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Quinoa Stew with Beef

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Quinoa Stew with Beef

I grew up with grandma’s steaming bowl of stew that would make my fingers sticky and smell like garlic. My husband grew up with the same stew on another side of the continent, 9,000 kms away. It tells me beef stew was an Eastern European traditional dish that fills your house and clothes with a stew smell.

The same sweet smell of onions crawls from a neighbours’ house into my garage every morning I open it to take kids to school. I know exactly when grandma is cooking dinner. I find many immigrants cooking dinner first thing in the morning and some of them having it for breakfast. I remember my relatives eating borscht for breakfast, accompanied by a slice of rye bread, a clove of garlic and a shot of vodka. And then probably went to work. True stories…Who needs therapy?!:)Quinoa Stew with Beef in skillet

I had all intentions to make a traditional beef stew with potatoes, just to find out I was out of potatoes. Quinoa stew it is and it was amazing! My kids are not huge fans of quinoa, depends on the sauce. This kind of quinoa they ate no problem. 4 year old squeezed some organic ketchup on top. OMG, even a layer is fine, just eat it!

Note, I love adding a bit of garlic at the end. It adds a depth of flavour, different from cooked garlic. But you don’t have to if you prefer very mild garlic taste. I’m Ukrainian, so garlic all the way.

Enjoy this healthy quinoa stew!

Quinoa Stew with Beef

Clean Eating Beef Quinoa Stew

Quinoa Stew with Beef means tender beef, hearty quinoa in this saucy gluten free dinner ready in an hour. Make if craving stew.
4.93 from 14 votes
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Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 455kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion coarsely chopped
  • 4 large carrots sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 lbs eye of round beef roast cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cups chicken stock low sodium
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 8 garlic cloves sliced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked
  • 2 tsp garlic powder or 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 cup peas fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup dill or parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat large deep skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion and carrots, cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Return skillet to medium - high heat and add beef, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until golden brown, stirring as necessary. If your meat releases a lot of juices and water, just increase heat and let it cook off. Watch closely not to burn.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together chicken stock and cornstarch, pour over meat. Add previously cooked onion and carrots, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 45 minutes. In the meanwhile, cook quinoa using stovetop or Instant Pot for perfect results.
  • When meat is ready, add garlic powder or freshly crushed garlic, and stir. This adds a depth of flavour. Discard bay leaves and peppercorns. Add cooked quinoa, peas and fresh herbs, gently stir and serve warm.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

    Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop with a splash of water covered on low.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 544mg | Potassium: 913mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 7200IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 5mg
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      Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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