Recently, my husband and I came down with the dreaded virus. Yikes! For two people who are very rarely sick, we made up for it during the week or so that the sickness was in our home. As a nurse and self-proclaimed health nut, I immediately reached for my natural health remedies and nutrient-dense foods at the first sign of sickness. One of our family favorites is a hearty beef stew packed with nutritious vegetables and immunity-boosting bone broth. Today, I'm sharing this delicious recipe; try it for an easy weeknight meal or for those sick days when your body needs a little extra boost!
1 large yellow onion - diced
4 stalks celery - diced
4-5 carrots - peeled and sliced
1 shallot - diced
3-5 cloves garlic - minced
1 lb. beef stew meat (organic, grass-fed/finished for optimal health benefits)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1Tbsp tomato paste
4-6 yellow potatoes - cubed
16 oz fresh or frozen green beans
32 oz. beef bone broth (homemade or store-bought)
salt and pepper to taste
Slice, dice, and mince all vegetables. Heat a large Dutch oven (or cooking pot of choice) to high heat, drizzle with olive oil, and place the stew meat in to brown. Add salt and pepper to the meat while browning. When the meat is browned thoroughly, remove it from the Dutch oven. Place the onion, celery, carrots, and shallot into the Dutch oven and cook until the onions become translucent. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, and tomato paste and stir until the paste is well incorporated. Add the meat back into the Dutch oven, then stir in the green beans and potatoes. Add the bone broth and bring the soup to a boil. Once the stew reaches a rolling boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 3-5 hours or until the meat becomes tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy on a cold evening with a slice of sourdough!
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