Thursday, February 17, 2011

Beefless Stroganoff!

I adapted this from the Beef Stroganoff recipe in The Joy of Cooking. Here's the recipe:

Beefless Stroganoff
a package of Gardein "Beefless Tips" 9 oz. ("Joy" calls for 1 1/2 lb. of beef!)
2-3 Tbsp. Earth Balance butter
1 large diced onion ("Joy" only calls for 3/4 Tbsp. of onion!)
3/4 lb. of sliced mushrooms, or as much as you want
salt, pepper, fresh nutmeg
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 c. dry white wine
1 c. tofutti sour cream

In the butter, saute the onion and mushrooms until onion is transluscent, about 5 minutes, stirring periodically. Add "beef" and wine and saute another 5 minutes or so over medium-high heat, stirring so it won't stick. Season with salt, pepper a generous grind of nutmeg and basil. Add sour cream, warm through and serve over noodles or potatoes, whatever you like.
Serves 2 

This recipe was very easy and quick. The Joy of Cooking version serves 4, and you could double the "beef tips" to achieve that amount, but I didn't, since I wasn't even sure if my carnivore would go for it, "fake meat" and all.  Guess what?  He DID! He even ate seconds and called it delicious! I'm so excited!!

We had the stroganoff over whole wheat linguine. I really wanted brown rice fusilli, but didn't want to overload my good-sport carnivore with new experiences!

Another meal that I wasn't going to feature since it is only a different combo of lots of the same leftovers I've been eating lately is this:

See those big bite marks all along the front edge? I was well into the nirvana that is assorted-vegan-leftovers-on-a-flatbread when my son walked in and said, "Wow."

"What? It's good!" I responded.

"Yeah, I think if I were vegan that would be good to me too. It just looks really healthy." he said.

"That's part of what makes it so good!" I continued.

"Seriously, it looks like you just scooped that out of a really healthy jungle," he added, diplomatically.

I started to giggle.

"That looks better than that Yoda-food you were eating the other day!" He continued.

He meant this:

One of my radicchio pizzas extraordinaire -- my very most favorite thing to eat of late. It looks even more like Yoda-food after it's been under the broiler for a couple of minutes.  I'm not offended.  Very wise, Yoda is. Honored to dine with him, I would be!  I'm just glad my son is noticing.


  1. That stroganoff looks amazing!
    I've been scared to try the gardein meats, but this looks really, really good.
    You have inspired me!

  2. Thanks Emily! Give it a try -- it was easier than I thought it would be and the gardein was better than I was expecting.

  3. You read my mind. Two days ago, I really wanted to make a version of this, but I still get tired so I didn't want to search it out. I'm keeping this one.

  4. I also created a recipe with the Gardein "Beefless Tips" a few months back and they were better than I expected too. Your stroganoff looks really yummy. I am so glad your husband enjoyed it! Good job:)

  5. That all sounds yum! Especially the radicchio pizzas

  6. I enjoyed my visit here. I am vegetarian and having a tough time finding recipes...I will be back! Thanks.

  7. Have you ever used Match Meat??? A gal from St. Louis invented it and it is very "real" tasting. I am gluten free so I don't do it, but hubby does. I have had it prior to being GF and it rocks! Just wondering if they have it at your WF since you are Midwestern! It's in the frozen section in St. Louis.

  8. Get Skinny -- Thanks for the recommendation. I will look around for it, but I am not Midwestern. I'm in Atlanta! I did go to Chicago once for a business trip though -- nice town, but cold!

  9. Cheryl--Yoda's pizza looks delicious! I just finished dinner but my mouth is watering ; ). MIght have to try this out on our visit "home."--Cathy

  10. Hey Cathy! Happy Birthday! I will certainly make you one of Yoda's Pizza's whenever you come! Miss you guys!