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Stew Vegetables which aren't "carby"?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 31, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Ok so I'm hoping to make some oxtail stew over the weekend, and I'm not having any luck coming up with what to put in the damn thing. Usually, you have onion carrot potato peas maybe celery maybe a turnip or what not.

Well carrots, potato, turnips, peas are RIGHT OUT if I'm eating paleo and sticking to the under 50g of carbs a day thing.

What do you put in a stew!?

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on April 01, 2011
at 02:41 PM

Parsnips--they look just like potatoes when cut up and cooked in soups and stews. Don't even peel 'em--just cut up and plunk in!

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

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on April 01, 2011
at 03:03 AM

I think "sticking it in the boyfriend's chili" may be the dirtiest thing I've heard all year.

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on March 31, 2011
at 11:28 PM

Yes, turnips are pretty low, especially if you discount fiber.

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on March 31, 2011
at 11:11 PM

Was planning on doing oxtail + some liver + some heart thrown in for good measure.. you know, sticking it in the boyfriend's chili so to speak.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on March 31, 2011
at 11:10 PM

I love peppers! Unfortunately, the boyfriend does not :(

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on March 31, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Bamboo shoots we found in our local store (looking for curry ingredients) were just as carby as the water chestnuts. We didn't head to an asian store to seek out more pure varieties but decided not to risk it.

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on March 31, 2011
at 10:38 PM

i wouldn't stake my life on the info on the site - just a guide I use for the question: is X high in carbs or not

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on March 31, 2011
at 10:38 PM

i wouldn't stake my life on the info on the site - just a guide I use for the ball-park is X high in carbs or not

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on March 31, 2011
at 10:10 PM

water chestnuts are really high in carbs (they're seeds). A great website for carb content is: http://www.carbs-information.com/carbs-in-food.htm

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on March 31, 2011
at 10:02 PM

I am going to have to try the bamboo shoots. I need to check and see if the water chestnuts are good to go too.

6a4fd73b4ae4761eefec8e0d38e6f224

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on March 31, 2011
at 09:24 PM

When I was a vegan I made a meatless version of this and it was sublime. Can only imagine how much more delicious it would be with oxtail.

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on March 31, 2011
at 08:59 PM

just workout beforehand.. then you can afford (and enjoy) the extra carbs

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03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

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on March 31, 2011
at 09:10 PM

I mostly just keep stews fairly meat-heavy. Instead of a pound of meat and a few pounds of vegetables, I might have two pounds of meat and a pound of vegetables. You'd need a lot of onion and carrot to put you over the limit of most LC plans. Even a small amount of potato can fit sometimes. Green beans are always good in stews, and quite low-carb, if you don't consider them legumes to be avoided. Thicken with cream or reduction, so you don't add many carbs with a thickener.

If you're still having trouble making it add up, another option is to have your other meals that day be VLC, like meat and eggs only. It's usually best to spread your carbs out over all your meals to reduce their impact, but I think it's okay to bunch them up now and then.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on March 31, 2011
at 11:11 PM

Was planning on doing oxtail + some liver + some heart thrown in for good measure.. you know, sticking it in the boyfriend's chili so to speak.

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on April 01, 2011
at 03:03 AM

I think "sticking it in the boyfriend's chili" may be the dirtiest thing I've heard all year.

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on March 31, 2011
at 09:37 PM

I agree that you should rethink the turnips. They aren't a bad choice.

Mushrooms, cauliflower, celery and onions (I like pearl onions in stew) and maybe even a few carrots are what I normally use. If I have some peppers hanging around I throw them in as well.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on March 31, 2011
at 11:10 PM

I love peppers! Unfortunately, the boyfriend does not :(

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on March 31, 2011
at 08:58 PM

Cauliflower -- similar consistency to potatoes. I use them all the time.

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on March 31, 2011
at 08:53 PM

Why are turnips out? Per portion not carby at all.

Having said that, don't consider carrots or parsnips to be an issue carb-wise at all. I've consistently lost weight while eating them (and the odd potato - gasp!)

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on March 31, 2011
at 11:28 PM

Yes, turnips are pretty low, especially if you discount fiber.

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on April 01, 2011
at 07:12 PM

cant believe no one has said kale yet. kale is the perfect veggie for low and slow soups and stews.

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on April 01, 2011
at 02:17 AM

Celeriac is only 6% starch and otherwise acts just like all those starchier tubers. I would use that mostly with some cabbage or bok choy.

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on March 31, 2011
at 10:27 PM

Zucchini and squash work for me, I just cube them up. Sweet potato too. I used rutabega in my last stew, but I don't know the carb content.

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on April 01, 2011
at 06:01 AM

Mushrooms and celery are staples in English stews (stews are something we can cook over here).

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on April 01, 2011
at 03:09 AM

Pumpkin would work well.

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on March 31, 2011
at 09:02 PM

Leeks Cabbage Mushrooms Bamboo Shoots Zucchini Radish - to name a few - you just have to alter what a 'stew' is to you a little bit. experiment and see what you like in your stew.

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(12379)

on March 31, 2011
at 10:38 PM

i wouldn't stake my life on the info on the site - just a guide I use for the ball-park is X high in carbs or not

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on March 31, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Bamboo shoots we found in our local store (looking for curry ingredients) were just as carby as the water chestnuts. We didn't head to an asian store to seek out more pure varieties but decided not to risk it.

Medium avatar

(12379)

on March 31, 2011
at 10:38 PM

i wouldn't stake my life on the info on the site - just a guide I use for the question: is X high in carbs or not

Fac1af832cc3c6a20059c41411fd0f6b

(1548)

on March 31, 2011
at 10:02 PM

I am going to have to try the bamboo shoots. I need to check and see if the water chestnuts are good to go too.

Medium avatar

(12379)

on March 31, 2011
at 10:10 PM

water chestnuts are really high in carbs (they're seeds). A great website for carb content is: http://www.carbs-information.com/carbs-in-food.htm

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on March 31, 2011
at 09:14 PM

Not sure how adventurous you're willing to go but here is what I do with Oxtail. There is a traditional Filipino dish called Kare-Kare. You take Oxtail and cook it in beef stock with green beans and eggplant (traditionally it also uses tripe, which I don't care for but feel free to if you want some offal!). When the soup comes to a boil, add 1 jar of natural, unsweetened peanut butter. Simmer it for an hour. It sounds weird, but the peanut butter combines with the gelatin from the oxtail beautifully and the stew is incredibly rich.

6a4fd73b4ae4761eefec8e0d38e6f224

(1008)

on March 31, 2011
at 09:24 PM

When I was a vegan I made a meatless version of this and it was sublime. Can only imagine how much more delicious it would be with oxtail.

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