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Easy & Healthy Slow cooker Beef Stew

13 Nov

 

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As you are all aware I am all about EASY cooking. I hate complicated recipes with a million steps that take forever to make. I am after easy, quick & nutritious meals that I can put on the table for my family with a minimal amount of effort.

Hence why I loooove my slow cooker. That thing is awesome, its almost like a personal chef hanging out in your kitchen while you get on with conquering the world or the housework!

This stew is simple & easy to make, its a throw everything in, let it cook for hours & then finish it just before serving deal.

I try & get everything into the slow cooker while readying the kids for school, that way meal prep doesn’t cut into my work day & when the kids come home from school we can hang out – because I already have dinner covered 🙂

To make for fast prep time, I don’t even peel the vegetables, we purchase Organic vegetables which I just wash & chop which helps to cut down on prep time & also delivers more nutrition per serve. But we all know I do it, because I am lazy!

The flavours of this stew are hearty & simple, you could definitely add some fresh herbs like Rosemary or Thyme, but my little people object to “green stuff” in their food so we stick with traditional hearty beef flavours & lots of vegetables.

This makes a lot of stew, so if you don’t like left overs (you must be crazy) halve the recipe. I like to serve the leftovers on toast or top it with dumplings so that my family doesn’t feel like they are eating the same thing all the time. But it means you get two meals out of one dinner – which is a huge win in my book!!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1.5 kilogram chuck beef roast, or some other cheap cut, cut into 4cm cubes
  • 2 onions roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 5 Tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 750mls Beef stock (I used bone broth – but either will do)
  • 2 Tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried Thyme leaves
  • 4 Bay leaves (just be sure to pick them out before serving or the kids will complain about the foliage in their food)
  • 4 large carrots roughly chopped
  • 6 large potatoes roughly chopped
  • 2 large sweet potatoes chopped into large pieces as they can fall apart during cooking
  • 1 cup frozen pea’s
  • Himalayan salt & pepper to season
  • 1/4 c plain spelt flour
  • 1/4 c water

Place the beef, onions, garlic, tomatoes, beef stock, worcestershire sauce, thyme, carrots, potatoes & sweet potatoes into your slow cooker & leave on low for about 6-7 hours, or if your in a hurry place it on high for 4-5 hours.

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I like to place a tea towel over the top of the slow cooker to keep all the steam in & help the cooking process along – it seems to cook things faster even though the slow cooker is on low as it’s retaining the heat.

About thirty minutes before dinner add in your frozen peas, taste & season your sauce with salt & pepper. Mix the spelt & water together in a small bowl until there are no lumps, stir this into your stew & cook covered for another thirty minutes so it can thicken up.

This recipe normally makes two meals for our family of four, so you will have left overs!! Left over stew tastes even better the next day over toast or you can top it with dumplings, bake it in your favourite pie shell recipe or top it with mashed potatoes & a little cheese to make a heartier version of cottage pie. Two meals for the effort of one, makes this Mama very happy.

Enjoy

 

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