A delicious yet fast protein and vegetable meal for your Saturday night stay at home date night.

Open a bottle of wine. You are well over $50 ahead of the game!

Before you begin, stem and quarter a quart of fresh strawberries, toss with a tablespoon of Truvia and pop into the fridge. After dinner, spoon some berries into a wine glass and add a rose of Reddi Whipp. An excellent end to your meal.

We are all staying home - you are not the only one. I am fine with waiting until numbers come down to move about outside our home. I order groceries each week using Instacart that show up on my front steps in a couple of hours. I email my local butcher shop and let them know the cuts of beef pork and chicken I'd like so they can cut, wrap and bag my goods. I drive up, send a text, and they come out and put my bag in the trunk. We smile and wave!

My steak dinners are so good, I may never eat steak in a restaurant again. Try this meal and you will see how easy it is to have date night at home.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow pepper cut into 2 inch planks
  • 2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and chunked
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Two, 4 to 6 ounce filet mignon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh rosemary
  • a splash of balsamic vinegar, about 2 tablespoons (or Worcestershire sauce)
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium high, add sweet pepper and zucchini, season with salt & pepper, stir fry until almost tender, 3 to 4 minutes and remove pan from heat.
  • Season steak with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil, in a medium skillet over medium high heat and when oil is just about to smoke, add steaks and cook, undisturbed, until a lovely brown crust forms, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Turn steaks, add butter and rosemary, use a spoon to baste with the herb butter and pan juices while cooking, for an additional 3 to 4 minutes to medium rare.
  • Use an instant read meat thermometer - remove steaks from pan at 130° to rest, knowing carry over heat will continue to cook them to a perfect 132° for medium rare.
  • Transfer the vegetables to the hot steak pan, add a splash of balsamic vinegar to deglaze all that sizzle goodness and reheat your vegetables.
  • Plate the steaks and vegetables on your nicest dishes.
July 11, 2020
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