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Low-Carb Beef Stew with Herby Dumplings

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This braised beef stew is like your slouch jumper of Winter. Comforting, cosy and wonderfully warming. Gorgeously tender, melt in the mouth beef packed with lots of chunky low carb veg all bubbling happily in a sauce quite frankly I want to drink!

Dumplings don’t need to stodgy and heavy. These herby keto dumplings use Martina’s Ultimate Keto Bread recipe for a light, fluffy alternative. Second helpings? Almost compulsory!

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Nutritional values (per serving, stew + 2 dumplings)

Net carbs8.5 grams
Protein39.8 grams
Fat41.8 grams
Calories599 kcal

Calories from carbs 6%, protein 28%, fat 66%

Total carbs15.2 gramsFiber6.7 gramsSugars3.9 gramsSaturated fat13.6 gramsSodium797 mg(35% RDA)Magnesium149 mg(37% RDA)Potassium995 mg(50% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  • 900 g stewing beef such as braising steak (2 lb)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or ghee
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 200 g pumpkin, ideally Hokkaido (7.1 oz)
  • 1 medium carrot (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine (120 ml/ 4 fl oz)
  • 2 cups beef stock or beef bone broth (480 ml/ 16 fl oz) - you can make your own
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
Dumplings (makes 12):
To serve:
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest (about 1/2 lemon)
  • pinch cracked black pepper
  • fresh parsley for topping
Tips for Crockpot:

You can make this meal in your slow cooker. To do that, use just half of the stock in the stew and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Browning the meat prior to slow cooking is optional but highly recommended as it will enhance the flavour. Serve with the prepared keto dumplings or with Cauli-Mash or Celeriac Cauli-Mash.


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 °C/ 320 °F (fan assisted). Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan. Brown the meat on a medium heat for 5 minutes, stir-ring regularly to seal the meat for approximately 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and place to one side.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the onion, pumpkin and carrots and chop into chunks about 2 cm (1 inch). In another pan heat one tablespoon of olive oil and fry the vegetables on a medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent sticking. Low-Carb Beef Stew with Herby Dumplings
  3. Add the beef, rosemary, bay leaves, chopped garlic and tomato puree. Sauté for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Add the red wine, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the stock, season with salt and pepper, bring to the boil.
  5. Place a casserole dish in the oven to heat up. Place the stew in the casserole dish and add a lid. Roast in the oven for 3 hours until the meat is tender and the juices have concentrated. Remove from the oven once cooked. Turn up the oven to 175 °C/ 350 °F. Low-Carb Beef Stew with Herby Dumplings
  6. Make the dumplings as per the keto bread recipe 1. Grease a cupcake tin with olive oil to prevent sticking. Shape into dumpling shapes (3 to 4 cm/ up to 1-1/2 inch in diameter) and place individually in the cupcake holes. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Turn over with a spoon and place back in the oven to cook for a further 5 minutes. Low-Carb Beef Stew with Herby Dumplings
  7. Place the stew back in the oven to heat through if cooled slightly. Add the dumplings.
  8. To serve, place the stew in bowls and top with grated lemon zest, fresh parsley and a pinch of cracked black pepper. Low-Carb Beef Stew with Herby Dumplings Apart from dumplings, you can serve this stew with Cauli-Mash or Celeriac Cauli-Mash! Low-Carb Beef Stew with Herby Dumplings

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, stew + 2 dumplings)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Beef (for slow cooking), grass-fed
0 g28.8 g27 g366 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g4.5 g40 kcal
Onion, red, fresh
1.1 g0.2 g0 g7 kcal
Squash, Hokkaido, raw
2.3 g0.4 g0 g10 kcal
Carrot, fresh
0.7 g0.1 g0 g4 kcal
Bay leaf, dried
0.2 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Rosemary, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.3 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Tomato purée (paste, unsweetened)
0.4 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Red wine (dry)
0.5 g0 g0 g16 kcal
Beef bone broth
0.2 g1.2 g1 g13 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Egg white, fresh
0.1 g1.8 g0 g9 kcal
Eggs, free-range or organic
0.1 g1 g0.8 g12 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Almond flour (blanched ground almonds, almond meal)
1.1 g2.7 g6.6 g74 kcal
Sesame flour, fine, defatted
0.3 g2.3 g1 g20 kcal
Coconut flour, organic
0.5 g0.9 g0.8 g18 kcal
Psyllium husk powder
0.3 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Baking powder, gluten-free
0.3 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Rosemary, fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Thyme, fresh
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Lemon zest (peel), fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, stew + 2 dumplings
8.5 g39.8 g41.8 g599 kcal
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