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Two-Steppin' Tenderloin
Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff
Servings: 2
Prep Time: 10 Min.
Cook Time: 20 Min.
What you need:
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+ 2 beef tenderloin steaks or Petite steaks, cut 1-1/2-in. thick (about 5 to 6 oz. ea.)
+ 3 c. fresh baby spinach, divided
+ 2 Tbsp. toasted sliced almonds
+ 2 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese
+ 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
+ 1 c. plus 2 Tbsp. water, divided
+ 1 Tbsp. COLAVITA® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
+ 1 pkg. (8.8 oz.) UNCLE BEN'S® READY RICE® Whole Grain Brown
+ 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
+ 2 Tbsp. chopped dried cherries
+ toasted sliced almonds (optional)
What to do:
1, Make pesto: Place 2 c. spinach, almonds, cheese and garlic in food processor container. Cover; process until coarse paste forms. With motor running, slowly add 2 Tbsp. water and oil until smooth. Season with salt, as desired. Set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat ovenproof, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place beef steaks in skillet and brown 2 min. Turn steaks over and place skillet into preheated oven; cook 13-18 min. for medium rare to medium doneness, turning once.
3. Meanwhile, combine rice, remaining 1 c. water and salt, if desired, in medium saucepan; cook according to pkg. directions. Chop remaining 1 c. spinach. During last 5 min. of cooking, add chopped spinach to pan and continue to cook. Remove from heat, add cherries and 1 Tbsp. pesto to rice; stir to combine.
4. Remove steaks from oven when internal temperature reaches 135°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium doneness. Remove steaks from pan; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 5-10 min. Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium doneness.
5. Serve steaks over brown rice with remaining pesto. Garnish rice with additional almonds, if desired.

* Recipe Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.
Nutritional information:
Calories: 584;   Total Fat: 23g;   Saturated Fat: 6g;   Cholesterol: 104mg;   Total Carbs: 48g;   Fiber: 6g;   Protein: 45g;   Sodium: 227mg;  
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