the very same thing for my hubby and 2 year old as I type! A week away means LOADS of healthy eats in the fridge and freezer! Will definitely add this to the rotation. Men love their steak! Enjoy your trip! :)

  5. I bet you are sooo excited for India! I would be :) Definately on my list of places to go! And you are so sweet for cooking up all of those meals for Kevin while you are gone, he’s one lucky guy! I live with my mom and step-dad who tend to be pretty closed-minded when it comes to food, so no, I don’t ever prepare things for them for when I’m gone. I wish they would come out of there shell a bit!

  6. Yep sure do!!! Like to make sure the fridge is well stocked with good food so the boys can grab something fast when their tummy’s begin to rumble. I really like the sirloin bake,…such a great mix of healthy veggies and protein.

  7. first, im so jealous you are going to india! sounds amazing! Second, My husband would love that dish! he isnt a fan of veggies but if i throw steak in he just may be!
    Thanks!

  8. I think I am dating a freak show–definitely *not* the typical male. When we go out to eat and the servers bring out our food, they naturally assume that it was ME who ordered the salad, so they begin to place it in front of me. Then I have to explain that the salad would be healthy boy’s and those are my fries :) ha I think if Greg ever leaves for a month, he has to cook ME food and freeze it. Come to think of it, he’s been gone 2 months and he never did such a thing! You are a good woman! xo

  9. Hahahah, I’m always preparing for Ryan cause if I don’t he’ll live on smoothies, cereal and toast with nut butter….so he gets everything done for him…am I controlling or just loving?! LOL!

    This bake looks AMAZING!!!!

    xxoo

  10. Haha, I always worry the same thing when I go out of town. It’s as if all knowledge of how to stay alive and feeding himself properly, has completely gone out the window since we’ve gotten married. I left my husband to fend for himself for a weekend not too long ago, and his diet consisted of 5 Clif bars, chips and salsa and frozen pizza. Not exactly what someone with a degree in nutrition likes to hear in regards to their significant other’s food consumption. At that point, I realized I would need to add “prepare a week’s worth of meals” as part of my to-do list before leaving on a trip without him. For better, or for worse, right?

  11. By the way, the recipe ingredients for your Chicken Noodle Meatloaf on your Recipage does not actually list any chicken. Was it accidentally left out or was this dish supposed to be vegetarian? I was kinda confused.

    • It was a cruel joke. Totally missed it when I was copying it over. I hope no one tried to make it without the chicken! Thanks for catching that.

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