I realize the weather is getting warmer, which I’m really happy about! But that doesn’t mean I still don’t like making comfort food dinners once in a while. Growing up, I remember coming home from school and asking my mom what was for dinner that evening. I was usually happy about what we were going to eat, unless of course it was liver and onions! Did your mom make you eat liver and onion too? I’m sorry. But I remember one of my favorite meals was beef stew and biscuits. My mom would cook it in the oven for 2-3 hours, and the house would smell divine.
Today, I still like to make beef stew. But instead of making it in the oven, I use my slow cooker. Is there anything better for a busy mom than a slow cooker? Seriously, the thing rocks. I’ve also changed a few ingredients to make it even healthier! More about that later…
While beef stew is pretty basic, and not many changes need to be made to make it healthy, here is what I’ve done:
- used a lean cut of beef and trimmed the fat
- added lots of veggies
- used no-salt added broth and sauce
Personally, I just love all the carrots in this stew. And the slow cooker makes the beef so tender it practically falls apart.
Here’s a little tip: If you own a large slow cooker, your stew will cook faster, so you might need to decrease the cooking time. I prefer using a smaller slow cooker to cook the stew all day.
My family loves this Healthy Beef Stew…especially when I serve it with warm homemade biscuits or cheese buns. Serve this Healthy Beef Stew with some fresh veggies on the side for even more nutrition!