1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
3 tbsp plus 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
3/4 lb assorted mushrooms, sliced
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp lemon zest, plus 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives
1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, divided
1 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, divided
2 lb top sirloin steak (3/4-inch thick), trimmed
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
2 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
Position oven rack 2 to 3 inches below heat element. Preheat oven to broil on high.
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with ice and water. Drain asparagus and immediately plunge asparagus into ice water; set aside to cool.
In a large heavy skillet, heat 2 tsp oil on medium. Add mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Prepare dressing: In a small bowl, whisk 3 tbsp oil, vinegar, soy sauce, lemon zest and juice. Set aside 2 tbsp dressing for use in the Meal Plan; refrigerate.
Drain ice water from bowl with asparagus. Using same bowl, combine asparagus, cooked mushrooms, garlic and olives. Add remaining dressing, 1/3 cup thyme and 1/2 tsp pepper; toss to coat. Cover bowl and transfer to refrigerator to marinate.
Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with foil and top with a metal rack. Place steak on rack. In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, remaining 3/4 tsp pepper and salt; rub over top of steak. Broil steak for about 10 minutes. When 3 minutes remain, flip steak over and sprinkle remaining 1 tbsp thyme over top.
To serve, cut steak into 4-oz portions and place on serving plates. Divide marinated vegetables among plates. Sprinkle cheese over vegetables.
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