February 12, 2024

Cozy Winter Stew


Despite the mild temperatures we’ve been experiencing this February, we’re bringing you a cozy stew recipe. Ready in just 40 minutes, this pork tenderloin stew will feel like a warm hug on a cold (or not so cold) day. Pair it with your favourite rice, or some naan bread, or just eat it as is (the serving sizes are small, so we’d recommend pairing it with something or doubling the recipe for your larger family)!

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Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin cubed into 1-inch pieces (we didn’t have a tenderloin, but our pork loin chops are just as delicious in this recipe!)
  • ½  tsp salt
  • ½  tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic minced
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½  cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (alternative: arrowroot powder) (optional)
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped (optional, for garnish)

Suggested addition: try adding your favourite seasonal or frozen veggies to your stew to increase its nutritional value!


  1. In a large, heavy saucepan, add the oil. Heat over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the pork, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the meat is no longer raw, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic, paprika, and dried thyme.
  4. Add the broth and use it to deglaze the pan - scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen any tasty bits stuck to the bottom.
  5. Stir in the tomato sauce and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until the pork is cooked through (don’t overcook it!).
  6. If the stew hasn’t thickened enough at this point, you can mix in a cornstarch/arrowroot powder slurry (1 tbsp cornstarch/arrowroot powder mixed with 1½ tbsp cold water). Cook until the stew thickens, 1-2 more minutes.
  7. Remove the bay leaf, garnish the stew with chopped parsley, serve, and enjoy!

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Mike and his team have such a passion for what they do. They care a lot about growing and raising food that is the best for our bodies and are good stewards of the land. They love to share their vision with others. We have bought pork from the Good Ground for a few years and are not disappointed. The pigs are ethically raised and provide good quality meat. The vegetables are grown with no chemical pesticides and and are reasonably priced. We plan to continue buying our food supplies from them and look forward to what they have to offer in the future as they continue to expand.

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We have enjoyed the produce from your garden over two summers now and have wished that the summer did not have to end. The veggies were a good size, delicious and well cleaned. That is very impressive for a start-up farm! We have also more than thoroughly enjoyed the pork that we have purchased. It was a privilege for us to see that the pigs were raised in the forest, out of the sun, eating from the earth and running around with their pig friends. You could see that as Josh interacted with them, he cared for their well-being and was attentive to their surroundings.  We've enjoyed the juicy loin chops, sausages and bacon with so much pleasure. Knowing how the pigs are raised has allowed us to eat pork again. We feel good about eating meat that was raised on good ground. Our family looks forward to more produce and hopefully more kinds of good meat! Keep up the great work!

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