Beach House Beef Stew

Beach House Beef Stew

Beach House Beef Stew is a favorite meal on a rainy day

Lots of vegetables with a flavorful broth provide a hot meal that is healthy and  filling. It is a comfort food for me. Plus, once the prep work is done the crock pot does the rest. Find my recipe for Beach House Beef Stew below.

Beef stew is a regular meal when I stay at the Sea Anemone because I can prepare the veggies before I even leave home if I want. Pack a cooler in the car and final preparations are only minutes once you arrive for your vacation. Thus, you can run off for a few hours of play and come home to delicious hot beef stew. And, clean up is easy, too.

Beach House Beef Stew

 

Root vegetables are basics in beef stew. Turnips, parsnips, carrots, potatoes and rutabaga are required. Most importantly, I never remove the peel because I want the nutrients and fiber they supply. A good scrub with a veggie brush is all that is needed.

Beach House Beef Stew

Additionally, other vegetables add color, texture and valuable nutrients.

I always start with a good cut of beef

I agree that beef marbled with fat makes the best stew and I sometimes select beef chuck. However, I have had luck with eye of round when cut into small pieces and browned well prior to putting into the crock pot, and it has less fat.

Beach House Beef Stew

When I am really ambitious I make my own broth. Yup, I buy beef bones from my favorite butcher and go through the ritual of cooking them with herbs and other things  for about 24 hours. That process by far makes the best broth with my stew. Otherwise, I resort to boxed beef broth from the grocery store because it is simple and quick and does the trick.

Cutting vegetables is art therapy for me

Beach House Beef Stew

 

Cutting vegetables is art therapy for me. First, I take my time slicing and dicing, thinking about how I want the piece to look in my bowl. What colors do I want to see? Rutabaga is not an attractive vegetable on the produce counter at the grocery store, but it cooks to a lovely yellow. Plus, it adds a unique taste to the stew.

Beach House Beef Stew

Brussels sprouts and green beans bring interesting shapes and texture. Red peppers and yellow squash provide additional shots of color. Of course, color is not the only reason I select a particular vegetable. I enjoy eating all these vegetables I select, too.

The basics stay the same with my recipe for Beach House Beef Stew, but some of the vegetables and ingredients vary each time. Most of all, I find it fun to pick the ingredients for stew because there are so many vegetables to choose from.

Beach House Beef Stew

Ingredients

32 oz box Beef broth
3-4 tablespoons Better than Bouillon (beef flavor)
14.5 oz can tomato, diced (or diced fresh)
2 lbs beef, cut into small pieces
1 sweet onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 carrots, cut diagonally
1 turnip, cubed in bite size pieces
1 rutabaga, cubed in bite size pieces
1 parsnip, sliced either lengthwise or crosswise
10 Brussels sprouts, sliced or quartered
2 medium potatoes
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1 small yellow squash, halved and sliced
1/2 cup sliced green beans
2 stalks celery, chopped (include some leafy ends)

Seasoning

salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh or dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon rosemary

Directions

Turn crock pot on to low. Put broth, bouillon and canned tomatoes in crock pot and put lid on. Brown the stew meat and onion in a large pan and allow to simmer a few minutes in the juices. Drain and add to the crock pot, replacing lid. Add the hard root vegetables (carrots, rutabaga, parsnips, turnip) and Brussels sprouts. Add potatoes if you cut them in larger pieces. Keep lid securely on crock pot to hold heat. *Cook for 4 hours on low.

Add the soft vegetables, potatoes (if cut in small dices), seasonings and garlic. Cook on low another 2 hours or high for 1 hour. The trick is to keep the vegetables at the firmness level that you prefer. Soggy over-cooked will not do!

Other options:

handful of barley last half hour (or less)
1/2 cup lentils
1/2 cup cooked beans (kidney, pinto, black, black-eyed peas, garbanzo)
cauliflower (last hour)
zucchini (last hour)
broccoli (last hour)
mushrooms (last hour)
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experiment with seasonings (basil, oregano, marjoram, celery seed, caraway seed, fennel seed, etc.)

*Crock pots differ in heating temps  – use your best judgment on timing

Scoop a bowl of Beach House Beef Stew for yourself

Beach House Beef Stew

Enjoy!

More easy recipes while on your beach vacation

Check out my blog for other healthy (or not) recipes that are easy to prepare and yummy to eat. There are many benefits to renting a beach house over a motel. Most importantly, you are in control of what you eat when you prepare your own meals while on vacation. Thus, you save money on food costs and you can save on calories if that is a concern for you.  Furthermore, it is fun to prepare a meal in a well-equipped beach house kitchen.  A big plus is that you can enjoy your meal along with an ocean view when you stay at the Sea Anemone. Enjoy my Beach House Beef Stew. Contact me if you would like to share a recipe on my blog.

Regards, Barbara at the Sea Anemone


I trust you will collect wonderful memories when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats. Perfect for small families, a retreat with friends or a romantic getaway.

