Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Beef Strips in a Fat Free Mushroom and Red Pepper Sauce

We all love mushroom stroganoff but the cream that is in the traditional recipe is not all that good when you are trying to lose weight and your husband needs to reduce his cholesterol. Thankfully there are ways that this delicious meal can be made healthier.

By making a few simple swaps most meals can be made healthier and better for you. When cooking with meat get better, leaner cuts, when having chicken remove the skin and have more plant based proteins. I know that good cuts of meat can cost more so just add more vegetables, pulses or grains to bulk out the meal. That is what I did with this meal. I used more vegetables, namely mushrooms, which are a great 'meaty' vegetable. Instead of full fat cream I have used quark to make it a creamy sauce.

This recipe was inspired by Gino D'Acampo's beef strips in porcini mushroom sauce from his Pronto book. In Gino's recipe he uses 150g of dried porcini mushrooms which would have cost a whopping £15, just for the one ingredient! This led me to reassess the recipe and make my own changes. I decided to go for a mixture of mushrooms that would all bring their own twist to the dish. The nutty flavour from the chestnut mushrooms, combined with the distinct flavour from the shitake mushrooms and the sweet almond like flavour from the delicate grey oyster mushrooms created a deliciously rich base. Topped with a few porcini mushrooms to add an extra depth of flavour, this sauce is not only cheaper but is also a perfect combination of mushroom flavours that together create a rich sauce that, with the beef, makes a really special meal!

This is what I did...

Beef Strips in a Fat Free Mushroom and Red Pepper Sauce


300g lean steak cut into strips
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
15g dried porcini mushrooms
225g chestnut mushrooms
120g shitake mushrooms
120g grey oyster mushrooms
250g quark with garlic and herbs
Flat leaf parsley
Olive oil


1 - Using a large saute pan brown off the beef strips then using a slotted spoon remove from the pan and place on one side until later

2 - Add a splash of olive oil to the meat juices and add the onions, cover the pan and simmer over a low heat for 7 minutes

3 - Place the dried porcini mushrooms in a cup and pour over boiling water until they are just covered

4 - Stir the onions and add the red pepper, chestnut mushrooms, shitake mushrooms and grey oyster mushrooms to the pan and mix thoroughly

5 - Simmer over a medium heat fro 10 minutes

6 - Add the porcini mushrooms and pour in the liquid that they have been soaked in

7 - Add the beef strips and some chopped flat parsley then simmer for 5 minutes

8 - Switch off the heat and stir in the quark, cover the pan and allow to gradually heat for 5 minutes before serving on a bed of rice

Quark is such a versatile ingredient that can be used in both savoury and sweet dishes. The flavoured tubs are a great way of adding extra flavours to dishes. This meal was enjoyed by the whole family and even the children enjoyed trying the new mushrooms!

I served the sauce with wholegrain and wild rice but it would also go well with pasta. This sauce is so full of flavour and best of all healthy!

Enjoy x

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  1. This looks delicious. Can't wait to try! Xoxo, K&E

  2. This looks delicious! I think beef and mushrooms go so well together and I love the creamy sauce. Thanks for linking up with #CookOnceEatTwice, but you must have forgotten to add it to the linky so I've done it for you - hope that's ok.

  3. What a lovely recipe - love how you've made it low fat and more budget friendly (150g dried mushrooms - whaaaaaat???) Thanks for linking it up to #CookBlogShare. Eb x


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