Giveaway Winner and Cinnamon Steak Skewers

First off, thank you to everyone that participated in my Nikki’s Coconut Butter giveaway. I wish I could give all of you a jar and make everyone a winner, but well … I can’t. Anyway, I’m thrilled to announce that the winner of the giveaway is TAMMY!

Tammy says : September 25, 2012 at 11:05 am Wow – honey pecan pie definitely! Liked and liked!!

Tammy, you will soon be the proud owner of a jar of honey pecan pie. Meanwhile, please email me at with your shipping address! Congrats on winning!

The weather here has still been incredibly warm and sunny, aside from the mornings, and I’m soaking it up while I can. Once the cold and rain comes, it sticks around for far too long, so I’ll take all the Indian summer days I can get. The warm sun inspired me to fire up the grill and try out a recipe from the cookbook, Make it Paleo. I was thrilled to receive a copy of this book in the mail last week and haven’t had a chance to dig too far into it yet. I decided on the cinnamon steak skewers and paired them with baked beets and fennel (from Practical Paleo), and steamed lacinato kale with avocado oil drizzled on top. The cinnamon brought a lovely warmth to the steak and I was surprised how well it complemented the beef.  Jesse enjoyed the skewers too, and rightfully so … he was the grill master this time around.
Jesse manning the grill.
Cinnamon steak skewers on the grill.
Cinnamon Steak Skewers from Make it Paleo
  • Four, 6 oz steaks (I used grass-fed top round)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Soak wooden steak skewers in water for an hour prior to grilling.
  2. Cut steaks into cubes and place in a 1-gallon ziplock bag.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients.
  4. Pour marinade over steak, seal ziplock bag and marinate in the refrigerator at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
  5. Preheat grill to high heat.
  6. Skewer steak onto wooden skewers.
  7. Grill skewers 12 -16 minutes, turning every 3-4 minutes.
  8. Plate steak skewers over your choice of salad or sides, and serve.
Cinnamon steak skewers with roasted beets and fennel, and steamed kale with avocado oil.
Mmm…open wide!

9 thoughts on “Giveaway Winner and Cinnamon Steak Skewers

  1. paleoinpdx October 1, 2012 / 6:35 pm

    I know, I wouldn’t have thought of it either, but it’s fantastic!

  2. fitnessgall October 2, 2012 / 4:28 am

    Oh… myy… GOD!!
    I’m having one of those nothing can fill me up ravenous days and those steaks!!! WOW, want!

  3. paleoinpdx October 2, 2012 / 8:32 am

    These will fill you up, for sure! I could only eat one. I maybe could’ve downed two, but it’s a lot of chewing! They’re really tasty 🙂

  4. Tammy October 2, 2012 / 6:02 pm

    I can’t wait to try Nikki’s honey pecan pie coconut butter! Thanks so much!

    • paleoinpdx October 2, 2012 / 7:00 pm

      It’s to die for, Tammy! Can’t wait to hear how you like it. Thanks for taking part 🙂

  5. Tammy October 10, 2012 / 1:21 pm

    You’re right Alisa, it is fabulous and now I want to try them ALL! Thanks again!

    • paleoinpdx October 10, 2012 / 5:12 pm

      Haha, I hear ya, Tammy! I’m glad you like it 🙂

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