Eat– for Good Health

I wish you all a Happy New Year.  For my Scottish family, we wish each other Happy Hogmanay at midnight when my dad and brothers piped in the haggis, but my mom didn’t cook it the traditional way which was baked inside a sheep’s stomach!  My sisters, mom, and I danced the fling.

Tomorrow, New Years Day, I am making Beef Stew, a field greens salad with gargonzola, pecans, sliced pears, tomato, and will serve crusty French bread/butter.  (I will have a tiny slice of bread since I want to weigh 125 by March 15th.  That date is important since I will pitch my young adult series to an agent and want to look my best.)  Before dinner my husband and I are taking our daughter-in-law (our RN son is working) and grandchildren (D’mitri and Roxy) to a movie, WRECK IT RALPH.  Photo below is courtesy of can stock.

Beef Stew - csp4509987


  • 1 lb. Top Sirloin cut into large chunks
  • 2-3 Cloves of Garlic (minced) but I leave it out since my husband doesn’t like garlic
  • Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 lb. Mushrooms (quartered)
  • Yellow Mustard (for brushing meat)
  • Salt (just a shake or not)
  • Pepper
  • 1/8 Cups Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbs Tomato Puree (or tomato paste)
  • 1 Tbs sour cream
  • 2 Cups Beef Stock
  • Fresh parsley (chopped)
  • Olive Oil

Cooking Instructions:

The secret to making this dish fast and tasty is to cook everything in the same pan.

Add the onions, garlic, and thyme to a large heavy pan and cook until the onions are translucent; set aside on a plate. Quarter the mushrooms and sautee till soft; set aside on the same plate as the onions.

Rub your meat with salt and pepper then add to simmering hot oil. Brush the meat with yellow mustard. Brown meat on all sides, then set aside on your handy plate from earlier.

Pour some red wine vinegar into the pan and then add tomato puree. Mix in beef stock and creme fraiche. Stir well and bring to a simmer, then put the meat back into the pan. Pour all of your other cooked ingredients back into the pan and heat thoroughly while stirring. Add Cilantro and stir for 60 seconds.


7 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Janessa Breckenridge

    Kathleen, I like what you’re doing for New Years dinner– not going overboard. We’ve done enough going overboard with bigtime eating!!

  2. Reba Studebaker

    That’s right, Janessa. I try to practice healthy eating but get broadsided like everyone else during the holidays. We as humans have emerged from the animal kingdom, and from instinctive adaptation want to eat food when we see and smell it. We can reason and find harmony with the abundance of food, but it takes effort.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    Hi there, Janessa and Reba. As you said, we can know about good theories, but the important thing is to practice them. Many diseases decrease with a healthy lifestyle. We do need medical health care but have locus of control to accomplish good behaviors. Personally I want to maximize my potential with WELLNESS which has 6 components– spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and environmental.

  4. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kathleen, it’s pretty scary that overweight and obesity are continual health concerns for American families. More kids ages 6 to 18 are overweight. This is an increase of 6% since 1976.

  5. Kathleen Rowland

    Hey Mary Alice. Other concerns on the rise– depression and asthma. 8% of adolescents ages 12 – 17 have experienced at least one major depressive disorder. The percentage of children who had asthma more than doubled in the last 20 years.

  6. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Dr. Marc McMorris, clinical associate professor at University of Michigan and medical director of the university’s allergy specialty and food allergy clinic had this to say– Airtight houses: Since the energy crisis of the 1970s, houses and offices have been sealed up much tighter, concentrating stale air and indoor allergens, explains McMorris. On top of that, kids are more sedentary and spending more time indoors exposed to those allergens.

  7. Kathleen Rowland

    Mary Alice– makes complete sense! Fresh air is wonderful to breathe, and exercising our lungs with running, walking, and swimming makes it happen.

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