I was under the weather yesterday so could not get to the fridge full of groceries from Thursday. I had planned to make a whole gang of homemade food but couldn’t bear to do it, that’s how crappy I felt. Feeling better today, I made banana nut muffins (based on my banana bread recipe) and some beef stew (yes that’s correct, I said beef stew). It is simmering now so I wanted to be sure and sit down and get the recipe out.
Adrienne’s Quick and Easy Beef Stew
1 lb stew beef
1 large sweet potato (or two medium regular potatoes), chopped
2 small yellow onions, chopped
3-4 carrots, chopped
2-3 stalks (or stems??) celery, chopped
1/2 jar of tomato sauce
1-3 cups water
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 T olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper or cayenne
1. Add olive oil to a large soup/stew pot and brown beef, browning at least two sides of each beef ‘cube.’ No need to cook beef all the way, it will finish cooking later. Just get a nice brown coat on two sides.
2. Remove beef from pan and place on a plate.
3. Saute garlic and onion in the pan you just cooked the beef in (do not clean out pan) and do so for a few minutes.
4. Add carrots, celery, and potatoes. Stir and continue cooking these together for a few more minutes.
5. Add tomato sauce, water, all spices, and beef to the pot and stir to incorporate it all together.
6. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through. You may simmer for a few hours and this will really enhance the flavor.
: I did not have any bay leaves so I am hanging an almost-all-done-half-used bunch of italian flat leaf parsley off the side of the pot while it simmers and then I will discard the parsley, it will add great flavor and some really good nutrients too (Vit C, iron, Vit K). You could also make a bouquet garni of any herbs you would like. This is the fancy and correct way to do it, mine of hanging some herbs off the side, is the lazy, fairly ghetto way to do it 🙂
: I am going to be having this over some sauteed kale later tonight for dinner. You could also eliminate the potatoes and mash some instead and serve the stew over the mashed sweet or regular potatoes, yum!
: The cinnamon and cayenne/crushed red pepper are completely optional but add a really nice flavor and kick.
: Most ingredients used were organic and the beef was free of hormones, antibiotics as well as pasture raised (I try to get as high a quality of meat when I do consume it, which is fairly infrequent – if I’m gonna do it, it’s gonna be good! I also try to get it from local farmers when I can as well).
: The amounts of water you will add will vary depending on how thick you want your stew. Start by adding just one cup of water and go from there.
: I am pretty sure it is not a conventional beef stew recipe using the tomato sauce, but it is super convenient and a tasty thing to add.
Please let me know if you try it and any substitutions you use!
Thanks and enjoy!