Eat– for Good Health

While it is always a challenge to make a low calorie version classic comfort dish, it can be done.   Once a week I bring dinner to Paul, age 20, who lives with three friends in a condo.  His father died of a heart attack a month and a half ago, and his mother moved (from our street in California) to Connecticut to live with her mother.   I need to create dishes that are guy friendly.  Remember the parsley sprig!  I double the recipe and serve it at home, but I’m ultra careful about portion control and also skip white noodles.  A glorious salad is great with this. Low-Fat Beef Stroganoff:


8 ounces uncooked dry egg noodles
1 pound beef tenderloin, lean beef round, or sirloin with fat removed

1/2 medium chopped onion

1 clove minced garlic

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 teaspoons dried tarragon, crushed
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup non-fat sour cream

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil and brown the outside of the beef roast.  Transfer into a crock pot with low sodium beef broth and cook until tender.  Discard broth and slice into strips or chunks.  

In another pan, sauté onion and garlic until soft. Stir in mushrooms to brown and then soup, tarragon, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Add sour cream and the beef.  Stir until well blended. Remove from heat and serve over cooked noodles.




8 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Kathleen Rowland

    Hey, Mary Alice and Janessa. Nothing like parsley. It adds color but also freshness. I put it in just about everything!

  2. Reba Studebaker

    For me, I’d limit this to 3/4 cup and wouldn’t have noodles either. How is Paul’s mother doing? I know she is blind and one eye and needs a lot of care. Wasn’t there talk of her going into a nursing home in Connecticut– since her mother is in her eighties.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    Reba, there is an assisted living facility that Paul’s mom likes, but it may be too expensive. A decision hasn’t been made, but you are right, Reba– her mother shouldn’t do this alone.

  4. Janessa Breckenridge

    This is why Paul decided to stay here. He spent many years caring for his mother, and this was a terrible burden for a kid.

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