Thursday, August 2, 2007

Paprika Beef Stroganoff

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

2 pounds boneless beef top round steak, cut into thin strips
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1 large onion, sliced
1 large green pepper, cut into strips
1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1-1/4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth, divided
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
3/4 cup sherry or additional reduced-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 teaspoons paprika
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 package (12 ounces) yolk-free noodles
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream

In a large nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, cook beef in 1 tablespoon oil until no longer pink; drain and set aside.

In the same skillet, saute onion and green pepper in remaining oil for 1 minute. Stir in mushrooms; cook for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Stir in 1 cup broth, tomato sauce, sherry or additional broth, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, paprika, bay leaf, thyme and pepper. Return beef to the pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40-50 minutes or until meat is tender.

Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine flour and remaining broth until smooth; gradually stir into beef mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream until blended. Drain noodles; serve with stroganoff.

Tips and Tricks
Stroganoff recipes are usually too high in fat, but using lean meat and reduced-fat sour cream helps cut the fat content. I omit the bay leaf and serve the stroganoff over whatever pasta I have on hand. I also cook the meat in the crockpot with a cup of beef broth to help make it tender. Buy presliced mushrooms to save time.
Make It Healthier
Serve with whole wheat pasta. Use low-sodium tomato sauce.
How Kids Can Help
Measure ingredients. Chop onion and pepper with Pampered Chef food chopper (see sidebar).

Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup stroganoff with 1 cup noodles equals 414 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 360 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 36 g protein
Diabetic Exchanges
3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat

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