Filet Mignon – Quick and Easy – 30 Minutes

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If Filet Mignon sounds a little too restauranty and chefy for you to make at home.

That is not so!

It definitely qualifies as Quick and Easy and …….

……..it’s not real expensive. You can get USDA choice beef tenderloin steaks for $8.99 – $9.99 a pound at Costco and Sam’s. A pound will give you two big (8oz.) steaks or 3 -4 regular size.

And,,,you will still get this great meal on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Tonight I put some string beans and onions in a skillet on a burner set at medium heat with salt, pepper, lemon juice and butter.

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Stir them a few times as they do their thing. When the onions have started to wilt add the white wine – or chicken stock – and let the wine simmer and reduce a little.

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While the veggies are getting cooked. Multi task a little and put another skillet on a medium high and swirl about a tablespoon of olive oil in.

Salt pepper and garlic powder both sides of your beef tenderloin steaks and put ’em in the skillet. Just sear each side for about 2 minutes and …..

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……put them in a dish that will catch the drippings and put the dish on an idle burner to keep warm. Don’t worry about them not being cooked on the inside they are going to cook some more in with the wine and the mushrooms.Filet Mignon-3-poppopcooks.com-beef tenderloin-beef tenderloin recipe-beef steak-beef recipes-tenderloin-easy filet mignon recipe-Quick and easy-gluten free-paleo

Rinse off the mushrooms. You could use bigger ones than shown here and cut them up. We like these baby portabellas.

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If you are using jarred mushrooms just drain them. Put the mushrooms in the steak pan and brown them a little.

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Add the salt, pepper, onions, garlic and rosemary.

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Stir it up and let it cook until the onions just start to brown a little on their edges and add the butter and the red wine. Stir with a wooden spoon scraping the bits of meat off the bottom.

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Put the steaks and the drippings back in and turn them over a few times as the butter melts and the wine reduces. When the filet mignon is cooked to the degree of doneness that YOU want   – rare is soft to a poke or 140-145° on a meat thermometer – starting to get firm or 155-160° is medium – firm or 165-170° is well done.

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Serve up and enjoy your Filet Mignon. Top the steaks off with the onions and a little of the sauce.

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Oh yeah, and get after the rest of that red wine. We had a nice bottle of pinot noir with our filet mignon.

Of course some of Poppop’s easy homemade bread is always nice too.

 

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  1. put some string beans and onions in a skillet on a burner set at medium heat with salt, pepper, lemon juice and butter. Stir them a few times as they do their thing. When the onions have started to wilt add the white wine - or chicken stock - and let the wine simmer and reduce a little.
  2. Salt pepper and garlic powder both sides of your beef steaks and put 'em in the skillet. Just sear each side for about 2 minutes and put them in a dish that will catch the drippings and put the dish on an idle burner to keep warm. Don't worry about them not being cooked on the inside they are going to cook some more with the onions and mushrooms.
  3. Rinse off the mushrooms. You could use bigger ones than shown here and cut them up. We like these baby portabellas. If you are using jarred mushrooms just drain them. Put the mushrooms in the steak pan and brown them a little.
  4. Add the salt, pepper, onions, garlic and rosemary. Stir it up and let it cook until the onions just start to brown a little on their edges and add the butter and the red wine. Stir with a wooden spoon scraping the bits of meat off the bottom. Put the steaks and the drippings back in and turn them over a few times as the butter melts and the wine reduces. When the filet mignon is cooked to the degree of doneness that YOU want - rare is soft to a poke or 140-145° on a meat thermometer - starting to get firm or 155-160° is medium - firm or 165-170° is well done.
  5. Serve up and enjoy your Filet Mignon. Top the steaks off with the onions and a little of the sauce.
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Easy Pork Tenderloin Steaks with Red Wine Balsamic Glaze

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Easy Pork Tenderloin Steaks with…

….Red Wine Balsamic Glaze is…

…not complicated. It is a snap! And,, you can easily multi task and put together the veggies along with Pork Tenderloin Steaks in under 30 minutes.

Put two skillets on the stove. One at medium and one at medium high. Eyeball enough olive oil in each to barely cover the bottoms.

We had some pearl onions leftover from a big batch of caramelized pearl onions that I had made for some family guests.

We always have baby carrots and frozen peas so that’s what we’re going to put together along with the Pork Tenderloin Steaks.

No cleaning or peeling necessary.

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Just put them in the skillet set at medium. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper and toss or gently stir a few times as they cook.

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With a sharp knife trim the silver skin off the tenderloin and cut into 1″ thick steaks. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and powdered garlic then add them to the skillet.

About 3-5 minutes a side depending on how well done that YOU like them.

Still soft to a finger poke is rare – starting to get firm is medium and firm is well done.

With an instant read meat thermometer 145°F is rare – 160 is medium and 170 is well done.

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When the second side is almost done add the red wine and the balsamic vinegar. Bring the liquids up to a fast simmer and reduce the heat just enough to maintain the simmer.

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Let the liquid reduce a little and add the peas to the carrots and onions.

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Toss the veggies a few times and as soon as the peas are warm the wine balsamic mixture will have reduced a little and…..

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…your Pork Tenderloin Steaks are ready to serve. Spoon some of the liquid on the steaks and enjoy!!

Pinot Noir works real well for the glaze and the rest of the bottle goes along great with your Pork Tenderloin Steaks.

