Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Beef with Mushrooms, Pantry Style

11 WWPP Posted by 6 years ago 17 Comments

Home from work after a long day. Barely a fresh vegetable left in the house. A hungry family. What’s a determined-to-feed-her-family-healthier Momma to do?

Hit her pantry, of course!

I whipped up this crowd pleaser tonight using only 6 ingredients with nothing defrosted or planned in about 20 minutes. Take that tempting drive-thru. Take THAT!Beef with Mushrooms, Pantry Style

Both husband and child ate with NO complaints. I got a 4 year old “It’s Good! I like the chicken*” and a “This is delicious.” from the husband.

*Note: The little guy still hasn’t left the “It’s all just chicken to me” stage. ;~)

Here’s what I did…

  • 6 oz of whole wheat noodles
  • About 2/3 of a pound of top sirloin (that’s just what I had in my freezer)
  • 1 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 can of French Onion Soup (like Progresso 18.5 oz)
  • 1 8oz can of mushrooms
  • About 3 cups of frozen peas

Here’s all the ingredients

Beef with Mushrooms, Pantry Style - ingredients

Bring a pot of water to a boil and prepare the noodles according to package.

Cut the beef into thin slices. My meat wasn’t defrosted so I just popped it into the microwave for a minute and it was super easy to cut.

Beef with Mushrooms, Pantry Style - beef

Mix the flour into the can of onion soup. This will help thicken a bit to make the “gravy.”

Beef with Mushrooms, Pantry Style - gravy

Heat a skillet over medium high heat and brown the beef.

Beef with Mushrooms, Pantry Style - beef

Add the can of onion soup.

Beef with Mushrooms, Pantry Style - soup

Add the can of mushrooms.

Beef with Mushrooms, Pantry Style - mushrooms

Bring to a boil then lower to medium and cook until the “gravy” thickens. About 5 minutes.

Beef with Mushrooms, Pantry Style - pan

Now.. I’d add the peas to the pot and cook for another minute before serving…

Beef with Mushrooms, Pantry Style - peas

BUT the husband isn’t a all mixed up kind of guy. So I threw them in a bowl and popped them in the microwave instead. Sometimes you just need to compromise. :)

For some reason I was having trouble calculating the nutritional information on this one so if anyone wants to double check me I’d appreciate it. I split the meal into 3 BIG servings to be realistic but you couldn’t certainly feed 4 just by bumping up the amount of beef or noodles slightly. Or leave them the same and have a lighter meal.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
3 1/3 of the Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
450 10g 11g old: 9 new: 11
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
8g 3.4g 54g 42g

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    February 18, 2010

    Hi Roni, I actually think my hubby would eat this, he's not a big whole wheat noodle fan but at least he would eat it with the regular noodles! I will have to try it sometime! Thanks! Reply


    February 18, 2010

    I make something similar but with chicken. I use chicken broth and a couple of tablespoons of dry onion soup mix in place of the canned onion soup and then add some fat free sour cream for a stroganoff style meal. I serve it over those same noodles too! Reply


    February 19, 2010

    i have made so many meals with the healthy harvest egg noodles. i love them! Reply


    February 19, 2010

    That looks delicious. Reply


    February 19, 2010

    I made something kind of similar this week too using the same exact noodles. Mine had frozen corn and creamed spinach (the Green Giant kind that is low fat) plus the healthier version of Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup and cooked pieces of chicken. It was tasty as well and if I had patience I could have baked it for more of a casserole-y type effect I think. I had it as leftovers a few days later adding cheese and garlic powder, and it almost tasted like an alfredo that way. Good either way though. Reply


    February 19, 2010

    P.S. Your beef version looks awesome though and now I want to try that too. The noodles are great to have on hand. Reply


    February 19, 2010

    Ok, so I'll stop posting, I swear! But one more thing you can do that is soooo goood is use the wheat spaghetti noodles and cook up a ground turkey and chili bean mix to serve over it with a bit of cheese and ketchup. SOOOOOO good. And tastes naughty too. I got the inspiration from Steak and Shake's much greasier version. Reply


    February 20, 2010

    I'd love it if you offered a print friendly version of the recipes. Do you have one that I'm just missing? Thanks! Reply


    February 20, 2010

    I agree with Loren! You have so many great recipes. It would be AWESOME if you had a printer friendly version option. This is a fantastic recipe. And the fact that you were able to throw it together in 20 minutes is amazing! Reply


    February 21, 2010

    Loren and Nancy, Print... you may be surprised. :) Reply


    February 22, 2010

    This looks delicious and seems oh so simple to make. Reply


    February 24, 2010

    My husband would LOOOOVE this. I'll try it next week. Reply


    February 24, 2010

    Thanks Roni. It did print better than I expected. Reply


    March 3, 2010

    I made this last night and it was SO good. Great idea to use the French Onion soup to make the gravy! Reply


    March 30, 2010

    I used okra instead of peas which made me able to omit the flour,cause the okra will thicken it. Reply


    March 30, 2010

    Great idea! I may try that and see of I can get my family to eat okra! Does it stay slimy in something like this? Reply


    March 31, 2010