Tenderloin Steak with Mushroom Gravy – Ostomy Recipes

  Lean Meat Recipe for Boosting Potassium and Sodium Intake

  Ostomy patients are predisposed to having lower than usual potassium levels. Potassium, when dissolved for transmission in the body, is a powerful electrolyte which is responsible for regulating blood pressure, water balance and heart functions. Sodium also serves the same function, together with regulating nerve and muscle function. Lowered sodium levels is known as Hyponatremia.

  Foods that are high in potassium include lean meats, while foods containing salt and flavorings that contain salt are high in sodium. This recipe packs both nutrients for the ostomates who need to make up for it. 


Preparation Time: 1 Hr 15 min

Portions: 1



  • 1 slice of beef tenderloin
  • 1/2 head of onion, sliced thinly
  • About 10 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp water



  • Pat dry beef tenderloin with paper towels to remove all moisture. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil over high heat. Once very hot, place seasoned beef on the skillet and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked the way you prefer.
  • Take out the beef and let rest for a few minutes while the gravy is prepared.
  • Put sliced onions on pan and sauté until tender. Add mushrooms until thoroughly cooked. Keep stirring to prevent from burning.
  • Once all moisture is gone, add balsamic vinegar and cook until it caramelizes. Once caramelized, add flour and dissolve in mixture. Add water and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Drizzle gravy over meat and serve.


Ostomy Information

  • Make sure to cut meat in small portions and to chew well.
  • Sodium (salt) is very easily obtainable so you normally don’t need to worry about adding it to your diet.
  • Onion can cause odor in stool, so take in moderation and avoid adding more than what is specified.
  • Mushrooms have a tendency to not digest completely, so chew well before swallowing.


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