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Beef and Vegetable Stew

Greetings from Colombia! We are currently away on our family vacation and really enjoying our time here. We are visiting my family and spending much needed quality time together. This is a two week vacation we took and it is the longest vacation my husband and I have ever taken together. Spending it with our daughter makes it even more special. Especially since this is the first time he gets to spend this much time with her since she was born and took his paternity leave.

While I do enjoy the cold it is nice to get away to some nice warm weather after the frigid cold we experienced in New England a couple of weeks ago. The city we are currently in has beautiful and perfect weather. It’s not too hot and not too cold. We’re leaving Thursday to another city and then traveling to another one on the weekend. The weather in these two cities is extremely hot and I don’t know how I’m going to handle that. Hopefully it’s not extremely hot!

I will let you guys know more about this trip once I return to the states. I will have a recap of our vacation and go into more detail about our experience and what we did while we spent these two weeks here. Can’t wait to tell you guys all about it!

Even though we are in nice warm/hot weather right now, eventually we will have to return back home to our New England winter. While we may not go through such extreme low temperatures again this season, we still have a good chunk of cold weather to get through before spring and summer arrive. So for this week’s recipe I have my Beef and Vegetable Stew.

This recipe is pretty much new to me. I have made beef and vegetable stew my own way before but never developed an actual recipe until this year. Beef is not our protein of choice but we do like to have it from time to time. Just like we are not vegetarian or vegan but still enjoy a meatless meal on some occasions, we do the same with beef.

This stew is wonderful for a cold winter night. It’s the perfect comfort food that will warm you right up. I like to add a good amount of vegetables to help maintain the balance of meat and veggies. Remember, balance is everything!

For my stew I like to buy organic, grass-fed, lean stew beef. While it is more expensive, it’s something I don’t buy or cook regularly and it’s much better for our healths. I also like to use a lot of different vegetables. My go to veggies for this stew are carrots, celery, mushrooms, string bean, peas onions and potatoes. I like to cut the potatoes in big chunks but you can make them smaller if you’d like.

I also like to use my own homemade either beef or bone broth to make this stew. I like to keep a stash of homemade broth in the freezer for soups or to make rice or lentils with it. Especially bone broth since it has so many health benefits. It also adds so much flavor to your foods like this beef and vegetable stew. However, if you don’t have homemade broth, store bought is fine too. I have used store bought before to make this recipe since I didn’t have any homemade on hand and it was still very delicious.

Before we left for vacation I did some meal prep and left some soup in my freezer all ready for when we get back. As soon as we get through that stash I will most likely make a batch of this stew to continue getting us through the rest of our cold winter. I love all the flavors in this stew. From the vegetables to the spices to the broth, it is just so delicious.

You guys seriously need to try this stew ASAP. This recipe makes a large amount so it’s perfect for meal prep. You can make it for dinner and have leftovers for lunch or for dinner for another day. It’s also a great family friendly meal everyone will enjoy. This stew will keep you warm all winter long!

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Beef and Vegetable Stew

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Angelica Arias The Peachee Pear

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs stew beef
  • 3-4 carrots (chopped into circles)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 cup chopped string beans (chop about 1 inch long)
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 5 red potatoes (quarted)
  • 3-4 thyme strings (remove from string)
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups peas
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 cups beef or bone broth

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a pan. Add beef and sear on every side until lightly browned. (you may add some salt and pepper to beef for added flavor)
  2. In a large pot, heat up the other tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and add onion. Cook until translucent. 
  3. Add carrots, mushrooms, celery, and potatoes. Cook for about 10 minutes until vegetables start to cook through. Stir occasionally.  
  4. While vegetables cook, add salt, pepper, basil, thyme, parsley, oregano and tomato paste. 

