I woke up to the sound of pouring rain this morning and immediately thought to myself that today is a good day for stew. A couple of hours later I got a text from my sister in law asking if I had any good stew recipes. Great minds think alike! There’s just something comforting about curling up with a bowl of hot stew while the rain comes down outside….
Ha! Who am I kidding? No mom ever gets to eat their stew while it’s still hot. I’m usually scarfing down my dinner as fast as I can while simultaneously doing the airplane move, trying to shovel food into my 1 year old’s mouth and chanting “You can do it!” to my 3 year old, desperately trying to convince her to eat her carrots. Bonus points if I can get the dirty dishes loaded before the 1 year old climbs out of his high chair and starts climbing right into the dishwasher. What is it with babies and dishwashers? Good thing he’s so cute!
1 lb stewing beef (grass fed and local if possible)
1 tbsp steak spice (sugar free)
1 tbsp coconut oil
4 cups of yams, peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks
2 cups of parsnips, peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks
2 cups of carrot, peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 tbsp of fresh rosemary, chopped (dried will work just fine but fresh is always better!)
1 tbsp of fresh thyme leaves
2 cups beef bone broth (sugar free)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (sugar free)
1) Preheat your oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit.
2) Dry the stewing beef by blotting it with paper towel. Toss it in the steak spice to coat it evenly.
3) Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat and melt the coconut oil in it. Working in batches if necessary, brown all sides of the beef in the pan. Don’t crowd the beef, give it lots of wriggle room to properly brown the sides. Remove the beef to a dutch oven or large, deep casserole dish with a lid.
4) Pile the yams, carrots and parsnips on top of the beef.
5) Return to the same saucepan and add your onion, rosemary and thyme. Saute for a few minutes to soften. Add the bone broth and balsamic vinegar and bring to a boil, all the while scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to get all the juicy beefy bits.
6) Pour the contents of the saucepan into your dutch oven or casserole dish, put the lid on, and place it in the oven for three hours, if you can wait that long. The delicious aroma will drive you crazy while you wait! Enjoy.