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If you think you can’t eat stroganoff because it is too rich, think again – this recipe uses greek yoghurt instead of cream, so you get all the lovely richness and none of the guilt.

What you need
  • Chopped onion
  • Crushed or sliced garlic garlic (as much or little as you like)
  • Red pepper chopped into chunks
  • Thick-sliced mushrooms (I like using chestnut mushrooms)
  • Paprika (smoked if you can)
  • Apple or cider vinegar
  • Ground black pepper
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Chopped fresh flat leaf parsley to garnish
  • Brown or red rice to serve.
  • Dried herbs (thyme and oregano work well)
How to do it
  1. The rice is going to take the longest so wash that and put it on first and cook according to instructions or your favourite way of cooking it.
  2. Use a large frying pan or wok – something that will have enough space for all the ingredients to move around and fry the onion and garlic with the dried herbs until the garlic and onion are softened and the onion starts browning.
  3. Add the red pepper and cook for about 4-5 minutes until it starts softening.
  4. Then add the mushroom slices and cook them for another 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add the paprika and mix, then add 2-4 tablespoons of the vinegar, enough to coat all the stuff in the pan plus a little more, but you don’t want it soupy – you are using it to deglaze the pan (this just means adding a liquid for dissolving the browned residue in pans that you are frying things in, which happens when you caramelise onions or fry meat).
  6. After the liquid is really hot, turn off the heat and stir in the black pepper. Wait for it to cool for about 3-5 minutes, otherwise the sauce will split, then stir in 2-4 heaped tablespoons of greek yoghurt after it has cooled a little – according to how thin you want the sauce.
  7. Serve immediately with the rice and sprinkle parsley over it. Works great as leftovers reheated for your lunch the next day as well.

Switch the red pepper with other veggies you like, or just for a change – try green beans or broccoli. If you want extra veggies, you could also add kale. If you’re not a fan of mushrooms, use sliced turkey or chicken breast instead and fry this after the onion and garlic, but before the veggies. Instead of brown rice, this is delicious with potatoes – try boiled new potatoes, spiced wedges, or roasties. An additional or alternative garnish could be toasted seeds – this would add a lovely crunch.

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