Recipe Review: Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew

I sincerely love my slow cooker. It is one of the best kitchen investments I have ever made. Nothing is nicer than throwing everything into a slow cooker in the morning and coming home from work to a home that smells amazing, and a delicious meal ready to be dished up.

Such was the case yesterday when I put together this simple Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew from the fine blog Peace, Love, and Low Carb.

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Of course, I made adjustments, because that’s what I do! There was no way I was going to cut up all those veggies by hand, and I certainly wasn’t about to start measuring out spices. That’s for people who have time! I have a 10-15 minute window between getting ready for work and dropping my niece off at school in the morning to get all that prep work done.

So instead of uniform slices of carrot and symmetrical squares of onion, and cute little cubes of celery, I dumped a bag of frozen mirepoix into the pot with a can of diced tomato and a half cup of frozen bell pepper. Viola.

 

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That’s my favorite cooking hack right there.

 

I didn’t get organic beef stock, but I did get reduced sodium, and instead of measuring out all those spices, I just added Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning to the meat while it was browning and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt to the veg. I know, I know. We add Tony’s to just about everything, but that’s because it makes everything taste amazing.

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I did NOT add bacon, simply because hubby and I aren’t really all that big on bacon, and same with the mushrooms. Everything else made it into the stew.

I know you’re asking, “Yes, but how did it taste?!”

Well, put simply, it tasted like beef stew. If you like beef stew, then this is a great dish! The meat was tender, the spices were lovely, the vegetables were soft and had soaked up all that delicious beef stew flavoring.

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If you don’t like beef stew, this isn’t going to sway you. If you are looking for a recipe that disguises the vegetables in it, I’d steer clear. But if you like vegetables, and you’re looking for a low carb version of beef stew, then this is definitely a winner. You won’t even miss the potatoes!

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I must say, however, that the nutrition information would make for a pretty skimpy bowl of stew. I cook for three, and this was enough to give us all a nice big bowl of stew, but by no means would it have stretched to 10 bowls. It would probably be enough for a family of four, but any more than that and you better plan on having a side.

So how did it rate in our house? Three Yums! We’ll be making it again.

P.S. Can you guess which one was mine?

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