Homemade Beef Stew 😋

So I haven’t been feeling well and have been trying to figure out if it’s my Ulcerative Colitis or not. I believe that it is and on top of that I have a cold. So let’s just say I feel absolutely horrible all the time and have no energy at all. I think these cold temps and the weather change prompted my body to flare. Yay for cold weather 😒 so I have to search deep to see if making a move to a warmer climate will help my body. Anyways, the other night I made an amazing beef stew. Growing up my mother worked long and crazy hours. We didn’t get many home cooked meals. Not bashing my mom by any means, she did what she could at the time in our lives. As I’ve gotten older I promised myself once I started my wellness journey that I would deviate buying fast food or restaurants, cause it’s horrible for you and expensive. There are times when we do go to a restaurant but hardly ever fast food. This was the first I’ve ever attempted beef stew and it turned out perfect the first time!!!

I try to buy extra ingredients to help with leftovers so we have meals for a few days especially when I’m working night shifts. So Greg doesn’t need to cook dinner and I don’t have to spend extra and buy food. And it works for us.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds stewing beef
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour ***I used arrowroot flour/starch because of having a gluten intolerance
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • A few dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste, I ended up using more. Lol
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 boxes beef stock, I used 1 box at first. Then used the second box of the stew became too thick for my liking.
  • 5 medium white potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup frozen green beans (optional)
  • fresh parsley for garnish

  1. Add olive oil to the pan and Season the beef with salt and pepper and add to the hot pan, just so the beef covers the bottom of the pan.
  2. Brown the beef pieces on each side just until they’re beautifully caramelized, sprinkling the arrowroot over the beef as it browns, about 1 teaspoon at a time.
  3. Remove the beef from the pot to a plate after it has browned (don’t worry about cooking it through at this point!) and add the thyme, smoked paprika, onions, garlic, carrots and celery to the pan.
  4. Stir the vegetables around to catch all the drippings left in the pan from the meat and add the beef back into the pot after the onions are almost translucent.
  5. Add the beef broth (3 cups) and the Worcestershire Sauce, and the tomato paste. Give everything a good stir and let the liquid cook down.
  6. Once the liquid has reduced for several minutes and it has thickened, add the tomato sauce, and the potatoes. I added more beef stock at this point because it was too thick for me.
  7. Give everything a good stir, scraping any bits off the bottom of the pot.
  8. Make sure the potatoes are nicely nestled into the liquid and add the lid to the pan.
  9. If you’d like to add the frozen green beans you can add them when the potatoes are fork tender. It won’t take long for them to cook
  10. You’ll know the stew is done when the beef easily falls apart.
  11. After it is ready I use parsley on top when serving!!

Just remember to taste your stew as you go. We all have different taste buds and some things taste different to others. I added more tomato paste, salt, and pepper at the end. I also added more beef broth throughout the process to get it to the consistency that I liked. You can add more to make it more of a soup also. This recipe is perfect for cold weather!! Hope you all have a great evening ❤️💋 The Wellness Warrior

🎃 Pumpkins 🎃

I’ve never cooked pumpkins before. I’ve baked the seeds before, which are amazing, by the way. This year since I’ve drastically changed my eating habits, I’ve been trying to try any and all veggies, fruits, and pretty much anything in the produce section. I’m still trying to be brave enough to buy a jackfruit. Lol. So I decided I’d bake myself a pumpkin. Let me just say, it was easy, versatile, and delicious!!!! I split it in half, took out the seeds, sprayed the pan down with coconut oil, and put it flesh down, and baked it at 375 degrees. I baked it along with spaghetti squash and acorn squash. I just kept checking on them after 25 minutes. When it was done baking, the skin just peeled right off and I put it in a Tupperware container and stuck it in the fridge. I made pumpkin pancakes with them over the weekend, which were great!! You just take 1 egg, 1/4 cup of pumpkin, 2 tablespoons flour (I used coconut flour), cinnamon( or any other seasoning you’d want), and I added water also cause the consistency was too think for me. Cook them low and slow and drizzle honey on top when finished. Then tonight after I made a leftover dinner of chicken meatballs and spaghetti squash, I wanted dessert!! While I do sneak bad sweets here and there, I can’t do it often due to severe belly aches. But if I use all natural ingredients I don’t really have an issue. So tonight I took the rest of my homemade pumpkin purée and put it in a pan with some coconut oil (depending on how thick/thin you want the consistency…..i like mine thick), then added some cinnamon and coconut sugar. That’s it. Seriously so darn good!!!! It was like a hot pumpkin pudding. I’ll take good for you sweets any day!!! Trying to be healthy and make the right decisions aren’t always easy but if you experiment and enjoy cooking then it just keeps getting easier. I’m excited to see what else I can cook up with pumpkins. Let me know if you try these and if you like them as much as I did. Have a wonderful night y’all ❤️💋

It may not look beautiful. But it tasted amazing 🎃

Coconut Crusted Salmon with Sautéed Spinach, Red and Orange Mini Peppers, Onions, Green Peppers, and Spiced Quinoa 😋

Tonight for dinner I wanted something kind of sweet, spicy, and bold flavors. I am in LOVE with everything coconut. Since I have Ulcerative Colitis I have to stay away from many different types of food. Dairy and gluten are two of them. So I usually substitute coconut for flour and milk products.

