•    Time: 30 - 35 minutes
  •    2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 beef Tenderloin Steaks, cut 1-1/2 inches thick (about 5-6 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried cherries
  • Toasted sliced almonds (optional)

Instructions

  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 degrees. Heat ovenproof, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place beef steaks in skillet and brown 2 minutes. Turn steaks over and place skillet into preheated oven; cook 13-18 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 degrees for medium rare; 150 degrees for medium doneness. Remove steaks from pan; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Temperature will continue to rise about 1- degrees to reach 145 for medium rare; 160 degrees for medium doneness. 

  5. Serve steaks over brown rice with remaining pesto. Garnish rice with additional almonds, if desired.