Savory Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe
I know the pressure cooker has been around forever, but I’m a big fan of the latest instant pot trend. It provides the convenience of a one-pot slow cooker meal with a reduced cooking time. Altogether, this sound like a win-win! And stews, pot roast, and soups are fabulous dishes to whip up in the instant pot. These are overall great meal options for pregnancy.
Additionally, using the instant pot we are able to make an easy nutrient-dense meal for pregnancy that creates minimal dishes and perfectly juicy meat. Yes, please! Next, we will review a few of the nutritional benefits of this delicious instant pot recipe.
Featured Superstar Ingredients for Pregnancy:
This warm comfort food recipe is chock full of nutrients that are important during pregnancy for both mom and baby. Hence why I’m excited to share this recipe with you today. Our instant pot beef stew for pregnancy recipe packs in vitamins A & C, protein, fiber, fluids, iron, vitamin B12, folate, and more. An altogether nutrient packed dish!
Before we get to the recipe let’s take a closer look at a few of these nutrient packed featured ingredients in today’s beef stew recipe. In the following paragraphs we will review four of the featured foods in this recipe.
Stew meat is rich in protein and other nutrients that are essential for pregnancy. Iron and vitamin B12 are two of these key nutrients found in stew meat. The daily recommended amount of iron jumps from 18 mg per day to 27 mg per day. And beef stew meat provides a good boost of highly bioavailable iron to your pregnancy diet.
Secondly, acorn squash is a great carb choice for pregnancy. Like other vegetable choices, acorn squash is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Did you know, one cup of cooked acorn squash provides about 9 grams of dietary fiber? Obviously it really is a great source of fiber!
Bonus: Bone Broth
Whew, that’s a lot of great foods for pregnancy!
Savory Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe:
Total time: 60 minutes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Servings: ~ 8 (depends on serving size)
- 1- 1.5 lbs stew meat
- 1 bag Trader Joe’s tiny white potatoes
- 1 bag of baby carrots
- ½ Acorn Squash
- 2 shallots
- 32 oz. broth (veggie, beef, or chicken)
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp flour (any kind including almond meal, coconut flour, whole wheat)
- 1 bay leaf
- Wash carrots, potatoes, & acorn squash. Cut ½ of the acorn squash into cubes and then dice the shallots.
- Drizzle a little EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) in the bottom of the pot and then use the saute feature to cook the stew meat. Add shallots and salt/pepper.
- Once the meat has browned, add potatoes, carrots, and acorn squash.
- Add broth, tomato paste, and then additional seasoning.
- Change setting to stew. Put the lid on and seal. Set it to normal pressure and then cook for 30 minutes.
- Once the stew is done, release the steam. After the steam has been released, open the lid. Switch to saute feature again.
- Take ¼ of the liquid out and mix it in a separate bowl with 2 tbsp flour. Stir until completely mixed together.
- Put gravy mixture back in the pot and stir until stew becomes thicker.
- Lastly, let cool a bit and serve!
Will you give this recipe for pregnancy a try?
We love a tasty, easy, and nutrient-dense recipes for pregnancy at The Prenatal Nutritionist. And this recipe was honestly that easy!
This recipe fed my husband and I all week and then afterwards we made it the next week, too. I added acorn squash because that is what I had, but you could easily add any other kind of squash, peas, spinach, onions, or other vegetables to this dish too. Basically any vegetables you have on hand will make a great addition.
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