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Food and Family – Beef Stew

Food and Family – Beef Stew  1/25/19My family traveled to Marshall, Minnesota to spend the weekend with my parents a week ago.  They moved to their new home there in November and have settled in very nicely, I am pleased to say.

Mom prepared homemade beef stew for supper and it was a big hit with everyone.  Flavorful and savory, it warmed us up from the inside.  Soups and stews are two of my all-time favorite comfort foods, and certainly a good choice on these cold January days!

Along with the stew, our time together at the table was also a joy.  The benefits of family meals are well documented, and prove they are worth the effort it takes to make them happen. 

Find out more about why and how to make family meals happen at your house, plus get lots of practical tips, ideas, recipes, and more by visiting the NDSU Extension Family Table website (https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/familytable) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ndfamilytable/). 

While you are at it, make up some Secret Recipe Beef Stew for you and your family or friends and neighbors to enjoy!  The recipe can also be found online at  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/food/recipes/meats/secret_recipe_beef_stew

Secret Recipe Beef Stew – 8 servings

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 (28-oz.) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can beef broth
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 c. baby carrots or 2 c. sliced carrots, 1-inch thick

Toss the beef with flour in a medium bowl. Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook for five minutes, until browned, turning occasionally. Add tomatoes, broth, onion, pepper, and thyme; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 45 minutes or until the beef is just tender. Add the potatoes and carrots; return to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 45 minutes or until the beef and vegetables are tender.

Makes 8 servings.  Per Serving: about 280 calories, 9 grams (g) of fat, 28 g carbohydrate, 23 g protein, 3 g fiber and 510 mg sodium (to reduce the sodium, choose reduced-sodium broth and tomatoes).

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/en/osso-buco-meat-calf-veal-beef-2535556/  (downloaded 1/29/19)

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