Chocolate or Marmite Beef Stew which one are you?

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Chocolate Beef Stew

Chocolate or Marmite – you may be thinking yuck! However before you rush off I would like to add in defence of these dishes that the raw cacao powder and marmite just simply add flavour and texture to the dish. Now I know Marmite, or Meridian salt-free yeast extract as we used in this house, is not to everybody’s tastes, but in a stew it adds a strong beef flavour. The cacao powder, on the other hand, makes the sauce smooth and creamy.

Both of these dishes to me are delicious, but my husband loves the yeast extract one and my son likes the chocolate stew. The yeast extract and the raw cacao powder have equal health benefits and both add extra protein to the meal. So when a beef stew is made nowadays we have to flip a coin. So I will leave it up to you to decide which one your family likes the best. Both these dinners are well worth a try.

Equipment needed

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Marmite Beef Stew

  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Slow cooker or large saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring Jug
  • Tablespoon
  • Potato masher

Ingredients for the stew

  • Beef stewing steak x 500g
  • Onion x 1
  • Garlic x 2
  • Carrots x 2
  • Swede x 1
  • Celery
  • Fresh thyme x 4 stalks
  • Tomatoes x 2 400g tins
  • Bone Broth x 300mls
  • Tomato puree or tommy k x 2 tbsp
  • Raw cacao powder x 2 tbsp or Yeast extract x 2 tbsp
  • Bay leaves x 2
  • Brown rice flour x 2 tbsp
  • Spinach, green beans or peas x 4 handfuls
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for the large saucepan

Method for the hob and oven

  • Preheat the oven to 180°.
  • Start by peeling and chopping the onion, garlic, carrots and swede.
  • Slice the celery as thinly as possible.
  • Chop the beef stewing steak, if not already, into 1 inch pieces.
  • Put the large saucepan on a high heat and add the oil.
  • Spread the oil evenly across the base of the pan with the plastic brush.
  • Once the pan is hot, add the onion and the garlic, frying until soft.
    • If the oil dries, add a little water to the base of the pan and continue to fry.
  • Now add in the beef and fry until it’s browned all over.
  • Sprinkle over the brown rice flour and continue to fry for another minute.
  • Add in the carrots, celery, swede and fry for a few more minutes.
  • Pour in the tomatoes and bone broth  and then add the tomato puree or tommy k,  and the raw cacao powder or yeast extract.
  • Put the rosemary in as well.
  • Finally add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place in the oven for 2 hours.
  • Before the stew finishes in the oven, if having this with peas or green beans, add them when there is about 30 minutes to go.
  • If having spinach, add it in at the end of the 2 hours and let it wilt down.
  • Once the stew has finished remove from the oven and serve with the mash.

Method for the slow cooker

  • Start by peeling and chopping the onion, garlic and carrots.
  • Slice the celery as thinly as possible.
  • Chop the beef stewing steak, if not already, into 1 inch pieces.
  • Place all of these ingredients into the slow cooker.
  • Along with the tinned tomatoes and bone broth.
  • Then add the tomato puree or tommy k and the raw cacao powder or yeast extract.
  • Sprinkle over the brown rice flour and put in the rosemary.
  • Finally add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Put the slow cooker on high for four hours and low for eight hours.
  • Before the end of the cooking process add in the spinach, peas or green beans and allow to wilt or cook.
  • Again I like to do this about 30 minutes before the end.
  • Once the stew has finished, serve with the mash and enjoy.

Stews are easy meals to prepare and cook. I really enjoy making a stew as I know I will get to sit down and wait for the meal to cook in the oven or slow cooker. For me, once this dish is in the oven it’s like the fairies have come in and cooked for us. Plus adding the yeast extract or raw cacao powder always makes the dinner tastier. You can always make double the portions too, as all the ingredients are freezable. It’s a great way to have a yummy but quick mid week meal. However you decide to eat this dish, as always, enjoy.

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