Chef Devin Alexander’s Weekly Recipe Blog: Time for Mom’s Stew!

Don’t worry, this stew isn’t only for moms, but it’s sure to taste as good as the one you grew up with. This is a great recipe for a Sunday afternoon while you’re home doing the laundry. You’ll have a great dinner and plenty of leftovers, which are just as good, if not better.

Devin Alexander Mom Stew

MOM’S NEW BEEF STEW

In a medium resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add the beef and shake the bag until all the cubes are coated. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

Set a large nonstick soup pot over medium-high heat until it is hot enough for a spritz of water to sizzle on it. Add the oil. Add the reserved beef cubes to the pot in a single layer. Cook for about 1 minute per side, or until browned. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the mushrooms, onion, garlic, and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon and scraping any browned bits from the pan bottom, for about 10 minutes, or until the onion is tender.

Add the broth and carrots. Increase the heat to high. When the broth comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low so the mixture simmers gently.

Cover and cook for 45 minutes.

Add the potatoes. Cook for 45 minutes, or until the beef is fork tender.

Season with additional salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 (2-1⁄4-cup) servings

Per serving: 275 calories, 31 g protein, 29 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat (2 g saturated), 50 mg cholesterol, 6 g fiber, 583 mg sodium

Somewhere between 1-1⁄2 and 2 hours of simmering, the meat will become extremely tender. If it is still tough, simmer it a bit longer.

Reprinted from THE BIGGEST LOSER COOKBOOK by Chef Devin Alexander and The Biggest Loser Experts and Cast. © 2006 by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP, The Biggest Loser and NBC Studios LLC., and Reveille LLC. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098.

Photo Credit: Mitch Mandel

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