It’s been so long!! Beans is officially back in action bc I ran out of money to spend on furniture. Lol kidding but not.
We’ve been in our new home for almost 2 weeks now and we are sort of semi-settled. I mean, besides the never-ending to-do list that I hear is pretty standard with homeowner-?ship, we are here! It still feels so unreal. Like we pull up and sit in the car for a sec and we’re like this. is. ours. We can put hundreds of holes in the walls and paint the door pink if we wanted to! No really, I’m thinking a blush pink front door. Is that cool or no??
Starting my first #whole30 on move-in day wasn’t the brightest idea I’ve ever had. Well, the first couple of days weren’t terrible actually bc I was semi-excited and basically snacked all day. I didn’t do too too much research on it – I vowed no grains, no sugar, no dairy. Whenever anyone asked me what Whole 30 was about I said, ‘you can’t eat anything good’ lol which is a bit of an exaggeration bc you can have steak and you can also have bacon. So there’s that.
To be honest, nuts and nut butter have been my crutch. I bet the Whole 30 police, gods, creators, whomever are probably like no, girl. You are totally screwing this up. But whatever. I’d rather eat a bunch of nut butter then a bunch of scones. I mean no, I, me, personally wouldn’t rather but my hips and thighs would prefer I should say. I’m not going for perfection here, I’m just trying to do better. I feel good. I feel like I want some cake but I feel good. Day 14: clear-er skin, more energy, less bloat.
B + I went to Trader’s the day before the move to stock up on snacks and meals and what not. He says he’s with me but then sneaks a slice of pizza when I’m not looking. << actually happened. *rolls eyes* I hate that he can eat whatever the heck he wants and still be skinny. It’s annoying. I picked up some stew meat and immediately thought of a classic beef stew my mom used to make in the crock pot. I love a stew that simmers on the stove and just gets more deep and rich as it sits. This is a simple version that is perfectly paleo, whole 30, healthy-whatever! If you need me I’ll be here eating this beef stew on the couch in my pajamas bc it’s snowing profusely and I’m pretty sure it’s a national snow day.
CLASSIC BEEF STEW
2 Tbsp tapioca flour seasoned with salt and pepper
2 pounds stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, cut into 1/2 inch slices
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of 1 lemon or a dash of balsamic would be better
1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
1-2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
4 cups beef broth
2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
3-4 carrots, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
4 red potatoes, quartered
Toss meat with seasoned flour coating all sides. Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown meat in batches, careful not to overcrowd the pan, adding oil with each batch as needed. Remove meat and cook onion until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add lemon juice, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, bay leaves, and thyme. Stir until combined. Add meat back to pan and simmer on low heat covered for one hour.
Stir in carrots and red potatoes and simmer for an additional 1-2 hours covered, until stew thickens and meat is very tender. Add peas during the last ten minutes of cooking and season with salt and a few turns of pepper.