Lamb Stew with Mushrooms and Red Wine
Years ago, I fell in love with a lamb stew recipe from cookbook author, Ivy Manning. Her recipe for Guinness Irish Stew became one of my March menu staples. I’ve made her recipe, overflowing with tender cubes of lamb and a medley of roasted root vegetables, nearly every year since she originally published it on her blog. But after my Hashimoto’s diagnosis, when I pulled the sheet out of my recipe binder, I had to pause. Beer and flour were two of the key ingredients. Both contain gluten.
When it comes to pursuing a thyroid-friendly diet, gluten is the #1 no-no. The gluten-thyroid connection is so strong that many experts recommend across-the-board gluten elimination for anyone with an autoimmune thyroid condition like Graves’ or Hashimoto’s.
Avoiding gluten is important because the molecular protein structure is nearly identical to that of the thyroid. Eating it can trick the immune system into triggering and worsening its attack on the thyroid gland. Gluten also increases intestinal permeability, which is linked to autoimmune disease. (Source: “The Gluten, Gut, and Thyroid Connection” by Dr. Amy Myers)
As I scanned the list of ingredients in Ivy’s recipe, I decided to figure out a way to renovate this beloved family favorite in a way that we could eat without guilt, compromise, or side effects. I couldn’t be happier with the results. Enjoy!
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- In addition to selenium, zinc, and iron, a 4 oz. portion of ground lamb provides 91% RDI of the essential amino acid Tyrosine, which the thyroid gland combines with iodine to make thyroid hormone.
- Just 1 cremini mushroom provides 7% DV of selenium, a nutrient important for the production and regulation of thyroid hormones.
- Bone broth is one of the most highly recommended foods for anyone suffering from an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s. The collagen and glycine can help repair cell damage in the intestinal tract.
- A 1 cup serving of celery root contains 3 grams of fiber, which can aid in the relief of constipation. It is low in calories and a good choice for weight loss and optimal health. Celery root is also a very good source of vitamin C, K, phosphorus and potassium, and a good source of B6, Magnesium, and Manganese.
- 1 cup of carrots provides 428% DV of vitamin A, which may be a key factor in preventing hypothyroidism.