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Diet Skinny Shake Recipe
Meet Me in My Hammock

Article by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Also Included in this Diet Article: Low Calorie Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Meet Me in My Hammock to enjoy the lazy afternoon while sipping on this diet-wise shake. Skim milk gently collides with peach jam to create a peachy sensation.  

Although our diet shake recipe calls for peach jam, your favorite jam/preserves may be substituted. Of you may use frozen peaches - about 1/2 cup will do the trick.

Meet Me in My Hammock, a Diet Shake Recipe

Serves 1 for about 150 calories

1 cup of ice cold skim milk
1/4 cup of crushed ice (omit if frozen peaches are used)

1 Tablespoon of peach jam (50 calories)

4 Tablespoons of reduced fat whipped topping 

Bend all the skinny shake recipe ingredients until nice and thick; the beverage will have a frothy texture. Next, gently fold the low calorie whipped topping into the thickened liquid. Enjoy immediately after preparation while the drink is still nice and cold.

Weight Loss Tips, Low Calorie Recipe for Beef Stroganoff

Yes, even beef stroganoff can be a part of your healthy weight loss plan. The key is opting for the leanest cuts of beef available, then removing any visible fat. Avoid meats that contain a marbled appearance; the marbling indicates the presence of fat that you don't want or need in your dieting plan.

This is a one-pot dish that comes together very quickly. Our recipe also works very well when prepared in a crock pot.

If you don't have some of the ingredients on hand - as long as you have the lean beef, the egg noodles and some seasoning such as onion - you can prepare a basic stroganoff.

You will need the following ingredients to prepare this lower calorie beef stroganoff recipe:

1/2 pound of the leanest beef available
1 sixteen ounce package of egg noodles
1 dozen button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 large container of reduced fat chicken broth, low sodium is desirable
1 teaspoon of soy sauce plus 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup of reduced fat sour cream (40 calories per serving variety)
1 teaspoon of dried dill weed; if you use fresh - use about 1/2 this amount as it tends to be more powerful than the dried
1/2 cup of chopped onion plus 1/2 cup of chopped bell pepper plus 1/2 cup of chopped celery
cracked pepper plus a teaspoon of ground paprika plus fresh or dried parsley and a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil

Begin by cutting the beef into long strips, then into bite-sized pieces. Add the olive oil to a deep non-stick pan or pot; after it heats then add the meat.

Turn to brown both sides of the beef and scrape the bottom as well as the sides of the pan to remove any beef drippings.

Add the tri-mix of celery, onion and bell pepper. Add the chopped or dried parsley - as much or as little as you wish. Pepper the beef. Then add the ground paprika and turn to coat the beef in the spices.

Quickly add the soy sauce and the lemon juice and continue turning the beef. Add the dill weed and the sliced mushrooms at this point and just a bit of the chicken stock if the meat is trying to stick to the pan.

Once the mushrooms wilt, add the remaining chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add the egg noodles and cook until they are tender. The noodles should help form a gravy. After the noodles are tender, stir in the sour cream.

If the noodles do not provide ample gravy, you can use your favorite commercially prepared gravy by adding it to the recipe.

Do take note however, that commercially prepared gravy tends to be high in sodium content. If you must add gravy, add it a little at a time and taste test the dish before adding more. You can always add more salt; however,  it's difficult to extract once it has been added.

Healthy Cooking Notes

Egg Noodles: As a note, you can purchase the egg noodles that are prepared with the whites of the eggs and which contain zero egg yolks if you wish; this makes a healthy choice where egg noodles are concerned.

Onion, Bell Pepper & Celery Notes: Use a tri-mix of these vegetables which are generally available in the frozen section of the market. If you opt for fresh vegetables be sure to remove the strings from the celery stalks. Any variety of onion or bell pepper can be used.

The green bell pepper is very inexpensive - so it tends to get the most show time. The various shades of this beauty can add color to the finished dish. All shades taste much the same - so you'll have to decide if the extra dough is worth the end result.

Lemon Juice: You can use bottled lemon juice if you don't have a fresh lemon in the pantry. Bottled lemon juice tends to be a bit sour, and smells like it just got a permanent. While fresh has a fresher flavor, the bottled lemon juice will also work fine - stinky or not.

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