Club Half As Small As You: Week 21

March 16, 2009 7:00 am

Welcome to week 21 of Club HASAY! Not sure what HASAY is? Read all about it here. I went to the gym one day last week and used the Wii Fit a few other days. I took Elliot with me and she freaked on the daycare ladies so it seems like she might need to ease into it. I’m pretty sure she wants me to stay fat.

This week’s guest poster is Jen from Sprite’s Keeper. Jen is tied with one other person for most times as a HAGAY (and HASAY) guest poster. There’s a reason I keep asking her to come back, she’s the bestest. If you haven’t been over to Sprite’s Keeper, you need to go now.
Cravings. Oy. They hit so hard sometimes, they hurt. (Especially when they’re armed. Unfortunately, that usually ends up in flesh wounds.)
I was thinking over what I would contribute to this week’s HASAY roster and nothing came to mind since my mind was too busy dreaming up all the comfort foods I haven’t been able to enjoy in such a long time. Beef stew for instance. I have been craving beef stew for over a year now. Seriously!
John brought home a Weight Watchers Momentum cookbook from his WW meetings and we flipped through it until we stumbled upon this recipe.
I wasn’t convinced it would kill the craving, but John promised to try it out anyway.
Folks? Oh. My. Melt. In. Your. Mouth. Beefy. Goodness! Exactly what I needed to get those cravings under control and it wasn’t even cheating! (Add a little salt or seasoning to the finished product which double the pleasure..)
So, I am passing the beef forward and printing the recipe here for you. Try it, love it, Live it.

Bountiful Beef Stew
Serves 4
Prep time: 25 min
Cook: 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low

1 tblsp olive oil
1 pound bottom round steak trimmed and cut into 1 inch chunks
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 onions thinly sliced (3 may be a bit much. John used two and we never missed the third)
1 1/4 pound baby red potatoes, halved
1 1/2 cups baby-cut carrots
1 (14 1/2 oz) can reduced-sodium beef broth
2 tsp finely chopped fresh taragon
1/3 cup water
2 tblsp all-purpose flour

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the beef and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Cook, turning frequently, until browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer the beef to a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker.

Add the onions to the skillet. Reduce the heat the medium: cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer the onions to the slow cooker and stir in the potatoes, carrots, broth, and tarragon. Push the potatoes down into the liquid. Cover and cook until the beef and vegetables are fork-tender, 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low.

About 20 minutes before the cooking time is up, whisk together the water and flour in a small bowl until smooth. Whisk in 1/4 cup of the stew liquid until blended; stir the flour mixture into the stew. Cover and cook on high until the mixture simmers and thickens, about 15 minutes longer.

The stats:
(Per Serving: 1 3/4 cups)
403 cal
9 g fat
2 g sat fat
0 g trans fat
84 mg chol
454 mg sodium
41 g carb
6 g fiber
40 g protein

Our stats:
John: down 1
Me: Even

Now, if anyone can tell us about a low fat mac-n-cheese recipe, you’ll be my new best friend..



  1. WickedStepMom

    I wish there was a non-beefy beef hamburger that would fix my 4 year craving. Stoopid food allergies!

    I am glad you guys found a recipe that you love!

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..Sometimes your the bat and sometimes your the ball

  2. Sprite's Keeper

    Seriously, I am asking John to make it again this week. I even suffered a nasty burn on my tongue and roof of my mouth which I gladly ate through just to have more. Probably blew the stats on my serving, but WORTH IT!
    And the mac-n-cheese recipe? I am dead serious. I want one. Someone HAS to have a low fat recipe that is actually good!

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..HASAY: Making Mountains out of Mole Hills

  3. FoN

    Hmmmmm….that sounded GOOD. Even at 7:00 am. Sorry, can’t help you on the mac and cheese recipe. If someone does come through with that one I’ll be their second best friend AND buy them a coke.

    FoNs last blog post..Fat Chick vs. Food – Week Eleven

  4. Cameron

    I have your mac-n-cheese recipe, here goes:

    By a box of Kraft mac and cheese. Follow the directions on the side of the box that says something like, “healthy version”. All they do is take out the butter and add skim milk instead.

    Camerons last blog post..My Dream Job

  5. HeatherPride

    I was so excited to go on WW last week that I actually broke down and spent $20 on a WW cookbook too! So far the turkey and swiss wraps have been a life saver!

