Beef Stroganoff Recipe

ground beef stroganoff recipe- this is one of my childhood favorites remade to be lower fat.

My Beef Stroganoff Recipe gets an lower fat (Trim Healthy Mama E style) makeover in this family favorite recipe.  This savory beef dish boasts a flavorful, creamy gravy- it’s the perfect compliment to pasta or rice; and it’s also super quick and easy to make! (This is a reblog of an older recipe from my archives, updated with nice photos)

This ground Beef Stroganoff has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. It’s one of those classics that my Mom taught me how to make, and it still gets frequent requests around my own dinner table. Growing up, we made this dish with a can of cream of mushroom soup and a whole carton of sour cream. I’ve created a healthier, lighter version that’s JUST as flavorful.

If you’re a Trim Healthy Mama, you may use full fat sour cream to create a crossover meal, or use the lower fat version to create a filling E dinner when served over brown rice. I know lots of you are wanting ideas for good E meals.  Give this one a try!

Beef Stroganoff Recipe

This is what you’ll need:

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1 pound of ground beef, a few cloves of garlic, one onion, a mushroom soup cube, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or other dairy free, low fat alternative), 0% Greek yogurt, and glucomannan and a tablespoon of butter (not pictured).  I like to serve this over brown rice, so that’s already in the cooker at this point.

Step one: Melt butter, and saute chopped up onion in a skillet until tender.  Toss in chopped garlic for just a minute or so, and then add your beef.  I like to brown my beef well…I like some dark brown crusty spots on the bottom.  It adds such a rich beefy flavor!

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Make a hole in the middle of the ground beef, and pour your milk in,

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Add your mushroom cube…

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Measure out 1/2-1 tsp of gluccomannan, and get your whisk ready. Sprinkle a light layer of gluccie over the top of the milk as you whisk.  You should see it start pulling together into a rich, thick sauce.  I start with 1/2 t. and go from there.

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Add your 0% Greek yogurt to the pan next.  Stir to blend it all in.  THM E recipes (3)

Add salt/pepper to taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.

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Serve over brown rice with a side of steamed veggies or a side salad.

ground beef stroganoff recipe- this is one of my childhood favorites remade to be lower fat.

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ground beef stroganoff recipe- this is one of my childhood favorites remade to be lower fat.

Here is your printable E style beef stroganoff recipe

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Beef Stroganoff Recipe - E Style!
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This is another fast family favorite that we would really eat every week. It's a filling and delicious E meal to fuel your metabolism. If you'd prefer to make it an S meal, then sub for real sour cream, and serve over Dreamfields pasta instead of rice.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: THM E or Crossover meal
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (the more the better, IMO...I think I usually throw in 4-5 cloves)
  • 1 lb. of ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • steak seasonings and parsley to taste
  • 1 cream of mushroom cube (from the cream of mushroom recipe here)
  • ½-1 teaspoon glucomannan powder
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened 0% Greek yogurt (for an E meal) or full fat sour cream (Crossover)
  1. Add ground beef, and brown. Cook the beef until a toasty brown develops on the bottom of some of the meat, and it has a rich, roasted smell. Transfer meat to colander, and rinse with very hot water to remove fat. This step can be skipped if you are using a very lean grassfed beef or venison...if in doubt, just rinse.
  2. Chop up the onions and garlic. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onions in butter for a minute, and then add garlic and stir. Make a hole in the center of the skillet, and melt down a cream of mushroom soup cube.
  3. Pour your cup of almond milk over this, and gently sprinkle the gluccomannan into a thin layer over the liquid, whisking as you sprinkle. Stir until it comes together into a gravy.
  4. Stir in Sour Cream and seasonings to taste. Blend in well and cook until warmed through.
Serve immediately over ¾ cup of cooked brown rice (for an E meal) or cooked Dreamfields noodles, and add an E side dish (beets, cooked carrots) or an E dessert (peach Tummy Tucking Ice Cream!)
To create a Crossover meal, serve with an S side dish or dessert, &/or use full fat sour cream in place of the Greek yogurt.

