Friday, July 13, 2012

Beef Stew





1/4 cup flour (Any GF all purpose flour (I use Namaste Perfect Flour Blend), or any regular flour for non-GF)

2 tsp sea salt (or regular salt)

¼ tsp pepper

½ tsp paprika (omit for Feingold stage 1)

1 tsp sugar (optional)

2 lbs of stew meat

2 TB vegetable oil (I use olive oil)

2 cups beef stock (Pacific Beef Broth - Organic is stage 2*)

4 medium carrots, cut into pieces (I use the big carrots, not baby carrots)

4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 celery stalks (optional)

1 medium onion, sliced (I use Vidalia or yellow onions)

1 garlic clove, minced

2 bay leaves

1 TB lemon juice (I use fresh)

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

½ cup of frozen peas (optional)

Corn starch or tapioca starch for thickening



1.      In a large zip lock bag, combine flour and spices.  Add beef to the bag and toss to coat.  In a large pan, heat the oil at medium-high heat.  Cook beef until browned all over.  Transfer beef to crock pot. 

2.      Add 1 cup of stock to pan and stir to scrape up any brown bits.  Transfer stock mixture to crock pot.  Add carrots, potatoes, celery, onion, remaining cup of stock, and bay leaves to crock pot.  Mix well to combine. 

3.      Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours, until vegetables are tender and stew is bubbling.  Remove bay leaves and discard. 

4.      Add peas and parsley.  Cover and cook on high for 15-20 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Can thicken with a mixture of cold beef broth or water and about a TB of tapioca starch if needed.


This dish can be made up to 12 hours in advance of cooking.  Follow directions and refrigerate overnight in the crock pot.  The next day, place stoneware in slow cooker and cook as directed. 

*We use Imagine Organic Beef Broth.  It's not listed in the Feingold book though.  I'm not sure why. Imagine's chicken broth is approved.  Pacific beef broth is approved but it has MSG. 365 Organic Beef Broth from Whole Foods is approved but not listed as GFCF.


Feingold Stage 1 if you omit the paprika.


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