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Served with tomato coulis, this slow-cooking beef stew simmered with ale and root veg is utterly delicious. Warm up the family with this delicious stew recipe

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You can pack this into freezer containers, keeping tomato coulis separate from the beef and vegetables and freeze for up to 1 month. Allow to defrost before reheating.

Woman’s Weekly Cookery Editor, Sue McMahon

Ingredients

  • 2level tbsp White Flora (healthy alternative to lard)
  • 1.25kg (2¾lb) joint topside (or similar) beef
  • Approximately 1kg (2¼lb) prepared root vegetables e.g. carrot, parsnip, turnip and swede, cut into chunks
  • 150ml (¼ pint) brown ale
  • 150ml (¼ pint) beef stock
  • 1 level tsp tomato purée
  • Bouquet garni, fresh or dried
  • Knob of softened butter
  • Freshly chopped parsley, to garnish

For the tomato coulis:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced in rings
  • 500g (1lb) tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and sliced
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Method

  1. Set the oven to gas mark 3 or 160°C.
  2. Heat the White Flora in a flame-proof casserole and brown the beef all over. Remove the beef from the pan and add the prepared vegetables. Cover the pan and sweat them for about 7 mins. Then replace the meat, pour round the ale and stock and add the tomato purée and bouquet garni. Tightly cover the casserole dish, and place the pan in the oven for about 1½ hrs, or until the meat is tender.
  3. When the beef is almost cooked, make the tomato coulis. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the onion. Cook onion until just brown, then add the tomatoes. Season the mixture, then cover the pan and cook for only 2-3 mins, until the tomatoes are just soft.
  4. Remove the beef from the casserole and strain the gravy. Place the vegetables in a serving dish. Whisk the softened butter into gravy. Slice the beef.
  5. Spoon the tomato coulis on one side of the serving plate and arrange the slices of beef on the other, spoon over a little gravy and serve the rest separately. Sprinkle over chopped parsley. Serve with creamed potatoes and a bowl of carrots and peas, if liked.

By Compiled by Sue McMahon, assisted by Iris Harvey. Photos: www.frankthephotographer.com. Props stylist: Sue Radcliffe

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Nutritional information per portion

  • Calories 600(kcal)
  • Fat 20.0g
  • Saturates 6.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Mushroom Stroganoff


A quick and easy meal, perfect for Meatless Mondays! A combination of Shiitake, Baby Portabella and Cremini mushrooms with noodles in a light creamy sauce.

I played around with Mushroom Stroganoff a few times last week (until we were sick of it) for a Meatless Monday option. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Beef Stroganoff, so for me it was a challenge to get the flavor of the beef without using any meat as well as keeping it creamy yet light. The bonus of making it without the beef is that you can eat more for less calories and fat.

Using a variety of mushrooms gave nice textures and flavor and the Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste helped give me some of that beef flavor I was looking for. I love Ronzoni Smart Taste noodles, I think they have the best taste but No-yolk and Healthy Harvest are also good options.

As a kid, I always topped my Stroganoff with grated Parmesan cheese. This is completely optional, but I personally think it makes any noodle dish go from good to great. Hope you enjoy!

Mushroom Stroganoff
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 268 • Fat: 3.5 g • Carbs: 52.5 g • Fiber: 7 g • Protein: 12.5 g • Sugar: 4.5 g
Sodium: 312 (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium vegetable broth (or beef if you’re a carnivore)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 5 oz sliced Cremini mushrooms
  • 8 oz sliced baby Bella mushrooms
  • 3.5 oz Shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp white wine or sherry
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 8 oz uncooked noodles (Ronzoni Smart Taste, Healthy Harvest or No-Yolk)
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish

Directions:

Cook noodles in a pot of salted water according to package directions, I like to under-cook them a bit so I can mix it with the sauce and let it finish cooking.

Meanwhile, while the water starts to boil for the noodles, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter over medium heat and add onions to the pan. Cook 2 – 3 minutes over medium-low heat.

Add flour; stir with a wooden spoon for 30 seconds. Gradually add broth, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste, stirring constantly. Add mushrooms, thyme, salt and pepper; stir and cook 4-5 minutes or until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly.

Add wine; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 30 seconds. Stir in sour cream; add noodles, mix well and garnish with parsley if desired.

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