Beef Stew – THM-Style

Have you ever thought of eating a radish, like it was a potato? No, me either. That is… until a few weeks ago, when I heard from a friend that it turned out really good. So… I tried it myself.  Of course, I didn't follow the exact rules of THM (Trim Healthy Mama), because I added regular beef gravy, instead of making my own with an approved thickener.  I'm kinda lazy like that and I've never had a good experience with Xanthan Gum yet.  I'm also slow on the "let's experiment with this new product", because I'm always afraid I'll mess it up and then, well… there goes that meal.  Ha!

Regardless… here's my beef stew which not only surprised me, but my family.  They loved it.  Well… everyone except my daughter who won't eat anything I make unless its mac n' cheese or rice.  crying

Beef Stew – THM-Style, Mostly

1 onion chopped

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1 large scoop minced garlic, out of jar (or 3 cloves freshly minced)

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2 carrots, sliced (or more if you like carrots.  My family doesn't like cooked carrots much.)

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2 pkgs beef stew meat, browned

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3 large pkgs radishes, cleaned and trimmed of whiskers (image shows only one pkg)

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To this, add garlic powder, onion powder, beef soup base and water (or beef stock), salt and pepper.  Of course, you can also add any other veggies you like.  I happened to have some cauliflower that needed to be used up, so I threw it in.

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Boil stew for about 2 hours over medium heat, until radishes have become light pink or almost white.  Turn down heat to low, add 2 jars of premade beef gravy, powdered gravy that's been lightly mixed with water or a THM approved gravy slurry.  Simmer another 15 minutes.

Serve!

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Simply Wonderous Waffles

wafflesHave no fear!  The waffles are here!

You CAN have waffles and still follow Trim Healthy Mama.  Barring that I don't have the THM Baking Blend at this time and only have a few different items that are part of it (almond flour, coconut flour, golden flax meal) I searched online for recipes that used almond flour as the basis for the recipe.  I found one at Power Hungry that I took and modified.  Their's calls for arrowroot powder (a thickener) and nondairy milk.  I used golden flax meal instead of arrowroot powder, heavy cream and water.  I used our waffle maker, sprayed so they wouldn't stick and cooked until medium dark.  They turned out wonderful!  Thick, fluffy with a slight crunch on the outside.  If I were going to use them for sweet, stand alone waffles though, I'd add more sweetener.  I didn't use alot, since I knew I was going to use them as breakfast sandwich triangles.  I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I did!

Simply Wonderous Waffles

  • 1 to 1 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 T. golden flax meal
  • 1/2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1 pinch mineral salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1/4 c. (or more) water to thin batter
  • 1/2 squirt liquid vanilla creme stevia

Place waffle maker on medium high or the mid-mark from medium to dark and voila!  Super yumminess and no guilt!  

These fall into the "S" meal category.

Berry Bliss

berry bliss

Berry Bliss

  • 1 cup organic strawberries, halved
  • 1 cup organic blueberries
  • 20 raw, organic cashews
  • 10 raw, organic almonds and/or walnuts
  • 1/2 T. raw, organic sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened coconut milk

Mix all fruit and nuts/seeds in your favorite bowl and pour milk over just before serving (or drink the milk on the side!).