This Paleo Beef Stew Recipe is an easy, healthy dinner that your whole family will love! Gluten free, whole30 friendly + made in the slow cooker!
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Do you ever just hate cooking? Real talk… sometimes I do. I know… a food blogger saying they hate to cook? Seems sacrilegious, but it’s true. I’m just like you though. Sometimes I’d rather just come home, not think about cooking anything, and just veg out and watch Netflix or read a book (I just got this one.. I can’t wait to start reading it!)
Although I do get so much enjoyment out of cooking, I totally don’t enjoy cleaning everything up after, or having to wait for food when I come home from work hungry + ready to eat dinner! I know you’ve been there before…
That’s why I LOVE my crock pot. I can throw all the goods in there, turn it on as I walk out the door, and then when I come home… dinner is magically cooked! Amazing, right? I make pretty much anything/everything in the crockpot… soups, shredded chicken, paleo turkey chili.. I’ve also seen recipes for making oatmeal in it, but I haven’t tried that yet. Anyways… this beef stew recipe is one of those recipes where you just throw a few ingredients in the crock pot, set it, wait a little bit + then get something totally delicious!
In addition to being super easy to make, this recipe has minimal ingredients. Meat, veggies, potatoes, broth + spices are really all you need to make a delicious, filling dinner. Annnnd… one secret ingredient: beef gelatin! Yup. You heard me right. Most soups/stews are thickened by adding flour or cornstarch to them – but I knew beef gelatin would do the trick + add a little nutrition boost to the stew. You all know that I make it a point to add collagen to my diet pretty much whenever possible. I throw a scoop of their collagen peptides in my coffee or tea in the morning, in my oatmeal or baked goods, smoothies, soups, stews…. you get the picture, right?
Beef gelatin is very similar to collagen peptides, it just blends into things differently. Collagen peptides dissolve in hot or cold liquid, but beef gelatin thickens up if stirred into liquids and gels if cold. (Which you shouldn’t be afraid of… it goes back to liquid when heated!) The beef gelatin thickens this stew up perfectly, and the recipe seriously couldn’t be easier!
As I’m writing this I’m curled up on the couch with a bowl of this in front of me just waiting to be devoured. It’s freezing out and I can’t think of anything better to eat! Do you guys have a favorite meal you make when it’s super chilly out? This is definitely at the top of my list!
Paleo Beef Stew
- Optional: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and brown stew meat + onions. This step is not necessary, but will add an extra layer of flavor.
- Cut all vegetables/potatoes.
- Add the stew meat, carrots, celery, onion + potatoes to the crock pot + stir to combine
- Add broth, tomato paste + spices to the crock pot. Stir to evenly distribute seasoning. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Serve + enjoy!
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Looking for other delicious Whole 30/Paleo Friendly Meals? Try these!