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Instant Pot Spicy Beef Stew

Instant Pot Spicy Beef Stew

Well, I’m finally back from a week long vacation from Hawaii. I didn’t think I would love Oahu this much, but it was so beautiful and fun. We hiked a bunch, explored, ate local cuisine, and hung out at the beach pretty much everyday. It’s amazing how different one side of the island is from another and they are all so pretty and unique in their own way. It was everything I look for in a vacation and I’m back fully recharged. Check out my Instagram and Facebook page for some of my travel photos because I posted a ton!

No matter how relaxing a vacation is, flying is a bit tough for me and I can feel the intense stress of it every time, so I feel a bit worn out from the 5 hour flight last night. Not worry though, because bone broth to the rescue! I LOVE how quickly I can whip up a meal in my Instant Pot and I did just that with this spicy beef stew recipe.

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Instant Pot Spicy Beef Stew

Instant Pot Spicy Beef Stew

Feel free to adjust the hot sauce if you don’t like spicy foods. I loooooove spicy so I tend to go overboard a bit. However, C (who usually can’t handle too much spicy foods) went back for seconds, so I think it’ll be just fine. Also, if you don’t have an Instant Pot, feel free to throw everything in the slow cooker. You can read the notes section of the recipe to find out how to do just that.

I love incorporating bone broth into recipes. It’s an easy way to consume all the beneficial minerals and nutrients without even thinking about it, especially when your fiancé refuses to drink it straight on its own. I’m such a trickster, but the one that tries to get you to eat healthy. It’s like sneaking in organ meat into recipes, but this is so much less detectable for those with sensitive palates. If you need a filling, healthy recipe that’s also comforting and warming, be sure to make this spicy beef stew recipe. You are gonna love it!

Instant Pot Spicy Beef Stew

Instant Pot Spicy Beef Stew

Instant Pot Spicy Beef StewInstant Pot Spicy Beef Stew
Instant Pot Spicy Beef Stew
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp ghee or avocado oil
  • 1 lb beef stew meat, cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cups kale leaves, stems removed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups bone broth
  • 2 tbsp your favorite hot sauce
  • Sea salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Set your Instant Pot to Sauté setting and add avocado oil.
  2. Add the meat and stir until the meat is browned.
  3. Add and stir in the rest of the ingredient, except salt.
  4. Close the lid, and make sure the pressure valve is set to "sealing."
  5. Set the Instant Pot to Meat/Stew.
  6. Once finished, about 40 minutes, the Instant Pot will beep. If you are eating right away, hit "Cancel" then release the pressure valve, making sure your hand is away from the opening where the steam escapes. If not, the Instant Pot will automatically switch to the "Warm" setting for the next 10 hours and the pressure will slowly lower on its own.
  7. Taste and salt, if necessary.
Notes
Don't have an Instant Pot? You can place everything in a slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours!

Instant Pot Spicy Beef Stew - Paleo Gluten Free Whole30

Bacon Green Bean Soup

Bacon Green Bean Soup

I need a lot of comfort this week. I think this election drained me. I’m not going to get political because that’s not what my blog is about, but I think it’s worth mentioning that it’s been an emotional roller coaster for many of us. The fact that I didn’t go to sleep until very late on Tuesday night is enough to throw me off the rest of the week.

So enter: soup. There’s something so soothing and healing about a big bowl of creamy soup, especially when it’s made with bone broth. The bacon definitely helps too. 

Bacon Green Bean Soup

Bacon Green Bean Soup

Bacon Green Bean Soup

This soup made with green beans is so appropriate for this chilly season, and I think it’ll be a great side to serve during your Thanksgiving dinner. There’s so much flavor and depth, and the pop of green is so pretty on the table.

Not only is it delicious, it’s a great way to pack in a huge amount of greens during your meal (and your kids’), and I’m always striving to do that. If you had a hard time dealing with this week like me, I suggest you make this soup and curl up with a good book or a Netflix show. It’ll make you feel so much better. I promise!

