This GAPS stew recipe is simple and delicious. It is perfect for stage 2 of the GAPS introduction diet.
GAPS stew recipe for stage 2 of GAPS intro
Stage 1 of the introduction diet focuses on lots of meat stock, along with some meats, vegetables, fats, and liquid fermented foods. See how to follow the GAPS diet introduction phase stage 1 here.
As you move into stage 2 of GAPS intro, you’ll be having more solid foods. A GAPS stew recipe like this one is a wonderful way make a one pot meal that includes meat, vegetables, and meat stock, all in one dish.
If you’d like all my best tips on how to start the GAPS Diet, check out my post here. This blended carrot soup and this beef soup are perfect for stage 1 and beyond.
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GAPS stage 2 recipes
When you’re going through GAPS intro, you need simple, nourishing meals that are easy to make, and check all the boxes for nutrition. Most people feel some detox symptoms while going through GAPS intro. When you’re feeling yucky, you definitely don’t feel like cooking something complicated!
I love this GAPS stew recipe because it couldn’t be easier to throw together. It is also delicious, and very customizable! Feel free to change the vegetables around to whatever you have in your fridge or garden, within the allowed foods. Just make sure to remove the peels and seeds from the squashes.
Another thing I love about stews is that you are making meat stock at the same you’re making your entire meal. There’s no need to prepare and serve it alongside.
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GAPS stew recipe directions
- 1/4 cup fat (tallow, duck fat, etc.)
- Vegetables, such as carrots and summer squash, roughly chopped, with peels and seeds removed
- Fresh herbs, such as parsley, rosemary, thyme, and sage
- 2 lb. chicken thighs or drumsticks with skin and bones, or 1/2 whole chicken
- Filtered water
- Sea salt
- Melt fat in bottom of crockpot.
- Add vegetables and chicken to crockpot.
- Put herbs and salt on chicken.
- Cover everything with water.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Other ways to make this
Like I mentioned, you can change out the vegetables depending on what you have on hand or what is in season. You might try adding leeks, onions, or garlic. Broccoli, cauliflower, and pumpkin are also possibilities.
You can change the cuts of meat a little, between drumsticks, thighs (with skin and bones!) and a whole chicken. Definitely stick to those cuts, and don’t try to make this with something like chicken breasts.
The idea is to be cooking joints of meat with bones and connective tissues. Those particular cuts of meat, bones, and tissues provide the building blocks for healing and sealing leaky gut.
Slow down and enjoy
In our fast paced, modern world, we tend to want everything immediately. It’s good to remember that becoming well takes time.
Let me encourage you to slow down, and really take this time for yourself and your family. Give yourself time to rest and rebuild.
I know from personal experience, that it is SO worth it to just take the time, and do GAPS intro the right way. You’ll save time in the long run, if you slow down and do it right. Read more about how to go through the GAPS diet introduction phase stage 2 here.
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