Healthier Slow Cooker Beef Stew

by Primavera Kitchen
Healthier Slow Cooker Beef Stew


·1 medium onion, finely chopped
·2 cups carrots, cut into bite-sized pieces
·2 celery ribs, chopped
·3-4 cups potatoes, roughly chopped
·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
·1 teaspoon salt
·1 teaspoon pepper
·2 tablespoons olive oil
·2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
·1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped


Place onions, carrots, celery, potatoes, turnips, parsnip, tomato paste, broth, thyme, dried parsley, oregano, and bay leaves into a large slow cooker. Cut meat into bite sized pieces, then add it to a large bowl and season with salt/pepper. Toss, then set aside. Over medium heat, heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the meat and 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 are browned. Add the cooked beef to the slow cooker and stir to combine with the vegetables. Place lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for five hours. After five hours, taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Garnish with fresh parsley, then serve!

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