Beef Stew

February 11, 2015Living Freely Gluten Free

Every time I used to make this dish, I wished of a cold overcast day to enjoy it on. I am happy to finally be back in the PNW enjoying my drizzling gray sky while I cook some hearty beef stew in the kitchen.


It just is a wonderful feeling to me to be cooking a hearty stew on a dark chilly night enjoy a glass of pinot. The smell of the stew is comforting and makes my home feel cozy.


Back when I went gluten free there were GF spice mixes at the store. I had to go back to the basics and make everything from scratch. That task felt daunting but to be honest, I am really happy I had to do that. It aloud me to experiment with spices and learn their unique flavors. That was something I had never thought much about before. I also had to rethink flour. It wasn’t difficult though, just to substitute regular wheat flour with rice flour. It works perfectly.




This stew has the perfect hearty flavor with the gravy like broth, potatoes, carrots and corn. It will fill you up and keep you satisfied. It is also a favorite of my kids. The leftovers are pretty awesome too.


What is great about stew is you can cook it many ways. The crock pot is a great option to have a nice hot dinner ready for you when you get home from work. The
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When buying stew meat, make sure you get a great deal. I recently found organic stew meat at Grocery Outlet for less than $6.50. Other options are Costco stew meat and splitting it up into portions. I also recently found stew meat at Target for $4.99 with a $2 off coupon because the best buy date was the next day. Shop those sales and freeze the meat for a later time.
 


Ingredients:

1.5-2 lbs. of cubed beef steak cut into half inch pieces

4 TBSP. coconut or avocado oil

1/2 cup white rice flour

5 potatoes washed, peeled and cut into bite size cubes

4 carrots peeled and cut

1 onion cut

1 can of corn drained or 2 cups of frozen corn (optional)

1 TBSP. chopped garlic

2 bay leaves

4 1/2 cups of broth

1 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. of my homemade seasoned garlic salt http://www.livingfreelyglutenfree.com/recipe-s.html

1/2 tsp. pepper


Directions:



In a shallow bowl pour in your rice flour. Cut your steak cubes to be bite size. In a large pot heat your oil on medium heat. Coat the steak in the rice flour. Brown your pieces of steak and then add the onions and garlic and let them cook  for about 2 minutes. Add your broth, potatoes, carrots, corn, bay leaves, paprika, garlic salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then turn heat down to simmer covered for about 25-30 minutes until carrots and potatoes are tender. Enjoy!


If using the instant pot simply brown the flour dusted meat on the sauté setting with the oil and then add all of your ingredients and put it on the soup/stew setting and let it cook itself!

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