Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Weeknight Beef Stroganoff

This rich and creamy Beef Stroganoff is the perfect thing to make if you want to warm yourself up on a cold night. It's full of flavor and easy enough to make on those busy nights during the week.

Weeknight Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles | Taste As You Go

Okay, it's time to fess up.

I actually first sat down to write this post over a week ago. And what's worse? I shot the photos for this post almost three years ago.

Yes, years.

According to the date on the photo files, I took them on April 20, 2015. Caroline was only six weeks old, and I was still a newbie mom holding onto the hope that my life wasn't going to change that much now that I had a kid. I really did think I'd still have time for things like developing recipes and writing on a regular basis.

I was so, so wrong.

It's not that I didn't think I could do it all. I just didn't want to anymore... My priorities started to shift as soon as I found out I was pregnant. They shifted again when Caroline came into the world. It took a long time for me to admit (and accept) that, even though blogging was important to me, it wasn't that important.

Naturally, things shifted again during my second pregnancy and after Jonathan's arrival. This time, though, I was approaching motherhood from a completely different perspective. I was now working outside of the home and had to start navigating that fine line between work and life. But rather than cut myself some slack, I put an insane amount of pressure on myself to be everything to everyone.

It didn't take long for me to feel buried by that pressure. I cried about not having enough time with the baby before having to go back to work. I felt guilty about not having enough energy to engage with Caroline the way I wanted to -- the way she needed me too -- at the end of the day. I started snapping at Stephen and picking random arguments because it was easier to do that than admit I couldn't do it all... that I needed more breaks and time for myself this time around.

Which is how we got here. This is why I'm sharing this recipe nearly three years after taking the photos. Because blogging lets me use my brain for something that makes me happy. Yes, my writing process gets interrupted a lot more these days, but writing is writing.

And it feels so good to be back at it again.

Weeknight Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles | Taste As You Go

PS. Try this beef stroganoff dish. Serve it over egg noodles. You won't be sorry.


Weeknight Beef Stroganoff

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes | Cook Time: 15-20 minutes | Total Time: 20-30 minutes | Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 pounds lean beef steak, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free, reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until the garlic is fragrant. 
  2. Add the steak and cook until browned all over, stirring frequently, 3 to 5 minutes. 
  3. Add the flour and thyme and stir to coat the beef. 
  4. Add the broth and Worcestershire and bring to a simmer. Partially cover the pan and simmer until the beef is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream and parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Serve warm over buttered egg noodles.
Recipe adapted from Quick Fix Meals

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