Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  365
  • Protein  33 g
  • Carbohydrates  20 g
  • Fat  17 g
  • Cholesterol  73 mg
  • Sodium  80 mg
  • Potassium  540 mg
  • Phosphorus  234 mg
  • Calcium  36 mg
  • Fiber  2.2 g

Apple Cider Beef Stew

Prepare this kidney-friendly recipe for Apple Cider Beef Stew shared by DaVita dietitian Elizabeth from Pennsylvania, and you can be sure that your whole family will be quick to ask for seconds!

Diet types:

  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Elizabeth from Pennsylvania.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1-3/4 cup


  • 1-1/2 cups potatoes
  • 2 pounds stewing beef cubes
  • 7 tablespoons all purpose white flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups carrots
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1 cup apples, peeled
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  1. Dice potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes and soak or double-boil to reduce potassium if you are on a low potassium diet. (See details in helpful hints).
  2. Mix together 3 tablespoons of the flour, black pepper and thyme.
  3. Coat beef with flour mixture.
  4. In a skillet heat oil and brown beef pieces. Set aside.
  5. Slice carrots, dice onion, celery and peeled apple.
  6. In Crock-Pot®, layer ingredients as follows: carrots, boiled potatoes, onions, celery, browned beef, and diced apple.
  7. Mix together cider, 1 cup water and vinegar.
  8. Pour over ingredients in Crock-Pot and cook on low setting for 8-10 hours.
  9. Before serving, turn Crock-Pot on high. Mix remaining 4 tablespoons flour with 1/2 cup water. Stir into Crock-Pot to thicken stew.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3-1/2 meat
  • 1 starch
  • 2 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Potatoes are very high in potassium but you can remove part of the potassium by using one of these methods:
  • Double cook method: Peel and dice potatoes. Place in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Drain the water and add fresh water to the pot. Bring to a boil, cook for 10 minutes then drain and set aside.
  • Leaching method:  Peel and dice potatoes. Place in a large pot of warm tap water and soak for 2 to 4 hours. Drain and set aside.
  • If you are not on a potassium restricted diet you can skip the above step.

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Apple Cider Beef Stew

jsmartrd says:


You could lower the potassium content by following one of the reduction methods listed in the recipe. The high protein content is what makes it not acceptable for non-dialysis. You could reduce the beef to decrease the protein.

Nov. 26, 2013, 11:35 AM - Inappropriate review?

Apple Cider Beef Stew

cats says:


Would this recipe be acceptable for non-dialysis if you were to leave out the potatoes and reduce everything?

Nov. 19, 2012, 5:06 PM - Inappropriate review?

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