This easy, healthy recipe for beef stew and dumplings was whipped up one night when I realized that I had completely failed to put our pot roast in the crock pot that morning!
It takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish, and less than 10 minutes of that is active prep time.
First, I cut the pot roast into small chunks so it would cook quicker, and threw it into a dutch oven with a bit of wine for a cheater marinade. I set that over medium heat. (You can skip the wine if you’d like and just add beef stock.)
While that started to cook, I chopped up carrots and onions and threw them in and moved on to making the dumplings.
These dumplings require no rising time and are completely from scratch — flour, salt, sugar, milk, and butter. I simply mixed them together with a fork until it formed a cohesive ball of dough and ripped the dough into handfuls before positioning the dumplings in the dutch oven. (I often use sprouted flour for a bit of a nutrient boost.)
I poured 4 cups of beef stock into the pot, covered it with a lid and let the beef stew and dumplings cook away for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, I uncovered the dutch oven to reveal perfect, moist and fully cooked dumplings surrounded by a juicy and flavourful beef stew. I seasoned simply with salt and pepper and we dug right in!
The vegetables and meat were cooked thoroughly and no one could have guessed that this beef stew and dumpling recipe was an impromptu “recovery” from what could have been a total mom fail.
Make sure to pin this easy healthy recipe if you often find yourself looking for quick, delicious meals that your whole family will love. It’s a comfort food classic, without any guilt.
Have you ever scrambled to get a real meal on the table? What is your go-to easy healthy recipe for nights when “plan A” falls through?