Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Something lighter
--Skillet Steak Dinner

Skillet Steak Dinner
Make a Joyful Table Copyright 1999

4 (4-ounce) lean minute or cubed beef steaks
1 cup chopped onion
3 cups frozen French-cut green beans
½ cup (one 2.5 ounce jar) whole mushrooms, undrained (I think they meant 4.5 oz)
1 (10 ¾ -ounce) can Healthy Request Cream of Mushroom Soup Iused the lower sodium version
¼ cup skim milk
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

In a large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, brown meat. Stir in onion, frozen green beans, and undrained mushrooms. In a medium bowl, combine mushroom soup, skim milk, and black pepper. Add soup mixture to meat mixture. Mix well to combine. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Divide into 4 servings.

Per serving: 244 cal, 8gm fat, 27gm pro, 16gm carbs, 449 mg sodium, 3 gm fiber

My mother-in-law likes this cookbook author, JoAnna Lund, quite a bit. She uses a lot of sugar-free, fat-free soups, puddings, milk etc. For $3.99 plus another 15% off, I threw this book in the cart on my last visit to Ollie's, for balance. I wouldn't want to eat recipes like this all of the time but there are lighter and with all the diabetics in the family, the sugar-free dessert recipes might come in handy.

I'm late today. I sent my older son back to school. I'm not used to getting out and about so early. I have to stop staying up so late.

Question of the Day: Do you use many fat-free and/or sugar-free products (you know, things that aren't naturally fat or sugar free)? I really like Breyer's Carb Smart ice cream bars that I started eating when I had gestational diabetes. I drink sugar-free beverages and sometimes buy sugar-free pudding. I generally stay away from fat-free products and choose the lighter versions instead of completely fat-free.


Anonymous said...

We try to watch the sugar in things but prefer to eat say, one real chocolate chip full fat/sugar cookie than four fat-free/sugar free cookies. That being said we love Skinny Cow sugar free ice cream sandwiches. They taste pretty good. And Jell-o sugar free Dulce De Leche pudding. Makes me feel like I'm being good eating them :)

Anonymous said...

I try to always buy the low sodium, sugar free/low sugar, or fat free versions of things. I usually try the fat free version first and if I don't like it then go to low fat. Of course if my dh realizes it is not full fat, sugar or sodium. He will complain it tastes funny. But most times I hide the packaging from him and he doesn't realize it. After a few times eating it I will leave the it out and tell him thats what he has been eating all along. Most of the time he won't complain. Sometimes I get thats why it tasted weird. I just roll my eyes. :)

Heather said...

I tend to buy "light" versions of things like mayonnaise, sour cream etc... if I have a recipe that specifically calls for fat-free I will buy that. When it comes to cookies/treats, I'm with the first poster... a little of the good stuff is often more rewarding!

ThursdayNext said...

I try to watch the sugar and use Splenda in my coffee and eat sugar free yogurt, etc.