Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Easy and Healthy No Sugar Beef

If you check recipes in books and online for cooking beef, you'll see that so many require sugar, whether from jam, sweetened sauces, wines, juice or just plain sugar. You can cook a piece of inexpensive beef without any sweetener at all.

I buy an inexpensive cut of beef from the freezer section of the supermarket. I'm fussier about the price than the name of the cut. First, after thawing, I soak it in water to rid it of whatever salts and blood I can get out of it. Actually I use the pot for this, since health/hygiene experts say it's important to keep raw meat/fish/poultry off of eating and food prep surfaces.

Beef, vegetable oil, onion, garlic, peppercorns, tomatoes or canned tomatoes preferably diced/chopped without added sugar or salt

  • Cut up a large onion and some fresh garlic; store in a bowl on the side.  
  • Cut about a pound of tomatoes or get a can/jar of diced or crushed tomatoes without added sugar; store in a bowl on the side.  
  • Add a bit of oil in the cooking pot, (which should have a good cover)
  • Turn on the heat and then add the beef. 
  • Keep turning the beef so the outside looks cooked. 
  • Add onions and garlic; continue turning for a few minutes.
  • Then add the tomatoes and peppercorns, cover and lower the heat a bit.
  • Let it cook for a couple of hours, checking periodically to make sure there's enough liquid. You may need to add some water.
That's it! Very no fuss and extremely healthy. No added sugar or salt is necessary. You can serve it with rice, pasta, vegetables, salad or whatever you like.

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