Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms

Diet types:
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Sarah from Kansas.

Portions: 8

Serving size: 1 cup


  • 1 cup white potato
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced shitake mushrooms
  • 2 cups onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 2 pounds lean beef stew meat
  • 3/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® Original herb seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Peel potato and cut into small cubes. Soak or double-boil to reduce potassium if you are on a low potassium diet. (see helpful hints) 
  2. Chop onion and mince garlic cloves. Slice carrots. Cut beef into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a large Dutch oven heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add onion and cook until tender; add mushrooms and thyme; stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute.
  5. Add red wine to mixture and stir.
  6. Coat beef in flour. In a large frying pan heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Add half of beef mixture and sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® seasoning blend. Cook until browned on all sides. Repeat with remaining 2 teaspoons oil, beef mixture and 1/8 teaspoon Mrs. Dash seasoning blend.
  7. Add browned beef to mushroom mixture.
  8. Add thyme, broth and bay leaf to mixture. Bring to a boil.
  9. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hour or until beef is tender.
  10. Drain potatoes. Stir potatoes and carrot into pot with beef. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally as sauce thickens.
  11. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash and black pepper. Discard bay leaf and serve.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  282
  • Protein  33 g
  • Carbohydrates  15 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  88 mg
  • Sodium  110 mg
  • Potassium  534 mg
  • Phosphorus  252 mg
  • Calcium  39 mg
  • Fiber  2.5 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 4 meat
  • 1/2 starch
  • 1 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.
  • Skip step # 1 if you are not on a low potassium diet.
  • Divide leftover stew into 1 cup portions and freeze for a quick meal later.
  • Serve with crusty rolls and berries for dessert.

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Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms
Wife1991 says:

Looks great! Going to try this in between the holidays!

Nov. 23, 2014, 3:10 AM - Inappropriate review?
Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms
lafferty4 says:

I wanted beef stew and my husband made this. It was a hit. Because of another dietary restriction I can not the carrots. No problem we just made the recipe without it. Still tasted good. Even reheated the next day for lunch it was good.

Nov. 12, 2014, 8:31 AM - Inappropriate review?
Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms

what recipes do you recommend for patients who wish to use plant based foods instead of animal based foods? Dietitian comment: Many of the recipes can be modified by substituting tofu, tempeh or meat analogs. You can use DaVita Diet Helper to add your own version of the recipes to your personal recipe database. The My Recipe Creations tool will show nutrients as you enter each recipe ingredient so you can compare meatless recipes with the original version.

Mar. 24, 2014, 1:39 PM - Inappropriate review?
Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms
flgram says:

Excellent!! Made it tonight and we loved it.

Jan. 05, 2014, 10:34 PM - Inappropriate review?
Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms
345marilyn says:

recipes for one person would really be a big help. Not only for those of us that do do live with a family as well as those who do live with a family. Thanks

Apr. 28, 2013, 2:04 PM - Inappropriate review?
Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms
19671978 says:

thats sounds really delicious i might have to try to make that recipe

Mar. 24, 2013, 6:44 AM - Inappropriate review?
Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms
tati759 says:

Hummm....can't wait to make it! I just wish it had a picture!!

Mar. 21, 2013, 9:30 PM - Inappropriate review?
Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms

I agree with other commenters that this has a nice taste. While I know I can freeze leftovers, I live alone and my freezer is a typical apartment sized freezer and doesn't hold much. It would be helpful if the volume this makes were smaller. Before telling me to do the math; I'm entering stage 5 renal failure and cooking anything is a major effort. Reconstructing recipes is a little too much for me to have to do now...just cooking anything is an accomplishment so help would be greatly appreciated.

Mar. 19, 2013, 9:36 AM - Inappropriate review?
Beef Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms
carolynj43 says:

I love the recipes offered here by DaVita. However, like many of them, they make 6, 8 or more servings. For those of us who live alone, it would be extremely helpful if you created the option to change the number of servings, such as is done at the following recipe websites: Something to think about! Thank you, Carolyn Burby

Mar. 18, 2013, 12:42 PM - Inappropriate review?

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