Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy Healthy New Year - Savory Beef Stew

I'm not typically one to make New Year Resolutions.  You know why don't you?  Yup....too easy to fail and then I feel bad about it and blah, blah, blah.  Having said that, this year we decided we really needed to get in shape.  Maybe it was the milestone birthday he had and I'm soon to have, I don't know.

Here's the twist though....we engaged 5 others from our office to join us on our quest for a fit 2012!  How's that for support!  So now we embark on our 90 day challenge.  The grand prize....we lose weight and make 2012 a healthy year!

But.... before we started I made this fabulous Savory Beef Stew.  In reality it really is pretty healthy...just depends on what you serve it with.  Please forgive my photos though....I seem to forget to take the finished shot.

Let's get started....

This recipe was given to me by our dear friend Lynda...thank you Lynda!

This is what you'll need:

2 - 2 1/2 lbs of Stew Meat in 1 inch cubes
1 small Onion - sliced thin
3 medium Leeks, whites only, sliced thin
3 stalks Celery cut in diagonal pieces
6 Carrots, peeled and cut in chunks

I also like to add:
2 peeled and cut Parsnips
Fresh green beans
a handful of whole Mushrooms

Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tbsp Tapioca (or flour for thickening)
1 can, 15oz V-8 juice (I usually buy the larger plastic bottle and add a bit more)

Place everything in the crock pot, adding V-8 last - cook on low for 8 - 10 hours (no peeking!)


Place meat in a 9 x 13 baker
Add Veggies and other ingredients - juice last
Cover with foil, seal tightly around edges
Bake at 250 degrees for 4 hours.

You can serve this yummy stew over mashed potatoes, rice, pasta, barley....anything you like.  I like it with warm French Bread or crusty bread.  Yum!


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