Sunday, 14 December 2014

Paleo: A Dutch Inspired Beef Stew

It's cold here. As in really, really wet and windy, and cold. I can't seem to get myself to get in the mood for soup lately, but I have been seriously craving stews. 

The Netherlands seems to always do it's own thing with the weather, and now that we're working on the roof of our home, the wind has definitely decided to amp it up. Obviously, it's more fun replacing a roof when there are some serious winds to make it totally safer. End sarcasm. 

But really, if you ever find yourself in the Netherlands, chances are the weather will be the opposite of what you expect/need/want. Unless you want rain. 

I seem to talk complain a lot about Dutch weather, but in all honesty, I don't mind the rain as much anymore. I also don't mind that the weather is unpredictable. But the wind. It's just so cold and even the warmest of coats can't seem to protect you.

So stew. It's the perfect dish to warm up with. It's not too liquidy, but not too dry. I love the heartiness and how warming it can be. So if you're somewhere cold, wet, snowy, or just love a good ole stew, here's my interpretation of a Dutch dish I've enjoyed over the past few years: 

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Easy healthy recipes: 

Hachee (stewed meat)


4 hours 


4 adult portions (if served with a side dish) 


  • 1 kilo stewing beef
  • 3-4 yellow, medium sized onions
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 medium carrots 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 4.5 cups water* 
  • Optional: sprinkle of chili flakes 


  • Pan fry onions
  • Add salt and pepper
  • Once the onions are translucent, add the meat (whole or cubed. Personally, I really dislike handeling raw meat so even though I always intend to cut it up raw, I inevitably end up changing my mind and throwing it in whole. It really does help to cut down cooking time though. And gets more of the meat browned. So do as you wish!)
  • Once the meat has browned, add the remaining ingredients. 
  • Bring to a boil
  • Simmer for 3-4 hours. No joke. The longer you simmer, the more flavour you'll get out of the meat. You can easily do this in a slow cooker, too, but I don't have one anymore (tragic, I know). 
  • Once your meat is falling apart, you can use potato masher to really break it up, and 'shred' it. As you can see from the photos, I tend to skip this step.
  • Now, it's ready to serve. 

This tastes amazing with some mashed potatoes, and roasted vegetables, or brussels sprouts. Then again, I am very partial to brussel sprouts so that may just be me. 

Easy healthy recipes:  Beef stew {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes

More stew recipes? 

'Bloody Mary' stew
Chicken stew
Mexican inspired stew
Russian potato and beef stew

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