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Stroganoff is an old Russian classic. The mixture of mushrooms, tomato paste and mustard gives the stroganoff sauce a tangy blend of flavors and a creamy texture.

Helpful Hints:

Diced fresh onions can be found in the produce section of the supermarket.

Any type of mushrooms can be used.

Use a skillet that is just big enough to hold the meat in one layer. The sauce will boil away in a larger skillet.

Shopping List:

To buy: 1/2 pound beef tenderloin, 1 package flat egg noodles. 1 can tomato paste no salt added, 1 jar Dijon mustard, 1 container nonfat sour cream, 1/2 pound sliced button mushrooms, 1 package diced fresh onions and 1 bunch parsley.

Staples: olive oil, fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth and black peppercorns.

Beef Stroganoff

Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

1 teaspoon olive oil, divided

pound beef tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 cup diced fresh onion

pound sliced button mushrooms (about 3 cups)

1 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth

cup water

2 tablespoons tomato paste (no salt added)

pound flat egg noodles

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons nonfat sour cream

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown beef on all sides, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add onion and mushrooms to the skillet. Saute 2 minutes. Add broth, water, tomato paste, mustard and noodles. Mix thoroughly. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium, cover with a lid and simmer 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and return beef to the skillet. Simmer 2-3 minutes. Taste. You may need to add a little more mustard. There should be a delicate blend of flavors. Stir in sour cream and add black pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly. Divide between two dinner plates and sprinkle with parsley.

Yield 2 servings.

Per serving: 505 calories, 113 calories from fat, 12.5 g fat, 3.4 g saturated fat, 5.2 g monounsaturated fat, 118 mg cholesterol, 43.2 g protein, 59.6 g carbohydrates, 5.8 g dietary fiber, 9.0 g sugars, 593 mg sodium, 1,404 mg potassium, 650 mg phosphorus

Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 vegetable, 4 1/2 lean protein

(From "Delicious One-Pot Dishes" by Linda Gassenheimer, published by the American Diabetes Association. Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association. Gassenheimer's latest book is "Simply Smoothies: Fresh & Fast Diabetes-Friendly Snacks & Complete Meals," published by the American Diabetes Association. To order either book call 1-800-232-6733 or at shopdiabetes.org.)

Tribune News Service

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