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.
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.
Not sure how adventurous you're willing to go but here is what I do with Oxtail.
There is a traditional Filipino dish called Kare-Kare. You take Oxtail and cook it in beef stock with green beans and eggplant (traditionally it also uses tripe, which I don't care for but feel free to if you want some offal!). When the soup comes to a boil, add 1 jar of natural, unsweetened peanut butter. Simmer it for an hour. It sounds weird, but the peanut butter combines with the gelatin from the oxtail beautifully and the stew is incredibly rich.