I bought a copy of Eating Light magazine recently and found a number of new recipe ideas. Due to the magazine’s focus on healthier eating, there are a lot of recipes without butter/cheese and many other recipes that are easy to change to fit our dietary needs.
The first recipe I tried was Beef Daube Provencal. It was in their “Top 25 Favorites” list and I can see why. It was delicious, pretty easy to throw together and a definite hit all around the dinner table.
Are you wondering what a “daube” is like I was? Well the good old internet taught me it is a French word for a stew made of braised meat, vegetables, herbs and spices. Yep- that about sums up the recipe! When we ate it we said it tasted like a fancier beef stew with great depth of flavor.
The recipe can be made in a slow cooker or in the oven. I chose the slow cooker route since I love “fix it and forget it” cooking. I chopped my veggies the night before, adding in a handful of mushrooms that I needed to use up. In the morning I browned the beef and made the sauce before throwing it all in my slow cooker. (I skipped the cloves, since I am either out of them or they are winning in the hide and seek game happening in my spice rack.) I cooked it on low for most of the day and by dinnertime the meat was really really tender and our house smelled fantastic.
The first night I served it with some nice crusty bread to mop it up with. The second night I served it over egg noodles. Both nights I used scissors to cut up the meat into tiny pieces for my kids. Had I served chunks they probably would have balked, but with the meat blending into the veggies and sauce, they gobbled it up.
Here is the recipe for Beef Daube Provencal and a picture of it. I swear I took a photo of ours but it too is hiding somewhere. I swear I’m losing my mind this month!
Need an easy bread side to serve it with? Pepperidge Farm Stone Baked Artisan Rolls are frozen bread rolls that you don’t need thaw. Just remove from the freezer and bake. (Nice to have something simple in an MSPI house!) I found them in the freezer section and there are several types you can buy. The variety we had, French bread, was dairy and soy free. Here are the ingredients for the French Bread rolls: Unbromated Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Water, Contains 2 Percent or Less of: Salt, White Rice Flour, Malt Syrup, Yeast and Sesame Seed Meal.