Beef and potato energy stew


This beef and potato stew will up your energy levels.

Sarah Schenker
21 Sep 2010

Serves 4
Per portion: 552 calories, 55.1g protein, 13.1g fat, 48.4g carbohydrate, 0.7g salt
You will need
900g lean beef steak, diced
6 shallots, peeled
3 large carrots, diced 
2 sweet potatoes, peeled 
and diced 
3 parsnips, diced 
Fresh thyme
500ml cider
1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
can butterbeans
Salt and freshly ground pepper

How to make it
Preheat the oven to 150°C/Gas Mark 2. Toss the meat in the flour and place in a casserole dish with the vegetables. Add all the other ingredients, cover with a lid and cook in the oven for up to four hours.

Why should I have it?

Sweet potatoes have a low glycaemic index (GI), which means they release their energy slowly. This helps keep blood sugar levels stable and prevents energy dips (which are not something you stick your nachos in before you go running). The butterbeans boost your carbohydrate intake and supply plenty of B vitamins needed to release energy from food – they’re like magic beans, in a way. A lack of energy can sometimes be the result of a poor iron intake, and beef is one of the richest and most easily absorbed sources. It can also be the result of being a lazy bugger, in which case we suggest you get some exercise while you’re waiting for your dinner to cook.

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