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Experimenting with old favorites

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

One of my favorite dishes is something my mom taught me to make, a long time ago. It's the first thing I ever really learned to cook, and I love it: Beef Stroganoff.

I've made tweaks to it over the year, and have been gradually changing the recipe to be more healthy.

Today, I made the ultimate substitution.

See, the last time I made this, I ventured out of my zone of comfort and used ground turkey. I was not only pleasantly surprised, I liked the flavor BETTER than the ground beef. (Still not as good as sliced steak, but hey. Nothing is.)

I'd read somewhere you could substitute recipes that use sour cream with plain greek yogurt. I've never had greek yogurt before, so I was willing to give it a try.

And I must say: It was very good! It added a slightly sweet flavor to the recipe that I rather liked. My oldest child enjoyed it so much she asked for seconds! I'll call that a win.

So what has been your favorite substitution/healthy improvement with your cooking?
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    I don't do as much "fix'n" as just putting together. But I have used salsa more and more and pulled away from the heavier creams and sauces.
    1851 days ago
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    1853 days ago
    I love that you can substitute applesauce for oil in baking. I replace ground beef with ground chicken (far easier to cook).

    With Gastroparesis, we have to frequently adjust our foods to make them more easily digestable. Just the other day one of my sparkfriends with GP was craving chili so I encouraged her to substitute ingredients with foods she can handle; she said it worked out okay - good enough to satisfy her craving. It's all about finding similar foods and making them work.
    1853 days ago
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    1853 days ago
    I've made stroganoff w/ground turkey & I did like it just fine. I used plain yogurt in place of sour cream (this was before the Greek yogurt craze). Hmmm...I have a package of ground turkey breast in the fridge and the day off on Friday. I think I know what dinner will be!!!

    healthy substitutes for favorite foods is kind of my thing. (read my blog "A craving for wings" from earlier in the month)

    -I like to make mini pizzas on a whole wheat pita crust
    -when I'm DYING for fried chicken, I bake Kroger's frozen breaded chicken tenders on my pizza stone (I've tried name brands, they aren't as good)
    -we bake Morningstar patties and fries on the pizza stone when we want burgers (or DH will grill turkey burgers)
    -I'm known for bringing the low sugar desserts to church pot lucks. My grandfather was a type 2 diabetic, but he still LOVED dessert. So I try to bring something for the folks who are trying to limit their sugar.

    healthy food CAN taste good emoticon
    1853 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/26/2013 3:25:20 PM
    I love Beef Stroganoff too and haven't made it for years! I really like the idea of subbing turkey. I'm gonna try it. The changes I have made in my cooking are along the lines of using less cheese and heavy sauces say on lasagna or pizza. WE had wonderful dinner at our friends the other night that they made from scratch, think crust, lots of vegg and not loaded down with cheese. I also have subbed Greek yogurt for sour cream for fajitas etc. I really love the greek yogurt - I often use plain yogurt in cooking. My daughter uses unsweetened applesauce in baking and way less oil or butter and recently told me about a kind of coconut in a jar that you sub for butter and shortening. I forget what it's called. Great blog! And thanks for the idea!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1853 days ago
    My boyfriend and I, love Italian sausage and lately we have been eating turkey and sometimes chicken sausage instead of pork.
    1853 days ago
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