Seared steaks with quinoa-raisin pilaf and pipián verde

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Seared steaks with quinoa-raisin pilaf and pipián verde


Seared steaks with quinoa-raisin pilaf and pipián verde

Gluten-Free Friendly, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Mediterranean, Diabetes-Friendly, No Added Sugar, Protein Plus

2 Servings, 620 Calories/Serving

35–50 Minutes

Red mole gets all the fame but here, its green cousin steals the show. Pipián verde is an earthy sauce with mild green chiles and pumpkin seeds. It’s perfection over pan-seared steaks. 

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
Sunbasket is proud to source the organic ingredients indicated below. On the rare occasion we are unable to meet our organic promise, we'll put a note in your bag.
  • 1 organic yellow onion
  • ½ cup rainbow quinoa
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 1 organic lime
  • Sunbasket pipián verde base (mild green chiles - pumpkin seeds - tahini - kosher salt - onion powder - granulated garlic)
  • Steak options:
  • 2 top sirloin steaks (about 5 ounces each)
  • 2 Black Angus rib-eyes (about 10 ounces each)
  • 2 Black Angus New York strips (about 10 ounces each)
  • 2 Black Angus filet mignons (about 5 ounces each)
  • 1 organic Roma or other tomato
  • 4 or 5 sprigs organic fresh mint

Nutrition per serving

Calories 620, Total Fat 31g (40% DV), Sat. Fat 5g (25% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 70mg (23% DV), Sodium 220mg (10% DV), Total Carb. 55g (20% DV), Fiber 8g (29% DV), Total Sugars 15g (Incl. 0g Added Sugars, 0% DV), Protein 36g
Contains: Sesame (sesame)

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ⅛; teaspoon kosher salt per serving averages 240mg (10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Packed in a facility that handles all major food allergens* and gluten.

*Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans, Sesame.


2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use


Cook the onion and quinoa

  • Peel and finely chop the onion.
  • Rinse the quinoa.

In a medium sauce pot over medium-high heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer half the onion to a medium bowl; cover and set aside. 

To the pot with the remaining onion, stir in the quinoa, raisins, and 1 cup [2 cups] lightly salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork, cover, and keep warm. While the onion and quinoa are cooking, start preparing the rest of the meal. 


Make the pipián verde

  • Zest and juice the lime, keeping the zest and juice separate. Measure 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] lime juice for the pipián verde; set aside the remaining juice and the zest for the quinoa.

To the bowl with the cooked onion, add the pipián verde base, 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] lime juice, and 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] water and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Prep and cook the steaks

  • Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel; season generously with salt and pepper.

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the steaks. 


For top sirloins:

Cook, turning frequently, until well browned, 6 to 8 minutes for medium-rare.


For rib-eyes and New York strips: 

Cook, turning once, until well browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. 


For filet mignons:

Cook, turning frequently, until well browned, 8 to 12 minutes for medium-rare.


Transfer the cooked steaks to a cutting board to rest for 5 minutes. Cut the steaks into ½-inch-thick slices. While the steaks are cooking and resting, prepare the remaining ingredients and finish the quinoa-raisin pilaf.


Prep the remaining ingredients; finish the pilaf

  • Cut away the core from the tomato; coarsely chop the tomato.
  • Strip the mint leaves from the stems; finely chop the leaves. Set aside 1 teaspoon [2 tsp] for garnish.

To the pot with the quinoa, stir in the lime zest, remaining lime juice, tomato, all except 1 teaspoon [2 tsp] mint, and 1 to 2 tablespoons oil and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 


Transfer the quinoa-raisin pilaf and steaks to individual plates. Top the steaks with the pipián verde, garnish the dish with the remaining mint, and serve.

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  • Rinse the quinoa.
  • Measure the water for the quinoa.
  • Stir the pipián verde. 
  • Strip the mint leaves.
  • Garnish with the mint.