Comfort foods with a Healthy twist

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Since I mentioned in my last blog that I have been making comfort foods with a healthy twist I thought I might share with you what that means. I am using recipes I have had for quite some time but changed some of the ingredients out. I am substituting sugar with the Stevia baking sugar (and then not even using the required amount). I am using Coconut flour instead of regular flour (this can be tricky as you don’t need to use nearly as much).
Then for my dinners if the recipe calls for carrots or potatoes I am using sweet potatoes and asparagus. Carrots contain more sugar than I’d like and the sweet potato is a great replacement for the conventional white potato. There are so many little tweaks you can do here and there with your recipes. If something calls for butter, try coconut oil. You can put it on your popcorn too. I pretty much use coconut oil for everything from a deep conditioner on my hair, to moisturizing my body to using it with everything I cook. It really is the miracle oil in my humble opinion.
I will leave you with one of my comfort healthier recipes.

It’s a Healthy Crockpot Beef Stew.

2 lbs. of Beef stew meat (browned on the stove with Worchestershire sauce and a little kosher salt).
2 Sweet potatoes peeled and cut up into chunks
2 Asparagus bunches chopped into pieces
3 Celery stalks chopped
1 Medium onion chopped into pieces
Mushrooms (optional) chopped
Rosemary (1/4 cup or so finely chopped)

Place Beef and remainder in slow cooker. You may want to add the asparagus in the last few hours or it might get mushy.
Make seasoning with Garlic, thyme, pepper, Add 1 cup beef stock, 1/2 cup red wine. Enough to make 1 1/2 cups of liquid. Taste and adjust. Pour over the meat mixture and stir.

Cook on low 8 hours. If you don’t want to use wine just use 1 1/2 cup of beef stock.
(You can add whatever veggies you like – this is just what I use) Same with the spices.
You can add what you like! Bon Appetit

Health and Happiness! Janet
Crockpot stew