Mother-to-be Tested; Dearest Approved

Nesting; Verb, is a term used typically in reference to a pregnant woman or even an animal that is pregnant. What it means is the person is experience an uncontrollable urge to clean their house and prepare for the baby.

With the date for the arrival of our little bundle of joy just 3 short weeks away, I’ve been constantly nesting. The entire apartment has never looked so great and the laundry is always done. Part of this nesting experience has heavily involved moving about the kitchen cooking, chopping, baking, testing new recipes, modifying well used recipes…Honestly, about 85% of my time is spent in the kitchen these days.

The success of this time spent with the culinary tasks I set myself up with is measured by the satisfaction I feel when I’m met with the approval of my dearest BF and his stomach. The second scale on which I measure this success is the ease with which the recipe is prepared and how extensive the clean up process is.

The recipe for tonight’s dinner? It came from the Heart Smart Recipes booklet I got from the health fair at work several weeks ago.

Beef Stroganoff With Portabella Mushrooms

2 Tbsp. Margarine, divided

4 Green onions, chopped

8 oz. portabella mushrooms, sliced

1 lb. lean beef sirloin steak, about 1 inch thick, cut into thin, bite size slices

1 (10 1/2 oz.) Can fat-free beef gravy

2 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup low-fat sour cream

8 oz. egg noodles, cooked

Melt 1 tablespoon margarine in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and mushrooms and saute until tender. Transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon. Wipe skillet clean and add remaining 1 tablespoon margarine. Heat until sizzling over high heat. Add beef strips and stir-fry 2 minutes or until browned. Stir in gravy and vinegar and bring to a boil. Add onions and mushrooms. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream. Serve over hot cooked egg noodles. Yield: 4 servings.

Success? Yes ma’am! Now, I used butter rather than margarine because I like the flavor better and come on, I’ve got to make Mrs. Paula Dean proud! I also used a can of 14 1/2 oz. beef gravy and increased all the other ingredients slightly so as to produce extras for my dearest BF to take to work for lunch. The recipe was simple, took only about 40 minutes, used minimal dishes and was absolutely delicious!

My love enjoyed a giant bowl and I left the kitchen with all but the serving bowl and eating dishes cleaned. The recipe produced plenty of leftovers and, if given the instructions and the already prepared ingredients, I do believe my dearest could reproduce a delicious dinner all on his own while I cared for the baby. Definitely keeping this recipe on hand!