Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Certified Angus Beef® brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Winter is the time of year when we turn to comfort foods, like Hearty Beef Stew made from Certified Angus Beef® brand , to warm us up and brighten our mood. I’ve decided that I’m breaking up with winter. I’m so sick of all these sub-zero temperatures! Really, the comfort food is the only thing that is keeping me sane. I don’t care that New Year’s resolutions dictate that I want to lose weight. I’m cold, tired and grumpy and I want some good food! 😀 Sometimes I’ll make homemade Chicken-n-Dumplings, sometimes a pot pie or casserole, but lately I’ve wanted stews. Thick, rich, meaty stews filled with fresh vegetables. I try to make even our rib-sticking comfort food a bit healthier by using fresh ingredients and limiting the amount of salt I use. I have to admit, I really don’t mind cooking recipes that take time. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes. Your house it filled with such an inviting aroma. It all just sets the mood for supper time. I may hate the coldness of winter, but I love the homey atmosphere it can bring!
I recently received a Recipe Rehab kit that had an apron, notepad, clip, two beef stew recipes using Certified Angus Beef® brand and the meat to cook them with. The kit was awesome and I have to say that both recipes were delicious. The first that I tried was Beef Stew with Barley by Chef Vikki Krinsky. This recipe called for ingredients like garlic, onion, mushrooms, carrots, spinach, thyme, oregano, celery, barley, tomato paste, Pinot Noir and beef stock plus a couple of other things. It was cooked in the oven and even though it had barley added to it, the overall stew was more soup than you’d expect a stew. The taste was phenomenal. I used a slotted spoon to dip it into bowls and served with a twisted bread roll. Out of the 6 of us, 4 loved it, 1 ate it but it wasn’t his favorite and 1 wouldn’t touch it. I’d say it went over pretty well to have only had one child not eat it.
The second recipe was Hearty Beef Stew by Chef Keoni Chang, served over cauliflower and contained ingredients like onions, baby carrots, mushrooms, Pino Grigio, beef stock, tomato paste, celery, garlic, thyme, lemon juice and a few other ingredients with a dollop of sour cream on top and a pinch of fleur de sel which we couldn’t’ find so left it out. This one was cooked on the stove top and was thicker than the first. It had a nice, thick gravy like sauce and the vegetables were left in large chunks. I served this stew with Bolillios rolls. Out of the 6 of us, we all liked it really well. My son and I are the only ones in our family that like cauliflower so the other 4 didn’t care for that but they loved the flavor of the stew. Personally, I would have loved it if it had barley in place of the cauliflower. I think I”ll make it again and add the barley.
But what about the Certified Angus Beef® brand itself?
The meat was outstanding! It came in two large, gorgeous roasts that Clay cut into cubes. It had beautiful marbling and sliced and cubed very easily. I browned it in the stock pot in small batches and even before it was fully cooked in the stew, you could tell that it was going to be really tender. And it was. There was not one tough bite in either batch of stew. Even our 4 year old had no trouble chewing it up and she tends to have problems eating meat. She had no problem at all with the Certified Angus Beef® and ate every bite!
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Beef Nutrition Facts
• Calorie for calorie, beef is a nutrient powerhouse.
• Beef has ZIP also known as Zinc, Iron and Protein
–nutrients that are essential to a healthy, balanced diet.
• Beef is a great source of “B” vitamins to promote growth and help maintain health
• 29 cuts of beef are lean (less than 10g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat and 95mg cholesterol per 3.5-‐ounce serving).
• To find a lean cut, look for ‘round’ or ‘loin’ in the name (i.e. strip loin, tenderloin, round roast).
Have you watched it? It’s great! I love cooking shows anyway. But to take your existing recipes and revamp them with a healthier twist and then let you test them out in your own kitchen and decide which you like best? That’s awesome! I love finding new ways to cook the things we already love, like beef stew. And Recipe Rehab helps me do that. Be sure to watch award-winning Recipe Rehab on CBS Saturday morning, February 15, for the official winner; check local listings for air time.
View the show at: Recipe Rehab
I hope to have Clay grill us some big, juicy Certified Angus Beef® brand steaks this summer!
Have you ever used Certified Angus Beef® brand and, if so, what did you think about it?
Hi! I’m Crystal Martin, a stay at home mom of 4, living in KY with my high school sweetheart husband of 20+ years. My husband and I are co-bloggers at Cinnamon Hollow where we write about homesteading, travel, beauty, our lives with our kids and pets, fun and free printables as well as the products and services that make our lives just a little bit easier – and a lot more fun!
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