Bacon Green Bean Soup

Bacon Green Bean Soup

Bacon Green Bean Soup

Bacon Green Bean Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • ¼ lb bacon
  • 2 tbsp ghee or avocado oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 lb green beans. trimmed
  • 4 cups bone broth or water
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (omit pepper for AIP)
Instructions
  1. Chop the bacon into small pieces, about ¼ inches wide.
  2. Heat a large saucepan or a dutch oven over medium high heat. Fry the bacon bits until they are crispy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon bits to a plate and set aside. Leave the bacon grease in the pot.
  4. Lower the heat to medium. Add onion, garlic, and sweet potato, with salt and pepper, and stir and cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the green beans with more salt and pepper, and cook for additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Pour in bone broth or stock. Cover and bring to boil, then lower to simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Once the vegetables are soft, remove from heat. Add coconut milk and let cool slightly.
  8. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth and creamy. If you don't have an immersion blender, work in batches in a blender.
  9. Taste to determine if it needs more salt and pepper.
  10. Serve topped with bacon bits.

Bacon Green Bean Soup

How to Save the Fat from Bone Broth

How to Save the Fat from Bone Broth

Are you making bone broth yet?

Well, it’s something you should look into if you haven’t. Packed full of amino acids, gut healing nutrients, and minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium, it’s crazy beneficial for your bone health, digestion, and even contains anti-inflammatory components. Plus, when you make it at home instead of buying it, you save SO much money and you have all the control over the quality of ingredients.

My favorite way to make bone broth is with the slow cooker method. When using bones from animals with higher fat content like beef, lamb, or pork, you’ll notice that you get a good amount of fat in the broth. I love fat, but I usually don’t like to drink it in my broth. One way to deal with this is to place the broth in the fridge overnight. As the broth chills, the fat rises to the top and hardens, making it easy to skim it off with a spoon or a spatula.

How to Save the Fat from Bone Broth

I like to save the skimmed fat from the broth in a separate container because there’s no way I’m throwing away something so nutritious that gives us sustainable, nourishing energy.

However, the fat in this form is hard to use in cooking, and it goes bad quickly because the moisture content is still high from the broth. To make it last longer and to use it as a cooking oil without having it splatter everywhere, you have to cook off the moisture. You can do this on the stove top, but if you know me at all, you know I like to use the slow cooker.

Depending on how much fat comes out of the broth, I usually save it in the freezer until I have enough (usually after 2-3 batches of bone broth). And once I do, I defrost it in the fridge then throw it all in the slow cooker.

How to Save the Fat from Bone Broth

Leaving the lid slightly ajar, I cook it on low for 5-6 hours so all the liquid moisture can cook off. Afterwards you are left with just the delicious fat that you can use for frying, stir-frying, and baking. One of the added benefits of animal fats is that they are highly saturated so they can be used safely in high heat cooking.

How to Save the Fat from Bone Broth

Pour into a glass jar, and once it cools, screw on the lid and store in the fridge. It’ll harden, and turn beautifully creamy and white. With this method, it’ll keep for months in the fridge!

How to Save the Fat from Bone Broth

How to Save the Fat from Bone Broth

 How to Save the Fat from Bone Broth

How to Save the Fat from Bone Broth
 
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  1. After making bone broth, place the broth in a large pot or container and place in the fridge overnight or at least 5 hours.
  2. As the broth chills, the fat will float to the top and harden. Skim off the fat with a spoon or a spatula. Don't worry if there are bone bits and some broth attached to the fat,.
  3. Save the fat in the freezer until you have at least a cup of fat to render (about 2-3 batches of bone broth).
  4. If your fat is frozen, defrost in the refrigerator.
  5. Place all the fat in the slow cooker, set it on low for 6 hrs. Leave the lid slightly ajar so the liquid can cook off and evaporate.
  6. Once finished, double up a cheesecloth over a funnel to strain into a glass jar.
  7. Let it cool to room temperature completely before screwing on the lid and storing in the fridge.**
Notes
**It's important to keep the lid off until the fat is completely cooled to avoid any moisture that may cause the fat to go bad quickly.

How to Save the Fat from Bone Broth - Paleo Gluten Free Whole30