Monday, February 28, 2011

Mediterranean-Inspired Beef Stew

Howdy friends!  I hope that you had a great weekend!  

If you're not sure what to make for dinner tonight, here's a delicious and healthy recipe you can adjust to your family's tastes... Mediterranean Inspired Beef Stew.  YUM.  Guess what?  It's healthy, too.  Under 300 calories a serving. 
Becky Luigart-Stayner
 While taking pics for this recipe, I wanted you to check out my fruit bowl.  Full today but two days from now, it will be empty.  My son eats like 2 apples a day!   I digress.
Here's some of what you're going to need...
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  olive oil
  • 1 1/2  pounds  beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 1/2  cups  halved mushrooms (about 8 ounces) (no one except me likes these so I just added more carrots and celery as well as a cup or so of green beans)
  • 2  cups  diagonally cut carrot (Let's make it easy and just throw in the baby carrots whole, shall we?)
  • 1 1/2  cups  coarsely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2  cups  sliced celery
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced

 In a big soup pot, heat up the oil.  Add the beef and cook for 5 minutes until browned.  This picture looks kind of gross.  I'm not a skilled food photographer like that Pioneer lady.
Remove from pot.  Add veggies and cook for 5 minutes until tender.
 Put the meat back into the pot and then add the water (I used beef broth), wine, stewed undrained tomatoes, thyme, bay leaves, ground black pepper and kosher salt.
 A note about kosher salt.  It comes in those big awkward boxes that when you try to pour out a tablespoon you end up with more on the table than where you want it.  I poured the box of salt into this large ball jar and just scoop out what I need.  Makes life a little easier.
 Mix it all together.  Cover and let it simmer.  I let mine simmer all afternoon.  The house smell great!
 The original recipe says to serve with mashed potatoes.  How Mediterranean is that?
 It's not.  So I serve it with couscous.
Right before serving you're supposed to add some black olives, red wine vinegar and fresh parsley. 
I will be adding only the red wine vinegar as I don't have black olives (I'm the only one that would eat them anyway) and dried parsley works just as well...

 To make this even easier, just throw all of the ingredients in a crock pot in the morning.  It will be all ready for you by dinner. 

Mediterranean Beef Stew
from Cooking Light
Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  olive oil
  • 1 1/2  pounds  beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 1/2  cups  halved mushrooms (about 8 ounces)
  • 2  cups  diagonally cut carrot
  • 1 1/2  cups  coarsely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2  cups  sliced celery
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2  cups  water
  • 1  cup  Cabernet Sauvignon or other dry red wine
  • 1/2  teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 1 1/4  teaspoons  kosher salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2  (14.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 2  bay leaves
  • 1  (2 1/4-ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2  tablespoons  red wine vinegar
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan. Add mushrooms and next 4 ingredients (mushrooms through garlic) to pan; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Return beef to pan. Stir in water and next 6 ingredients (water through bay leaves); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Stir in olives, and cook for 30 minutes or until beef is tender. Discard bay leaves. Stir in vinegar. Sprinkle with parsley.

2 comments:

  1. Great post and recipe, Tina! I wanted to give you a recipe for natural fruit/veggie wash, since you posted your fruit bowl picture:

    Natural fruit/veggie Wash
    1 T lemon juice
    2 T white vinegar
    1 C water
    mix in spray bottle
    Spray on veggies or fruit
    Rinse in water

    I think I will be trying out your beef stew recipe soon! :)

    Jennine

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  2. Thanks, Jennine. Appreciate comments ;)

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