There is nothing better on a chilly fall day than a bowl of steaming beef stew. This recipe makes 6 portions, enough for the entire family to enjoy! We found the baby butternut squash at a local farmers market. If you are not able to find them, you may use a typical size butternut squash. The squash will add a significant amount of carbohydrate and may only be suitable for individuals on very low ratio, modified versions of diet therapy or for those who are interested in the initial changes in diet to move towards “clean eating”.
Flank steak was chosen due to its higher fat content and its ability to be cooked for a longer period of time. Often times, flank steak is sold in smaller 1 pound portions, making them the perfect choice for ketogenic meals. You may adjust the recipe to use cuts of meat that you enjoy.
The long fibers of flank steak will fall apart during cooking and help to evenly distribute the meat throughout the stew.
Do not discard any of the fat while cutting the meat into cubes.
Mushrooms would be a fantastic substitution for the butternut squash if you wish to increase the volume of the stew.