Dinner: A Hearty Stew for a cold day

How low is low carb? Well it depends.

Anything under 100 grams per day is definitely a lot less than the standard Western diet. Many people could get great health results at this carbohydrate level, as long as they ate real, unprocessed foods.

To get into ketosis, and optimise weight loss, most people will need to go under 50 grams of net carbs per day.

According to the scientists Volek and Phinney, a “well-formulated” low-carb diet should be low-carb, high-fat and moderate protein. Many people don’t succeed on a low carb diet because they fail to eat enough healthy fats.

Today’s recipe for Beef Stew is real cold day comfort food. As with all stewing recipes, I try to make them the night before as the flavours improve overnight.


  • 1  onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 1 small carrot finely chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery finely chopped
  • 600g (21 oz) Stewing beef
  • 1 tin of plum tomatoes
  • 3 peppers of different colours, sliced
  • A handful of chopped fresh rosemary
  • A bay leaf, salt and pepper


Gently sautee the onion, carrots, celery and garlic in some fat (any good fat of your choice, not vegetable oil) in a heavy based pot. Add the beef and brown thoroughly.

Add the tin of tomatoes and the chopped rosemary. Cover the cooking ingredients with boiling water of hot stock if you have it, add the bayleaf and season well. Transfer to the oven for 3 hours at 170 deg C or until the beef is tender. Top up with water if it is drying out during cooking.

At this stage add the sliced peppers and cook for a further 30 minutes before serving with some low carb veg of your choice.