Meat Lovers Stew


Eggless Gut Healthy High Altitude Lunch & Dinner No Seed Oils Winter | Published October 11, 2023 by Mimi Council

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This Meat Lovers Stew is a gut healthy stew recipe that uses organic stew meat, bratwurst, and bacon! This easy Whole30 stew recipe is a simple one pot stew that cooks in the slow cooker for a healthy and simple dinner.

If you’re looking for more cozy dinner recipes, check out some of my other favorites like my Beef & Veggie Stir Fry, Classic Shepherd’s Pie, or my Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Stew.

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meat lovers stew

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Gut Healthy: You will love this Meat Lovers Stew recipe because not only is this a gut healthy stew, but it’s also an easy Whole30 stew recipe (if you’re into that sorta thing). But, luckily, if you’re not then this is just an incredibly easy and delicious dinner!

Easy AF: I love dinner recipes that are set it and forget it, and that’s what this Meat Lovers Stew recipe is! I created this recipe for my friends at Organic Prairie using their amazing organic meat. I used three kinds of meat here: Organic Stew Meat, Organic Bratwurst, and Organic Pork Bacon!

Cozy Soup: This gut healthy stew has a base of butternut squash, beef broth, simple spices, and the holy trinity of carrots, celery, and onion. I add baby gold potatoes and stew meat and let this easy Whole30 stew cook in the slow cooker for a few hours.

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Ingredients

Organic Prairie Stew Meat

Organic Prairie Pork Bacon

Kettle & Fire Organic Beef Broth (use code MIMIBAKESCOOKIES for 20% off!)

Organic Prairie Pork Bratwurst

Farmer's Market Organic Canned Butternut Squash Purée

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Frontier Co-Op Organic Black Pepper

Spice World Organic Minced Garlic

Frontier Co-Op Organic Thyme

Organic Bay Leaves

Frontier Co-Op Organic Sage

Organic Celery

Frontier Co-Op Organic Oregano

Organic Carrots

Organic Yellow Onion

Tools Needed

Slow Cooker

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Slice the carrots, celery and onion. Set aside. Chop the baby gold potatoes in half or quarters, depending on size. Make sure they are all about equal sizes.

Step 2

Add the beef broth, butternut squash purée, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and sage to a slow cooker. Stir to combine completely. 

Add the stew meat, carrots, celery, onion, potatoes, and bay leaves and stir to combine and coat everything. 

Step 3

Slow cook on low for 2 to 3 hours or until potatoes are tender, stir every 30 to 60 minutes. Alternatively, if you do not have a slow cooker, you can do this in a large Dutch oven or pot on the stovetop. Be sure to cover and leave on a low simmer.

Step 4

When the stew is done, slice the bratwurst and add to the stew. These will steam and warm as long as the lid is on. 

Step 5

Cook the bacon in an oven or in a skillet, making sure to get it crispy. Chop bacon into small bites, the crispier the better, for a stew topping. Serve stew with bacon bites on top. Add red chili flakes for some extra heat (optional)!

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Tips

  • I cook this in the slow cooker, so I don’t need to stand over the stove. But, if you don’t have a slow cooker, you can also do this in a Dutch oven or a large pot. Just be sure to keep it on low/simmer with a lid on and be sure to check and stir it every 30 or so minutes.
  • This is a very flexible stew recipe, so if you have other veggies you want to add in, feel free to do so! I use carrots, celery, and onion for the holy trinity of flavors. But other veggies that could also be good would be squash, zucchini, bell peppers, or cauliflower.
  • I add in the bratwurst after the stew is done cooking as they are fully cooked. The first time I made this I added the bratwurst in at the beginning and it was fine except they shrunk a little bit. So, for the best results, it’s best to add them at the end. But, if you’re just super lazy and want to add at the beginning it’s totally fine, they will just shrink a bit more.
  • Want to make it even healthier? Add in a handful of kale to your bowl before ladling up. The warmth of the soup will cook the kale just enough and that’s all it needs! This will add even more nutrients to your meal.
  • If you have a smaller household, no need to make all the bacon at once. I like to put 1 piece of bacon on top of a bowl of stew. So, if you are only cooking for 2 or 4, then just make however much bacon you need.
  • When it’s almost done, I cook up some Organic Prairie Bacon. After ladling up a big bowl, I top it with fresh cooked bacon bits. This warm and cozy stew is both healthy and indulgent all at once! It would also make the perfect recipe to make for Halloween when you want to come back to something warm and comforting after being out in the cold!

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FAQ's

Can I make this without a slow cooker?

Yes, you absolutely can make this stew without a slow cooker. I like to use a slow cooker for ease, but a large pot or Dutch oven will do just fine. Just be sure you have a lid. When cooking on the stovetop be sure to cook on low/simmer and stir it frequently.

Can I use another kind of meat?

If you want to add Italian Sausages in place of Bratwurst, that would be a great swap! The Stew Meat keeps this pretty classic and it's already chopped so that's why I prefer to use it. But, you could use another kind of meat in place of the Stew Meat if you really want to! If you are using a Chuck Roast or Brisket, be sure to chop it into small pieces before adding in.

How should I store homemade stew?

Keep leftover homemade stew in a Tupperware in the fridge. You can easily reheat leftovers in a pot over the stovetop or even in the microwave.

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Meat Lovers Stew

Mimi Council
This Meat Lovers Stew is a simple and delicious gut healthy stew that will make you feel all warm and cozy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Makes 10 servings
Calories 300 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Slice the carrots, celery and onion. Set aside. Chop the baby gold potatoes in half or quarters, depending on size. Make sure they are all about equal sizes.
  • Add the beef broth, butternut squash purée, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and sage to a slow cooker. Stir to combine completely.
  • Add the stew meat, carrots, celery, onion, potatoes, and bay leaves and stir to combine and coat everything.
  • Slow cook on low for 2 to 3 hours or until potatoes are tender, stir every 30 to 60 minutes. Alternatively, if you do not have a slow cooker, you can do this in a large Dutch oven or pot on the stovetop. Be sure to cover and leave on a low simmer.
  • When the stew is done, slice the bratwurst and add to the stew. These will steam and warm as long as the lid is on.
  • Cook the bacon in an oven or in a skillet, making sure to get it crispy. Chop bacon into small bites, the crispier the better, for a stew topping. Serve stew with bacon bites on top. Add red chili flakes for some extra heat (optional)!

Notes

High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal
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