Summer Beef Stew with Chilled Thyme Pesto

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I don’t mind hot foods during the summer, but in many people’s minds, summer and stew don’t go together. There is actually something to eating hot foods on hot days. I know many Africans who not only eat hot foods and drink hot liquids in the sweltering heat, but they also add heat-inducing spices, upping the ante even more. This tactic is actually cooling for the body! Eating hot foods can make you feel cooler by making you sweat more and raising your body temperature, which lowers the overall temperature difference between you and the air around you.

Now, if you still aren’t sold on stew in the summer, I think this recipe might get you there. I’ve combined a hot stew with some chilled additions, which is a combination I love to eat. Something about the warm beef and broth, with the crunchy, cool veggies and flavorful thyme pesto hits the spot. I even served this at an outdoor picnic at two in the afternoon with the blistering July sun overhead and everyone gobbled it up. Give this summer stew a shot!

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Summer Beef Stew with Chilled Thyme Pesto
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Serves: 4
  • 2 lbs beef stew chunks, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 medium turnips, cleaned and chopped
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 8-oz package sliced mushrooms
  • 7 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 4 cups bone broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 tbsp thyme, minced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  1. Add beef, turnips, mushrooms, 4 minced garlic cloves, broth, and salt to slow cooker or Instant Pot/pressure cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours, if using a slow-cooker or cook for 35 minutes under high pressure using a pressure cooker.
  3. When stew is finished, turn heat off slow-cooker or let pressure off Instant Pot/pressure cooker and stir broccoli into stew.
  4. While stew is cooking, slice celery and mince shallot. Chill in refrigerator until stew is ready to serve.
  5. Place thyme, 3 minced garlic cloves, olive oil, and lemon in blender. Blend on high to make a pesto. Chill in refrigerator until stew is ready to serve
  6. When stew is ready, ladle into bowls and serve with chilled celery, shallots, and thyme pesto on top.
This recipe takes at least 35 minutes, but up to 8 hours depending on the cooking method you choose.


About Angie Alt

Angie Alt is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness. She helps others take charge of their health the same way she took charge of her own after suffering with celiac disease, endometriosis, and lichen sclerosis; one nutritious step at a time. Her special focus is on mixing “data with soul” by looking at the honest heart of the autoimmune journey (which sometimes includes curse words). She is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy Consultant through The Nutritional Therapy Association and author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for All Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. You can also find her on Instagram.


  • Vanessa says

    Those little things and moments that make life so big and gorgeous. Love them. And this looks so, SO delicious!

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  • This was an absolute lifesaver!

    Thank You!

    After 2 months with a sever skin condition, I’d decided to go on an autoimmune diet. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy when you don’t have a clue. I found this site while sitting on a muskoka in the beach after arguing with my significant other about what to eat and why I couldn’t eat what the rest of the family was having and that they weren’t going to subject themselves to these restriction and on and on.

    The family had their meal while I went for groceries at 7pm.

    It’s 10pm now, but I have a smile on my face after decimating 3 scrumptious bowls.

    I threw in a pack of gelatin to thicken it up and layed some arugula on top. Don’t know if I did the pesto right since I actually threw the last of my thyme in with the stew and substituted sage. It was extremely bitter, but added a dab into each bowl anyway. With the arugula and the thickened broth, it turned out just fine for my first time and in a pinch.

    This makes converting so much simpler. So much so that I even decided to write a comment, something I never do.

    Thanks again!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      We’re so happy you enjoyed it John, and wishing you success with recovering with your skin issue!

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