Time: 35 Minutes

Two Steppin' Tenderloin

Let your oven do the hard work in this easy and elegant preparation of juicy beef Tenderloin Steaks served with cherry, almond and spinach brown rice.


  • 2 beef Tenderloin Steaks, cut 1-1/2 inches thick (about 5 to 6 ounces each)
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach, divided
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice - 1 package (8.8 ounces) ready-to-serve whole grain brown rice can be substituted for uncooked brown rice. Cook rice according to package directions. Stir in spinach, cherries and 1 tablespoon pesto. Let stand 5 minutes or until spinach is heated through.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried cherries
  • Toasted sliced almonds (optional)
  • Quick Facts

  • 35 Minutes
  • 2 Servings
  • 584kcal Calories
  • 45g Protein
  • Cooking

    1. Place 2 cups spinach, almonds, cheese and garlic in food processor container. Cover; process until coarse paste forms. With motor running, slowly add 2 tablespoons 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 Tenderloin Steaks in skillet and brown 2 minutes. Turn steaks over and place skillet into preheated oven; cook 13 to 18 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness, turning once.
    3. Meanwhile, combine rice, remaining 1 cup water and salt, if desired, in medium saucepan; cook according to package directions. Chop remaining 1 cup spinach. During last 5 minutes of cooking, add chopped spinach to pan and continue to cook. Remove from heat, add cherries and 1 tablespoon 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 to 10 minutes. 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.


    Serv Size Calories Total Fat Cholesterol Total Carbs Protein
    2 584kcal 23g 104mg 48g 45g

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much of a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. 6g Saturated Fat; 12g Monounsaturated Fat; Carbohydrates; Fiber; 13.2mg NE Niacin; 1.1mg Vitamin B6; 2.2mcg Vitamin B12; 4.7mg Iron; 55.4mcg Selenium; Zinc; 158.7mg Choline;

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