Sunday Recipe: Vegetable-Beef Stew and Beef and Broccoli

This week I had a taste for beef stew, but my hubby isn’t a fan. I know he is wired. 🙂  Guess beef and broccoli will work for him on this cold wet day.


Vegetable-Beef Stew


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 1 (14-ounce) can low-salt beef broth
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed peeled baking potato
  • 1 cup (1/2-inch) cubed peeled turnips (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced leek (about 1 large)
  • 1 cup (1/2-inch-thick) slices carrot
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Thyme sprigs (optional)


Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef, and cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Add beef broth and next 9 ingredients (broth through black pepper), stirring to combine; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf and thyme sprigs.

Combine 1/4 cup water, flour, lemon juice, and sugar, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to beef mixture, stirring constantly; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in parsley. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.

Beef-Broccoli Stir-Fry



  • 2 (3 1/2-ounce) bags boil-in-bag long-grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pound boneless sirloin steak, cut diagonally across grain into thin slices
  • 1/2 cup lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (hot chile sauce) or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon bottled ground fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 cups prechopped broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions


  1. Cook rice according to directions.
  2. While rice cooks, combine 1 tablespoon sherry, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, sugar, and beef. Stir together 1 tablespoon sherry, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, broth, cornstarch, hoisin, and Sriracha.
  3.  Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef mixture; sauté 3 minutes or until browned. Remove beef from pan. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add ginger and garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add broccoli and 1/4 cup water; cook 1 minute. Add onions; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add broth mixture and beef mixture; cook 2 minutes or until beef is thoroughly heated and sauce is slightly thick. Serve beef mixture over rice.

What do you like to eat on cold wet/ snowy days?


Turkey Trot Recap

Sorry this is an EXTREMELY late post.

If your following us on Instagram you saw my video expressing how crazy cold it was Thanksgiving morning and that I was so glad the hubs decided to stay home with the boys. I did see some parents with their babies bundled in their jogging strollers along for the run. Very cute but not my cup of tea for the 24* weather we had in the Western suburbs of Chicago since Mr. Smiles is just 6 months.

I would definitely run the Naperville Turkey Trot again. It was a well-organized race and great packet pick-up at the Naperville Running Company, which I hadn’t been to before but loved the store. It brought back memories of my dad taking me to Haddonfield Running Company for my first pair of running sneakers for Spring Track. Those sneakers where ah-mazing and I enjoyed the treatment I received. I remember running up the block so the guy could determine my pronation. 🙂 Speaking of which, I should probably get tested again so that I don’t have any injuries and make sure I’m wearing the right sneakers, now that I’m rampping up my running again.

I digress! Here are some shots from the Turkey Trot.


Naperville Noon Lions Turkey Trot 2013

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Fun times supporting a great cause

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I finished!

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on the road 🙂

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I lined up with the 12 min milers – I had a 13+ minute average pace

Anyone running a Santa Run or NYE run this year?