Our house, where memories begin…

 


Beach House Chicken Garden Salad

Beach House Chicken Garden Salad

Healthy lunch on your beach house vacation

I have gone on the no-holds-barred vacation where I consumed whatever foods I wanted. No calories when on vacation, right? Unfortunately my body doesn’t agree and I paid the price with weight gain to deal with upon returning home. And, it is difficult to break that nasty habit of eating whatever once the momentum gets going. Maybe you don’t have this problem with food; those of you who do know exactly what I am talking about. That is why I have a collection of healthy choices for meals when I stay at the Sea Anemone vacation home. This blog shares one version of my healthy Beach House Chicken Garden Salad.

Chicken is a healthy choice

Chicken has become a frequent meal at my house. There are endless ways to prepare and use chicken that is delicious and healthy. I like to bake enough chicken so that I have left overs for salad or soup. This plan works especially well when on vacation at a beach house. I don’t like spending time cooking when I can be out exploring tide pools or walking along the beach.

Beach House Chicken Garden Salad

Baking chicken with herbs or sauce

I always place foil in the pan before I cook chicken so I don’t have a messy pan to scrub. I purchase skinless chicken breasts and always wash the meat before placing in the pan.  Then, I select the seasoning or sauce with which I will bake the chicken. Often I sprinkle lemon pepper and maybe some rosemary. I love anything with rosemary and I use it often. I also enjoy finding homemade sauces at farmer’s markets. My latest discovery is Uncle Dan’s Asian Pear, Red Peppers, Thai Chilies, Ginger and Garlic sauce from Seme Family Foods in Longview, Washington. Truly wonderful on baked chicken. I bake chicken at about 425 degrees for 35 -45 minutes or until lightly browned.

Beach House Chicken Garden Salad

Romaine lettuce
Salad greens mix
Spinach
Zucchini – diced
Red onion -skinny strips
Mushrooms – quartered
1/8 cup beans (pinto, kidney, black, garbanzo, etc)
Tomatoes- diced
Olive oil and Balsamic vinegar
Sliced almonds or pumpkin seeds
Sliced baked chicken
Swiss cheese, sliced

Mix greens, veggies and beans together on a plate. Drizzle with oil and vinegar or use dressing of choice. Sprinkle sliced almonds or pumpkin seeds over salad. Add a few slices of cold baked chicken on the side along with a few strips of Swiss cheese!  Wella! A tasty, filling and healthy salad.

Of course the veggie options are endless.  Keep salads interesting by experimenting with various combinations, garnishes and toppings.

More easy recipes while on your beach vacation

Check out my blog for other healthy (or not) recipes that are easy to prepare and yummy to eat. There are many benefits to renting a beach house over a motel. Most importantly, you are in control of what you eat when you prepare your own meals while on vacation. You save money on food costs and you can save on calories if that is a concern for you.  It is fun to prepare a meal in a well-equipped beach house kitchen.  A big plus is that you can enjoy your meal along with an ocean view when you stay at the Sea Anemone. Enjoy my Beach House Chicken Garden Salad. Contact me if you would like to share a recipe on my blog.

Regards, Barbara at the Sea Anemone


I trust you will collect wonderful memories when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats. Perfect for small families, a retreat with friends or a romantic getaway.

Our house, where memories begin…

 

 


5 Star Review for the Sea Anemone

5 Star Review for the Sea AnemoneClean cozy home

Perfect home to explore the area. The little loft was a great hang out place for my boys. Warm cozy home and the beds were comfortable. Clean and well stocked. We wish we could have stayed longer than 3 days so we could have explored around the area more. Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us.

My Response

Amber, Thank you for the great review. I thought the loft might be popular with your sons. We are fortunate to be so close to the 804 trail. The wooded area off our yard makes for a nice walk to the beach, too, and provides opportunity for some exploring along the way. I am happy that you found comfort and relaxation at the Sea Anemone. I look forward to your next visit. Warm regards, Barbara

What you find when you stay at the Sea Anemone Yachacts

I love managing my vacation beach home independently of a large management company. I enjoy interacting with guests and learning what people look for in a beach vacation. Here are some of what you find when you stay at the Sea Anemone Yachats.

  1. Timely communication – I check frequently every day for communication requests
  2. I have a great relationship with a caring and professional house cleaning company
  3. We stay at my home often so I know the needs of a guest to my home – thus, lots of amenities
  4. Cable TV and WIFI are provided
  5. Pro-active attention is given to repairs and replacements
  6. I personally participate in things to do in the area so I can make meaningful recommendations
  7. A safe environment – keyless locks with a code unique to each guest that is removed at departure
  8. Exceptional Customer Service (30 years experience in a variety of business environments)

Thank you, Amber.  I am always thrilled to receive another 5 Star Review for the Sea Anemone.


I trust you will collect wonderful memories when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats. Perfect for small families, a retreat with friends or a romantic getaway.

Our house, where memories begin…