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  1. Melissa Ford says

    This is fantastic. My family loved it! My husband said this goes into the ‘make again’ recipe book. My mom was still talking about it before dinner tonight! :)

  2. Rebecc says

    When you say “add sour cream” in the recipe, you mean yogurt subbing for sour cream, right? Will be trying this….have never subbed yogurt for sour cream but I’m sure it’s just as good.

    • Its_Gwen says

      Yes…thank you! The 0% Greek yogurt tastes almost *exactly* like Sour Cream to me. It’s really a fantastic sub.

      • Jeanetta Andrews says

        Can you use sour cream instead? Are the calories and nut. Info just as good, or is yogurt more superior to use? Thanks!

        • Its_Gwen says

          Since I use this one with brown rice, I use a fat free Greek Yogurt, but you could also use ff sour cream. I believe Greek yogurt has more protein, but with the meat that wouldn’t really be critical. :)

      • janette says

        I have always boiled my ground beef, instead of frying it. Gets the grease out. Just strain it & dump it back into your pan. The meat will be a light brown so you’ll know it’s done. Hint: Put on a “rubber” glove & squish it in warm water to mix it easily & then your hand stays clean, & it’s super easy.

      • Its_Gwen says

        Hi Cheryl, I’m sorry you’re confused. A Tablespoon of butter would not be a problem in a meal that has many servings…you’d just want around a teaspoon of fat max per serving to stay in E territory for your meal.

    • says

      I’d add a shake of worchestershire for flavor, and some finely diced mushrooms if you’ve got em. And a couple shakes of onion powder. You just want a flavor boost. :)

    • says

      I used very lean grassfed beef, which can be used in an E or FP setting because it’s so low in fat. If you want to use regular ground beef, you can brown it and rinse it in warm water (and drain the grease from the pan) and then continue with the recipe as written. :)

  3. Kelly says


    The recipe looks great! If I wanted to make this a ‘S’ meal, what brands/kinds of noodles should I use? Thank you – looks lovely!

    • says

      Corn starch works really well as a thickener, but it’s pure starch, so it will bump up your carbs a bit. Gluccie won’t. I’d probably opt to use sprouted flour if you have that on hand as a thickener.

  4. Carmen says

    This looks really good! Would you need to rinse the ground beef to remove excess fat to make it an E? Also, where would you find a mushroom cube and/or what could you use in replace of? TIA!

    • says

      Hi Carmen! The printable recipe gives full instructions and links to the mushroom cube recipe. That one comes together really quickly, and I’ve whipped up a new batch in the skillet before starting the stroganoff if I was out of mushroom cubes. :) It makes enough to where you have lots to freeze and use later. It’s the most convenient way I’ve found to get the full flavor of mushroom soup without the icky can ingredients. :)

  5. Donna Crase says

    This looks yummy. Thank you for posting this. My question is this, and please be mindful of my ignorance as I am fairly new to the THM way. Why is this an E and not and S? I was thinking that the fat in the burger would make it too high to be an E.

    • says

      E (energizing) meals are fueled by healthy carb sources. With the brown rice, this would definitely fall into E territory. You’re right to be thinking of fat content, but since the recipes suggests rinsing the beef once it’s cooked, that brings the fat into range. Hope that helps!

  6. Cheryl says

    Is there anything that could be subbed for the mushroom cube? We have a mushroom-free house (the hubs can’t have them) but I would love to try this recipe! I am having such a hard time with E meals.

    • says

      Just omit if you don’t care for mushrooms…it’s just a flavoring option. :) You can add other herbs or diced or caramelized onions to add flavor if you want.

    • says

      Well, the rice adds the healthy carb component that takes it into E territory. If you added another source of healthy carbs, like a piece of fruit, then it could still stay an E with cauli-rice.

  7. Janna says

    Just made this for dinner tonight. Mine was bland. Since you didn’t say what steak seasoning you used, I thought perhaps I used the wrong brand. I bought Weber Chicago Steak seasoning–could this have resulted in the bland taste?

    • says

      Hi Janna,
      I used the McCormick Grill Mates seasoning. And I am a “season to taste” girl when I cook. :) So if it’s too bland, just add more to taste.


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