  5. Add bowned beef and stir well. Add broth in.

  6. Bring to a boil and mix in string beans and garlic. 

  7. Bring heat down to low and let it simmer for about 20 minutes covered. 

  8. Add peas and simmer for another 10 minutes. 

  9. Rememeber to remove bay leaf. 

Stay warm during the cold weather with this Beef and Vegetable Stew. Loaded with protein and vegetables it’s the perfect dinner to get through this winter and the whole family can enjoy it.  It’s a very flavorful stew making this a great healthy and delicious meal.

34 Comments

  1. Shell

    This recipe sounds absolutely wonderful and super delicious! I’ll have to make this for my family to enjoy!

    1. Thank you Shell! It’s really flavorful!

  2. I love beef stew, but I have struggled to make it myself. This recipe looks great and I am excited to give it a try!

    1. Thank you Nicole! This recipe is easy enough to follow!

  3. This recipe is easy enough to make! I don’t make stew. I don’t think I ever have but, my husband has and now I will be able to and mine will taste better!

    1. Thank you Rose! I’m sure he will be inpressed once you make it!

  4. YUM! This looks delicious – and the recipe seems easy enough for ME to handle! thanks so much for sharing it.

    1. I’m so glad you liked it and found it helpful Evelyn! Thank you!

  5. Kim

    We ARE a beef eating family lol I always appreciate a new recipe 🙂

    1. Yay! Glad you found this one Kim! It’s pretty delicious and I’m pretty sure you and your family will enjoy it!

  6. This stew sounds so good! I love a warm, hearty stew in the winter, thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much Justine! Hope you get to make it and give it a try!

  7. This looks like a tasty stew recipe! I grew up eating stews and I make them in the cold winters now for my family. I have to admit I never once thought of adding mushrooms to my stews – but my husband would love it! Looking forward to making this and seeing if he notices it’s not my usual recipe!

    1. Stews are perfect to warm up during the cold weather. The mushrooms add so much flavor to it. Lol I would love to hear how that went and if he was able to tell the differnce!

  8. This sounds delicious! We are not big beef eaters either, but we love soups and stews, so this sounds right up our alley. How do you make your bone broth? I’d love to give that a try as well 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful time visiting family in Columbia!

    1. Thank you so much Ashley! I pretty much take the bone and bake it until it’s cooked through then I place it in my crockpot along with carrots, celery, yellow onion, green onion, and garlic. I let it simmer on low in there for at least 18 hours. Then I strain it, let it cool off and place it in the fridge overnight. Then I remove any fat that stores on the top and use it and freeze the rest. I can post a recipe for it on her if you would like me to? Thank you we’re having a great time!

  9. I love a hearty stew! And I’m glad I’m not the only one with a stash of bone broth in the freezer, lol!

    1. Lol I love being stocked up on homemade broth!

  10. I love stews. I find them the best comfort food but my family arent keen so I don’t make them as much as I want to!

    1. It sucks when you love something and your family doesn’t. You can make a smaller batch all for yourself tho! Lol

  11. this looks perfect for a winter day. My husband loves stew! definitely saving!

    1. Thank you so much Brittney! Hope you guys like it!

  12. Stew is one of my favorite winter dinners and this looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Thank you Melissa! I hope you enjoy it!

  13. This does look super tasty. We love stew and over in the UK we have it with Yorkshire puddings which are a little like pancakes.

    1. Thank you Angela! That sounds just lovely! I would love to try those!

  14. Torche' Nash

    This is perfect for this time of year!

    1. Yes so comforting for the cold!

  15. I’m making this right now! I can’t wait to eat it! When do I add the tomato paste? I could have just missed it, but I don’t see it in the directions 🙂

    1. I’ll have to look at the recipe and fix that. You can add it when you add all the other spices. Step 4. Thanks for pointing that out!

  16. This looks so yummy ! Just like I use to have as a kid … I’ll be pinning this one !

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate it!

  17. Meagan

    To me, this is the ultimate Sunday winter dinner. Warm and hearty!

    1. Thank you Meagan! Definitely! Very comforting for winter.

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