I am trying to stick to real food (for at least 6 days a week), stay on a budget, and reduce the food we waste around here. This stew is really good for this. It’s very flexible; You can substitute for whatever you have on hand. There’s no need to go to the store and buy precisely what I list for ingredients here, like “3 fresh tomatoes”…. It’s just what I had in my fridge that would be delicious in the stew, and needed to get used up anyway.
I’m going to be completely honest about my choice of meat… It wasn’t the best. It was the “premium stew meat” found at the grocery store, and I don’t think I could have boiled it enough to make it as tender as I wanted. Next time I’m probably going to chop up my own stew meat, or go with ground beef, which is what I grew up with and sometimes prefer.
I’m also going to be honest about my “real food” journey… I should probably call it “real-ish,” because that’s about my level right now. I have been doing research, and following 100 Days of Real Food, and there is a lot for me to learn. I’m doing the best I can, and I expect to keep getting better, but never be perfect at it. I’m also not throwing out a lot of foods, so while moving forward I would make sure tomatoes were canned with less ingredients than the ones I used, I’m using it up anyway. I did substitute whole wheat flour for white, and am happy with the results of that swap! My goal is to be healthier, but not to obsess over it.
I started this “real food” journey just a week ago yesterday, after deciding to quit weight watchers because of what it was doing to me. I’m just getting started, but if you stick with me, I’m going to be growing the Real Food section of my blog with ideas, recipes, and tips for enjoying healthy food. I would be honored if you wanted to follow my journey or even join me!
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These ingredients can vary greatly. I recommend you open your fridge and see what needs used up that would go well with stew and toss it in!
- *These ingredients can vary greatly. I used:
- 2 lbs premium stew meat (I'm chopping my own next time.)
- 1/4 Cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 Cup coconut oil
- 1 onion (I used red)
- 4 stalks celery
- 3 chopped carrots
- 3 or more cloves of garlic, diced
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 cups of broth, or 1 cup of wine and 1 cup of broth
- 1 bay leaf.
- 1.5 qt canned green beans
- 3 fresh tomatoes
- 1 TB tomato paste
- 2 cans tomato sauce
- 1 can stewed tomatoes
- 2 cups of water (approximately)
- 6 scrubbed potatoes, chopped
- 6 sprigs of Thyme leaves
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 Tbsp Paprika
- 1 Tbsp onion powder
- fresh groundnSalt and pepper
- Step 1 Heat coconut oil until a piece of your meat will crackle gently when you put it in.
- Step 2 Toss the beef in the flour until covered
- Step 3 Shake off excess flour, and reserve it for later, as you work in batches to brown the meat
- Step 4 Brown each batch of meat in the oil for about 10 minutes, stirring it around a few times to get all edges of the meat nice and brown (be careful not to crowd them).
- Step 5 Remove the last batch of meat, and stir in the onion, celery and carrots, and balsamic vinegar. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Step 6 Add garlic and thyme and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Step 7 Add tomatoes, tomato paste, canned tomatoes, green beans, bay leaf, broth (and wine if using), chopped potatoes, and as much water is needed to bring the fluids up above the potatoes.
- Step 8 Bring to a boil and then reduce the temperature to simmer.
- Step 9 Simmer for up to a few hours on low (for best results) or simmer it a little hotter for less time if you want to hurry up and eat…which is what we did.