Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew
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Serves: 8
 
Hearty slow cooker beef stew, a classic made easy, thanks to the crock pot!
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean stew beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • ½ cup tomato sauce (4 ounces canned)
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cut in cubes
  • 2 medium onions, sliced into wedges
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 2 can (about 15 ounces) cut canned string beans, drained
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Ideal Slow Cooker: 6-Quart
  2. Season the beef with salt and pepper, then toss with the flour to coat the meat.
  3. Grease the crock pot with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Place the beef in the slow cooker.
  5. Stir in the broth, tomato sauce, potatoes, carrots, corn, green beans, garlic and thyme.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours, or until the beef and vegetables are fork-tender.
  7. Stir in chopped fresh parsley.
  8. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary.
Martha's Notes
Nutrition Estimates Per Serving (1-1/2 cups): 276 calories, 3.8 g fat, 37.3 g carbs, 5.4 g fiber, 22.8 g protein and *7 Weight Watchers Points Plus


For greater depth of flavor and color, brown the beef in a little oil first and then deglaze your pan with a little beef broth and then continue with the recipe.
Recipe by Simple Nourished Living at http://simple-nourished-living.com/2014/02/hearty-slow-cooker-beef-stew/