Healthier Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This Healthier Slow Cooker Beef Stew is a very simple, but yet hearty slow cooker stew with potatoes, carrots, turnips and herbs. The great thing about stew or any hearty soup is that you can add or remove just about any vegetable you like.
Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium red potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 turnips, cut into bite-sized 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, (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. Place the onions, garlic, carrots, celery, red potatoes, turnips, parsnip, tomato paste, beef broth, dried thyme, dried parsley, oregano and dried bay leaves into a large slow cooker.
2. Add the stew meat in a large bowl and season liberally with salt and pepper. Toss the meat until it is fully coated. Set the meat aside.
3. Over medium heat, heat the olive oil in a skillet.
4. Add the meat and let the beef 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 pieces are browned.
5. Add the cooked beef to the slow cooker and stir to combine with the vegetables.
6. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for five hours. After five hours, taste the stew and adjust the salt if needed. Garnish with fresh parsley.