When your world revolves around gourmet (and sometimes bizarre) foods, taking on a program like the Whole30® might seem a bit daunting. But that’s exactly what Molly Mogren, co-host of Go Fork Yourself (with James Beard Award-winning chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern), is doing right now.

Along the course of her journey, she’s discovered that some of Andrew’s best recipes are a perfect fit for the Whole30 program. Each Friday in the month of April, we’ll be featuring one of Andrew’s recipes, modified for our Whole30 program. (See other Foodie Friday offerings here.) We’ve chosen recipes that feature more exotic ingredients, an international theme, or a creative blend of spices—things that are likely outside of your normal Whole30 wheelhouse. So take a chance, try something new, expand your cooking horizons, and give your taste buds something delicious and exciting along the way.

Foodie Friday, Week 3

The next recipe in our Foodie Friday feature:  Beef Stew Pamplona.

Beef-stew-pamplonaOnly a few minor tweaks make this satisfying and flavorful Spanish-style beef stew a reliable Whole30 option. The addition of currants, capers, and pine nuts give this stew a sweet-nutty-saltiness that compliments the rich beef. It’s a simple, one-pot meal that’s deeply comforting.

Serve with cauliflower rice (we love this recipe from Melissa Joulwan). And a note on the bacon… to be Whole30 compatible, remember you need to source bacon with no added sugar, which is a lot more difficult  than it sounds! Whole Foods might carry some, or you can buy online from U.S. Wellness Meats (the first officially Whole30 Approved bacon). If you can’t find any, it’s perfectly fine (though sad) to omit the bacon.

Click on over to Andrew Zimmern’s website to get the full recipe, and to check out more of his fabulous (but not always Whole30) meal creations. View our other Foodie Friday collaborations right here on the Whole30 blog.

Connect with Andrew and Molly

Listen to their podcast, Go Fork Yourself (be sure to check out Melissa Hartwig’s follow-up interview 

Follow Molly (and read up on her Whole30 adventures) on her blog, Hey Eleanor

Share in Andrew’s travels on AndrewZimmern.com

Header image courtesy of AndrewZimmern.com. Photo credit Madeleine Hill.