This is my first pregnancy eating gluten free, and sometimes I just get random cravings for something very specific. This recipe came from one of those cravings. In the middle of summer in Texas, I suddenly found myself craving hearty beef stew. I need to up my protein instake after first trimester carb bingeing so perhaps its instinctual as well! Did you know that 80-100mg of protein daily helps to support a healthy pregnancy and can reduce the likelihood of pre-eclampsia and prenatal hypertension?
So with my newfound longing for a juicy bowl of beef stew with vegetable goodness, I pulled up Pinterest and started searching. I am a hugely visual person and the thumbnail nature of Pinterest is perfect for getting my creative taste buds flowing! I quickly saw an image of juicy beef squares, carrots, and mushrooms (which should be in everything, in my humble opinion) and knew I had found a winner. After looking at the recipe I knew it would have to be changed, as traditional Beef Bourguignon is made using wine for taste and flour as a thickening agent, and I want beef stew.
Side story: when I was in high school, I took French for 3 years. Oui, ou eh la bibliothèque? is the only language I retained from those 3 years. I also have the memory of a French cooking project involving wine and my dad doing all the work. I got an A. I have tried a few other wine inspired recipes over the years and it’s simply not a flavor my taste buds truly enjoy. So out goes the wine. Second, that flour is always a problem. But fear not my gluten free friends, I have the perfect solution. Arrowroot starch makes a great substitute for thickening sauces, and as added bonus, is Whole30 compliant as I found during the spring when completing my first Whole30. So without further ado, prepare to have your mouth salivating in anticipation of this amazing beef stew!
It all begins with bacon. If bacon is wrong I don’t want to be right! If you’re making this Whole30 compliant be sure to choose a no sugar bacon such as Pederson’s. Follow with some seared stew meat.
I like to multi task in the kitchen, so while the meat has been cooking, I’m busy peeling and chopping carrots and cutting potatoes. Add these plus mushrooms to your slow cooker. My vegetables went on the bottom of the cooker, but it truly doesn’t matter the order of your ingredients, as long as your sauce goes on top after everything else is in.
Now let’s talk sauce. Add some broth to your skillet and whisk around to deglaze all that bacon and meat goodness. Add tomato sauce, coconut aminos, and arrowroot powder and whisk until sauce begins to thicken. Pour sauce over all your goodies in the slow cooker. Voila, you are ready to turn it on and enjoy the rest of your day!
Mmmm, doesn’t that look beautiful? The vegetables come out cooked to perfection, the carrots perfectly soft after simmering all day in the broth with plenty of flavor! The meat is falling apart, it’s a delicious hearty beef stew. Garnish with a bit of parsley to make it pretty and dig in!
Drop me a comment if you tried it!
- 5 slices bacon cut into small pieces
- 2 lb beef stew meat
- 6 carrots
- 1 lb baby potatoes
- 16 oz sliced mushrooms
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 TBSP dried Thyme
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- ¼ cup coconut aminos
- 1/8 cup arrowroot powder
Slice your bacon into bite sized pieces and pan fry on the stove. Remove from grease and place in slow cooker. Toss your stew meat in the bacon grease and sear for a little color. Remove from pan and place in slow cooker.
Add carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper to slow cooker.
Add chicken broth to skill and use wire whisk to deglaze pan. Add tomato sauce, coconut aminos, and arrowroot powder. Whisk until sauce begins to thicken. Pour over meat and vegetables in slow cooker.
Cook on high for 6-8 hours. Alternatively follow above steps and cook in pressure cooker for an hour.
To make this Whole30 compliant, the bacon needs to be sugar free, such as Pederson's or Applegate. Vegetable broth may need to be substituted for the beef broth, as most have non-compliant ingredients.