To celebrate St. Patrick's Day we made some stew and a loaf of bread that I dyed green. That sounds kinda Irish, right?

I grew up on a beef cattle farm, so stew is one of those meals that makes me feel comfy and warm with good memories of home. The recipe I use is pretty similar to the one Mom used to make, with the addition of a few more exotic vegetables (yams!) and spices.

For our stew we used a beef roast that we cut into chunks. The roast was crazy cheap and that made the stew beef we cut even cheaper. I love saving money by doing some of the prep work myself (plus I really like doing the prep work!).

Beef Roast

Beef roast cut into stew beef chunks

Jen and John's Simple Stew


1 lb (or so) stewing beef
onion, finely diced
garlic, finely diced

2 medium carrots, chopped
1 yam, cut in chunks
2-3 potatoes, cut in chunks
1 can of diced mushrooms
1 cup frozen corn kernels
Broth packet (beef or what you have)
Various spices to taste: garlic salt, salt, pepper, basil, turmeric
Corn starch + water


1. Brown beef in pot you intend to use for your stew. Once browned, add water to pot, almost covering the beef. Add in finely diced onion and garlic (I use a small food processor) and simmer on low heat with lid on for 2 -3 hours. I recently learned that this is called braising the beef.

2. Add in chopped vegetables and enough water to cover them. Add a broth packet or two to add flavour (beef if you have it). Add various spices to taste. Soften the vegetables over medium-low heat for 1 hour.

3. Continue simmering as long as desired. The more it cooks the more it thickens. To thicken to desired consistency, add corn starch mixed with water until it looks right.

Serve with bread (dying it green for St. Patty's Day is optional).

Sometimes we make the stew the day before and let it sit in the fridge overnight to allow the flavours to intensify. It makes it super yummy.

Enjoy! And Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Posted by Jen B On Sunday, March 17, 2013 7 comments


  1. Ooh, that bread looks good. I'm a vegetarian so I'd have to leave the meat out of my stew.

    1. The bread was really fun to eat - it is so bright green! I have had a really excellent vegetarian stew before with a mushroom base - so good! Thanks for stopping by the blog! :)

  2. Veg stew with mushroom base, sounds fantastic. And the green bread looks like a lot of fun.

  3. Ooh, vegetarian stew and that wonderful bread. Sounds sooo yummy.

  4. Hello,
    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. This soup looks really good. I love to eat. The green bread is a pretty great idea. I'm your new follower. I've enjoyed browsing your blog. I'll be visiting often. Hope you will visit again soon.

    1. Hey! Thanks for stopping by the blog and for the nice comment! I'm looking forward to checking out your projects as well! Thanks again! :)


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