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Foodie Friday: Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

So, not going to lie, this recipe became a must for me, the second I saw it. First off, I love the movie Julie and Julia. It’s amazing what Julia Childs was able to do for women in the world of cooking. She knocked down the walls preventing women from learning to become extraordinary chefs. If you love to cook and have not seen Julie and Julia, I recommend you make this recipe, uncork a nice bottle of wine, and settle in for a dinner showing. I am guessing Julia Childs might not approve of her Beef Bourguignon being made in a slow cooker, but I am pretty freakin’ stoked about it, due to the time-saving aspect.

Moving on, this recipe was taken from the unboundwellness.com site. As I stated in last Friday’s article, I have a few recipes I plan to make and evaluate, which come from this same site. The Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon is a savory stew filled with lots of veggies, and of course, stew meat.

It took me an hour to put the dish together. The ingredients are as follows: beef stew meat, bacon, carrots, Portobello mushrooms, white sweet potatoes (I used orange), pearl onions, beef broth, arrowroot powder, red wine, salt, pepper (I omitted this), garlic, Bay leaf, and Thyme. This dish can be prepared to fit the needs of anyone on the AIP, Paleo, Whole30, or Gluten free diet.

The most difficult part of this dish is cooking the bacon and browning the beef. The rest is really about chopping vegetables and putting the ingredients into the crockpot at the correct time. It must cook for 8 hours on low, so definitely plan ahead.

I ran into a couple of snags during my cooking adventure. I was unable to find white sweet potatoes, so I used orange, which the recipe says is okay. I put one in the pot, and will cook two to mash up underneath the stew, once it is ready to serve. The second issue I ran into, was that I forgot to buy fresh Thyme and Parsley, so I had to go back to the store again to get these items. I was not going to let my dish go without Thyme. I took the “Thyme” to make it, so it should be done correctly, right?

It smells and looks heavenly in the slow cooker. Waiting is my biggest frustration. The flavor, however, was totally worth it in the end. It’s hearty and I am incredibly glad this makes enough for six servings, because I want more later.

I give this recipe 5 stars because it seems like a complicated recipe, but with the slow cooker, it becomes quite simple and still provides an elegant dish to share with your family and friends. The recipe was easy to follow and worth the time and wait. The author gives you substitution guidelines as well as different serving options, which is always a nice bonus.

To make your Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon, check out the link below:

https://www.unboundwellness.com/slow-cooker-beef-bourguignon/

Foodie Friday: Chicken Stroganoff

Welcome to the very first Foodie Friday blog entry where I will review and tell you about my experiences with trying new recipes that I have found. These recipes could range from appetizers to entrees to desserts and most often will be made for those who have diet restrictions. This first recipe I was hesitant about, but I am obscenely happy that I decided to move forward with preparation.

Growing up, my mom liked to make Beef Stroganoff, which was okay (it had nothing to do with how she made it. I would not have been a big fan no matter who made it). I never felt drawn in enough to want to make it myself, until now. The biggest change is that this recipe was made with chicken instead of beef, and I put it on top of mashed sweet potatoes. I am currently kicking off a new diet due to health issues. I have to cut out corn, dairy, grain, soy, and eggs, which can be challenging.

This first recipe came from unboundwellness.com and is Paleo, Whole30, gluten free, and AIP appropriate. I will include a link to the recipe at the bottom of this article. What drew me in was hugely the image posted of the dish. I love mushrooms and they looked wonderfully decadent (I did not include a photo because I failed to take a photo when it was still in the pan and the plated version is not as pretty as what is posted on the authors website).

Now, I should tell you that I did not use the Portobello mushrooms that were listed in the recipe. I ended up swapping for white buttons because the store happened to be out of Portobello and I was not willing to make another stop. I also made the recipe a little larger than what was called for because it turns out, I sliced up more than a pound of chicken.

The recipe calls for chicken breast, chicken broth, coconut cream, arrowroot starch, mushrooms, onion, garlic, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, salt, and black pepper (I omitted the black pepper). This dish can be made in a single pan and it cooks up nicely. The smell is divine and it tastes even better. They do say that it will take 20 minutes to prepare, but honestly, it took me an hour to chop everything and cook it, but again, I made extra chicken and added extra ingredients because of my oversight.

I put the stroganoff atop mashed sweet potatoes and it was AMAZING! I think I could eat this recipe every other day and be quite happy. The dish was aromatic and tasted like something you would get at an upscale restaurant, but I made it at home and it was fairly easy. If you like Stroganoff, certainly you should check this recipe out. It’s not like some of those healthy recipes where you take the first bite and instantly wonder what’s wrong with the chef’s tastebuds. This one will wow anyone you invite to dinner (providing they are into this sort of cuisine).

What I love about this site and recipe is that they do make it fairly easy to follow. They also tell you some tips and tricks for changing the recipe to suit your needs. I have several other recipes I intend to try out from this site in the future. They have provided me with enough healthy variation, that I could cook from them for weeks and not get bored.

On a scale from one to five, one being the worst and five being the best, I give Chicken Stroganoff five stars for ease of execution and how sinfully elegant it tastes.

To check out the recipe I used, visit the site listed below:

https://unboundwellness.com/chicken-stroganoff/