Lighter Crockpot Beef Stew

I LOOOOVE beef stew. There's something so comforting and cozy about it. However, after indulging since Thanksgiving like I may never eat food again, I wanted to find a "lite" version of beef stew recipe to try. Primavera Kitchen never fails me. In fact, it's who I got my delicious Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet recipe from, so I knew this was gonna be good and it is. It's full of vegetables, which makes it heartier in a healthier way.

Some chef notes: I only used one turnip (mainly because I didn't know it called for two), 1.25 pounds of stew meat instead of 2, and topped it all off with red pepper flakes for some heat. 

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Healthier Crockpot Beef Stew by Primavera Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cups carrots, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 medium red potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 turnips, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 parsnip, cut into bite-sized into pieces
½ cup tomato paste
4 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon oregano
3 dried bay leaves
2 pounds beef stew meat, (cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS

  • Place the onions, carrots, celery, red potatoes, turnips, parsnip, tomato paste, beef broth, dried thyme, dried parsley, oregano, and dried bay leaves into a large slow cooker.
  • Add the stew meat in a large bowl and season liberally with salt and pepper. Toss the meat until it is fully coated. Set the meat aside.
  • Over medium heat, heat the olive oil in a skillet.
  • Add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds or until fragrant is released.
  • Add the meat and let the beef cook without stirring for a few minutes to allow the meat to brown on one side.
  • Stir and repeat until all sides of the beef pieces are browned.
  • Add the cooked beef to the slow cooker and stir to combine with the vegetables.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for five hours. After five hours, taste the stew and adjust the salt if needed. Garnish with fresh parsley.