Beef Vegetable Stew with Roasted Potatoes

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Roasting the potatoes separately, rather than cooking them with the rest of the stew ingredients, ensures the potatoes do not get mushy.  My husband hates mushy.

 

Place in large slow cooker

2 lbs. beef stew meat

2 c. beef broth (if eating gluten free, ensure broth is gluten free)

1/4 c. mixed spice blend such as Kirkland Organic No Salt Seasoning Mix

1 large carrot, peeled and cut into chunks

2 peppers, seeded and cut into chunks

(If you can tolerate onion – I can’t – one chopped onion can also be added)

Cook on low approximately 6 hours, then add:

2 cups frozen mixed vegetables

(Thicken broth if necessary)

Cook for another hour on low

In the meantime, make the roasted potatoes:

4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces

1/4 c. dried chives

1 – 2 T. Italian seasoning blend

1 T. oil

Small amount of water

Cook at 350 until tender, about 40 minutes

 

Makes 4 servings. Can either serve the stew over the potatoes or mix the potatoes in.

 

 

Maple-Chili Cranberry Sauce

Just in time for the holiday season, here’s a twist on an old standby. Lower in sugar, but not low in taste.

1 cup water
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
2 T. maple syrup
splash of orange juice
1 T. chili powder or to taste

Combine water, cranberries and maple syrup in a small pan and bring to a boil. More water may be required. Boil until cranberries “pop” and tenderize a bit. Add remainder of ingredients and reduce heat to low, and simmer until desired thickness is achieved.

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