Diet Recipe: Youvetsi

Youvetsi is one of my favorite Greek recipes. My mom cooks it way better than I do, but when on a diet you gotta cut out the fat (her secret is that she pours a lot of olive oil and salt in it while she lightly fries the meat before boiling). This version has 200 calories and while it is not as yummy as the real thing, is actually healthier.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 30 grams of Misko Orzo pasta (100 cals)
* 80 grams of fat-free sirloin veal or buffalo (75 cals)
* 100 grams of pure tomato purree (20 cals)
* 1 onion, some fresh parsley, 1 clove of garlic (5 cals)
* salt and pepper to taste

1. Remove any fat, wash and cut the meat in 3 bite-size pieces. Finely chop the onion, parsley and garlic.
2. In a pan under low heat, add the meat, tomato purree, onion, parsley and garlic, along with 2 cups of water. Add the salt and pepper, stir and let it slowly boil for at least 1 hour.
3. In a small (personal-sized) oven dish pour the orzo in. Preheat the oven at 400F (200C).
4. Pour the pan’s contents onto the oven dish. Add as much water as needed up almost to the height of the meat. Stir carefully once and place the dish in the oven.
5. About half an hour later the water must have evaporated, the sauce is thickenend and the orzo is cooked through. Serve hot.

From our Sunday lunch, earlier today…

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KCorax wrote on July 31st, 2006 at 9:55 AM PST:

Wow Eugenia you killed it. Some recipies are not meant to be ‘light’ . This specific one has it’s roots in Slav cuisine and it’s evidently meant to sustain you through a cold winter…

Next thing you’ll cook the Orzo al dente…

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Eugenia wrote on July 31st, 2006 at 10:11 AM PST:

Well, the only things missing is the frying part (”ts?????sµa”), the olive oil and the use of sirloin veal/buffalo (instead of a random part of a fat cow). Everything else is cooked the way it was supposed to and honestly, it won’t be much different in terms of taste.

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Eugenia wrote on August 1st, 2006 at 4:25 AM PST:

Looking at this picture above it feels like the orzo is alive and it’s eating meat dipped in blood… like in some gore movies… :D

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