Saturday, January 26, 2013

Low Carb Hearty Beef Stew... with Radishes!

Yes... radishes! I used them instead of potatoes. It works!

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low carb beef stew recipe with radishes instead of potatoes

See those round white balls that look like new potatoes? Those are the radishes, cooked. No, I didn't peel them. You don't have to! Just trim the ends, clean them, halve the bigger ones, and toss them in. As they cook they lose their color and their 'bite' and become tender and mild. The texture is not as starchy as potatoes, but it's close enough! I think they would be great steamed and tossed with butter and parsley.

Here's the recipe, which is easy, low carb, gluten free, and Medifast-friendly. I thought it was a little too soupy so am leaving out the cup of water that I added. If you like soupy, add a cup of water!

Low Carb Beef Stew with Radishes

1.5 pounds raw beef stew meat (once cooked, mine weighed 15 ounces)
2 cups beef broth (be sure and check that this is gluten free if you are!)
1.5 c canned diced tomatoes (about one 14-ounce can) with juices
1/4 cup diced onions
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp thyme
1 Tbsp dried parsley
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
Your choice of the following low carb veggies, totaling 3.5 cups raw:
trimmed radishes (I used one cup but would have liked more!)
cubed cauliflower
green beans
diced cabbage
carrots, if they are on your plan (*not* okay for Medifast)

Brown the beef cubes in a nonstick pan. Throw everything in the crock pot and give it a stir. Cover and cook on low all day, 6-8 hours or so. Remove bay leaf. Taste and adjust seasoning. This makes about 3 BIG servings... or 6 smaller bowls.

If you are on Medifast, 1/3 of this recipe provides your entire Lean & Green plus 3 condiments.

For more info on subbing radishes for potatoes, here's another post I did about about cooking radishes as hash browns or home fries. Good stuff!

Hope you enjoy seeing radishes in a new light!


Anonymous said...

My mom loved radishes raw
Thanks for posting you inspire me to cook

Lynn said...

It's so fun to spend a Sunday morning catching up with (and learning always) you! I'm very glad you don't have RA or another autoimmune disease, and the radish thing...I stalked your earlier blog on that, too. I have to rid myself of my potatoes-in-soup obsession! Oh, and the meloxicam? I take it sparingly now, but I had taken it every day for my arthritis and it helped me a lot. I hope you find relief with it, too.

Anonymous said...

What a good idea! I'm trying this soon.

Anonymous said...

Great way to use radishes (plus note that radish tops make for a good pesto!)....

Madijo@Fixing Me said...

I am going to try this recipe tomorrow. Thanks!

Lyn said...


pesto! I never would have thought of that. Off to Google it... thanks!

Desert Singer said...

Love the Radish replacement! I've also chopped them up in squares for a "home fries" type thing in a bit of olive oil and garlic. YUM!

Thanks for being so generous in sharing your recipes! :-)

Marie Smith said...

Sounding like an awesome idea! I'm going to try this! Thanks for the idea!!!

Anonymous said...

This was delicious! Thank you! I have never commented before, but I love your blog.


debbie @ healthy eating plan said...

This is great! thanks for sharing! good for my healthy eating plan blog.

lauren said...

This recipe for beef stew was delicious, and exactly what i was looking for. I have never eaten radishes before and i love how they were cooked in the stew. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This looks so delicious! I would also recommend taking a look at a korean beef and radish soup recipe (to be eaten with rice). Absolutely savory and filling while being amazingly low cal.

postalmaze said...

I was looking for a low carb beef stew recipe. This one looks delicious and will be trying it today! Thanks for posting healthy options!