October 1st is World Vegetarian Day and Apple Month

Apple Cider Beef Stew

3 Tbsp. all purpose flour

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

½ tsp. dried thyme

2 lbs. cubed beef stew meat

3 Tbsp. olive oil

2 ½ c. apple cider

¾ c. water

¼ c. apple cider vinegar

1 large bay leaf

4 carrots, sliced

3 potatoes, cubed

2 onions, diced

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 large McIntosh apple, sliced

Combine flour, salt pepper & thyme in bowl. Toss beef cubes in flour mixture. Heat olive oil in Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown beef cubes on all sides. Combine browned meat, apple cider, water & cider vinegar in pot; bring to boil. Add bay leaf; reduce heat to LOW. Simmer, partially covered 1 hour. Stir in carrots, potatoes, onions, celery