healthy beef stroganoff recipe

Healthy Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Beef stroganoff is a classic comfort food that many of us grew up enjoying. Unfortunately, traditional beef stroganoff recipes can be high in calories and fat. But don’t worry, you don’t have to give up this delicious dish to maintain a healthy diet or calorie deficit. In fact, with a few simple substitutions and tweaks, you can make a healthier version of beef stroganoff that is just as tasty as the original. In this blog, we’ll share our favorite healthy beef stroganoff recipe, perfect for a cozy night in or a family dinner. Get ready to savor the rich, creamy sauce and tender beef (or turkey), without the guilt!


Ingredient notes:

  • Extra-lean ground beef or turkey – From a nutritional perspective, both extra-lean ground beef and turkey are good sources of protein, iron, and zinc. Ground turkey tends to be lower in calories and saturated fat, while extra-lean ground beef is slightly higher in iron.
  • Brailla protein pasta – Protein pasta is made from a variety of high-protein ingredients, such as legumes (e.g., chickpeas, lentils), quinoa, and edamame. This type of pasta is ideal for those looking to increase their protein intake, as it typically contains around 2-3 times more protein than traditional wheat pasta. Protein pasta is also gluten-free, making it a good option for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
  • Mushrooms- Mushrooms are a nutritious food that offers both health benefits and delicious flavor. They’re rich in vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, selenium, potassium, and copper. They’re also a good source of antioxidants, which protect the body against oxidative stress and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
  • Onion – A must for its flavoring.
  • Garlic – Fresh is best but I use Costco’s pre-minced garlic for convenience.
  • Spices- Paprika, parsley, and onion powder is measured with your heart and make a delicious combination during the simmering process of this recipe.
  • Fairlife fat-free milk- The unique filtration process used by Fairlife results in a milk that is lactose-free, and contains zero fat but is still high in protein.
  • Better than bullion – comes in a paste-like form and is typically mixed with hot water to create a flavorful broth or used as a seasoning in recipes.
  • Low-fat Greek yogurt – Despite the lower fat content, low-fat Greek yogurt is a nutritional powerhouse. It is an excellent source of protein, calcium, and has beneficial probiotics that support gut health and digestion.
  • Low-fat cottage cheese is incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in many ways. It can be eaten plain or mixed with fresh fruits, such as berries or pineapple, for a nutritious and satisfying snack. It can also be used as a substitute for higher-fat ingredients in recipes, such as in lasagnas, dips, or even in baked goods like pancakes or muffins.

Step-by-step instructions for this healthy beef stroganoff recipe

  1. Heat a skillet on medium heat.
  2. Brown your meat of choice with onions and garlic.
  3. Add chopped mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, and seasons-let that marinate for a few minutes.
  4. Add the milk, water, and Barilla pasta-cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the cottage cheese, greek yogurt and give it a good mix.
  6. Garnish to your liking and enjoy.

Frequently asked questions:

What is the best substitute for sour cream in stroganoff?

There are several substitutes for sour cream in stroganoff, depending on dietary restrictions and personal preference. Greek yogurt, crème fraîche, coconut cream, silken tofu, and cashew cream are all good alternatives. Greek yogurt is a tangy and creamy option, while crème fraîche has a thicker texture and slightly tangy flavor. Coconut cream provides a non-dairy alternative with a rich, creamy texture and slightly sweet flavor. Silken tofu and cashew cream are both vegan options, with a neutral flavor and creamy texture.

What can I use in stroganoff instead of flour?

Stroganoff is a classic dish that typically uses flour as a thickening agent for the sauce. However, if you’re looking for a gluten-free or low-carb alternative, there are several options to consider. One possibility is to use a cornstarch slurry, which is a mixture of cornstarch and water that can be added to the sauce to thicken it. Or in this case, greek yogurt and cottage cheese did the trick-just let the sauce reduce naturally, and you’ll have something creamy and delicious.

How to make homemade beef stroganoff without cream of mushroom soup?

The main ingredients used in this healthy beef stroganoff recipe were fresh mushrooms, onion, garlic, beef broth, a variety of spices, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and Worcestershire sauce.

Healthy Beef Stronganoff Recipe

When it comes to making a healthier version of beef stroganoff, the key lies in making smart ingredient substitutions without compromising on flavor. This recipe is a great addition if you're meal prepping for caloric deficit and is macro friendly.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Calories 1341 kcal


  • 1 Skillet
  • 1 Measuring cup
  • 1 Mixing utensil
  • 1 Tablespoon


  • 1 lb Extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 Yellow onion
  • 1 cup Mushrooms
  • Minced garlic Measure with your heart
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Dijion mustard
  • 1/2 cup Beef bone broth Or better than bullion
  • 1/2 cup Fairlife fat free milk
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 4 oz Barilla protein pasta
  • 2.5 oz Low fat cottage cheese
  • 2.5 oz 0% greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Onion powder Measure with your heart
  • Paprika Measure with your heart
  • Dried parsley Measure with your heart
  • S&P to taste Measure with your heart


  • Heat a skillet on medium heat.
  • Brown your meat of choice with onions and garlic.
  • Add chopped mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard and seasons-let that marinate for a few mintues.
  • Add the milk, water and Barilla pasta-cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the cottage cheese, greek yogurt and give is a good mix.
  • Garnish to your liking and enjoy.


Serving: 4gCalories: 1341kcalCarbohydrates: 112gProtein: 129gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 346mgSodium: 1507mgPotassium: 2287mgFiber: 7gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 662IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 473mgIron: 10mg
Keyword Easy Meal, Ground beef, ground turkey, healthy beef stroganoff recipe, High protien, quick recipe, weightloss recipe
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*WP recipe maker cannot register exact ingredients-consult a food diary app such as MyFitnessPal or Loseit! for true nutritional information. In the pictured recipe I used extra lean ground turkey, Barilla protein pasta, and Fairlife low-fat milk, which significantly brings down fat and calorie content.

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