 

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  1. Put two skillets on the stove. One at medium and one at medium high. Eyeball enough olive oil in each to barely cover the bottoms.
  2. Put the carrots and onions in the pan that you have set at medium. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper and toss or gently stir a few times as they cook.
  3. With a sharp knife trim the silver skin off the tenderloin and cut into 1" thick steaks. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and powdered garlic then add them to the skillet. About 3-5 minutes a side depending on how well done that YOU like them. Finger poke - still soft is rare - starting to get firm is medium and firm is well done. With an instant read meat thermometer 145°F is rare - 160 is medium and 170 is well done.
  4. When the second side is almost done add the red wine and the balsamic vinegar. Bring the liquids up to a fast simmer and reduce the heat just enough to maintain the simmer.
  5. Let the liquid reduce a little and add the peas to the carrots and onions. Toss the veggies a few times and as soon as the peas are warm the wine balsamic mixture will have reduced a little and your Pork Tenderloin Steaks are ready to serve. Enjoy!!
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Baked Cod One Pan Dinner – Quick and Easy – 25 Minutes

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Your Baked Cod One Pan Dinner is…

……easy and delicious. And,,,it’s all going to be ready to serve in 25 minutes or less. 

We’ve gotten to where we do the whole meal in one pan in the oven or one pot on the stove a couple of nights a week. As long as it still turns out real good it works for us and for a lot of my readers.

When you do it in the oven you should aim at using ingredients that all take as close as possible to the same time to cook. That doesn’t mean that you couldn’t add ingredients after the first ingredients have cooked some. But, doing that in the oven is a little more involved than on the stovetop.

This baked cod one pan dinner is 10 minutes doing the easy preparation and 15 minutes in the oven.

Set the oven at 450°F/232°C. Put the butter in a bowl in the microwave and melt it.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or use a nonstick cookie sheet. Peel the potatoes and carrots then cut them into french fry shapes.

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Put the carrots and potatoes in the cookie sheet and drizzle them with some olive oil. Sprinkle the salt, pepper and 1/2 of the rest of the spices on the pile and toss everything together with your hands or a flipper kind of utensil.

Spread them out towards the sides of the cookie sheet leaving room in the middle for the cod fillets.

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Add the lemon juice, and the rest of the dry ingredients except the salt to the melted butter. The cod fillets have enough of their own salt.

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Lay the cod fillets on the empty spot in the cookie sheet.

Brush half of the melted butter mixture onto the cod fillets.

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Put it in the oven on a middle shelf and bake it for 15 minutes. If you want it to be a little crisp on the top surfaces switch the oven to broiler and move it to the top shelf for the last couple of minutes.

Top off the cod fillets with the rest of the butter mixture and serve up your Baked Cod One Pan Dinner.

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Gammy opted for some Chardonnay tonight so, yup, that’s what we had and it made real nice combo with our Baked Cod.

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  1. Set the oven at 450°F/232°C. Put the butter in bowl in the microwave and melt it. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or use a nonstick cookie sheet. Peel the potatoes and carrots then cut them into french fry shapes.
  2. Put the carrots and potatoes in the cookie sheet and drizzle them with some olive oil. Sprinkle the salt, pepper and 1/2 of the rest of the spices on the pile and toss everything together with your hands or a flipper kind of utensil. Spread them out towards the sides of the cookie sheet leaving room in the middle for the cod fillets.
  3. Add the lemon juice, garlic powder, black pepper, dried basil and dried rosemary to the melted butter. Notice no salt. The cod fillets have enough of their own salt. Place the cod fillets on their spot in the cookie sheet. Brush half of the melted butter mixture on the cod fillets. Put it in the oven on a middle shelf and bake it for 15 minutes. If you want it to be a little crunchy on the top surfaces switch the oven to broiler and move it to the top shelf for the last couple of minutes.
  4. Top off the cod fillets with the rest of the butter mixture and serve up your Baked Cod One Pan Dinner.
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Quick and Easy One Pan Chicken Dinner – 20 Minutes – Gluten Free

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Quick and Easy One Pan Chicken Dinner….

…….is done in 20 minutes and is good,,REAL good.  So, if you are in a rush and tired but still want to come up with a tasty supper this one will work really well.

It sure did for us. In fact this is my plate after I finished my second helping of this quick and easy one pan chicken dinner.

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Put a big skillet or sauté pan on the stove and set it at medium high. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom about 1/8″ deep.

Cut the potatoes into slices about 1/4″ wide and add them to the pan.

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Using a dishwasher safe cutting board cut up the chicken into about 3/4″ cubes and……..

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…..put the chicken in the pan, the cutting board in the dishwasher and clean the knife with soap and water.

Chop up the onion and when the chicken has started to get tan colored, but not brown yet, add the onion and the salt, pepper and garlic powder.

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Toss it a few times as it all cooks and when it all has browned real well….

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…..put in the frozen peas.

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Mix it all together and turn it all over a  couple of times. The peas will be ready when they have warmed up – about 1 – 1 and 1/2 minutes.

Then serve up and enjoy your Quick and Easy One Pan Chicken Dinner.

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And I’ll bet that your plate looks just like mine when you are done.

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  1. Put a big skillet or sauté pan on the stove and set it at medium high. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom about 1/8" deep. Cut the potatoes into slices about 1/4" wide and add them to the pan.
  2. Using a dishwasher safe cutting board cut up the chicken into about 3/4" cubes and put the chicken in the pan, the cutting board in the dishwasher and clean the knife with soap and water.
  3. Chop up the onion and when the chicken has started to get tan colored, but not brown yet, add the onion and the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Toss it a few times as it all cooks and when it all has browned real well put in the frozen peas. Mix it all together and turn it all over a couple of times. The peas will be ready when they have warmed up - about 1 minute. Then serve up and enjoy your Quick and Easy One Pan Chicken Dinner.
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