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National Beef Month: Beef Stew Recipes Your Family Will Love

Beef is a protein powerhouse and is recommended as a part of a healthy diet. Categorized as red meat, beef is rich in iron, zinc and varying amounts of fat. Protein from beef is a contributor to muscle building. It also contains a significant amount of Vitamin B12, which aids brain function and nervous system.  

 

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe (Crunchy Creamy Sweet)

Crunchy Creamy Sweet has a recipe called Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe. This is a chunky stew with a sauce that's a cross between drippings and a thick soup. This stew is a healthy melange of root crops and vegetables like potatoes, carrots and green beans.   

"Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe - chunky vegetables and tender beef make this stew a comfort food at it's best! Easy prep and cooks in a slow cooker - my favorite way to make beef stew."

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 lbs beef stew meat
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 carrots cut into large chunks
  • 4 Russet potatoes cut into large chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup frozen green beans optional
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups beef broth or stock
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups water optional
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

via Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe (Crunchy Creamy Sweet)

 

Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes (One Upon a Chef)

If you're a fan of thick stews, you'll love this Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes recipe from One Upon a Chef. The flavor of the stew is made rich by balsamic vinegar, red wine, tomato paste, bay leaf and thyme. This stew uses beef chuck, which has a perfect mix of lean meat and fats for this dish.

"Feel free to adapt the recipe to your liking. You can leave out the potatoes and serve it over buttered egg noodles, or toss in some frozen peas or sautéed mushrooms at the very end. Either way, it’s soul-satisfying comfort food for a cold night."

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck (well-marbled), cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 7 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into one-inch chunks on a diagonal
  • 1 pound small white boiling potatoes (baby yukons), cut in half
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for serving (optional)

via Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes (One Upon a Chef)

 

Homemade Beef Stew (Life Made Sweeter)

This Homemade Beef Stew recipe from Life Made Sweeter is a lovely recipe that you can make on a weekend and is a meal in itself. This recipe recommends using star anise - this may not be a standard ingredient in most stew recipes, but it's definitely a nice addition to the flavor party. 

"Homemade Beef Stew (The Best Classic recipe) is the perfect comforting dish on a cold day. This delicious recipe is so easy to make with tender fall apart beef and hearty vegetables and a meal the entire family will love."

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup flour use gluten free flour as needed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds beef chuck roast or beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • cooking oil divided
  • 1 medium onion diced into large chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 medium Russet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks (can also use 10 baby potatoes and leave skin on)
  • 1 medium sweet potato peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks (leave out if desired)
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs celery chopped
  • 1/2 star anise optional but adds SO much flavor - found in the International section or spice aisle
  • 1-2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups beef broth homemade or low sodium
  • water only as needed to cover the vegetables
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch + 3 teaspoons water to create a slurry - to thicken the stew if needed can also use arrowroot starch if preferred
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

via Homemade Beef Stew (Life Made Sweeter)

 

Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip: 

When shopping for beef, be sure to bring a cooler with ice. Meat shouldn't be without refrigeration for more than an hour, or bacteria might start breeding in it.



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