All right, here comes another one that’s more than 400 calories. Told you I don’t starve myself! This recipe clocks in at 588 calories, which is totally doable if you’re not pigging out the rest of the day. Not at all bad for a beef-based meal!
And oh, substitutions… you are my friends. (That means there are lots of them tonight.) Let’s start with no bacon (you’re eating beef – do you REALLY need to top it with bacon?). Sauteed the mushrooms/onions in olive oil instead of butter. I doubled the amount of mushrooms and onions, because I like mushrooms and onions, and it makes the meal a lot more filling without adding many calories. Used Pinot instead of burgundy wine (does that makes this a Boeuf Pinot Noir?) because it was still left over from last night. Finally, dried herbs instead of fresh, because fresh herbs/spices are expensive and I can’t really grow a garden in my 20th floor apartment with no balcony (yes, yes, I know, the Aerogarden is amazing… but it’s expensive and I don’t really trust that it’s not just some infomercial crap). I also quickly boiled up some asparagus to round out the plate and make it look more green and less brown.
Really yummy, but fairly salty (due to the beef broth). If you can find low-sodium beef broth, props to you. Otherwise, I think next time I’d use half-broth and half-water to cut down the salt some. Pretty easy though, and a nice treat to have beef without necessarily killing your diet for the day. Plus it’s nice to sound all fancy and say you cooked “boeuf bourgignon” 🙂 If you want to be decadent, use yesterday’s tip and pour yourself a glass of whatever wine you used to cook this – it will definitely bring out the flavors.