Set-It-and-Forget-It Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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This recipe is a lifesaver for busy weeknights. Imagine coming home to a delicious, hearty stew simmered to perfection – all thanks to your trusty slow cooker! Not only is this stew incredibly flavorful, but it’s also gluten-free, making it a great option for everyone at the table.

Ingredients:

Easy Beef Stew Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Easy Beef Stew Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound boneless, beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups beef broth (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (mixed with 2 tablespoons water to make a slurry)
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear beef cubes on all sides until browned. Drain any excess fat.

    2. Transfer browned beef to the slow cooker. Add chopped onion, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper.

    3. Pour in beef broth, diced tomatoes with their juices, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well to combine.

    4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours, or until the beef is tender and falling apart.

    5. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, whisk together cornstarch slurry and add it to the slow cooker. Stir well and let simmer until the stew thickens slightly.

    6. Serve hot, garnished with fresh parsley (optional), and enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Note: These are approximate values and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Calories: 450

  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 500mg (adjust to taste or use low-sodium broth)
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Protein: 35g

  • Conclusion

    This slow cooker beef stew is a perfect example of how easy and delicious healthy meals can be. With minimal prep and the magic of the slow cooker, you can have a satisfying and nutritious dinner ready to go at the end of a long day. So ditch the takeout menus and give this recipe a try – your taste buds (and your wallet) will thank you!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use a different type of meat in this recipe?

    Absolutely! This recipe is easily adaptable. You can substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs, pork shoulder, or even lamb for the beef chuck roast. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time slightly depending on the chosen protein.

    2. What can I serve with this stew?

    This stew is delicious on its own, but you can also pair it with a side of mashed potatoes, rice, or crusty bread for dipping. A simple green salad would also be a great accompaniment.

    3. Do I have to thicken the stew?

    The cornstarch slurry helps to thicken the stew slightly towards the end of cooking. If you prefer a thinner consistency, you can simply omit this step.

    4. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

    Yes, this stew is perfect for meal prepping! Simply cook it according to the recipe instructions, then let it cool completely before storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop over low heat until warmed through.

    5. Can I freeze this stew?

    Yes, you can freeze this stew for up to 3 months. Let it cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.