This recipe for slow cooker beef and bean stew is easy to put together and fills your home with wonderful aromas. This is a healthy comforting dish for a cold winter’s night.
Save money by using cheap cuts of beef such as blade or chuck steak. Slow cooking these cuts makes them tender and gives the stew a wonderful flavour.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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If you have a large slow cooker consider doubling the recipe. Any leftover will keep for 3 days if stored covered in the fridge. Reheat by placing one serving in a microwave safe bowl then cover. Heat on high in the microwave for 2 minutes, stir then heat for 1 ½ to 2 minutes more.
Otherwise, freeze 1 serve portions in microwave safe freezer containers. Reheat on high for 4 minutes then stir and microwave for a further 2 to 3 minutes until heated through. This will safe on time and energy as you will be using the oven less.
Any type of bean can be used in this recipe. Consider buying your favorite bean dried in bulk. They will keep for 2 to 3 years when stored to a cool dry place. Soak overnight or simmer for 30 minutes until soft before using.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
Check the packet of French onion soup for gluten or dairy ingredients. The rest of the ingredients are both gluten and dairy free.
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