Thursday, January 19, 2006

D.D.H. - What's for Dinner???

If it's Thursday, I must be out of ideas for the week on what to serve for dinner. I just found a cool resource at 24 Hour Fitness - the "recipe finder". Plug in what you've got in the pantry, and they locate a healthy recipe for you, complete with nutritional information.

Here's what I'm thinking of trying tonight:

Beef Stew Recipe

2 pounds lean sirloin tip
(look for an extra lean cut with very little marbling in the meat)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium potatoes, cut into pieces
2 medium celery stalks, sliced
2 cups small mushrooms
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 cup water
1 cup dry red wine
1 (16 ounce) can no-salt added stewed tomatoes
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Trim all excess fat from beef and cut into cubes. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat until hot. Add beef and quickly brown on all sides. Add remaining ingredients except flour, salt and pepper to taste and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer approximately 1 hour or until beef is cooked and vegetables are tender.

Combine 1 cup stew broth with flour in a small bowl. Mix with fork or whisk and add to stew. Continue heating another 10-15 minutes or until thickened.

Makes 8 servings
Serving size: 12 ounces

Nutrients per serving:
Calories: 268
Total fat: 7 grams (26% of calories)
Saturated fat: 2 grams
Cholesterol: 68 mg
Sodium: 130 mg
Carbohydrate: 19 grams (31% of calories)
Protein: 27 grams (43% of calories)
Dietary fiber: 3 grams

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