Paleo Recipe - Beef Stew

You Don’t Need To Reinvent The Wheel… And Another Beef Stew Recipe

People often get worked up every day trying to figure out how they can make their everyday activities more fun or unique, how they can approach the ordinary to make it extraordinary. But overthinking often leads nowhere and the solution is not really reinventing – just tuning it and cleaning it off can do the trick. This works well even with Paleo diet meals.

You might have had some days when you think and talk to yourself quietly on how you can make things easier or make things look more different to what you are usually doing. We find ways how to reinvent things, even with food. We look for alternatives or try to experiment with Paleo diet recipes in order for us to have our own versions of the usual ones. Some diets often reinvent the traditional ways of cooking ingredients that appear on any Paleo diet food list in order for the food to fit the recipe. But you don’t really need to reinvent the wheel and you don’t have to do it with recipes as well.

Paleo Food - Tomatoes

Perhaps one of the most common self-talk topics I have daily is what to feature next for my blog, and this includes the Paleo recipes I want to feature. There are days when my decision is firm and I try a recipe that fit well in Paleo or Caveman diet principles. Then there are days when I argue with myself over what I need to feature, what ingredients I have and what I crave for on that day. Today is one of these days – I am torn between making a beef stew again and the ingredients I have to hand.

Earlier I featured a beef stew recipe and I just can’t seem to have enough (blame it on the season!). But I have some nice, plump tomatoes that look tempting to put in the recipe I have in mind. So I added tomatoes in this Paleo recipe I have and incorporated it in my beef stew. It was a hit and I know I have another recipe I must share.

Paleo Chipotle Seasoned Beef Stew
Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Stew
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A delicious and wholesome stew that contains plenty of things our body needs to remain in good shape.
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs (907 g) Beef Stew Meat (Organic or Free-roaming if possible)
  • 4 Medium Sized Carrots – Peeled and Sliced ½ Inch Thick
  • 8 oz (237 g) or 5 Medium Sized Tomatillos – Husked and Rinsed
  • 4 Medium Red Potatoes - Cut into ½ Inch Cubes
  • 2 Chayotes - Peeled, Cored and Cut into ½ Inch Pieces
  • 3 Canned Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce
  • 3 Garlic Cloves – Unpeeled
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Sugar
  • ¼ Cup (60 g) Fresh Cilantro – Snipped
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Olive Oil (Extra Virgin If Possible)
  • 3 Cups (710 ml) Water - Divided
Instructions
  1. Prepare all your ingredients, making sure you rinse the vegetables, meat and tomatoes well before cutting. Preheat the oven you will need for the stew.
  2. Using a dry skillet over a medium heat, cook unpeeled garlic. Make sure you turn each occasionally until soft, this will take about ten minutes. Cool and set aside.
  3. In a shallow baking pan, place your tomatillos. Broil away from the heat, about 4 inches for five minutes. This should blacken the side. Turn and broil for 5 minutes again. Now remove the husk.
  4. When the tomatillos are done, place them in a food processor with the juice if there is any. Place chipotle peppers and its sauce in the processor with the tomatillos. Cover and process until you have a smooth sauce.
  5. Squeeze the cooked garlic and add to the paste in the food processor together with the tomatillo sauce. Process again until smooth. Set the sauce aside.
  6. Season the beef stew meat with salt. Set aside.
  7. Get a heavy 4-quart Dutch oven and set over medium to high heat. Put the olive oil and add the meat. Brown one side for about 5 minutes then turn over onto the other side and brown for another 5 minutes.
  8. Add tomatillo sauce and water in the Dutch oven and bring to boil. Cover tightly and place it in your preheated oven at 325°F (163°C) for 2 hours.
  9. Check the stew after 1.5 hours if you need to add water. Then add carrots, chayote, and potatoes and stir. Sprinkle salt to taste.
  10. Add the remaining water and stir. Cover and cook in the preheated oven for another hour or just until the vegetables and meat are tender.
  11. Remove the stew from the oven. Make sure you wear your baking mittens - the Dutch oven with your stew will be very hot.
  12. Sprinkle cilantro over the stew and cover. Let the stew sit for 10 minutes on stove top. This will allow the herbs to mix with the stew.
  13. Serve whilst hot and enjoy!
An amazing ingredient in this recipe is not only Paleo approved but also recognized because of its many health benefits – tomatillos. Tomatillo is a type of tomato, a fruit that bears several amazing health benefits. It is a fruit (yes, it is a fruit and not a vegetable) that is accepted not only in Paleo but also other diets and can be eaten fresh or cooked. Tomatoes came from Central and South America and there are different types that can be bought in the market, with the red variety as the most common but there are also green, like tomatillos, and yellow ones. Kids and adults like tomatoes in their meals because of its sweet and sour taste and it truly is great to have tomatoes in your diet because of its health benefits.

