Sunday, 18 May 2014

Russian Potato and Beef Stew

Easy Healthy Recipes by Welcome to Mommyhood: Russian Potato and Beef Stew
It's not quite warm here again. I live in the Netherlands. I feel like I should be used to the fact that most days of the year are filled with rain and wind. It's a fact. That really impacts what I eat though because as much as I absolutely adore salads, they just don't happen as often now that I live in such a ... gray country. 

It means that I love warming up with a dish like this - something that offers some good ole comfort. It's a dish that I scoop into a large bowl, something I eat on the couch, with a blanket around my legs, and perhaps a with glass of red wine. 

This is another dish from my childhood. It's something that I love, but I don't cook it too often because I find that the traditional potato and meat version simply doesn't have that extra oompth I like to have in my meals. And by oompth, what I really mean is something green and a whole lot of veggies. Of course, this meant that I had to adapt another classic Russian granny recipe. So here ya go, another traditional Russian recipe that I have made less traditional: 

Russian potato and beef stew


  • 1/2 kilo (1 lbs) of beef (chuck roast seems to be a good translation)
  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of peas 
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups (about 500 ml) water 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder 
  • 1 green onion (for garnish)
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (we just love heat around here!) 


  • Pan fry meat 
  • Once the meat has browned, add onion and garlic 
  • After the onion is translucent, add water and spices 
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour 
  • Add potatoes (cut into small pieces) 
  • Bring to a boil again and then simmer until the potatoes are soft (20 minutes for me) 
  • Add the peas and cook for an additional two or three minutes 
  • Serve with green onion 

For more healthy recipes, check out my clean eating page! For some paleo inspiration, check out my paleo friendly recipes board on Pinterest! 

And now some questions:

  • Is there a recipe from your childhood or your cultural background that you love to prepare? 
  • Do you follow recipes exactly or do you find yourself deviating? 

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