I added spices (ground ginger, smoked paprika, powdered onion, pink Himalayan sea salt, pepper, and chili powder) to 2 beaten eggs in one bowl and put to the side. I put some coconut flour in a bowl, with the same spices used for the eggs, and set aside. Then I used unsweetened coconut flakes in another bowl and put those seasonings in the flakes and set aside. You always want to season every step/ingredient to ensure your protein will have maximum flavor. I patted the salmon dry then dipped it in the coconut flour mixture, then dunked it into the egg mixture, and then put it skin side up into the unsweetened coconut flakes. They usually stick pretty well because of the egg mixture that holds the coconut flakes in place. I melted coconut oil in a pan on medium heat. I put the salmon in skin side down first to get a crispy skin. I haven’t ever really been into fish, ever. I tried tilapia before but after learning how ‘dirty’ of a fish they are, I stopped eating it. About 2 years ago I tried salmon but didn’t season it enough and didn’t start eating it again until a few months ago. I love the benefits of salmon and with my autoimmune disease, I have to stay away from red meat. So I try to eat different proteins with different flavors to switch it up. Don’t be afraid to try different things or even flavors that you don’t know if they’ll be good. This is how we all learn. I love to cook. I’m always experimenting on different flavors with all types of different foods. With the quinoa I left it plain and added some smoked paprika, salt, and pepper, at the end. I also sautéed a white onion, green peppers, mini multi-colored peppers, and spinach in, of course, coconut oil. Also, if you can’t have eggs due to an allergy, I’ve also made this with unsweetened coconut yogurt instead of the egg mixture. It’ll turn out just as good!! I just didn’t have time to go to the store to get yogurt.

Another great tip I have is buy bulk when fruits and veggies are in season. I always freeze whatever will go bad. I portion out spinach and put it in the freezer until I’m ready to use it. I only use two different oils, coconut and olive. Make sure to get a good brand and good quality.

Dinner ended up turning out amazing!!! I hope that you all try my coconut crusted salmon and enjoy it as much as I did. I am about to settle down for the night with my kiddos and watch the new Aladdin movie. Excited to see this one!!! Have a wonderful night and I’ll talk to you all tomorrow ❤️💋

My Journey to Wellness

*Standing up in crowded room* Hi, my name is Danielle and I’m an alcoholic. Well I haven’t been to an AA meeting, yet. I have been sober now for about 15 months. This is where my whole journey starts. I mean we all have multiple journeys in our lives, but this was the one that turned my whole life upside down. I was at a point of ‘rock bottom’. I had nothing, except my kids and they were the only reason I survived. I wanted to take my life, I truly did. But I realized that I had to be here for my children. I had walked through the depths of hell up to this point. People used me, people put me down, my oldest had cancer, I was being treated like shit. So what did I do?? I drank. I drank a lot. I drank cause I was mad, sad, lonely(even when I was in a room full of people), and the drinking, I thought, was helping me get through everything. Yea, nope, it made things worse. I’ll eventually go into this in further explanation in another article but for now I just wanted to go where it all began. Now knowing what I know. I was a broken girl who was fed up with everything. Things were wrong, all wrong. My relationships with my family, my ex-husband, even myself. I overcame one of the hardest obstacles in life……addiction. Many people have been lost due to addiction. Hell, I’ve lost friends over that shit. I was sober for a month when I had to bury a best friend due to her drinking. It tore at my soul that I couldn’t help her. But I’m here now to say that wellness comes in all forms, mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical. I’ll cover all topics throughout each day. I just wanted to start you all off where my wellness journey had started. Healing is the hardest thing to do. And I’ve had a lot of healing to do these past 15 months cause of years and years of abuse and mental tear down. I hope that if you’re reading this and you are an addict that you can find peace and solice here within my blog. I hope that you don’t need to hit rock bottom to get help. And if you’re a person in recovery I commend you. You’re a hero and warrior and you’ve done the hardest thing in your life…..become sober ❤️💋 if you see someone struggling please reach out to that person. We all have no idea what that person is going through. I wish someone would’ve reached out to me to help. But at the end of the day, we all have to save ourselves. Thank you for walking with me for this first part of telling my journey. There’s more to come and I hope you’ll be here to come with me for the ride. Hope you all have a wonderful day. With love, The Wellness Warrior 💋💋

Time Change

Well today has been, how can I say this, a cluster f*ck. Lol. My 3 year old son, Kallen, has been a crazy maniac all day and my 5 year old daughter, Charleigh, has been an emotional hot mess 🤦🏻‍♀️ Maybe it was the time change, maybe the way the moon alignment was, maybe too much sugar, I don’t know. But what I do know is that I’m so happy they’re happily passed out and I can get on here and chat a little. I’ve never blogged before so I’m hoping this goes well. But as I’m typing this all out my phone decides to go into low battery mode 🤦🏻‍♀️ yep been one of those days. So I will end on this note and pick up tomorrow and talk a little bit more about my crazy life and this massive journey I’ve decided to go on and hoping a lot of you will come with me. Talk to you all soon! Goodnight ❤️💋