Barley Beef Stew

Barley Beef Stew
Crockpot Sunday=Easy Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday!! I swear, a crockpot meal helps me get through the work week. Plus, as the cold New England weather rolls in, a piping hot, comforting stew sounds enticing, right? I think so. This stew smells great, tastes great, and is chalk-full of protein-filled lean red meat and nutritious vegetables. ( I adapted this from a Cooking Light recipe). Plus, the hardest part about making this meal is chopping the vegetables. In less than 40 minutes, everything was chopped and in the crock-pot…easy for a meal that will last me all week! This is a healthy comfort food at it’s finest. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 package mushrooms (whatever kind you prefer, I used white button mushrooms)Cooking spray
2 cups chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced ( I didn’t have any, so I used a tsp of garlic powder!)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ -2 pounds lean beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 cup dry red wine
1 tablespoon thyme
2 (14-ounce) cans low-sodium beef broth
1 bay leaf
2 cups cubed peeled white potato (I used 1 cup white, 1 cup sweet potato)
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ cup barley

Directions
1) Spray cooking spray or heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, and sauté for 5 minutes or until mushrooms begin to brown. Add onion; sauté 10 minutes or until tender and golden brown. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Place in crock-pot. Re-spray pan with cooking spray, and sauté carrots. Add to crockpot.

veggies!

 

diced carrots

2) Peel potatoes and then pierce potatoes and cook in microwave 3-5 minutes to soften. Cut into cubes, and place in crock-pot.

3) Place flour in a shallow bowl or plate. Dredge beef in flour, shaking off excess. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add beef mixture; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Add browned beef to crock-pot.

floured beef

browning beef!

4) Add wine, beef broth, thyme, bay leaf, and barley to crock-pot . Stir everything in the crockpot, cover, put heat on high, and cook for 5 to 6 hours or until beef is just tender.

the spice line-upBarley time

I am SO excited to eat this tomorrow night…and the next night, and the next!
What’s your favorite crock-pot meal?

cooking away in the crockpot!

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