Aw! It is winter again. Long dark nights filled with freezing cold temperatures (If you live up north. I would love to have a Florida winter). When it dips down to twenty below zero, I always feel a deep desire to hibernate inside my house until spring breaks. To make the experience more pleasurable, I have to have a nice hot bowl of homemade soup. Not just any soup, but a gluten free recipe that I love. All natural, gluten-free, dairy-free, Homemade Beef Stew is just what I am longing for.
There are a few ingredients that make my beef stew scrumptious enough to come back to time and time again. How did I come across these ingredients? They were definitely not handed to me from an all natural, gluten-free recipe box. This one required blood, sweat, and tears. Countless failed recipes and years of trying to experiment finally produced this mouthwatering recipe.
I remember the failed attempts very well. I would eat the soup and then think, “Well that was okay.” My first attempts began with a spice packet. I had a friend who recommended it when I asked her for her recipe. I used the exact same spice packet as she did, and mine turned out horrifically spicy. It was so strong that it made my eyes water. I questioned her again and she advised me to use less of the packet. I tried that and it sufficed for awhile. Then, there came a day that I wanted to cook all natural. Those spice packets were thrown in the garbage, since they were loaded with MSG (monosodium glutamate).
My next attempt was to find an amazing all natural beef stew recipe. I hunted and searched. That effort resulted in a tomato based beef stew. This one was definitely a lot better than the spice packet version. It was all natural and did not give me MSG induced headaches. I just was not a big fan of the tomato flavor. I knew that there had to be something better out there. “Where could I find it?” I wondered. I had been trying for years, and I was ready to give up!
Then, my daughters were diagnosed with epilepsy. I did some personal research and put them on a gluten-free, dairy-free, diet. How was I going to feed them? Converting to cooking all natural had helped in this quest and so I dug deep and made up my own gluten-free recipes, which included Homemade Beef Stew. Had it not been for their illnesses, I probably would not have discovered this recipe through trial and error. I was ready to give up on beef stew. It turned out great and was a scrumptious gluten-free recipe that met their needs.
What are the secret ingredients? It all begins with making a homemade beef broth. I make this by using a slow cooker and a roast beef. I use the leftover water and roast beef in my stew. I then cut up some carrots, celery, and potatoes. Add some thyme, basil, salt, and pepper. Cook for awhile and thicken with cornstarch and water. The combination of those ingredients makes a perfect homemade beef stew recipe.
So, I have spent countless hours and years figuring out this recipe and now others will benefit from it. It is has a fabulous flavor and would be a great for anyone. If you are looking to cook all natural, this recipe is for you. It especially works great for food allergies. The hunt for great tasting gluten-free recipes is over. Here is the Homemade Beef Stew Recipe that is sure to warm up those freezing cold winter days!