Monday, February 15, 2010

Grassfed Beef Stew w/ Root Vegetables

If you think a stew is not a stew without starchy potatoes, you haven't given root vegetables an earnest try. Texture of root vegetables - specifically rutabaga & parsnip for this recipe - are so similiar to potatoes when cooked, you will not mind eliminating the potato.

2-3 lbs Chuck Beef, Grass Fed (if you can get that - Whole Foods has this already cut in chunks!)
2-3 large carrots
4-5 med rutabagas
3 med parsnips

6 cloves garlic
1-2 med onions

2-3 organic tomatoes (or, if convenience is key, read label carefully and use canned, fire roasted - which adds some heat to the recipe)
organic coconut oil
choice of herbs/salt/pepper
3-4 cups Organic, low-sodium beef broth
1/2 Cup red wine (optional)

If you cannot find chuck already cut up, dice up the roast into 2" pieces

In a large cast iron skillet brown the beef cubes in some coconut oil, remove and place in oven-proof casserole.

Peel and chop up vegetables and add to casserole.

Add coconut oil to skillet and saute onions until they begin to brown, add garlic and saute another 2-3 min. Remove and dump into casserole.

Add the beef broth to casserole and, if desired, red wine (do not use cooking wine - this is loaded with too much sodium).

In a small bowl, mix together desired herbs/salt/pepper (I use marjoram, basil, oregano, thyme, sea salt, freshly ground pepper and dehydrated onions - they give a distinct flavor on top of fresh onions)

Place casserole in preheated 350 degree oven for 1-2 hours. You can also use your crockpot using this recipe - follow all directions, except dump into your crockpot and cook on high heat for 4-6 hours or low heat for 8-10 hours.


  1. WOW! This, the pancakes with almond flour and no-atmeal looks awesome! I may wein myself into paleo slowly with recipes like this! def going to try these 3 things! Thanks Maria! --Banu

  2. You're welcome, Banu! Enjoy!

  3. Made this for the family tonight and they loved it. Who knew stew would be good with out potato's.

    Thanks Maria.

  4. Who knew, indeed! (ahem....I knew...!)

  5. made stew and no-oatmeal over the weekend. Dee-ee-licious!! I have been craving the no-oatmeal ever since. Can't wait to try all the other yummy posts!! Thanks Maria, your awesome!

  6. I LOVE the no-oatmeal!! Thanks Brooke!