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Wednesday 2 December 2015

Winter Green Beef Casserole : Low Carb

During these cooler winter months, you just cannot beat a warming casserole. The meat is always tender, and the vegetables with the various seasonings, herbs and gravy/stock just combine together and the taste is simply gorgeous. The other bonus is the sense of the taste you also get as the glorious aroma wafts through the kitchen into the hallway ....

Just recently whilst talking with my dear Dad, he told me about a lovely Casserole he had enjoyed, "it was full of green vegetables" he said, "and made a change from carrots and onions". Well it got me thinking ... why not make a similar one. So inspired by my 'young at heart' Dad, who at 90 years of age, still enjoys his daily afternoon walk around the local lanes. This is my version of a low carb winter green beef casserole.

Have all your ingredients and cooking utensils ready

Winter Green Beef Casserole
Serves 2 / 3
.450kg casserole steak, diced
1 green pepper
1 leek, trimmed
2 (medium sized) courgettes / zucchini
mushrooms, a handful 4 - 6
salt and black pepper for seasoning
mixed herbs 
gravy / stock (of choice) about 3/4 pint (to cover meat etc)
White cabbage to accompany dish

Wipe / wash meat and all vegetables with water before using
Put oven on to warm up. Gas 4, Electric 180
Dice up Meat into approx 1 inch 'chunks' and place in oven proof casserole dish
De-seed pepper and cut into square pieces (or slices if you'd prefer)
Top and Tail Courgettes, then slice and add to casserole dish
Slice leek and add to casserole dish
Slice or quarter mushrooms and add to casserole dish
season with salt and black pepper
add herbs of your choice - I used dried mixed herbs
Make up your stock and pour over meat and vegetables to cover
Put lid on casserole dish, place in warmed oven, cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until meat is tender.

Tip - I usually gently stir all ingredients at least twice during cooking  

Prepare your accompanying vegetables - we had white cabbage 

When cooked - take out of the oven and serve on warmed plates.
We enjoyed this casserole simply served with white cabbage

Of course when you say the words Winter Green Beef Casserole, there is such a great choice of green vegetables to choose from. You could add to those I used, for example a few peas or green beans to name just two more ...

However, you choose to serve yours, hope you enjoy it. 

All the best Jan


Anonymous said...

Looks delicious.
Casseroles are very good for this time of year.


Martha said...

This looks so delicious. And how wonderful about your dad. May he enjoy many more healthy and happy years!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

I can almost smell it! It looks absolutely perfect for a chilly night, and so nice that it was inspired by your "young at heart" dad!

Debbie said...

this looks so good, the gravy looks devine. i just made beef stew, i added potatoes of course. i was not able to get stew meat so i cut up a london broil. the meat was so tough, it had no taste and i was so disappointed. my gravy had a lot more ingredients and i thickened it at the end. you use leeks a lot and i always have trouble getting them really clean!!!

looks and sounds so yummy and certainly very healthy!!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Thank you for your comment.
I do so agree casseroles can be great at this time of year ...

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for your lovely comments about my Dad - he certainly enjoys life and it is great to see.
This casserole, with as many green vegetables as you want to put in, tastes great.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for your comments.
Yes, I think whenever I prepare and cook this casserole I will always have pictures of my Dad in my mind ...

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for your comment ...
It is definitely yummy!

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for your thoughts and comments here.
So sorry your recent beef casserole was tough - I'm sure next time it will be fine! I certainly hope so.
Anyway gravy with a nice lot of vegetables isn't too bad ...

Yes, I do use leeks a fair amount in my menu plans, and they can sometimes be a little difficult to clean. Many of our supermarkets do have trimmed / washed leeks available, they are a little more expensive, but I do sometimes buy these. Have you got anywhere near you where you may be able to purchase ready washed and trimmed leeks? Just a thought ...

Hope your week has gone well ...

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

...Debbie mentioned 'London Broil' in her comment above and I looked it up - this is what Wikipedia says about it.

"London broil is a North American beef dish made by broiling or grilling marinated beef, then cutting it across the grain into thin strips. The origin of the name is obscure; the dish is unknown in the city of London, England "
Read more here

All the best Jan

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jan - the beef casserole does look good - and we definitely need a variety of veg - I love my veggie .. cheers Hilary

Lowcarb team member said...

A warm welcome to the low carb diabetic blog, and many thanks for your comment.
The lovely thing about casseroles is, you can add so many different vegetables of your choice, and they are just right for the cooler months.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

All the best Jan