The Gluten Bigot: Make it Once, Eat It Lots - Gluten Free Beef Stew

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Make it Once, Eat It Lots - Gluten Free Beef Stew

If you have been following my blog, or have seen my last post at least, you'll know that I'm expecting. Not only expecting, but soon to be meeting Bricklet. Of course when you have a baby there are all sorts of things to do to prepare... buy baby equipment, clothes, diapering supplies, etc. Many moms-to-be also take the time to make freezer meals. Of course being a gluten bigot planner, I had to be amongst them.

Now, I live in Manhattan - the most convenient city in the world. If I don't feel like cooking, I just need to order a delivery. And gluten free deliver is not hard to find here. However, eating out or delivery gets old (and it not ideal for getting that pre-baby body back). So I decided to make some of my favorite things.

The first thing I made is an old staple - beef stew. I basically always have this in my freezer and have consistently for the past 3 years. It freezes really well and cooks in less than 10 minutes from frozen on the stove top.

You'll need

  • Stewing beef / beef chuck 
  • GF beef broth
  • Garlic 
  • Whatever vegetables you like in stew (for me, onion, potatoes, carrot, peppers and celery).
  • Whatever spices you like, I usually do a couple bay leaf, salt, pepper, parsley, and some onion powder.
  • OPTIONAL: GF beer (alcohol evaporates when cooking so it fine for pregnancy and breastfeeding). I like to use Green's.
Browning Beef
Start by cooking/caramelizing the onions and garlic, then add the beef and spices and brown the meat (don’t cook it all the way through). If using, add about 1 cup of beer, alternate add about 1 cup of beef broth. Let that cook on a medium low heat for 20 minutes or so.
If including potatoes, they go in next along with about half of the beef broth and let cook for another 30 minutes. Then add remaining vegetables and cook for another 30 minutes or so. 
Remember to taste the broth and season to your preferences. 
What’s your favorite heat and eat GF dish?

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