Saturday, 4 June 2016

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

OK, this is another upgrade of Baby V's food! A baby-friendly beef stew! While the prep time is just around 20 minutes, the cooking time is about 5-6 hours to get soft and tender meat. There's no need to cut onion and tomato into small pieces as these ingredients will "melt" into the stew after cooking. This recipe yields about 3 adult servings.


500g beef, cube into bite-size pieces (I used beef knuckle, there is no need for expensive cuts as the stewing process will produce tender meat anyway)
5 slice ginger
1 onion, cut into wedges
1 carrot, cut into 1-2 inch pieces
1 tomato, cut into half (I normally just use tomato ketchup but this is a heathy baby version, so yeah)
1 stick cinammon
1 star anise
800 ml water


Heat some vegetable oil in a wok. Saute ginger and onion until frangrant. Add beef and stir fry until lightly browned. Add spices and water. Bring it to a boil and transfer the stew into a slow cooker. Add tomato (if you prefer to remove the skin, just blanch the tomato in boiling water for 2 minutes and the skin will come off easily). Cook in automatic mode for 4-5 hours. Add carrot and continue cooking for another 1 hour.

Shred few pieces of beef and cut carrots into smaller pieces with a spoon and the baby version beef stew is now ready to serve! My tiny human had her first taste of beef stew around 11 months old and she seemed OK with the taste of mild spices. Give it a try if your are thinking of introducing mild spices to your little one! For the adult version, add some soy sauce, sugar, chilli flakes, salt, and pepper to the remaining stew. Serve with white rice. Enjoy! 

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