Meat & Stocks, Recipes

Nourishing Slow Cooker Beef Stew

February 22, 2013

It gets cold in Montana. Like really cold. Sometimes on bitter nights there is nothing better than a warm bowl of beef stew. I make my stew a little differently, I like it when the meat melts into the stew. I have crafted a recipe that is not too thick or too thin and has the perfect balance of stew-y flavors.

Cold in Montana

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this and it literally takes ten minutes to throw together in the morning before work. I actually made this on Valentine’s Day morning (how romantic, right?), and dinner was done when I got home! I love my slow cooker, nothing is better than setting it and forgetting it. 😉

I use arrowroot powder to thicken my stew at the end, read why I recommend arrowroot powder over cornstarch here.

Nourishing Slow Cooker Beef Stew

The Fundamentals

1 pound grass-fed stir-fry beef pieces (or chunks for stew if your prefer)
1/4 cup sprouted flour
2 organic parsnips, peeled and diced
4 large organic carrots, peeled and diced
4 Yukon gold potatoes, diced
1 large organic onion, diced in large chunks
4 garlic cloves, diced
3 cups filtered water
1/2 teaspoon organic dried rosemary
sea salt & pepper to taste
3 tablespoons arrowroot powder/starch (or more depending on your desired thickness)

1. Place beef pieces and sprouted flour in the slow cooker. Coat the meat evenly with the flour. Add the rest of the ingredients through the salt and pepper. Loosely mix everything together.

Putting Together Nourishing Beef Stew

2. Cook on low for 10 hours or high for 5 to 6 hours.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

3. After cooking fully, mix in the arrowroot powder at the end. You can add more or less arrowroot powder depending on how thick you want your stew in the end. Put in a bowl and enjoy!

Nourishing Slow Cooker Beef Stew



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    In the crockpot for tonight!Thanks!

    • Reply Katie September 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Enjoy! It’s a favorite of my hubby’s! :)

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    Tried this the other night and we loved it! Can I use broth instead of the water next time?

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      Of course! Water is all that I had on hand, but broth would be delicious. :)

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    Hi Katie, was wondering if you knew approximately how many this would feed? Thanks!

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      I would say three to four people, but it can be easily stored and reheated for leftovers. :) Hope you enjoy it!

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