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Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

Posted Jan 07 2012 10:14pm

*I said “Brrr! It’s cold in here!” There must be some Toro’s in the at-mos-phere!*

I sing this line from the movie that defined my pre-teen years- Bring it On- every time the weather drops below 60 degrees.  When I’m done being such a loser, I sit down and throw some fab recipes together, so listen up!

But, first- some meals from yesterday.

Breakfast:

I’ve been doing some research on protein lately, and I’ve realized that my daily intake is somewhat low, due to the fact that I typically omit animal protein from my breakfasts and lunches.  I discovered that nutritional yeast, which is the deactivated form of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is an excellent way to include a complete protein (18 amino acids) in your meals when meat is not present.

nutritional yeast

I sprinkled some on my usual scrambies and melted cheese.

eggs nutritional yeast

It definitely added some flavor to the eggs, plus I felt full for much longer after breakfast than normal.  I also drank a big cup of Gloria Jean’s Butter Toffee coffee made in the Keurig .

gloria jean's butter toffee

Lunch:

Amy's tomato bisque

I enjoyed a hot bowl of Amy’s Organic Tomato Bisque with goat cheese stirred in, alongside a green salad with…more goat cheese.

The inspiration for this next recipe came from this:

le creuset dutch oven

This pot was a wedding gift that has been staring me in the face for about 2 months now.  It’s pretty pricey for a pot, and we have been debating whether or not to keep it.  I just couldn’t decide if I would use it enough, but after much debate, we decided to open it up and give it a test run.  Man, am I glad we did!

le creuset dutch oven

I can’t really explain it, but this Le Creuset Dutch Oven has magical powers.  It literally made each ingredient smell and taste a hundred times more potent and delicious- it was crazy!  The other important factor about this pot- browning.  The material it is made out of helps with the browning process of things like aromatics and meat, which is the base of all great sauces.

(If you do not own a dutch oven, a large pot with a lid will work just as well)

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

sweet potato beef stew recipe

Cooking Time: 3 hours

Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:

3 lbs. beef stew meat

3 large celery stalks, chopped

12 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

6 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 cup dry red wine (I used Cabernet Sauvignon)

1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth

28 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 and 1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon flour

4 oz. sliced white mushrooms

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

-Place pot over medium heat and pour in 1 tablespoon of oil.

-Throw in the garlic and cook until slightly brown, about 1 1/2 minutes.

beef and potato stew sweet potato

-Remove the garlic and place in a separate bowl.

-Place another tablespoon of oil in the pot and throw in the onions.

-Cook until browned, about 3 minutes.

-Remove and place in the bowl with the garlic.

-Season the stew meat with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on each piece.

-Place another tablespoon of oil in the pot.

-Working in batches, place about 1/3 of the meat in the pot, one piece at a time, to ensure the bottoms are able to brown.  Brown on both sides, about 2 1/2 minutes per side.

-Once browned, remove from pot and place in the bowl with the onions and garlic.  Repeat until all meat is browned.

-Add the wine to the empty pot, using your spatula to scrape up all the brown bits on the bottom.

-Bring to a boil, then add the meat, onion and garlic mixture back to the pot.

-Pour in the water, beef broth, tomatoes, carrots, celery, bay leaves and salt and pepper.

-Stir and bring to a boil.

-Place lid on pot.  If using a dutch oven or oven-safe pot, place inside 300-degree oven for 1 1/2 hours.  If using a regular pot, lower the heat on the stove to medium-low for 1 1/2 hours.

-After 1 1/2 hours, remove lid and place sweet potatoes and mushrooms in the pot.

-Whisk the 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon flour together until well combined, then pour in the pot and stir everything together.

-Place lid back on pot and place back in the oven (or leave on the stove) for another 1 1/2 hours, or until the meat is tender.

sweet potato beef stew

-Serve in bowls!

sweet potato mushroom beef stew dutch oven

sweet potato beef stew recipe

I ended the night curled up in a blanket on the couch with my Kindle and a hot mug of chocolate almond milk.

hot chocolate almond milk

Winter perfection :) .

See ya later for another wedding post!

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