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SLOW COOKER POOR MANS STEW

Is the stew nutritious?
Absolutely. Packed with beef and vegetables, this stew delivers a hefty dose of protein, vitamins, and minerals, all simmered together to perfection in a single crockpot.

How can I thicken the stew?
For a thicker consistency, consider using a slurry made from water and cornstarch. Additionally, the potatoes release starch as they cook, naturally thickening the stew.

How long should I cook this stew?
For best results, let it simmer on low for 4 to 6 hours, or on high for 2 to 3 hours.

Can I swap out the meat?
Certainly! Experiment with ground pork, chuck steak, ground turkey, or chicken for variation. This Poor Man’s Stew is incredibly adaptable; you can even switch up the vegetables without sacrificing its hearty appeal.

Ingredients:
– Ground beef
– Potatoes, cut into pieces
– Carrots, peeled and sliced
– Water
– Onion, chopped
– Tomato paste
– Dried oregano
– Onion powder
– Minced garlic
– Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
1. Place the vegetables in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine.
2. Pour water over the vegetables.
3. In a small bowl, mix together oil, vinegar, sugar, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk until well combined, then pour over the vegetables in the bowl.
4. Stir thoroughly to coat the vegetables, then refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

Nutrition:
– Calories: 150 kcal
– Carbohydrates: 16 g
– Protein: 1 g
– Fat: 9 g
– Saturated Fat: 1 g
– Polyunsaturated Fat: 8 g
– Sodium: 57 mg
– Fiber: 2 g
– Sugar: 13 g

Instructions:
1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat, then drain the excess fat.
2. Transfer the beef to the slow cooker, adding potatoes, onions, and carrots. Stir well to combine.
3. In a bowl, whisk together water, tomato paste, oregano, onion powder, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
4. Pour the mixture over the meat and vegetables in the slow cooker.
5. Cook on low for 7 hours.
6. Serve with a side of bread, if desired.

Nutrition:
– Calories: 299 kcal
– Carbohydrates: 33g
– Protein: 15g
– Fat: 12g
– Saturated Fat: 5g
– Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
– Monounsaturated Fat: 5g
– Cholesterol: 40mg
– Sodium: 302mg
– Potassium: 1128mg
– Fiber: 5g
– Sugar: 9g
– Vitamin A: 4126 IU
– Vitamin C: 36mg
– Calcium: 52mg
– Iron: 4mg

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