Menstruation phase . Iron-rich beef & thyme stew
Beef, thyme, and nettle are all rich in the mineral iron. As menstruation is a time of blood loss, replenishing iron will help to keep you grounded.
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Small handful of dried nettle leaves
1kg of chuck beef (preferably organic, grass-finished), chopped into chunks
1 tsp of salt and pepper
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 carrots, cut diagonally
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 cups beef broth
1 tsp organic Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs of thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
250g of sweet potato, chopped
2-3 tbsp of gluten free flour (can add more if it needs additional thickening)
Sprinkle salt and pepper onto beef.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a heavy based pot or casserole dish on high.
Add ⅓ of the beef (ensuring the pot is not becoming overcrowded) until beef becomes brown on all sides. Remove and place aside on a plate, repeat with the remainder of the beef, adding more oil if necessary.
Turn down the heat to medium and add more oil if needed. Add onion and garlic, cooking for two minutes until the onion is soft and glassy looking.
Add celery and carrots.
Pour flour into the pot, covering evenly and stirring to coat.
Add broth, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce, stir to blend flour (add more flour if needed).
Add cooked beef, thyme, nettle leaves, and sweet potato. Stir. (Water can be added if needed.)
Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 1 hour and 45 minutes (or until tender).
Remove the lid and simmer for 30 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper
Remove bay leaf before serving.