As I scoured the shelves at the grocery store today for a somewhat healthy beef stew starter mix, I realized that such a thing does not exist. I was astonished to discover that chief among the ingredients on the majority of McCormick’s spice starter packets was corn starch, followed by hydrolyzed corn gluten, soy protein, and wheat gluten. Talk about a GMO meltdown in your gut!
Forget the seasoning mixes and stew starters! I decided to make my stew from scratch, and boy was it worth it!
Here’s an excellent and simple recipe that is not only delicious, but also is completely paleo and provides ample leftovers!
You will need:
2 pounds stew beef (Grass fed beef is definitely the way to go. Price comparisons show about a $2/lb difference, but the omega 3 to omega 6 ratio is well worth the extra money. You can get grass fed stew beef at Whole Foods, Native Sun, alternative health food stores, or you can order different cuts of meat online at http://www.realtimefarms.com/farm/5552016/cowboy-meats)
2 tablespoons olive oil (or coconut oil)
2 cups water
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (If you don’t have this just mix steak sauce with a splash of white vinegar)
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 or 2 bay leaves
1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon organic cane sugar
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp allspice or ground cloves
1 bag baby carrots
3 ribs celery, chopped
2 tbsp arrowroot powder
Brown meat in hot oil.
Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, allspice, carrots, and celery to your pot. Cover and let simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours (or longer) over low heat.
This is the point in the recipe where I clean up the kitchen! You will have somewhat of a mess on your hands!
To finish off your dish you may want to thicken your gravy. To do this, use a separate bowl and combine 1/4 cup water and arrowroot powder until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return the mixture to the pot.
And… ta da! You have an amazingly fragrant, stick- to- your bones kinda meal!
Kinsley loved it!