While you can clearly tell from my blog I have a major sweet tooth, I also follow Weight Watchers to help keep that sweet tooth at bay. I joined for the first time 2 years ago to lose weight and now follow them for maintenance and tune-ups from time to time. :) To me, its the best way to adapt and maintain a lifestyle of healthy eating and portion control and I just can't say enough good things about the program. I'm always on the lookout for new recipes for Weight Watcher's friendly dinners and over the 2+ years I've followed the program, I've accumulated quite a stack that my husband and I both love. It takes a little practice, but by swapping heavy amounts of butter and oils for low-fat flavorings such as broths, onion, garlic, wine, beer, and herbs, you can use these to flavor and season dishes in a way that people won't even miss the fat. Since leaner cuts of meat can sometimes be tougher or less flavorful than their fattier counterparts, using the crock pot is a wonderful way to coax flavor and tenderness out of them.
This meal is one such dish. Brisket is a leaner cut of beef and can be somewhat stringy but in this recipe, it cooks all day until you can shred it with a fork. The beer, onions, and balsamic vinegar, give this a tangy, slightly nutty broth. Its great served with mashed potatoes (email me if you want my trick of how to make them WW friendly) or it would be lovely served with some brown rice and a side of your favorite steamed vegetables.
1 (3 pound) beef brisket, trimmed of visible fat
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup water
2 cups vertically sliced onion (about 1 large)
1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 12 oz. bottle light beer
Rub brisket with salt and pepper. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium- high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add brisket to pan; cook 10 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove brisket from the pan. Add 1/4 cup water to pan, stirring to loosen browned bits. Add onion; saute 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Place onion mixture, vinegar, bay leaf, and beer in a large electric slow cooker. Place brisket on top of onion mixture. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until fork tender. Discard bay leaf. Serve with sauce.
Nutrition info: 3 oz. of meat and 1/3 cup sauce = 4 WW Points Plus. (Fat 5g, Carbohydrates 5.6g, Protein 20.5g, Fiber 1.1g per serving).
Adapted from Cooking Light