Cooler temperatures have finally arrived in the South! And by cooler temperatures, I just mean it didn’t get over 70 all day 😉 So what does that mean? Chicken Soup and Beef Stew, of course!
I have several recipes in my beef stew arsenal – and they are all a little different. This is the healthiest of all those recipes – and it’s actually Paleo-friendly! Instead of potatoes or pasta or barley – this beef stew has lots of green cabbage. Before you turn up your nose – hear me out! Cabbage is a superfood – even if it doesn’t get that much press. It’s high in Vitamins A, C, K as well as Potassium. Cabbage also helps regulate your digestion and boost immunity. Bonus, cabbage is the perfect low-carb food – one cup has less then 4 grams of carbohydrates and almost 2 grams of fiber.
To add richness to all my beef stew recipes, I always add a bit of tomato paste and red wine. In my opinion, beef stew just isn’t beef stew without those two ingredients!
- 2 lbs boneless beef stew meat
- 1 large sweet onion, sliced
- 1 large carrot, peeled & diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled & minced
- 2-3 teaspoons Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cups beef broth
- 3 bay leaves (dried)
- 1/2 head of green cabbage, chopped
- parmesan cheese, for serving
- Season the beef generously with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet until nearly smoking. Sear the meat in batches, using tongs to ensure it browns on all sides. Transfer the meat and juices to the crockpot.
- To the pan where you cooked the meat, add a teaspoon more of oil if necessary. Sauté the onions, carrots, and celery until the vegetables start to soften. Stir in the garlic and tomato paste.
- Add the wine, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Transfer the vegetable-wine mixture to the crockpot. Top with the beef broth and bay leaves. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours. For the last hour, add in the chopped cabbage. Continue to cook on low until the cabbage is tender and the meat is falling apart.
- Serve the beef stew with freshly grated parmesan cheese or fresh parsley and crusty bread.