We got our new Golden Retriever puppy last Thursday. I had completely forgotten how absorbing and exhausting a new puppy can be. Hailey is now 9 weeks old and giving all of us a run for our money. She is adorable, compelling, curious and interested in absolutely everything. Translated that means, “Oh my gosh, what were we thinking??”
For the life of me, I can’t think of what we did without her. My brain is on hyper-focus though. Trying to do anything beyond watching for potty signs, keeping up with her crating and play schedule and preparing her raw diet (Commercial brand, not homemade of course – I’m not Wonder woman) on time is challenging. Even cooking isn’t working out. In one week I have burned rice – for goodness sake. Today I burned the sweet and sour sauce I was cooking for lunch!!
I’m trying something simple for dinner. It’s pretty much a no brainer, can’t go wrong, all in one pot beef stew that calls for simple ingredients and no prep time browning at the stove to complicate it.
I add Herbamare which is a sea salt and vegetable blend which includes – celery, leek, cress, onion, chives, parsley, lovage, garlic, basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme and kelp. Carrie Vitt at Deliciously Organic was the first to introduce me to this organic blend. You can of course make the stew without it (I did for years) by adding any number of your own seasonings – from thyme, to marjoram, or rosemary. Or you can just add more salt and pepper, or Worcestershire Sauce* if you like.
*NOTE: Worcestershire Sauce is not free-glutamate free. It doesn’t contain added MSG, but it does use tamarind extract, natural flavorings, and chili pepper extract which may contain free glutamate with the same effects as MSG. As a rule, I don’t cook with it often. But I do add it occasionally to some of my recipes. It is gluten-free however.
- 2 lbs. stew beef, cut up
- 2 large onions, large chunks
- 3 stalks celery with celery tops, roughly chopped
- 3 carrots, peeled and cut in 1 inch pieces
- 2 large cloves of garlic, sliced or chopped
- 6 small red potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 1 - 2 teaspoons Celtic Sea Salt
- 2 bay leaves
- Black pepper, freshly ground
- ½ tsp to 1 tsp. Herbamare Original Sea Salt and Vegetable blend (optional) (Honestly, I just shake some on the top of the ingredients in the pot)
- 2-4 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce (Again, I give several generous shakes into the pot - this is a reasonable estimation for how much I put into the stew.)
- 4 cups Organic Beef Broth ( I used Pacific Brand)
- Place the onions on the bottom of a large slow cooker.
- Add the chunks of beef on top of the onions.
- Next add the garlic, celery and carrots.
- Season with the sea salt, ground pepper to taste, Herbamare if you have it, worcestershire sauce and place in the bay leaves.
- Place the potatoes on the top and then add the beef broth.
- You can stir to cover all with broth and seasonings.
- Cover and turn slow cooker on. High for 5 hours, low for 8 hours.
- You can check for the tenderness of the beef after 4½ hours (High).
- Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
For the days when your brain is simply on something else. This recipe is a life saver. I like to serve it with gluten-free cornbread and coleslaw. Hope you enjoy it.
Potty training going well…. oops, spoke too soon. It’s me, I’m sure of it. Got to go.