First I browned the stew meat.
I then added a beer, some water, and low sodium beef broth. I braised the stew for about an hour.
Here is the abundance of veggies I put in the pot. You can also see my kitchen tool of choice.
And here is the stew before going back in the oven for another hour or so.
After adding the frozen veggies I put the pot back in the oven and shut it off. It was late, so I was cooking for a later date, but here is the finished product:
Here are a few other shots from that evening:
Sleep now my friends...
I am a firm believer of having a really good knife in the kitchen. These are Calphalon Katana knives in a 7" Santoku and a 6" chef's. They may not be made by Hatori Hanzo, but they are Japanese steel and razor sharp with great balance. I was not paying attention the first week I had one and ended up having to wash blood off of the ceiling. That sharp.
In the kitchen.
The stew was delicious and one large serving was somewhere around 550 calories. I look forward to using the dutch oven very often. I saw a recipe for chicken stroganoff on TV the other night that looks like a reasonably healthy version of one of my favorite dishes.
The end of the month is fast approaching and on the 1st I will post an update on the total weight lost over the two months. See you all then.