I have had one heck of a busy weekend.
I've spent the better part of the day planning meals, grocery shopping and washing fruits and veggies.
Guess what I ended up getting for my birthday?
I've sliced and chopped my fool head off today.
I even made some dough.
My fruits and veggies are resting comfortably in the fridge all prepped and ready for me this week.
I wanted to share the Beef Stew recipe with you.
Certainly - it was my favorite beef stew recipe, thus far.
Perhaps it was the mood I was in whilst cooking it - perhaps it was the celery root, perhaps it was the humanly raised, grass fed beef - I behoove you to try it and let me know what you think.
This isn't a picture of the actual stew -
|photo from eating clean diet website
But this is the actual recipe I used.
The Best Danged Beef Stew Evah
1.25lbs of beef stew meat
1 tsp smoked paprika (I used regular)
1/2 scant teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon oil (I used a bit less)
1/2 large white onion, chopped
Large pinch dried thyme
Large pinch dried rosemary
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour (I used quick cooking tapioca)
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar - divided
2 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth (I used beef broth)
2 bay leaves
1 cup chopped, peeled carrots
1 1/2 cups potato chunks (I used red potatoes)
1 cup of peeled, cubed celery root chunks (try not to substitute or eliminate this)
2 large portobello mushroom caps, cut into 1" chunks
3/4 cup of frozen peas
Pat beef dry with paper towel and sprinkle with paprika, salt, cayenne and black pepper. In a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven, heat oil on medium high. Add beef and cook, undisturbed for two to three minutes. Flip beef and repeat on opposite side.
(original recipe said to do this in two batches. I ask you, who has time for that? I did it in one.)
Remove beef and place on a large plate.
Add the onion to the pot and cook about six minutes, til lightly browned. Reduce heat to medium low and add thyme, rosemary, tomato paste and garlic.
Mix well. Return beef and any accumulated juices to the pot.
Sprinkle with flour and cook for one minutes - stirring constantly.
Add 2 T of the vinegar and simmer for one minute. Add broth and bay leaves.
Cover and increase heat to medium high. Once it begins to simmer, reduce it to medium low, and maintain a slow, steady simmer.
Cover and cook for an hour and fifteen minutes - stirring about three times.
Add carrots - simmer for thirty minutes more.
Add potatoes, simmer for 10 minutes.
Add celery root, cover and simmer til all is tender - about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium high. Slap those mushrooms in there and the remaining 2 T of vinegar, and a pinch of salt and black pepper.
Cook three to five minutes, stirring frequently. Continue cooking until mushrooms are tender and all liquid is almost completely reduced, about three minutes.
Add peas to the pot.
Cook about 2 minutes, add mushrooms and remove from heat.
Remove bay leaves and serve.
Worth every minute.
One and a half cups of beef stew has 386 calories, 10 g fat, 32 carbs, and 35 protein.
The last thing I wanted to mention tonight is Bootcamp.
Tomorrow is the day.
If you don't sign up tomorrow - you probably won't get in.
I'm beseeching you to give it a little more thought.
Click here and give my interview a listen.
You can access the link to sign up for the early bird email there too..
I wish I could somehow convey to you what a difference this program has made in my life.
I finally admitted that I couldn't do it on my own.
I liken it to the dentist, or going to the doctor for a needed surgery.
I wouldn't in a million years try to fill my own tooth - or give myself surgery.
I feel that being overweight for so long, and all of the emotional baggage I carried from it - was like a cancer on my soul.
I admitted I needed help.
I got it.
It was worth every dime, and even more.
If you are just sick and tired of being sick and tired - if you are just at the end of your rope of 'trying it on your own' or other programs that don't seem to work for you.
It's not just calories in, calories out.
You aren't broken.
You can succeed.
You aren't too old, you aren't too young.
You aren't too busy either.
There's no perfect time to change.
Now's your chance.
Many of you will be glad to know that after today I won't be mentioning it again!
Sign ups are tomorrow - the program starts on February 8th.
I'll be helping coach.
Nothing would make me happier than to help you succeed.
Please email me if you have any questions at all!
My goal for Bootcamp this go around is to lose another 20lbs.
I want to build some serious muscle and build my endurance.
I plan on rocking 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and possibly 100.
Gettin' old ain't for sissies baby.
Move over Betty White -