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One Last Stew…

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The only two things I will miss about wintertime are skiing and stew.  As we all start to lighten up for spring, the crock pots get put away for the season along with the heavy ingredients.  I recently found this recipe for Italian Beef and Lentil Slow Cooker Stew in a Weight Watchers booklet.  I decided it would be one last hurrah in my crock pot, and it was a great way to close out the season!

First of all, it’s very easy.  I buy pre-cubed lean stew meat to speed up my prep-time.  Then all you need to do is chop an onion, some garlic, and a zucchini and you are good to go.  Pop it all into a crock pot with some beef broth (it will seem like a lot, but the lentils will absorb the lion’s share of that liquid), seasonings, and a can of diced tomatoes (I opt for the no-salt added variety).  Turn on your slow-cooker and let your house be perfumed by the delicious aroma all day. When it’s dinnertime, just make a salad and your meal is complete!  Delicious…now I’m ready for SPRING!

Get the recipe here:  Italian Beef and Lentil Slow Cooker Stew

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