Rich Beef Stew

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This THM Beef Stew recipe is perfect for those cold winter days. Put everything in a dutch oven and let it simmer for a few hours, the house will smell great and you will be full and warm after dinner. 

With the new year, I have decided to work harder on sharing more technique posts and how-tos here. I have decided to focus on one main cooking technique each month, and sharing a guide on how to properly do it, what to use it on, and general tips about it. Along with at least one recipe using the technique with a video for extra guidance.

This month I am sharing the method of Stewing with you. Earlier this week I shared A Guide to Beef Stew, full of great tips on how to make a great stew. Today I am here to share with you a great stew recipe. It can be an S or Crossover depending on the ingredients that you use if you follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan. And if you don’t then don’t worry about what veggies you use and make this fit your families liking.

Making stew really is not that difficult as you can see by checking out my Guide to Beef Stew. You need stew meat, wine, a little oil, beef broth, onion, potatoes, and carrots.

This THM Beef Stew recipe is perfect for cold winter days. Put everything in a dutch oven and let it simmer for a few hours, the house will smell great.

To keep this recipe in a S category use all non-starchy veggies, radishes instead of potatoes, onions, limit the carrots and turnips, these are all good options. While white potatoes are not typically on plan they are ok occasionally if you are close to goal weight or maintaining. I used just a few small golden potatoes and cut them in half just to have a traditional style beef stew.

Now it seems like I used quite a bit of wine, and it was a little more then I was thinking, but it turned out perfect and gave the meat a great flavor.

Watch how I made this beef stew.

 

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Beef Stew THM S or Crossover
This THM Beef Stew recipe is perfect for those cold winter days. Put everything in a dutch oven and let it simmer for a few hours, the house will smell great and you will be full and warm after dinner.
Course Main Dish, Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish, Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix flour and seasonings together. Coat beef in flour mixture.
  2. Heat oil in heavy bottom pan, perferably a dutch oven. Brown meat in pan. Do this in batches if needed to avoid over crowding. Remove meat from pan once brown.
  3. Add a little more oil to the pan. Add in diced onions and garlic. Sautee until soft.
  4. Pour in red wine to deglaze the pan. Scrape off the bottom as much as you can.
  5. Add back in the meat. Add beef broth and balsamic vingear. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 2 hours. Stirring occasionaly. (about every 30 minutes)
  7. After the two hours add in the carrots and potatos or any other veggies you have chosen.
  8. Simmer for another 30 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  9. Thicken if desired. See notes.
Recipe Notes

To thicken you can use a cornstarch mixture. About 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to 1/4 cup of liquid, Whisk in until well mixed and simmer or boil a few more minutes until desired thickness. You can use xantham gum as well. It will cause a bit of a gel-like texture if you use too much so start with a little and add more if needed.

A note on the potatoes. When at goal weight they can be used in moderation. There are not that many in here and if you eat 1 or 2 it is not going to cause you a big problem. If your family loves potatoes and are not on plan then use more and just avoid them.

A note on carrots. I love carrots in stews and roast. While they make it go a bit further into a crossover the way I eat them, a few will not be a big deal to you. Just don't over do them. The meal will be more of a S-helper then crossover if you just have a few.

This THM Beef Stew recipe is perfect for cold winter days. Put everything in a dutch oven and let it simmer for a few hours, the house will smell great.

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