Pan Seared Beef Tenderloin

Since when did my kids become such carnivores? Hubby and I have never been big red meat eaters, but our parents are. So whenever Kenya and Chloe are with their grandparents, they end up having a few bites of bacon or steak -- that is until my husband realizes what's happening and puts an end to it! My husband is actually ok with the kids eating beef on occasion, but he prefers that it be grass-fed whenever possible.

Luckily for us, we have an incredible butcher shop in our neighborhood that almost exclusively sells grass-fed beef. Recently, I bought a nice tenderloin from them for our dinner. Have you ever heard an (almost) 2 year old scream, "MORE STEAK"!!! Well, that was what Chloe was declaring after she finished her first serving. It's proof to me that just because Mommy and Daddy may not really eat a certain food that the little ones won't enjoy it. The funniest part of this whole experience for me was watching my hubby, the occasional vegetarian, sharing -- and loving -- a tender, juicy and flavorful steak with his little girl. It just goes to show that sometimes it’s the little ones who are the good influence on their parents and that food, like love, knows no boundaries. :)

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Pan Seared Beef Tenderloin (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 pound beef tenderloin, cut into 4 filets
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil


1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
2. Lightly sprinkle each fillet with salt on all sides.
3. Heat 1 tbsp of oil over a medium/high heat in an oven safe sauté pan and sear each side of the steak for 2 minutes.
4. Remove pan from the stove, place in the oven and cook for 9-11 minutes for medium doneness.*
5. Remove fillets from the pan and let rest for 5 minutes.

*Time for steak is approximate, each piece of meat you buy may slightly have a different thickness. Therefore, the cooking time may be a little longer.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime should must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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