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spiced beef stew

Low Carb Beef Stew

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Category: beef
  • Method: slow cook
  • Cuisine: Winter
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A delicious and low carb spiced beef stew without potatoes!



  • 3 tablespoons lard, tallow or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, small diced
  • 2 parsnips, medium, 1/8 inch slices (about 1 cup sliced)
  • 2 small carrots, 1/8 inch slices (about 1/2 cup sliced)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 pounds grass-fed beef stew meat ( I use this one)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoons Chinese 5-spice (I use this one)
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • Juice of 1 lemon or 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 4 cups bone broth
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream (I use this one) or Thrive Brand
  • 2 cups fresh arugula or baby spinach
  • Crushed Baruka nuts, almonds to garnish (optional)


  1. Heat your dutch oven over medium heat.
  2. Add in the cooking fat followed by the onions, carrots, parsnips, garlic and bay leaves. Saute for 8-10 minutes or until tender.
  3. Separate 1 ladle -full of sauteed veggie, and set aside.
  4. Add in the beef, salt, ground seasonings and cinnamon sticks. Stir well and saute until the beef is browned about 5 minutes.
  5. Add in the lemon juice or vinegar and stir to deglaze the pot, stirring to unstick all the seasonings browned at the bottom.
  6. Add in the bone broth and bring to a simmer. In your blender combine the separated veggies, the coconut cream and 2 ladle-fulls of simmering broth from the pot. Blend until smooth. Then add this creamy mixture to the soup.
  7. Stir well and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the pot and cook here, stirring occasionally for an hour.
  8. This can really sit here, warm on low heat for as long as you need it too, Dutch ovens are like slow cookers. Even if you turn off the heat, if you keep the lid on the soup will remain warm for a long time.
  9. When you’re ready to serve, open the lid, remove the cinnamon sticks and bay leaves;  stir in the fresh greens and dig in!


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl/ serving
  • Calories: 419
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 45g

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