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Fat Girls Club – I Will Survive

  6. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    Oooh! That beef stew recipe sounds awesome! I’ll be trying that this week… I’ve been craving it, too! πŸ™‚ I’ll pick my aunt’s brain and see if she has a yummy low-fat mac’n’cheese recipe. She’s a successful WW participant (lost 90 lbs and has kept it off for 1-2 years so far), and has been tapped to write a cookbook for all the yummy WW-friendly recipes she’s concocted. If anyone has a low fat mac’n’cheese recipe that actually tastes good, she will…I’ll keep you posted!

    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)s last blog post..Not Me! Monday

  7. Pseudo

    I give you so much credit. I can’t imagine going without beef stew for a year. I stay away from hamburgers, but allow myself one once a month.

    Pseudos last blog post..Last Minute WonderNots

  8. Keely

    Hmm, that DOES sound good. There are actually WW recipes that are good. Most suck, but SOME are good.

    Keelys last blog post..Pixels are out to get me

  9. carrie

    Yep, i have a low fat mac n cheese one. I will dig it out and send it on. it is very good for all teh stuff it does NOT have in it.

    carries last blog post..Running {HASAY} is Back on the Table!

  10. Laufa

    Can’t help on the mac-n-cheese, tried making it homemade, still fattening. I can think of a lower fat lasagna though.

    Laufas last blog post..Banister Blessing

  11. mrsbear

    Sounds YUMMO…sorry, I was channeling Rachael Ray, I just had to flick myself in the nose for that one. Don’t have any low fat mac n’ cheese recipes, the one I use is give-you-an-instant-coronary-good. Not exactly healthy, which is why I only make it once a year, the rest of the time my kids get boxed Kraft. Oh well.

    mrsbears last blog post..Walk On By – HASAY

  12. Sprite's Keeper

    Ooh, lower fat lasagna? In the words of Sprite, “Um, please?” :-]

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..HASAY: Making Mountains out of Mole Hills

  13. CDB

    Beef stew, one of my favorites!
    I have a low-fat spinach lasagna recipe (I use low-fat small curd cottage cheese instead of ricotta)/stuffed shells work too.

    I’m putting it off, but I’m going to land in HASAYland one of these weeks. Gulp. (Need some accountability.)

    And Casey (Carly), I was totally walking into Whole Foods with my son, and had to walk right past an open window with a little punt-dog hanging out the window. As I walked past, he did this low “grrrrrrrr” number. ***cker.

    CDBs last blog post..My Letter to Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer

  14. Michelle

    Mmmm… my H would love that one. Maybe I’ll take pity on him and make it. πŸ˜‰

    Michelles last blog post..March Break Fun!

  15. jenni

    thats a great cook book! you should try the low and slow sloppy joes and the beef and bean tacos – my favs!

    jennis last blog post..Miles: Three Months

  16. K

    You can make pretty much any mac n cheese receipe using non fat milk and low fat cheese – not quite as fabulous, but it really is close enough to work.

    I’m seriously struggling with easter candy cravings right now – darn those chocolate bunnies. I just want to bite their ears off.

    Ks last blog post..Selling Spouses

  17. ck

    low-fat mac-and-cheese? that’s wrong on so many levels…

    cks last blog post..a sm-ffs situation

  18. Lisa (Jonny's Mommy)

    Yummmm! Can’t wait to try it!

    Lisa (Jonny’s Mommy)s last blog post..You should totally work in a small office. It is so entertaining!

  19. Sammanthia

    It’s fate! I was just telling Mark the other day that I needed to make beef stew for dinner soon because it’s starting to warm up a bit and eating beef stew just isn’t the same in the summer. I don’t know why, it just isn’t the same.
    Now, off to the grocery store!

    Sammanthias last blog post..Little Green Men

  20. Kirst

    Ahem where are your pics woman? lol Hey if you get that Mac and Cheese recipe pleeeeease forward it on. YUM! Will be trying the stew this week sounds scrumtious!

  21. Rachel

    I am totally going to try this!

    Rachels last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts: Definitely Not All There (Here? Somewhere?) Today

  22. bex

    i just got chills reading that recipe. it looks so good. come to mama…

    bexs last blog post..Random Tuesday: random cousins pics

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