"I'm sick, cough cough": Healing Stew
If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am sick, and you followed my whiny sick adventures.
Lets just say it was quite the weekend...
First the dog jumped on the arm of the couch where my turmeric latte was and knocked it ALL over the house. On the light grey couch, in my hair, in the white carpet, up the walls, on the floor, on my white pjs, and all over the white dog. AH. I spent an hour cleaning up, and while I was washing the rug the washing machine had a moment and spurted a lot of water out all over the floor. So great. Then obviously the doggy had to be bathed, she is still a little yellow, but she got a new toy; a giant avocado, which is cute as shit. So she is recovered and has forgiven me for the bath.
Then I spent the next 19 hours prepping lessons for the next week and then the week after March break. You see March break is next week, and I leave right after school on Friday. Then I don't get back until the Sunday one week later late at night. Monday I have to go back to work. I will be in the Amazon in Ecuador with zero internet access, so I won't really have many options or chances to prep lessons for the week after the break. So I basically wanted to have some things ready for that week back because I know I will be tired and a little jet lagged. I will be bringing Romeo and Juliet with me, but no laptop.
To get me through this work work work and no play weekend I made some stew. Look stew is not pretty, but it is easy, delicious and nutritious. It is basically the only thing I have eaten or felt like eating for the past three days. I am hoping it will help me kick this sickness ASAP because it is not fun to teach when you are super sick and also I am travelling on Friday, and travelling while sick is no fun!
- 2 piece of bacon
- 2 diced onions
- .5 kg grass fed stew beef
- 2 tblsp arrowroot starch
- 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
- 1 tsp granulated garlic and onion
- 4 cups bone broth
- 4 ribs of celery, chopped
- 6 medium carrots, chopped
- 2 medium potatoes, chopped
- 1/2 chopped small purple cabbage
- 1 chopped zucchini
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 small sprig of saffron (optional, but yummy)
- 1/4 tsp thyme and rosemary
- salt and pepper to taste
- garnishes: optional - green onions and baby broccoli greens
- Turn the instant pot onto sautee
- Chop the two slices of bacon and sautee in the instant pot
- When the bacon is browned add the diced onions, saute for about 5 mins
- Meanwhile toss the beef chunks in the arrowroot starch, onions, pepper, granulated garlic and onions
- Add the beef too the instant pot and sautee for another 5 mins
- Slowly add 1/2 cup on bone broth and using a wooden spoon scrape all the goodness off the bottom of the instant pot - turn the instant pot off
- Add all the chopped veggies and herbs and the rest of the bone broth
- Set the instant pot for high pressure for 40 mins (with the lid on, and set it to sealing)
- When its done depressurize, remove the lid and turn the instant pot back on to sautee for 5-10 mins to thicken up the stew - if it is not thick enough for you make a slurry with 1 tblsp of arrowroot starch and 1/2 cup of the liquid from the stew and then add back into the pot
- Taste and add salt and pepper to taste - at least another tsp of each will be needed
- Garnish as desired and serve
** You can also do this in a slow-cooker; do steps 1 to 6 on the stove top in a skillet, and then add that to the slow cooker with the broth, veggies and herbs, cook on low for 8 hours