January 28, 2009

Snow Day Beef Stew

As an icy winter blast blankets much of the country, many of us were lucky enough to enjoy a "snow day" from school or work.
Nothing warms your kitchen and your belly better than a hearty and delicious beef stew.

This recipe is great because you don't even need to brown the beef. Just toss everything in, cover, and bake! It is also low in fat and calories and tastes amazing!


1-3/4 pounds lean round steak, cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
6 small potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
3 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
1 cup mixed vegetable juice (like V-8)
1/2 cup beef broth
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons Minute Tapioca
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup minced parsley

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a Dutch oven or flameproof casserole, combine all ingredients except parsley. Stir well to combine.
3. Bake, covered, until beef is tender, about 3 hours or slightly less. Stir in the parsley and serve. Makes 6 servings.

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