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Cocoa Beef and Mushroom Salad

By on Jan 11, 2012 in General, Recipe of the week | 3 comments

This recipe for Cocoa Beef and Mushroom salad will be a weekly staple in my diet.  Especially when I’m cutting fat and on the P90X or P90X2 Fat Shredder nutrition plan.  It’s one of my new favorites and I had to share it with you guys.  Here is what you need


  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1 4-oz filet mignon
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • Button mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups chopped arugula or romaine lettuce
  • 1 minced garlic clove


  1. Mix cocoa powder and red pepper together on a small plate.  Coat both sides of meat in mixture.
  2. Saute mushrooms in olive oil and garlic and set aside
  3. Heat small skillet over medium heat.  Place beef in skillet and sear for about 2 minutes per side
  4. Add beef broth and simmer for 6-10 minutes, depending on how rare you like it.  Remove beef and set aside on a cutting board. 
  5. Add mushrooms, olive oil, and vinegar to broth and juices in skillet and simmer until warm.
  6. Arrange arugula on plates.  Slice beef into thin slices and lay on top of lettuce; top with mushrooms and pan juices. 

Nutritional Info:

calories – 197

fat            – 12 g

carbs      – 9 g

protein  – 15 g

fiber        – 3 g


  1. This looks incredible! It will definitely be going on my menu!


    January 12, 2012

    • it’s great! let me know how you like it


      January 12, 2012

  2. Just printed this recipe off as well. Filet Mignon is generally my 90 day prize. May make it my 60 day now thanks to this!

    J Tyler Pate

    March 6, 2012

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