This is one of our favourite winter recipes because it's really wholesome, tasty and nutritional but requires next to no culinary skill, and you don’t have to tend to it constantly.
* 850g diced stewing steak
* 1 white onion, chopped
* 3 sweet potatoes, diced
* 4 carrots, sliced
* 1 stick celery, sliced
* 1 tablespoon tomato puree
* 350ml beef stock
* 2 tablespoons plain flour
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
* 1 bay leaf
Coat your beef in the flour first then pop it into your slow cooker, add the chopped veg (celery and onion into small pieces, sweet potatoes and carrots in larger chunks as you don't want them to break up too much when they soften), then add stock and seasonings, cover with the lid and cook on high for 6 hours.
This recipe is super flexible, so you could add a splash of red wine for a deeper flavour, more veg - parsnips, swede, new potatoes and peas all work really well, and spices such as paprika or chilli.
If you don't have a slow cooker, use a casserole dish on the hob to bring everything to the boil, then place the lid on top and pop in the oven for 3 or 4 hours on 160ºC. When the meat's tender, you can turn it down to 110ºC to keep it hot until you're ready to eat.
This recipe is great for hair growth as it contains both iron, by way of the red meat, and vitamin C, in the sweet potato, tomato and onion. It's so important to get enough fruit and veg into your diet to maximise your protein consumption since vitamin C facilities the absorption of iron into the body, and without enough iron you could experience hair loss and sub-par growth, which is not what you want now temperatures are dropping and all you want to do is have a snug face.