Keep The Heart Beating

Paleo Diet - Keeps The Heart Beating

Tomatoes are rich in both lycopene and Vitamin C, both of which are linked to better cardiovascular health. These antioxidants help the body remove excess toxins while decreasing the levels of LDL or bad cholesterol in the body. This type of cholesterol not only affects body weight but can lead to the formation of blockages in blood vessels. These antioxidants also affect the clotting of the blood, which if not prevented can lead to strokes. Lycopene in tomatoes is readily released when ingested even when you eat them fresh, but cooking the tomatoes will release more lycopene.

Let Asthma Go

Just like the heart, people with asthma also benefit well from the lycopene and Vitamin A content of tomatoes. I have had experiences with people having an Asthma attack, and it can be a disturbing sight. Asthma does not have any cure much like other autoimmune diseases and the best way in dealing with it is to prevent attacks. Lycopene and Vitamin A are antioxidants, which can help clean the body of toxins including the allergens that can trigger an asthma attack. Tomatoes also strengthen the heart, which can help reduce asthma induced by exercise or rigorous activities.

Paleo Food - Tomatillo Array Of Vitamins, Minerals And Nutrients!

If you want a fruit (or vegetable) that can provide you with Vitamins A, C, K, E and B-complex, Folate, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, choline and phosphorus. All these vitamins, minerals, and dietary nutrients allow the body to function well while protecting the body from potential diseases a person is exposed to every day. This is why more and more people are encouraged to eat and add tomatoes into their diet, Paleo or not.

Fabulous Skin, Shiny Hair

Paleo Recipes - Fabulous Skin, Shiny Hair

My mother used to tell me how supple my skin was when I was younger, not only because of my age but because I used to take a bite or two on tomatoes I see and get to reach in the kitchen. My hair was also shinier. The reason behind this is the lycopene, which gets rid of the free radicals in the skin while protecting it from harmful UV rays. The shiny hair is the result of the tomatoes’ high levels of Vitamin K, which strengthen the hair whilst making it shinier.  So here’s a really good reason for making sure that your weekly Paleo food list includes this fruit.

Stronger Bones, Better Vision

It’s no wonder why people get better vision with the help of tomatoes. Tomatoes contain lutein, beta-carotene Zeaxanthin all of which contribute to improving eyesight and protecting the eyes from deterioration. The bones, on the other hand, benefit well from the antioxidant content of tomatoes. These antioxidants help the bones absorb more calcium, in turn helping to make them stronger.

Goodbye Chronic Pain

Paleo Lifestyle - Goodbye Chronic Pain

As we age, we cannot stop the fact that our bodies will also start to degenerate and there will be some issues we will encounter. One very common issue is chronic pain such as arthritis, back pain, and rheumatism. These types of chronic pain can actually be reduced through eating tomatoes. There are potent anti-inflammatory components in tomatoes, namely carotenoids and bioflavonoids. These anti-inflammatory components in tomatoes directly attack the inflammation and soothe the body.

Less Risks Of Cancer

There is no question in terms of the effectiveness of tomatoes against some if not all types of cancer. Because of its various vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and other nutrients, the body’s defenses are high that it can defend and kill cancer cells that may develop. We are all at risk in terms of cancer, the same way we are at risk of diabetes and heart disease. Our bodies have an immune system that “kills” cancer cells before they can grow and spread. However, our immune system may sometimes have a hard time killing the cancer cells, and this is where healthy foods like tomatoes help.

This Paleo diet recipe and the health benefits it brings is definitely worth your time and effort. It’s not only delicious and filling, it is also filled with dietary nutrients that can assure your body benefits from this recipe and not just get satisfied by it. So whenever you want to reinvent the wheel, think about this recipe and you’ll surely come up with one that doesn’t have to be too complicated.

What’s your favorite go-to dish when you are out of “new” dinner ideas?

 

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