In the summer my husband and I love going to our local Farmers’ Markets. Where we live, the farms are practically in our backyard, so we can get the freshest vegetables, grown locally, all summer. And we definitely take advantage of this.
A few years ago when my husband and I were at the Farmers’ Market we decided to challenge ourselves and see if we could make an entire meal from just items bought at the Farmers’ Market. We started walking around, buying vegetables we loved that we thought would taste good together, and then we came home and invented Farmers’ Market Stew.
Yes, you can cheat if it’s off-season or you don’t have any farms near you. You can buy the ingredients in the store, and sometimes we do do this during the winter months. But, it’s always best to buy and shop local if you can. Support your local farms and farmers.
Farmers’ Market Stew is Gluten-Free and Paleo. You can make it with butter (we make our own), or with duck fat which is a very healthy Paleo ingredient and delicious! Read about the AMAZING benefits of duck fat by clicking here.
Whether you use raw grass-fed butter or duck fat, Farmers’ Market Stew will taste AMAZING! And it’s so easy to make! Besides butter and duck fat, what else does Farmers’ Market Stew contain? Potatoes, Red Onions, Corn, and Uncured Nitrate/Nitrite-Free Bacon. That’s it! If you follow Paleo very strictly, you can leave the corn out.
Farmers’ Market Stew is extremely healthy, but in recent years Bacon has gotten a reputation for being a food that is not good for you. That is actually not the case at all. Bacon is good for you as long as you buy all-natural Uncured Nitrate/Nitrite-Free Bacon.
“Paleo followers prefer natural brands of bacon, meaning those that make their products without nitrates or fillers.
There are health benefits to bacon. Pork is loaded with protein (like all types of animal meats) and is a complete source of all essential amino acids. These amino acids are crucial for many functions, especially blood sugar control and muscle growth. It’s also high in iron, phosphorus, magnesium and B vitamins, like the anti-stress vitamins B2 and B12. Pork is, surprisingly, one of the highest foods in saturated fat, which is actually a good thing.
The tides are turning when it comes to saturated fat being labeled “unhealthy”, as you’re probably already aware. Most people now accept that natural fats of all kinds, including saturated fat found in animal meat, are important since each type of fat has its own special role in the body.
The high-fat content of bacon is a big reason why it tastes so good. There’s no reason to feel guilty. Saturated fat is important for cell rejuvenation, hormonal, reproductive and brain health. In fact, the high-fat content on bacon makes it filling and a good option for people who need to watch their blood sugar. Since fat helps to slow the release of glucose (from carbs and sugar) into the blood stream it helps with blood sugar. Eat some bacon alongside your Paleo pancakes slathered in pure maple syrup and the bacon will help stunt the effects.”
Are you ready to try making your own Farmers’ Market Stew?
Have fun with the recipe and make it your own. Last night we had some left over chicken in the fridge, so my husband diced that up and put it in the stew and it tasted delicious!
What I love about Farmers’ Market Stew is it’s literally a dish that helps you live off the land, and that is very M.U.D.