Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Gravy

By now, you know that I am a HUGE fan of the Weight Watchers Five Ingredient 15 Minute Recipes cookbooks.  I have been buying them and cooking out of them since the summer of 2011, when I got introduced to them during my trip to Cape Cod.

These cookbooks are published quarterly, and always have the best ideas for quick healthy recipes.  I’ve made SO MANY recipes that I’ve shared here on NTTC including: Asiago-Crusted Pork Chops, BBQ Baked Potatoes, Orange Beef and Broccoli, and many many more you can see here.

Today, I am sharing one of the BEST ones I’ve made.  What makes it so great?  It doesn’t even come close to tasting like “healthy food,” and for some reason, I’ve always thought that steaks were off limits when I’m eating healthy.  Oh, how wrong I’ve been.

Lean cuts of beef can ABSOLUTELY be included in a healthy diet, and frankly… it should!  We all crave variety in our meals.  Eating the same protein every single day gets boring… add in some beef, specifically this beef tenderloin.  You won’t be sorry!

Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Gravy

From Weight Watchers Five Ingredient 15-Minute Recipes – Winter 2013

Serves 4


4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed

1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

Cooking Spray

1/2 cup minced shallots

1 (8-ounce) package baby portabello mushrooms, sliced

1 (1.25-ounce) packet mushroom and herb gravy

1 cup water


1.  Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper.

2.  Heat a large nonstick skillet to medium high heat.  Add steaks and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.  Remove steaks from pan and keep warm.

3.  Coat pan with cooking spray, and add shallots and mushrooms.  Cook for 5 minutes.

4.  While the mushrooms and shallots are cooking, empty gravy mix and water into a small bowl.  Use a whisk to combine well.

5.  After vegetables have cooked for 5 minutes, add gravy mixture to the pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.  Cook one minute.

6.  Spoon gravy over tenderloin and ENJOY with a friend.  I had my friend Robin over for dinner on Saturday night, and we paired this yummy steak with fresh steamed green beans, garlicky mashed potatoes (recipe to follow soon!) and a lovely glass of red wine.

My plate was the green one, with MUCH less mushrooms… and Robin’s is the below with the extra mushrooms.  It’s nice to have a friend around who will eat the mushrooms. 🙂

Per 1 steak and 1/4 cup gravy:

CAL 242; FAT 8.7g; SAT FAT: g; PROT 28g; CARB 10.8g; FIB 1.1g; SUG:

WW Points+: 6; WW Smart Points:

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    • nothankstocake says

      I’m going to post the potatoes next week. It’s been a crazy week, so I didn’t get a chance to get them out there. SUPER easy, and the beans were the ones that come pre-trimmed in the bag. Just steamed in the microwave. Doesn’t get much simpler than that…

    • nothankstocake says

      Thank you for leaving a comment… I do hope you’ll try it. I doubt you’ll be disappointed! xoxo

    • nothankstocake says

      One of my favorite meals I’ve made in a long time. Made me feel like a fancy chef (which is my favorite.)

  1. Libby says

    This looks AMAZING!!! So sad that I can’t eat mushrooms:( Believe me, If I could, I would be having this for dinner tonight!

    • nothankstocake says

      Oh bummer! I wonder if you could whip up another flavor of gravy?? I didn’t eat the mushrooms either, but can tolerate the flavor. Maybe there’s another gravy for you… there must be!

  2. Bronwyn says

    I found the latest WW cookbook you describe at a grocery, and was surprised that it was $11.99 (I think, may be $14.99- can’t remember) I thought that was a lot for magazine format, and it had some pages that were just one big picture. I didn’t buy it. How many recipes are actually in the book? I looked on EBAY and even the old issues go for that much. Must be something to it!

    • nothankstocake says

      The price went up this year. I was a little bummed to see that the book was $11.99 instead of $9.99 like it used to be. I’d say it’s more of a soft-cover cookbook than a magazine. There’s no ads and it’s packed with recipes! The most recent version has 115 recipes in it… so, that’s quite a bit! I really haven’t cooked much from any of them that I haven’t loved. eBay definitely has some, but you’re right.. the price stays the same.

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