Mediterranean Roasted Beef and Veggies

This colourful nutrient-rich dinner cooks all at once for minimal fuss. Serve with cooked couscous, quinoa grain, rice or pasta. Extras from tonight's dinner can be used to jump-start tomorrow's lunch or dinner. For next-day's main course salad or sandwich, set aside 2 cups (500 mL) each of the roasted veggies and slivered thinly sliced roasted beef.

Serves: 6 with leftovers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 1-1/2 hours
Stand Time: 10- 15 minutes


2 tsp (10 mL) olive oil

3 lb (1.5 kg) Beef Sirloin Tip or Inside Round Oven Roast

Pinch EACH salt and pepper

1 tbsp (15 mL) basil pesto

Roasted Vegetables:

3 plum tomatoes, cored and quartered

8 oz (250 g) zucchini (about 2), cut into 1/2-inch (1 cm) slices

1 small Spanish onion, cut into 12 wedges

1 EACH baby eggplant and sweet red and yellow pepper, seeded and cut into chunks

4 oz (125 g) mushrooms, quartered

6 cloves garlic, peeled

3 tbsp (45 mL) basil pesto

1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar

1 tsp (5 mL) liquid honey

Cooking Instructions:

1. Roasted Vegetables: In large bowl, combine tomatoes, zucchini, onion, eggplant, peppers, mushrooms, garlic and pesto; toss to coat. Spread on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet lightly coated with vegetable cooking spray; set aside.

2. Heat oil in heavy sauté pan or ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper; brown all over, turning with tongs, about 10 minutes. Spread pesto all over roast; place on rack in same sauté pan. Insert oven safe meat thermometer into centre of roast. Cook beef and vegetables, uncovered, in 275ºF (140ºC) oven until thermometer reads 140ºF (60ºC) for medium-rare, about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

3. Remove roast to cutting board. Tent with foil and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Using rubber spatula, scrape vegetables into large bowl; toss with vinegar and honey. Carve roast into thin slices across the grain

Personal Story:

Love the cooking method for the beef, slow roasting makes even less expensive pieces of beef turn out tender and juicy. Adding a basil pesto rub adds a delicious unique flavour Roasted veggies: Tossing with balsamic and honey to finish is easy and delicious Making the roast for one meal then creating another meal on a bed of couscous is a perfect idea for a light lunch or dinner for another day! Beef with grains: Couscous is simple and fast and cooking it in broth adds yummy flavor and it only takes only 15 minutes to prepare Feta and black olives - a great touch for a Mediterranean flare Delicious accurate recipes that are beautiful to look at ? we eat with our eyes first !