Wednesday, April 30, 2008

WW Wednesday

Goop. Yup. My mom "named" it when we were kids and I have to say there isn't one among the three of us who don't drool when we hear it. Goop.

Goop came to be as a remedy for the first big recession in the 80s. My dad was in construction/heavy equipment and he was out of work. A lot. So, he went to work at the local schools system (janitorial) and my mom learned to drive school buses. Dinners became faster and the grocery bill for a family of 5 needed to extend farther. My mom, always a bastion of good nutrition, wanted her very energetic kids to have red meat at least 1-2 times per week and make sure veggies got in us (some of us, ahem: J!, were resistant to any and all veggies). But, a small grocery budget and red meat (i.e. steak) for a family of 5?? Let's just say, the steak "needed a little somethin'" to be more appealing.

Goop: that somethin' special! And since we are (or soon will be) in another recession and everyone's looking for ways to reduce the cost of food, I thought I'd share it with you.

WW: 2 points per 1/4 cup. Makes 6 servings


1 onion, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
4 big mushrooms, sliced
1 tomato, sliced (strange, but the pinker "not-ripened-on-the-vine" (y'know:cheap ones!) work best
1 large bottle of Fat Free Italian Dressing (Wish Bone brand is the best, and on sale)

Put everything in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve hot over steak tips, strip steaks, chicken, etc. YUMMY.

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