Grill up some steak on the stove-top or barbeque and serve it with this easy and tasty fresh bell pepper pilaf for a great gluten-free weeknight meal.
2 striploin steaks, (1/2 to 3/4-in. thick)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic, chopped
1 tsp thyme, chopped
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
2 tsp grainy mustard
2 tbsp unsalted butter
4 tsp olive oil, divided
1/2 cup white onion, chopped
1 tbsp garlic, chopped
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
2 sprigs thyme
1 cup basmati rice
1/2 cup red sweet pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup yellow sweet pepper, finely chopped
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
Drizzle steaks with olive oil; sprinkle with garlic, thyme, salt and pepper, and use your hands to run the flavourings into the meat. Set aside.
Start the pilaf: Heat 3 tsp olive oil in the saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and saute 2 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add water, salt and thyme; bring to a boil. Add rice and stir to combine; cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes or until rice has absorbed water and is cooked through. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and discard thyme stems. Combine red and yellow peppers with parsley; drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil, season with salt to taste and fold into rice.
Heat a frying pan (ideally cast iron) over high heat. Add steak and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until cooked to desired degree or doneness. Transfer steak to a cutting board.
Return pan to stove on high heat. Add vinegar and coil for 30 seconds or until reduced by half. Add juice and let boil for 3 minutes or until thick enough to coat a spoon. Add butter and mustard; stir until melted and combined. Slice steak and serve over rice with sauce.
Calories 649, Protein 38g, Carbohydrates 50g, Fat 32g, Sodium 416mg.
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