Healthy Beef Stew

By on October 18, 2012

Beef stewA healthy beef stew is ideal for any season, and when done correctly, can be a very healthy meal choice, making it possible to consume delicious and healthy food at the same time. But before you start making your recipes, consider your portion sizes first. As an example, a bit of pasta and cheese won’t necessarily spoil your whole eating plan, just keep in mind that you should only consume a little and no more; or rather think about the ways you can change the formula or recipe.

Firstly, you can add some veggies, as this will mean additional nutritional value but without all the additional fat. Take peas or even broccoli and add that to your meal, or you can add canned pumpkin into your meal, or even tomatoes and cabbage. Low fat varieties of cheese work best as a substitute for unhealthy options. Just remember that certain low-fat cheeses won‘t melt the same ways as their fatty alternatives.

Choose herbs, as they provide a lot of flavor and it helps you to avoid salt and sodium. For healthy beef stew, you can easily reduce the beef while simultaneously adding more veggies. It will reduce the total calories and also reduce the fat, while increasing the amount of fiber. And it will be just as delicious.

Here is a wonderful recipe that is also Paleo friendly for healthy food lovers that enjoy eating delicious food without adding any unnecessary calories.

Healthy Beef Stew:

  • One pound of stewing beef (preferably grass-fed, not commercial grain-fed)
  • Two tablespoons of cooking fat  (yes, beef fat is healthy)
  • Four cups of beef stock (try for organic, and reduced sodium);
  • One cup of chopped onion;
  • One cup chopped celery;
  • One-half cup chopped red peppers
  • One-half cup chopped yellow peppers
  • Three peeled and chopped carrots;
  • One 28oz can of freshly diced tomatoes;
  • A half teaspoon of fresh, finely chopped rosemary;
  • A half teaspoon of fresh, finely chopped thyme;
  • Sea salt and black pepper according to taste.

Preparation:

  1. Take a saucepan, medium to large, and put it over a medium heat. Take the carrots, celery, onions and potatoes, and combine them with the cooking fat. Cook this for 4 – 5 minutes while you continuously stir.
  2.  Next, you can take the beef and add it to the mixture. Then add the beef stock, tomatoes, thyme and rosemary. Add salt and pepper according to taste.
  3. Cover the pan while you allow it to cook for 1 hour. Allow the stew to simmer and stir a few times during the process.
  4.  Take off the saucepan lid, and leave it to cook for another 40 – 50 minutes. If you see that the mixture is a bit too thick, you can simply add some water to or extra stock.

With healthy food choices you can easily prepare delicious dishes such as a healthy beef stew recipe that can be enjoyed by the whole family. With reduced calories and vegetables added to the mix, it is the ideal meal to prepare for dinner time.

Healthy beef stew recipes or even healthy beef soup is ideal for any season, since it can be changed to a lighter meal for summer, while providing a delicious warm winter meal.

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4 Comments

  1. Barbara

    June 20, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Looks like a great recipe. Do you restrict the amount of red meat you have in a week? I have a four year old son and am wondering how often it is advisable to give him red meat in a week

    • Michael Tremba

      June 20, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Thanks, Barbara-I hope you enjoy it. If you’re doing grass-fed red meat, there’s really no way to overdue it; I know many healthy people who’ll have it nearly every meal. On the other hand, regarding commercially-grown beef, I try to have it no more than once per day.
      Here are two great reference articles from a colleague that might help.
      All the best :)
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-differences-between-grass-fed-beef-and-grain-fed-beef/
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/will-eating-red-meat-kill-you/

      • Barbara

        June 28, 2014 at 7:09 am

        Thank you very much for replying and providing the articles. I buy organic beef, but I’m not sure if that means it’s grass fed. Am living in Singapore and so the meat is all imported. I’ll investigate further! :-)

        • Michael Tremba

          June 28, 2014 at 6:31 pm

          You’re welcome, Barabara. Although the USDA is working on rules for what constitues “grass-fed” beef, it doesn’t yet have a clear definition.
          Organic means the beef didn’t recieve antibiotics, hormones, and that they lived on an organic pasture. However, organic does allow that they
          could have been fed an all-grain diet, as long as the grains fit the description of being organic as well (they also could have been grass-fed as well).
          Although organic is a much better alternative to non-organically grown cattle, grass-fed would still be the best-bet.
          Hope you’re enjoying Singapore, and I hope this helps :)

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