beef stew











This is a really simple stew and a nice way to get a good variety of vegetables into a toddler’s diet. I only used root veg in my version which can go in for the whole cooking time, but if you add any other veg to the stew, maybe add them with 30 mins to go so that they don’t disintegrate entirely.


200g diced beef/stewing steak
1 small chopped onion
300ml chicken/beef stock
100g chopped carrot
100g chopped sweet potato
1/2 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
3-4 good dashes of Worcestershire sauce (if you used chicken stock)
1 tsp cornflour


• Fry the beef and onion over a medium heat until the beef is browned and the onion softens
• Add the remaining ingredients except for the cornflour and bring to the boil
• Once the mixture comes to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 1.5 hours
• Take out a small ladle of the liquid, mix the cornflour into it
• Re-add the mixture into the stew and stir the sauce until it thickens
• Remove the bay leaf and serve


I serve the stew with a jacket potato or home made potato wedges.

If you add more root vegetables, you could try parsnip, swede, or potato. If you add any other vegetables, you could try peas or courgette.

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