Beef stews are pretty much my favourite dish. It is so simple to make, takes 15 minutes to cook (I use a pressure cooker) and contains protein and veggies, which is all you need to stay lean! You can also add a ton of additional stuff like corn and peas if you looking to put on some lean muscles.
The combination of ingredients are endless, but here is my favourite on to do.
Onions, any type will do
Soy sauce or Teriyaki sauce
Yams or sweet potatoes. Note: if you are restricting your carb intake, I would substitute those with mushrooms or eggplant.
If you are using a slow cooker or a regular pot, the total cooking time will be hours. I strongly suggest you invest in a pressure cooking which will reduce the time to a matter of minutes.
1. Throw in the beef in the pressure cooker and cook that first. Let it sear on all sides. You can throw in the cinnamon, onions and garlic at this time as well.
2. Add the broth. Add water if needed
3. Throw in all the rest. Make sure you have peeled and chopped all veggies.
4. Close the lid and let it cook for 15 minutes.
If you are using any spices, add them with the veggies.. I used to just spice up my servings when I poured them but found that adding the spices early gives the whole thing a better taste.
Try to get a big pot! This dish is ideal for batch cooking. The biggest mistake I always make is to put too much stuff in there and not be able to close the lid! It's like I never learn...,Maybe this time everything will fit!
Like I said at the beginning, you can throw in anything you want in there. I love to add beans, corn, and cauliflower. Since the beans and corn are higher in carbs, I don't always include them unless I am training more than usual.
Enjoy the gains!