Skinny Steak, Strawberries and Gorgonzola With a Dreamy Balsamic Reduction



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Get ready to “wow” your family or dinner guests with this super easy to make exquisite meal. It looks and sounds really gourmet and yet this dinner comes to together in under 30 minutes!  Picture this-tender lean fillets, plump juicy strawberries, rich Gorgonzola cheese, all on top of a bed of field greens and drizzled with a strawberry balsamic reduction sauce. Each serving, 311 calories, 11 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints.  Serve with crusty rustic bread, if desired and you’re ready for dinner.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes


Ingredients

1 pound lean beef tenderloin or top sirloin cut into 4 (4 oz) fillets

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1½ cup balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons reduced-sugar strawberry preserves, see shopping tips

1 cup fresh sliced strawberries

4 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, see food facts

4 cups spring mix or field greens


Instructions

1. Season fillets with salt and pepper.

2. Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat.  Add fillets and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side for medium.  Remove from pan and tent with foil to keep warm.

3. Add balsamic vinegar to pan and cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 4 minutes.  Whisk in strawberry preserves and stir to dissolve.

4. To serve: line each plate with 1 cup spring mix.  Place warm steak on top of each.  Next, add sliced strawberries and crumbled cheese.  Drizzle the balsamic sauce over the top of each.  Serve at once.

Makes 4 servings. Each serving, 4 oz steak, sauce, cheese.


Food Facts

Balsamic vinegar is made in Italy in areas around Modena and Reggio Emilia.  White Trebbiano grapes are used to produce the vinegar.  It has a dark, rich, color and a sweet pungent aged taste due to the lengthy aging process.

Gorgonzola is a type of Italian blue cheese and considered to be the king of all blue cheeses!  It’s named after a village that is now part of Milan’s suburban area.  It was first produced in the ninth century and originally aged in caves. If you can’t find Gorgonzola, use another type of blue cheese.


Healthy Benefits

Eaten in moderation, lean beef can be part of a healthy life style. Steak is a complete protein and contains vitamin B12, iron, niacin and zinc.

Strawberries are super low in calories, sodium and contain no fat.  They’re a great source of vitamin A, C and fiber.

Vinegar has been valued for it’s healing properties for thousands of years.  Some feel it aids in digestion and can help regulate blood sugar levels.


Shopping Tips

Choose lean beef such as tenderloin or top sirloin.  Trader Joe’s sells packages of very lean steak.

I love the organic reduced-sugar strawberry preserves at Trader Joe’s or use your favorite brand.


Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints
6
Weight Watchers SmartPoints
8
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 8

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (4 oz steak, sauce, cheese)
311 calories, 11g fat, 4g sat. fat, 56mg chol, 28g protein, 22g carbs, 2g fiber, 468mg sodium, 7g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
243 calories, 4g sat. fat, 27g protein, 5g sugar