Slow Cooker Beef Stew or is it Casserole???

soup for gestational diabetesThis slow cooker beef stew or casserole, is a family favourite in my house. I even keep the ingredients prepped raw and frozen in 'one pot' bags in the freezer, meaning I can defrost them overnight and just bung it in the slow cooker in the morning!

Tender pieces of beef, plenty of chunky seasonal vegetables and a tasty gravy made without flour meaning it doesn't spike blood sugar levels like other gravies may do.

What's best is that prep this the night before or in the morning, chuck it all in the slow cooker and when it's dinner time you have a lovely, hearty, tasty and warming meal ready to serve!

You can choose which vegetables to use, but be careful that you don't add too many root vegetables and pulses as these will cause the dish to be too carb heavy.

This slow cooker beef stew also works well as a hearty, chunky soup in the winter, perfect for lunch!

 

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slow cooker beef stew
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
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This is a family favourite in my house. Tender pieces of beef, plenty of chunky seasonal vegetables and a tasty gravy made without flour meaning it doesn't spike blood sugar levels like other gravies may do. You can choose which vegetables to use, but be careful that you don't add too many root vegetables and pulses as these will cause the dish to be too carb heavy What's best is that prep this the night before or in the morning, chuck it all in the slow cooker and when it's dinner time you have a lovely, hearty, tasty and warming meal ready to serve!
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
slow cooker beef stew
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Print Recipe
This is a family favourite in my house. Tender pieces of beef, plenty of chunky seasonal vegetables and a tasty gravy made without flour meaning it doesn't spike blood sugar levels like other gravies may do. You can choose which vegetables to use, but be careful that you don't add too many root vegetables and pulses as these will cause the dish to be too carb heavy What's best is that prep this the night before or in the morning, chuck it all in the slow cooker and when it's dinner time you have a lovely, hearty, tasty and warming meal ready to serve!
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Prep all the vegetables, chopping them roughly or as chunky as you would like
  2. Melt the butter in a large pan and add the beef. Seal the beef on all sides so that there is slight browning on each piece, then add the beef and juice from the pan into the slow cooker
  3. Add the vegetables, herbs and stock pot into the slow cooker
  4. Crush a beef OXO cube into 400ml of cold water, stir and pour over the ingredients in the slow cooker. (You could substitute 200ml of water for red wine instead if you wish, but this does increase the carbs in the dish)
  5. Set the slow cooker on low to cook for 6-8 hours (or high for 4 hours)
  6. Remove the bay leaves before serving. Serve with a well tolerated starchy carb of your choice or you could add the carb into the dish for cooking eg. butter beans, lentils, potato I also like adding a big spoonful of crème fraîche on top with some finely chopped parsely
Recipe Notes

Avoid thickening the gravy with flours or gravy granules, there is plenty of flavour in the gravy. To thicken the gravy you can either pass some of the cooked vegetables through a sieve, blitz them with a blender, or heat some of the gravy in a pan on a high heat to help evaporate some of the fluid.

Dumplings are high carb and are not tolerated well by most ladies. If you try dumplings use real suet and wholemeal flour. Make small dumplings and use these as your main carb of the dish (so avoid too many root vegetables, grains and pulses).

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