Balsamic-Glazed Sirloin with Rustic Sweet Potato Mash
The Triple-Threat Nutrient: A member of the morning glory family, sweet potatoes have high levels of beta-carotene, a nutrient-rich carotenoid. Beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body, helps promote healthy eyes, skin and a strong immune system.
1 tsp instant coffee granules or ½ tsp chile powder
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 lb boneless sirloin steak, trimmed of fat
1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp sea salt, divided
1/8 tsp organic evaporated cane juice
1 tsp safflower oil
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish, optional
In a small bowl, combine vinegar, onion, Worcestershire, coffee and allspice. In a large baking pan, add sirloin. Top with 2 tbsp vinegar mixture, turning several times to coat. Marinate for 15 minutes, turning occasionally.
Meanwhile, fill a pot with about 2 inches water and set a steamer basket over top. Place potatoes in basket and bring water to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium and steam until fork-tender, about 13 minutes.
Carefully remove steamer basket from pot, discarding water. Transfer potatoes to pot. With a potato masher, mash until blended. Gradually mix in milk, 1/4 tsp salt and cane juice. Cover and set aside.
In a large nonstick skillet on medium-high, heat oil. Remove sirloin from marinade and add to skillet; discard remaining marinade. Cook sirloin for 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and sprinkle with 1⁄8 tsp salt and pepper.
Add remaining vinegar mixture to skillet and bring to a boil on medium-high and cook, constantly scraping bottom and sides of skillet with a wooden spoon, for 1 to 2 minutes or until reduced by about half. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1/8 tsp salt and additional pepper. With a sharp knife, thinly slice sirloin against the grain into 16 slices. Spoon potatoes onto serving plates and top with sirloin and vinegar reduction, dividing evenly. Garnish with thyme (if using).
Serving Size: 3 oz sirloin, 1/2 cup potatoes, 1 tbsp vinegar reduction
Don’t Underestimate Spuds: Potatoes have been treated unfairly over the years, but the redskins in this recipe provide about half of this recipe’s vitamin C and potassium – you’ll meet nearly 30% and 33% of your DV of the two nutrients, respectively, in 1 hearty serving. While the well-known immunity vitamin is also necessary for the formation of collagen and the healing of wounds, the mineral potassium may help lower blood pressure.
Be (deliciously) stress-free: Just 1 orange contains enough vitamin C to meet your daily requirement. Vitamin C plays a key role in immune-system health and may help your body manage stress – so when you have a lot on your plate, make sure you’re getting enough!
Bolster Immunity with this dish! Corn contains a variety of carotenoids, compounds that act as antioxidants and have immune-boosting effects. Only yellow corn, however, has significant amounts of these healthful compounds. White corn does not, so be sure to opt for yellow!