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There's nothing as delicious to me as the smell of rich beef stew cooking on the range. We were testing this dish last week in the weelicious kitchen, and every time anyone wandered in, the first thing all of them would say is, "what's that smell?!” There's just something so comforting and homey to almost everyone about beef stew. And it's the perfect choice for babies just starting solids because it's packed with iron from the beef and tons of flavor from the veggies.

That being said, while I came up with this recipe for babies, it’s appeal seems to have even more wide-reaching appeal. Kenya is almost 2 1/2 and he ate this puree for dinner 2 nights in a row! And when a friend of mine saw it in the fridge, she asked if she could bring some home to serve to her family spread on crackers like a pate. I do realize the picture above desn’t necessarily look like something you'd dream of serving to your baby (or yourself for that matter), but it is serious good eating!

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Baby Beef Stew (Makes 10 Baby Servings)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 115 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound beef chuck boneless roast, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 small onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot or 10 baby carrots, peeled and chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium yukon gold potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 cup water

Preparation

1. Heat the oil in a heavy bottom pot over medium/high heat.

2. Add the beef chunks and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side until brown.

3. Add the onions, carrots, potatoes and water.

4. Stir the ingredients and bring to a boil.

4. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the beef and vegetables are tender.

5. Puree in a food processor until smooth or desired texture for your baby.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.