Braising is an excellent way to tenderize an inexpensive cut of meat like top round--and create a rich-tasting sauce. Embellished with mushrooms, colorful bell peppers and a dollop of low-fat sour cream, it becomes downright luxurious. Try serving this over barley instead or whole-wheat egg noodles.
Braising meat not only tenderizes it, it creates a rich-tasting broth. Try it for chili.
2 vegetable, 1 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat