Recipe: Crockpot Beef Stew

I recently found out that I'm allergic to eggs and all things dairy. Comically unfortunate for someone who's favorite foods list starts with things like: brie, cream cheese & pepper jelly, mac and cheese, egg tacos, egg-in-a-hole, grilled cheese, blue cheese, goat cheese, butter-on-anything, chocolate milk, Babybel cheese, and cheese. As I'm typing this a man sat down across from me with a slice of lemon bread and an egg-and-cheese biscuit. I want to smack him over the head and ask him if he knows how lucky he is to be consuming both egg and dairy in his meal.

BUT. I'm choosing to forego violence and instead follow the doctor's orders. I love my life and plan on living a long and vibrant one, so I'm cutting all dairy and egg out of my life until (hopefully) one day I redo an allergy test and it says GO EAT ALL THE CHEESE! What I've found, though, in my initial research is that for 99.9% of the food bloggers in the world, the combination of egg-free and dairy-free also includes either gluten-free or meat-free. Or both. Let me be very clear: I love beer. I love hamburgers (notice that does not say CHEESEburgers). Once I met a woman who, for her 30-some years on Earth, believed a hamburger was a burger with a slice of ham on it (it's not).

So in an effort to delve into this new territory optimistically, I'll be exploring and creating delicious and nutritious dairy- and egg-free recipes using a combination of the egg-heavy paleo diet and meat-free vegan diet. In an aim to share my knowledge, I'll pass those recipes along here, starting with the five-minute beef stew concoction I whipped up the other day.

Crockpot Beef Stew

Beef stew meat (local + organic if you can)
Beef bone broth (I used Kettle & Fire, which you can cheap get from Thrive Market)
1 can of pizza sauce
4 stalks of celery
1 bell pepper
1/2 large onion
2–3 roma tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
Various spices: I used cumin, hot chili powder, salt, & pepper
Bonus: potatoes (I used these because we had some that were already cooked and canned from last year. Feel free to eliminate or sub for 1 can of black beans, drained).

Cutting board

1. Chop celery, bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, & potatoes into one-inch pieces + mince garlic
2. Pour beef bone broth and pizza sauce into crockpot
3. Toss in all veggies and beef stew meat
4. Add a sprinkling of each spices you choose
5. Stir
6. Cook on low for 6–8 hours

Aside from the obvious benefit of consuming high-quality meat and an abundance of vegetables, it's been said that bone broth is rich in protein and minerals, and can aid in healing nasty things like leaky gut. Drink up, (butter)cup.