Recipe: Beef Stew

Many people, particularly Americans, love beef.  Meat is not an unnatural food, but there is not much natural about stock yards.  So when eating beef,  buy high quality meat, meaning grass fed and potentially free range.  This may mean that you eat less meat and more vegetables, but the meat that you eat will be much more nutritious (and more vegetables is always a good thing).  Don't be scared by the number of ingredients.  Once they're all cut up, stew is pretty much a "throw it all in and let it cook" type of meal.  You almost can't mess it up.

You will need:

  • 1.5 lbs of beef, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 large onion, cut in large chunks
  • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 3 whole carrots, sliced into rounds
  • 3 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup of mushrooms (optional)
  • 4 cups of all-natural beef broth (or make your own)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tsp of thyme
  • 1 tsp of Salt
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 8 red potatoes, cut in half and then sliced
  • 1 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp of water


To Make:

  1. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large pot.
  2. Brown the beef along with the onion and a pinch of salt and pepper.  
  3. Add garlic.  
  4. Add the carrots, celery, corn, peas and mushrooms, mix and allow to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Add beef broth, water, thyme, salt and pepper.
  6. Bring to a boil, cover pot and reduce heat to a simmer, allowing the stew to cook for 30 minutes
  7. Add potatoes, replace lid and simmer for another 20 to 30 minutes.
  8. If the stew is still not thick enough, mix the cornstarch and water into a paste and stir into the stew, allowing it to cook until desired thickness.