Succulent lamb stew with thyme

Lamb stew

Lamb stew is a firm winter favourite in our house. It is always delicious, an easy one-pot dish. Since we cut out grains, whilst doing the GAPS diet we are so used to eating our stew as is as a bowl food that we really enjoy it like that. Alternatively you can serve with soaked and boiled lentils or rice or a mixture of the two.
You can use whatever veggies you like. I would not recommend omitting the butternut as it really adds to the flavour of the stew, but mix and match as you like. We really enjoy frozen baby peas instead of the green beans, but I find it best to stir them in right at the end just before serving.
This stew can work well for those on the GAPS intro diet. If you are on intro, leave out the butter and do not braise the onions and meat unless you are progressed sufficiently to allow that. Make sure you use fresh herbs and simply place all the ingredients in the pot and boil. You will also need to omit the potatoes and replace with GAPS legal veggies.

500g stewing lamb
2 onions, sliced
2 Tbsp. butter
4 – 6 tomatoes, blended into puree
1 cup bone broth
1 tsp dried thyme or a handful of fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. balsamic or red wine vinegar (optional)
4- 6 medium potatoes or sweet potatoes
1 Small butternut peeled and chopped
3 – 4 carrots scrubbed and sliced
1 pack green beans


Melt the butter in a saucepan and braise the onions until they start to go soft.
Add the lamb and braise until lightly browned.
Add the tomato puree, bone broth, thyme, salt, cayenne pepper and vinegar. Allow to simmer.
If you have a wonder bag, add the veggies at this stage, layering them as potatoes, then butternut, then carrots then beans. Allow to heat through thoroughly and place the pot in the wonder bag.
If you do not have a wonder bag, turn down the heat low and allow the meat to gently simmer for about an hour to soften nicely. Then start adding the veggies in the order described above and simmer until cooked through. Check regularly throughout the cooking process and add more water as needed.
Mix the stew well before serving.

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