Recipe: Hearty SlowCooker Beef Stew

You might think that a healthy diet consists of a lot of lean meats like chicken breast, and that you should always be grilling it with very little oil. While it’s true that grilled chicken is a great source of lean protein, doesn’t contain much saturated fat, and is relatively low in calories, you don’t have to live on chicken alone!

A truly healthy diet needs variety. Eating the same thing every day will not give your body everything it needs. It’s also pretty boring, don’t you think?

Beef gets a bad wrap. But, in moderation it can contribute a menagerie of nutrients your body requires. Obviously it’s a great source of protein, but it also provides high amounts of Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, and a variety of B-vitamins.

Here’s one of my favorite recipes to make during the cold, winter months.


Hearty SlowCooker Beef Stew
Serves 6
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Total Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr
  1. 1 Lb. Beef Stew Cubed Beef
  2. 2 Tsp. Olive Oil (separated into 2, 1 tsp portions or use a pre-portioned sprayer)
  3. 1 Large Sweet Potato (Peeled & Diced)
  4. 1 Medium Yellow Onion (chopped)
  5. 3 Stalks Celery (sliced)
  6. 4 Carrots (peeled and diced)
  7. 2 Cloves Fresh Garlic (peeled)
  8. 2 Bay Leaves
  9. ¾ Cup Flour (separated into 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup portions)
  10. 1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  11. 3 Cups Vegetable Broth
  12. ½ Tsp. Cinnamon
  13. ¼ Tsp. Nutmeg
  14. 1 Tsp. Salt
  15. ½ Tsp. Black Pepper
  1. Add your sweet potato, celery, carrots, and garlic to your crock pot.
  2. Put your small saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Spray with 1 Tsp. Olive Oil (use a sprayer if you have one). Have ½ cup flour handy in a small bowl nearby.
  3. Carefully trim the fat off the beef stew meat and cut into manageable pieces (so you won’t need a knife to eat the stew later!).
  4. Once the pan is heated, dredge each piece of meat in the flour and place in the pan. Cook just long enough to get a little color on the meat, flip over and do the same on the other side and move the meat (using tongs) directly into the CrockPot from the stove.
  5. In the same pan, add another spray of oil and cook your onions until they just start to sweat.Then, add them to the crockpot.
  6. Now add your remaining flour (½ Cup), cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
  7. Pour vegetable broth over all the seasoning in the pot so it disperses evenly.
  8. Place bay leaves on top (for easy removal later).
  9. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
  1. 283 Calories - 9g Fat - 27g Carbohydrate - 7.5g Sugar - 22g Protein - 4g Fiber
  2. Enjoy over some couscous, quinoa, or noodles for a complete, satisfying meal, sure to satisfy on a cold winter’s night!
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