Eating out of convenience is my motto.
And easy cooking for me, a single on-the-go chickie in Ohio, is a huge plus.
A snow storm is supposed to move into the Dayton area tonight. And with that, I thought about beef stew for dinner, to eat warm & hearty tonight. I’m craving it!
As I was searching Pinterest for recipes, a thought prevailed on me:
“Why don’t I make a paleo recipe?”
While I’ll admit, I by no means stick to any one diet or another (I love my sweets!), I love trying new things, healthy or not, and paleo is definitely one of those healthy things that’s really good and I recommend!
“The Paleo Diet is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, the time period from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, about 10,000 years ago. These foods include fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, if you can get it), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed). Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu.”
Thought this was interesting too, the website also says:
Decades of research by Dr. Loren Cordain and his scientific colleagues demonstrate that hunter-gatherers typically were free from the chronic illnesses and diseases that are epidemic in Western populations, including:
- Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, etc.)
- Myopia (nearsightedness), macular degeneration, glaucoma
- Varicose veins, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, gastric reflux
After browsing and browsing I came across a fabulous recipe by another fellow Ohio blogger, Tales of a Closet Homemaker.
Truly I feel this was a case of fate.
Crock Pot Paleo Beef Stew
2lbs beef stew meat
6 stalks of celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 pack mushrooms, chopped
1 bag baby carrots, chopped (4 or 5 whole)
1 bag frozen peas
3 potatoes diced (skins on)
2 TBS minced garlic
1 can diced tomatoes(or 1 1/2 cups)
1 can crushed tomatoes (or 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup beef broth
2 TBS Parsley (dried)
2 TBL Basil (dried)
1 1/2 TBL Sea salt
1 TBL Pepper
Throw it all in the crock pot (this will fill a 5 qt to the very top). Cook high 4-6 or low 7-10. You can’t really overcook this one, and it can be assembled the night before and left in the refrigerator.
Here’s how I’m doing it:
The top left picture has most of the ingredients. I used:
- Lean Angus beef stew meat (I love lean meats and saw this on sale at Kroger today, got very excited!)
- A can of crushed tomatoes
- A can of diced tomatoes
- 1 cup of beef broth
- Two sweet potatoes, chopped (sweet potatoes are hard to chop when uncooked, do you agree? I used these instead of regular potatoes. Very paleo 🙂 )
- A pack of mushrooms, chopped
- 7 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped
The top right picture has the spices, I used:
- 2 TBS parsley (dried)
- 1 TBS Italian Seasoning spices, Garlic & Herb ( I didn’t have basil so opted for this instead)
- 1 TBS black pepper
- 1/2 TBS salt (the less salt the better in my opinion)
- A little over 2 TBS chopped garlic (I loveee garlic.)
The bottom picture: I loaded all of the ingredients into my crock pot (with a liner in) and am going to cook it on high for 4-6 hours.
Excited to show you the final result!
I’ll post a picture later!
In the meantime, bon appetit and Happy Crocking! (And thank you, Tales of a Closet Homemaker for providing a fun recipe to try tonight!)