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Beef Stew Weekend

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1 Hr 30 Min

In the Midwest, it's almost a rule to serve this regularly ('cause nothing warms us like beef stew at the end of a long, cold day). This recipe is great for doubling, too, since it's even better when it's rewarmed.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes, undrained, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 2/3 cup mild picante sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 large green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced into 1-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

What to Do

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Place meat on rack of a broiler pan and broil 4 inches from heat until lightly browned, turning once.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook 3 minutes. Add browned meat, tomatoes, potato, picante sauce, basil, oregano, and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low.
  4. Cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 1 hour.
  5. Stir in green pepper and zucchini. Continue to simmer until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 10 to 15 more minutes.
  6. Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and serve.



Serve with additional picante sauce, if desired.

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REALLY? You people KILL me with your "I want nutritional facts" stuff. Holy crap - just eat it in MODERATION!!!

I think the recipe is fine until the end when you sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. A recent study of women from different countries found that women in China have much less breast cancer because they do not consume any dairy products such as milk and cheese. So, if you want to cut down on your chance of getting breast or other form of cancer do not use dairy product especially cheese with your food.

Anyone with a computer can get the calorie value of any recipe. Just type in recipe calculator. Type in the ingredients, easy as that. So stop complaining and start typing.

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I will not try any recepe's that do not have the nutritional value posted on them as I am on w.w. and i need that information. thank you

Then don't try it!!!!!!!! You people kill me - complaining about silly stuff! I was on WW also, and I am smart enough to figure out the points MYSELF!! If you are too lazy, then just dont use this source for your recipes!!! Sheeesh! This is a very good site for free recipes... some peope just want something to gripe about!


How many calories are in that whine of yours?


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