WIAW – Crockpot Beef Stew

WIAW – Crockpot Beef Stew

If you caught yesterdays post you saw that I’ve been adding a little more grass-fed beef into my diet lately.   If you know me well you know this is a big change for me.  Up until a few months ago, it had been well over 10 years since I had eaten any beef.  Mainly because I just never really loved the taste of it.  However, as I’ve gotten older and especially since I’ve adapted a mainly Paleo lifestyle, my tastes have changed.  I’ve grown bored with chicken and have been experimenting with different sources of animal protein.  Mainly grass-fed beef, grass-fed bison and a little pork here and there.

I’ve had a few bites of The Hubby’s steak when he’s ordered one at a restaurant but am still not sure I can handle the taste.  Yet… When I make ground beef I mix it with turkey or bison to cut the strong beef taste.  I know, I’m weird!

However, when we were at the farmers market last weekend we stopped by a local livestock stand called Coffee Pot Ranch.

Bob, the owner, was extremely informative and told us all about how his cows, chicken, lambs, and pigs are raised sustainable.  This quote taken from eatlocalgrown is a great example of their passion for producing quality food.

We see ourselves as true livestock people using the best of the animal husbandry practices that does not rely on antibiotics or artificial growth enhancers. We believe that our animals achieve their maximum potential with less stress, sound nutrition and a healthy environment. Mother Nature will sometimes test the latter, but that keeps us constantly working toward improving the ranch.

We were so impressed with the quality meet they were producing we decided to pick up a package of grass-fed beef stew meat.  This was a big step for me.  Chunks of actual beef in my meal!  I was nervous and excited to try it.

Crockpot Beef Stew

Crockpot Beef Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Grass-fed stew meat
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 3 carrots, peeled
  • 2 rutabagas, peeled
  • 4-5 mushrooms
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 white sweet potatoes (or 1 large)
  • 4 cups organic beef broth (I didn't have any so used chicken and it was great!)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 - 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Dice the beef into bite size pieces of not already done for you.
  2. Place the beef into the crockpot.
  3. Dice all the veggies and place into the crockpot on top of the beef.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and all the seasonings.
  5. Pour over the veggie/beef mixture and cover.
  6. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 5-6 hours. You can't really overcook it but the veggies will become softer the longer you let it cook.
http://myhealthyhappyhome.com/2014/01/22/wiaw-grass-fed-beef-stew/

Luckily, it was a success and everyone loved it!

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Perfect for these cold winter evenings we’ve been having lately!

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Now, go check out Jenn and the gang for more yummy meal ideas!

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Questions – 

  • Have you ever added anything back into your diet after a long period of time and liked it?  
  • Is there a certain food you don’t like but wish you did?  
  • If you’ve eaten conventional beef and grass-fed beef do you taste a difference? 

Disclaimer – I did not receive any products or payment for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own 🙂 

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Comments

  1. I really don’t eat that much beef anymore either. Although, I do like it! Funny we were just talking last night about how long it’s been since we made steak, haha. The stew looks delicious!

  2. I’m not a big beef eater either, although every time we’ve gotten grass-fed bison I’ve surprisingly enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  3. I haven’t eaten beef in probably about 10+ years! It’s been quite a long time and for some reason, I just don’t have a desire to eat it. My husband, on the other hand, does it beef and this stew is definitely something he’d enjoy!

  4. I eat beef on occasion, but I definitely tend to gravitate more towards chicken — mostly because I’m a lot more comfortable with preparing it. I used to have the BIGGEST fear of working with raw meat (uhm… hello food poisoning), so it took me a while to warm up to the idea of cooking it for myself. Chicken I can do, but beef is a little more tricky. Going to have to get over it, though, because I do enjoy the taste.

  5. I wouldn’t be able to survive without eating beef…it’s really the only thing I can get relatively inexpensively grass fed

  6. This looks great – definitely something my husband would love. I don’t mind red meat and love a good burger sometimes, but it’s still not my favorite.

  7. Jennifer Wear says:

    I can’t tell too much of a difference between the two beefs and I even get bison from costco sometimes and really don’t notice. I LOVE red meat and always have. Thank goodness I found a local farmer right up the street and was able to buy 1/4 of a cow for $3.25 a pound!!!
    I never used to eat many vegetables at all because I hated them, but it turns out I just hated how my mom made them–out of can and into the microwave-YUCK!
    Now I buy mostly fresh and find that roasting them in the oven makes them awesome!

  8. I love beef stew! I made one pretty similar to this, but yours sounds really good too, yum!! 🙂

  9. I can DEFINITELY tell the difference with grass-fed beef! It is soooo much better! This stew looks fantastic…perfect for all these cold nights we’ve been having!