September 13, 2013

nourishing fall stew

This recipe makes use of some of the delicious, healthy root vegetables that are plentiful in autumn. The stew is easy to make (though cooking time does take 2 to 3 hours) and can be shared with your pet if you so desire. Once you smell the delicious aroma, it will be hard to resist!

ingredients

4 cups of beef stew meat

2 tbsp olive oil

2 slices bacon, chopped

1 butternut or other seasonal squash, diced into 1 inch cubes

2 carrots, cut in bite-size pieces

1 turnip, quartered

2 tomatoes, quartered

1 small head of celery, coarsely chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped (optional)

Water to cover

1 bay leaf (optional)

1 pinch of nutmeg (optional)

what to do

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Cut the meat into large cubes (or alternatively ask the butcher to do this for you).

3. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil, add the bacon and lamb and stir until lightly browned. Add the tomatoes, carrots, squash, turnip, celery, garlic, bay leaves and nutmeg if using.

4. At this point, you can continue cooking the stew in the pan, or transfer it to a casserole that can go in the oven. Cover the ingredients with water and cook either over a low flame or in the oven at 350°F for 2 hours or more.

5. Serve this mixed right in with (or in place of ) your pet’s regular food. The longer you cook it, the more tender the meat will be. Enjoy your portion with some hearty country bread and red wine if you’d like.