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Beef Stew Recipe

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Weight loss for the male - meI was celebrating a really great week of eating and exercising right. It was Friday. I decided that I deserved a little treat. Since most of my weight loss diet consists now of vegetables, fruit and low calorie stuff, I really wanted MEAT! Since lean meat is not going to break any of my re-established habits, I thought, why not?

Although I am straying far from my Catholic roots of no-meat-on-Friday-during-Lent, I got out the crockpot and made my favorite beef stew recipe, which is below. This is really simple to make although it can be messy, if you are clumsy in the kitchen.

Put the tomatoes and water in the crockpot and turn it on (or dutch oven if you cook on stovetop). Just slightly brown the meat in a pan (add a little oil if you like). I do not use oil, because whatever fat is in the meat, is enough to keep the meat from sticking to the pan. Use some of the juice left from cooking the meat and sautee the onions and garlic. Don’t brown the garlic – it’ll lose its taste.

Dice the potatoes into cubes 3/4″ on a side. Add everything into the pot.  Now, cook the shit out of it. Really, I cook this until the meat is really tender – about 6 hours or more in the crockpot.  I did not use the red wine this time, but if I did, I would use one cup (no, two cups) instead of an equal amount of the water.

3 lbs Lean Stewing Beef – pounds
5 Potatoes
1 Can Garbanzo Beans
1 Can Kidney Beans
2 Can Crushed Tomatoes – 28 oz can
1.75 tsp Chili Powder teaspoon
3 tbsp Salt – tablespoon
1 tbsp Oregano tablespoon
1 Onion – medium
0.25 tspn Black Pepper – teaspoon
1 bulb Garlic
1 cup Celery 1 cup sliced
3 cups Water
1 cup Red Wine Optional

For each 2 cup serving (one bowl) of this stew, it comes to about 248 calories. My teenage sons love this recipe and always ask for it. Normally, we would eat this with hunks of crusty French bread torn from two big loaves in the center of the table. Those guys can eat, believe me. 4 Large male mammals can put away a gallon of this stuff in one sitting. Well, not this week (due to calorie restrictions) and I was eating alone.

So, why am I writing this?

Well, as the evening progressed, I decided to have a beer with my bowl of stew – Weihenstephan Korbinian. This is a calorie monster beer – 340 calories per 1/2 liter. As I drank my beer and ate my stew, I decided to have another bowl of stew. Then another. Then another beer and one last bowl of beef stew.

1,672 calories later, I realized that I had fallen off the wagon. I did not feel too good about this, but I wrote it off to a personal weekend celebration.

Now it is Monday morning. I still realize that rules are rules and it is back to the rigor of the program. Yesterday (Sunday) I ate very lean, so I know that today and the rest of the week will be a success.

The moral of the story is, weight loss does not just happen, it is planned. One sloppy day per week, is not going to kill you, but can you do it?  I know I can, but I will continue to be more careful from now on.

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