This sweet potato stew saved me big time yesterday when I was feeling incredibly deprived! You see, I’ve been doing an elimination diet (Autoimmune Paleo) for a few days now, in efforts to improve some of my fibromyalgia symptoms. (What is Autoimmune Paleo?)
Long story short, for a month I’ll be avoiding common gut irritating foods, like: grains, nuts, seeds, dairy, legumes, eggs, nightshades, caffeine, and chocolate. (No chocolate? Seriously?)
I know it will be worth it in the long run if I’m able to improve or get rid of my headaches and fatigue, but boy is it hard! After a potluck at church yesterday (couldn’t eat anything on the table) I was feeling a little deprived and resentful towards my new diet.
Upon getting back home, I picked up a new recipe I had printed out (100% AIP compliant) and decided to give it a try. Enter the AIP Sweet Potato Stew, adapted from Autoimmune Wellness. (Awesome site btw!)
As this stew was cooking and the hearty, meaty, thyme-spiced scents filled the room, I felt myself relax a little. There’s something comforting to me about spending time in my kitchen with some music on while I try out a new recipe.
After slicing all the colorful veggies, browning the juicy meat, and simmering all the deliciousness for a while, the stew was spooned into bowls. Its chunkiness and heartiness reminded me of something you’d eat around a campfire in the woods. At the same time, after topping with avocado and cilantro, it looked pretty enough to serve proudly to dinner guests.
Digging into this stew removed all feelings of depravity, and I was no longer upset about not being able to eat anything at the potluck. It’s a savory, warm, spicy hug. This stew hit the spot for me, and I know you’ll love it too! The best part is that it makes a big pot, so you can have leftovers!
- The original recipe called for 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, but I used ground thyme and it came out great!
- I made my own bone broth earlier in the week using my pressure cooker. (Recipe here). If you don’t have bone broth, substitute chicken or beef broth!
- Has anyone else ever been on an elimination diet, and did it work for you? I’d love to hear about your experience!
- 2 Tbsp solid cooking fat (I used bacon fat)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 8 cloves garlic, minced (I used a garlic press)
- 2 tsp ground thyme
- 2 cups carrots, cut into large chunks
- 4 sweet potatoes, cut into large chunks
- 4 cups bone broth
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
- 1-2 avocados
- cilantro for garnish
- Heat the fat in a large pot (like a stock pot) on medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
- Add garlic and thyme and cook for several more minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add carrots and sweet potatoes, and cook 5 minutes with lid off.
- Pour bone broth and salt into the pot and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until you can easily pierce potatoes and carrots with a fork.
- Meanwhile, brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through.
- Add the ground beef to the stockpot, stir, and cook for an additional 15 minutes, covered.
- Serve topped with avocado slices and cilantro sprigs. Enjoy.