Your Mom. My Mom. My Mom’s Mom.

There are times I don’t use The Family Recipes. It’s shun-worthy. Please don’t shun me, Mom. I don’t mean it personally. Honest.

Truth is, I’m a wonderer.

An adventurer.

Curious to the George.

Yeah. That’s me.

I like to dabble in other people’s recipes, taste what others’ have for dinner. I even have “entree envy.”  I always want to eat what’s on your plate. Not mine. (Well these days I’ll take mine too!)

The truth is, all our Family Recipes are A-mazing. And specifically for this post: Beef Stroganoff. If you want to impress your family, or friends, or the Picky Pants in your life, make my Mom’s Beef Stroganoff. Well, let’s be straight here. It’s not my Mom’s recipe. It’s her Mom’s. And we’ve been eating it for as long as I can remember. Which makes this post even harder to write. It really is a crowd pleaser, comfort food and pretty darn tasty. With a whopping 400 calories per serving, it better be full of awesomeness!

Here goes nothing: I have strayed from the family Beef Stroganoff recipe…

See, there’s this lady. Her name is Gina. She makes healthier versions of our favorites. Evidently her Mom also makes Beef Stroganoff… a lighter version of Beef Stroganoff. You know me: healthy-healthy.  Not to mention, Gina’s is easier. Yeah, I admit it, during the week, sometimes, I press the easy button. My Mom never did. She deserves an award. Me? I’m a slacker compared to her.

Because I love my Mom and because I love you, I’m posting both recipes.

If you want to cut major calories and fix dinner in a pinch, make Gina’s Mom’s recipe. But, they’re both fantastic.

Oh, the pictures you ask? (Thanks a lot.) It’s Gina’s Mom’s recipe. I’m going to go drink pickle juice now. And call my Mom.

Gina’s Mom’s Beef Stroganoff
1 lb tri-tip sirloin steak ((I used ground beef because it was in my freezer))
Olive oil spray
1 TBSP butter
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
10 oz. sliced mushrooms
1 can Campbell’s tomato soup
1 Cup water
1 Bay leaf
2 TSP Worcestershire Sauce
2/3 C light sour cream

1. Spray pan with oil and add meat. Brown, drain and set aside. ((Gina used beef tips, you can use either))
2. Melt butter, add onions. Cook 2-3 minutes until translucent, add garlic and mushrooms and sautee for 2-3 more minutes or until cooked.
3. Add tomato soup, water, bay leaf, worcestershire. Cover and simmer on low 40 minutes. Remove Bay leaf, stir in sour cream. Serve over noodles or rice.

Makes 6. Calories: 206 for 3/4 Cup.


My Mom’s Beef Stroganoff

1 lb. lean boneless top sirloin

Vegetable Spray

3 C Sliced fresh mushrooms

3/4 C chopped onion

2 Cloves garlic, crushed

1 TSP Beef flavored bouillon granules

1 C hot water

1 TBSP Reduced calorie margarine

2 TBSP All Purpose flour

1/8 TSP Salt

1/4 TSP Freshly ground pepper

1 TBSP Corn Starch

3/4 C Plain Low Fat Yogurt

3 C Hot Cooked Noodles

2 TBSP Chopped Parsley

1. Trim fat from steak, partially frozen. Slice steak diagonally across grain into thin strips. Set aside.

2. Coat a non stick skillet with cooking spray. Place over medium high heat until hot. Add steak, mushrooms, onion and garlic. Sautee until tender. Drain and wipe drippings from pan.

3. Combine bouillon granules and hot water and set aside. Melt margarine in skillet over low heat, add flour, stirring until smooth.

Cook about 1 minute, stir constantly. Gradually add bouillon mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wire whisk until thickened.

4. Stir in salt, pepper and steak mixture. Cook until heated, remove from heat. Combine Corn starch and yogurt at room temperature. Stir into meat mixture. DO NOT re heat (The yogurt will curdle) Serve over noodles, sprinkle with parsley.

Makes 6 servings. Calories: 424 per 3/4 Cup



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2 Responses to Your Mom. My Mom. My Mom’s Mom.

  1. Aww, my mom will be so happy to see this here!

    • igameals says:

      Good! Her recipe is used a lot in our house. My Mom laughed at this post and promises to try your recipe ;)

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