Ok so I'm hoping to make some oxtail stew over the weekend, and I'm not having any luck coming up with what to put in the damn thing. Usually, you have onion carrot potato peas maybe celery maybe a turnip or what not.
Well carrots, potato, turnips, peas are RIGHT OUT if I'm eating paleo and sticking to the under 50g of carbs a day thing.
What do you put in a stew!?
I mostly just keep stews fairly meat-heavy. Instead of a pound of meat and a few pounds of vegetables, I might have two pounds of meat and a pound of vegetables. You'd need a lot of onion and carrot to put you over the limit of most LC plans. Even a small amount of potato can fit sometimes. Green beans are always good in stews, and quite low-carb, if you don't consider them legumes to be avoided. Thicken with cream or reduction, so you don't add many carbs with a thickener.
If you're still having trouble making it add up, another option is to have your other meals that day be VLC, like meat and eggs only. It's usually best to spread your carbs out over all your meals to reduce their impact, but I think it's okay to bunch them up now and then.
I agree that you should rethink the turnips. They aren't a bad choice.
Mushrooms, cauliflower, celery and onions (I like pearl onions in stew) and maybe even a few carrots are what I normally use. If I have some peppers hanging around I throw them in as well.
Why are turnips out? Per portion not carby at all.
Having said that, don't consider carrots or parsnips to be an issue carb-wise at all. I've consistently lost weight while eating them (and the odd potato - gasp!)
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