Simply Healthy Family: Hunters Stew #SundaySupper


Hunters Stew #SundaySupper

This stew has all the flavors you need to keep cozy and warm on the coldest of nights. You can easily substitute your favorite fall or winter veggies in this stew and be enjoying every spoonful of the rich, savory broth in about 30 minutes. 

This months Sunday Supper is all about budget friendly meals. With four kiddos in sports, preschool, college {!!!} , dance, art, chess club, cub scouts and baseball I'm all for budget friendly meals! Christmas budget anyone??? 

Thanks for hosting this month T.R. from Gluten-Free Crumbley and David from Cooking Chat!

Ground bison is a very low fat, low cholesterol substitution for ground beef and is actually more like ground turkey than ground beef nutritionally speaking. Bison is lower in fat than beef and lower in cholesterol than chicken, making it a healthy alternative to these more commonly consumed meats. Just remember that the low-fat content makes it easy to overcook bison. Compared to farm raised cows, bison are mainly free range meaning they are not injected with hormones and antibiotics and consume a natural diet while roaming freely. 

Butternut squash, brussel sprouts and beans are all fairly frugal pantry staples making this simple yet hearty stew a budget friendly supper. Bison is a bit more expensive than ground beef but well worth it when it comes to nutrition and taste. Tomato paste really adds an earthy and complex element when combined with the other ingredients in this stew requiring no additional herbs  or spices. Just a bit of salt and pepper.

On a side note, I'm trying my hand at  dark mood photography....... bear with me. Actually, it won't be a regular thing here on Simply Healthy Family as it's not my style but there is occasion where I'd like to create a "dark" mood as in this Hunters Stew. I obviously didn't do a stellar job on my first try but I'm a practice makes perfect kind of gal.

SERVES      8          TIME     30 MINUTES

You Will Need
A large cast iron enameled Dutch Oven
8 cups (2 quarts) Organic, free range chicken broth
1 pound ground bison1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cups cooked white beans (cannellini or navy)
2 cups cubed butternut squash (1 small squash, I cheat and buy pre-chopped on this)
2 cups, smallish brussel sprouts, trimmed
1 heaping spoonful Organic tomato paste
1 tablespoon olive oilsalt and pepper to taste

Prepare all veggies ahead of time. Preheat Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Add onion and sauté for 5-8 minutes. Add ground bison and cook till browned, 6-8 minutes lowering heat a bit if necessary. Add tomato paste and stir to combine. Pour in broth while scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden or plastic spoon to remove browned bits.

Add squash, brussel sprouts, beans and salt, stir. Lower heat and cover. Simmer 15 minutes to warmed through. Add freshly cracked pepper to taste.

What are your families favorite Budget Friendly Meals?  Share!

Have you ever cooked with bison, elk or other wild game? 
Would you?

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    1. I love this autumnal twist on hunter's stew! Pure comfort food!

      1. Indeed! I loved how it was so insanely tasty w minimal effort or ingredients.

    2. I've never tried bison before but it sure sounds good. Love your mix of vegetables too, Gwen.

    3. This looks so good but we don't have bison readily available here and it is so pricey when you do find it in a specialty store. Can you get it more readily where you live?

      1. Yes, it's at all of the stores I shop at but much cheaper at Costco. I wonder if ordering it direct would be an option for you.

      2. Well, we are always behind the times up here in Canada. If it is everywhere there we will eventually get it more here.

    4. Sounds wonderful! I have had bison but not very often, however I think it is delicious. Great looking stew.

    5. Totally intrigued! It's awesome you guys can access the ingredients so readily. Happy Monday, and thanks for sharing!

    6. A healthy and delicious comfort stew, Gwen.

    7. Looks like an amazing comfort stew - since our temp didn't get above 48 degree today (yikes) it would be a warm and welcoming dinner for certain! Thank you for sharing!

    8. I've never had Hunter's Stew before, but your dish looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

    9. Definitely budget-friendly and delicious!

    10. This stew sounds so, so good, you're almost making me want cold weather! lol

      I love using bison, it's so flavorful, even if it is more expensive. I've noticed it getting more popular in my local grocery store though, which means the price is coming down, if only incrementally. Thanks for posting!



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