Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Delicious beef and stale noodles
Braised Beef with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
The Good Carb Cookbook Copyright 2001
1 pound extra-lean stew beef
½ cup water
1/3 cup dry red wine
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 teaspoons instant beef bouillon granules
¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 cups halved fresh mushrooms
1 cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1. Rinse the meat with cool water and pat it dry with paper towels. Set aside. Place the water, wine, brown sugar, rosemary, bouillon granules, and black pepper in a small bowl, stir to mix well, and set aside.
2. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and preheat over medium-high heat. Add the meat and cook, stirring frequently, for several minutes or until the meat is nicely browned. Remove the skillet from the heat, add the mushrooms, onions and sun-dried tomatoes, and stir it mix well. Add the wine mixture and stir to mix well.
3. Cover the skillet with aluminum foil and bake at 325 degrees for 1 ½ hours or until the meat is very tender. My meat was perfectly tender after 1 1/4 hours.
4. Serve hot over brown rice, noodles or whole-wheat couscous, if desired. Sprinkle some of the parsley over each serving.
Yield: 4 servings Per serving: 213 calories, 12 g carbs, 64 mg chol, 4.2 g fat, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein, 391 mg sodium, 32 mg calcium
The Good Carb Cookbook is a picture-less, rather plain informational cookbook but the recipes look surprisingly good. This first recipe surely was a winner. The only negative was that there was hardly any liquid when this was done cooking. I cooked it the day before and I just added more water when I reheated it and that worked out fine. If you were eating it right away, the lack of liquid would probably not be a real problem.
I had a problem outside of the recipe - my noodles tasted stale. This is the third time I've had a stale pasta product recently. The whole-wheat couscous, some Dreamfields macaroni and now these whole wheat egg noodles. None of the products were expired or even close to it. And because I didn't know the noodles were stale-tasting until after I cooked them, I combined what was left in the bag with another partial bag of the same noodles. Now I'll have to toss them all. I'd take them back but I don't think I kept the bag from the stale noodles. Grrrrrr.
A Blast From The Past: Old-Time Beef Stew from February 2006. Another one of my favorites but much heavier than this recipe.
Question of the Day: Do you return 'bad' grocery products?