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Coach Maria's Monday Minute: Stew and Cornbread

Updated: Apr 21, 2022

Fall has arrived - at least that’s what the calendar says. The days are a bit cooler, even here in northwest Florida. I do love a good soup, stoup or stew, regardless of the time of year. I’m always on the lookout for a great beef stew recipe, especially after I saw a beef stew kit while doing my grocery shopping.

I have the additional challenge of making it gluten-free as I have a celiac family member. I found a fabulous beef stew recipe here: through a site called Chowhound. It was easy enough to make gluten-free by substituting gluten-free flour for the regular flour listed in the recipe. Make sure you have a BIG pot to cook this in as it does make a lot of stew!

I paired the stew with some Golden Vanilla Cornbread from the Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in case you’re missing The Big Island this time of year!). This is a delicious feast - rich in flavor and there are no shortages of calories to fuel you after a tough training day! Happy eating!


Maria Netherland is a Northwest Florida-based coach who is a USA Triathlon Level II Endurance and Youth & Juniors Certified Coach as well as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist. Coach Maria loves working for athletes of all abilities, military athletes, and new triathletes as they pursue their goals. Maria is a veteran of the US Army and a United States Military Academy at West Point graduate. She can be reached at


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