Paleo Beef Stew {slow cooker}

November 11, 2013

When Hubs started a Paleo challenge with his gym, I panicked just a little because most of my recipes are NOT paleo.  In fact, we don’t eat a lot of meat, and that’s a big problem when you eat like a caveman.  Never heard of the Paleo diet?  In a nutshell, it’s the hunter-gatherer diet.  You can eat anything a caveman would have eaten.  Fruits, veggies, meat, eggs.  No grains (so hard! goodbye bread and pasta and rice and all the other things I love).  No beans.  No dairy (which is somewhat debatable, but his particular set of rules banned it).  No sugar.  Nothing processed.  Nothing agriculturally produced.  Not even corn or potatoes (too starchy).  A lot of recipes are easily adapted, like traditional beef stew, but I’ve had to really reach outside my cooking comfort zone and try a lot of new things!

Beef Stew

3 lbs stew meat
4 cups beef broth
1 butternut squash, peeled, cut into bite-size pieces
2 medium carrots, cut into rounds
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 small apples, peeled and diced (your favorite variety)
12 oz vegetable juice
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
2 sprigs parsley, minced
dash of thyme
salt & pepper to taste

Sprinkle the stew meat with salt and pepper and sear over medium-high heat.  Add to slow cooker.  Saute the onion until fragrant and browned.  Add onion and all remaining ingredients to slow cooker.  Set to low and cook for 6-8 hours.

*I was going to add sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes, but Hubs said he’d rather try butternut squash.  We loved it with the squash, and didn’t even miss the potatoes!

By Becky

Becky is a mom to 4 kiddos and wife to an awesome guy. She's a food fanatic and loves creating and improving recipes. Bread is her weakness and delicious food is her passion!