This flavor combo is overwhelmingly delicious and FULL of antioxidants.

Have you ever used cocoa for more than baking? I hadn’t until I tried this steak rub. Don’t worry the steak doesn’t taste like chocolate but instead it brings out a rich savory flavor.

And why limit salsa to just chips? It’s a great topping full of nutrient dense ingredients. It paired great with the steak and veggies.

If you’re a meat and potatoes person, this really changes things up!

Nutrition Info:

Strawberries: excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, and also contain decent amounts of folate and potassium. These berries are also rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, and may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control.

Cocoa: Unsweetened cocoa powder is low in calories and packed with minerals and antioxidants. The polyphenols (antioxidants) in cocoa powder are called flavonoids and include catechins, epicatechins, and procyandins. Flavonoids are specifically found in the nonfat portions of the cocoa bean. Flavonoids have been shown to reduce the blood’s ability to clot, decreasing the risk of stroke and heart attacks.

Sweet Potatoes: contain a good amount of fiber as well as vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese and several other vitamins and minerals. They turned out great spiralized!

Steak: Red meat gets a bad name generally because it does have higher amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat than other proteins. Steak is still a great option for protein, B vitamins, and various minerals, so opt for the leaner cuts.

P.S Fatty cuts of steak are also lower in protein than leaner cuts of the same size because fat takes up more weight. Also, don’t forget to clean your grill!


Cocoa Rubbed Steak & Avocado Strawberry Salsa 



Prep Time

35 min

Cook Time

20 minutes


4 servings


Roasted Veggies

  • 1 Spiralized Zuchini
  • 1 Sliced Onion
  • 1 Sliced or Spiralized Sweet Potato
  • 1 Tsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper


  • 1 lb Steak
  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Cayenne Pepper


  • 1 Diced Avocado
  • 1 Cup Diced Strawberries
  • 1/4 Cup Minced Cilantro
  • 1/4 Cup Minced Onion
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tsp Honey



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spiralize, slice and dice veggies as desired. Roast on baking sheet pan 20 minutes.


  1. Heat grill to 300 degrees F. In small bowl combine cocoa powder, sugar and spices, mix together. Rub steak with mix.
  2. Cook steak until desired doneness.


  1. In medium bowl add diced avocado, onion and berries.
  2. Add in lime juice and honey, mix together.

Things You Might Need


Cocoa Powder

Sheet Pan

The Final Product