Beef Stroganoff – a Treat after my 5:2 Fast.
I make this dish and variations on the same theme whenever I want something that tastes a little luxurious. It is stunningly simple and depends on good quality ingredients and careful preparation to make a delicious meal. This evening I’ve made the beef version, mostly because I had 50 grams of fillet steak left over from last night’s meal. But, on occasions I’ve made much the same dish with chicken breast, with venison, with pork fillet and even just with a mixture of mushrooms and no meat at all.
This time I did try quite hard to be careful about the amount of butter I used and I also used half fat creme fraiche. I still felt as if I was having my own little feast, although when I added up the calories it could have been part of a 5:2 fast day.
I don’t think this recipe is in any way authentic – and I know when I make it for other people, I use more butter and flambe the meat with a tablespoon of brandy before adding back the mushrooms and shallot mixture. And, I use cream, soured with half a lemon rather than creme fraiche. But, this way the dish is something I can enjoy every day. And, suprisingly it isn’t that high in calories
50g beef fillet – 50 cals
4 mushrooms -28 cals
1 shallot – 10 cals
1 tablespoon creme fraiche 50 cals
20g butter – 143 cals
So, in terms of 5:2 diet, this recipe could scrape in if you were careful with the amount of creme fraiche and butter with a total of 281 calories for the quantities I’ve used (and perhaps another 150 calories for a small portion of rice). But, somehow a dish with larger quantities of green vegetables works better for me in terms of making me feel full if I haven’t eaten much else during the day. And because it uses up most of the 500 calorie allowance it’s something I wouldn’t recommend using on the 5:2 diet fast day unless you really wanted to fast for the rest of the day.