Hearty Beef and Quinoa Stew

Winter challenge & Moodie Class: Lighten Up Over Winter with Stew

As promised my moodie foodies, I’m bringing you another hot bowl of goodness today as part of our challenge to lighten up traditionally jean-tightening comfort food over the colder months. As I was writing and testing this recipe I thought to myself “perhaps not everyone is comfortable with making stew?” Quelle Horreur!!! How could I sleep at night knowing that you were salivating over my gorgeous bowl of hearty beef and quinoa stew, longing to eat it but not feeling confident enough to cook it yourself? No, that could not be! And so I’ve turned this week’s chat into a Moodie Class.

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You’ll Need

1 tbsp olive oil
450gms lean chuck steak, fat removed (if it’s fatty on the outside, buy a little more so you can remove all the fat before cooking)
2 large onions, sliced
2 large carrots, washed and diced
3 celery stalks, chopped
8 garlic cloves, peeled but left whole
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Dash Tabasco sauce
1 cup beef stock
2 cups water
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
½ cup quinoa (rinsed well and drained)

Steps

Heat oven to 160?c.

Heat oven-proof, flame-proof casserole dish (one with a lid) to medium-high, add half the oil and brown meat. Once the meat is browned, remove it from the pan and set aside.
brown meat

Add remaining oil in dish and add onions, carrots, celery and garlic cloves with a pinch of salt.
salt

Cook for 10 minutes until softened.
Cook for 10 minutes until softened.

Return meat to the pan along with all other ingredients except quinoa. Bring to the boil, cover and place in the oven for 1½ hours stirring every now and then. Add quinoa, cover and cook a further 15 minutes.

superfood

Quinoa is the new superfood – packed with protein and complex carbs

Tips

• Keep your vegetables to a similar size to make sure they cook evenly
• Don’t be afraid to use lots of garlic in your stews! If you use garlic cloves whole, they become really sweet and not at all pungent.
• Try to remove as much fat as you can to keep the saturated fat content down
• Use less oil or butter and pick up the flavour with lots of herbs

Do you like stews? What’s your favourite?

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Indulge without guilt
Eat without deprivation
Cook great food even when you are on your own
Embrace food moods
Eat what you want

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