Oooh its getting chilly and wintery. This morning was the coldest May morning in 13 years! Although it is Sydney and the temperature was 7c. It still felt cold. In Aus they don’t believe in central heating or radiators!!
It is certainly time to crank the oven on and start whipping up my Winter recipes. Served hot was a delicious simple beef and bacon stew, a great one to make on the weekend and to have all week for leftovers. A luxurious amalgamation of flavours without the hefty price tag is just what I was after whilst on a student budget but wanting something nourishing and filling.
By using celery, mushrooms really help bulk out the dish. Serve this with a big handful of fresh spinach leaves alongside some tasty mash potato, baked potatoes (try my hasselbacks here) or with some brown rice. It is so nourishing for you too with these cooler months approaching, the slow cooking process helps release the collagen fibres from the meat (which is great for helping to heal the gut, thus improving our immunity), as well the break down of the protein makes it more easily digestible on your system.
Why is this dish good for you:
Beef is great source of good quality protein with all of the essential amino acids which will nourish, replenish and repair tissue, skin and muscles. Organic entails that the beef has none of the added hormones, antibiotics and so on, which have been known to disrupt our own hormones. Slow cooking beef helps further break down the fibres which make up the protein, by doing this allows your body to easily digest it.
Celery contains a large amount of fibre, which really aids with digestion and helps you feel fuller quicker due to its bulk in fibre. It is also a good source of potassium which is not only good for helping to maintain fluid balance in your body as well as a steady heart beat. It does this by helping to offset sodium’s effects on blood pressure. Some also say (from this book) that it can help with gout symptoms and oedema (fluid swelling).
Mushrooms are a great plant based source of niacin (part of the vitamin B group) this has been known to help with anxiety and depression. They also contain the highest source of immune-boosting antioxidant ergothioneine which is an excellent defence against colds and flu.
Raw Spinach is a great leafy green packed with folate (healthy blood and coronary), vitamins A (eye health), C (immunity) and B6 (for protein metabolism) and potassium (fluid balance in the body)
Tomatoes have a high levels of lycopene which is a carotenoid, this is a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes and is responsible for their red colour. lycopene is a wonder chemical which when absorbed into the body, helps to prevent and also repair damaged cells by inactivating free radicals in the body. The jelly like substance around the seeds in tomatoes contains salicyates, which have an anti-clotting effect on the blood. According to this wonderful book, it has thus been credited for reducing wrinkles. This could be due to the high levels of vitamin C a tomato contains.
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