Monday, 14 November 2011

Beef Stroganoff (Healthy version)

Slimming World Beef Stroganoff the perfect warming recipe for this time of year!
Paige said to me yesterday her favourite meal is anything in a creamy sauce I know she loves stroganoff and though she's not a great red meat lover she deemed this amazing!! High praise indeed!
I love to treat my family to favourite dishes wherever possible but still keep within my healthy eating and as you all know by now following the fabulous Slimming World.
Creamy dishes are a love of mine, but as so fullof fat I avoid cream totally. However, the lovely creamy Philadelphia Light comes to the rescue in this dish. If you click on the Slimming World tag, you will find a few nice recipes using Philly
75g of Philly light per person is a Healthy Extra A, for those of you not following a healthy regime just add as much as you like and even use the original product.
I have tweaked several recipes, so thanks to a large recipe for 40 on BBC Good Food by the Hairy Bikers, a Pork Stroganoff by Mary Berry and one of the Philly Food heroes recipes on the Philly website,I have made this low fat easy slimming World recipe

Beef stroganoff consists of strips of lean beef sauteed, commonly served in a sour-cream sauce with onions and mushrooms. The recipe is of Russian origin, has been known since the 18th century, but its name 'Stroganoff' is believed to have come from Count Paul Stroganoff, a 19th century Russian diplomat.

Legend has it that when he was stationed in deepest Siberia, his chef discovered that the beef was frozen so solid that it could only be used by cutting it into very thin strips. The better the cut of beef the better the dish, so I do tend to use steak if for a special occasion.

This time used stir fry beef from Sainsbury's,  it's very lean and already in strips so makes for a faster dish. If I was using steak I'd possibly fry until cooked and not simmer the mixture.

The taste was amazing, creamy a little heat from the paprika and was deemed another favourite by Paige and Conor plus a 'free from sin' meal for Chris and I.

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
400 g sirloin steak/frying steak/ beef stir fry trimmed of fat and cut into thin strips
2 tsp paprika
150g baby mushrooms, halved
250 ml beef stock I use Knorr cubes
284 g Philadelphia Light
Lots of freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Heat the frylight in a pan. Add the beef and fry until sealed and mostly cooked, remove from the pan and set aside. Fry the onions until softened.
Add the paprika, stir briefly, add in the mushrooms frying for a minute, then return the beef to the pan. Pour in the hot beef stock, season with pepper,bring to the boil then simmer for about 15 minutes, allowing the liquid to reduce, you may need to add more also depending on your stove.
Finally add the Philly and heat through gently, ensuring the stroganoff is blended. Add more pepper if desired. Serve on a bed of rice, fine green beans or choice of vegetable.


  1. This has to be one of the easiest Beef Stroganoff recipes I've come across and it's a healthier version too!

  2. I love this recipe, I usually make it with left over roast beef, sometimes add peppers. Quick and very very nice!