Big Island Beef Stew
My family is generally pretty healthy, but sometimes we falter, and so we end up eating something not-so-good for us. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes I’m at a potluck and my options are at the mercy of others. Sometimes the fancy organic “something-or-other” is not in the budget. I am not always perfect with my health, but I do try to maintain a balance. I’ve seen deprivation do weird things to people. A wise friend once said, “moderation in all things”, and it’s very sage advice to live by.
As much as I can, I try to buy local grass fed beef. Luckily, we have access to it in almost every grocery store on the island and even at our local farmer’s market. Since I’ve been eating Big Island beef, I have had a hard time eating the beef shipped in from elsewhere. Our island raised beef is leaner, fresher, tastier and of superb quality. I find it’s becoming more important to be as much of a locavore as I can, even more important than eating organic.
One of my favorite crockpot meals is beef stew and I almost always use Big Island beef when I make it. Depending upon which cut is least expensive, I will use either pre-cut stew meat pieces, or the beef stew bone. When I purchase the stew bone, I look for the bone with the most meat and marrow. It’s nice to squeeze some extra flavor and nutrition into my stew. The following is my recipe for beef stew using a Big Island Beef stew bone and some herbs and cherry tomatoes from my yard. Typically, we serve it over brown or jasmine rice….enjoy!
A delicious bowl of beef stew served over rice is perfect for any night of the week.