Biggest Loser Beef Stew
There isn’t a person among our families who doesn’t love this hearty stew. Beef, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, onions and carrots are simmered until tender. Perfect lunch, perfect dinner, perfect leftovers. Young persons particularly like the sweeter flavor of the sweet potatoes over white, but all means substitute regular spuds if you have them on hand.
- 1 tablespoon whole-grain oat flour
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- Pinch of ground black pepper, plus more to taste
- 1 pound top round steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 ounces button mushrooms, each halved
- 1 onion, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 cans (14 ounces each) lower-sodium, fat-free beef broth
- 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" cubes
- In a medium resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add the beef and shake the bag until all the cubes are coated. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
- Set a large nonstick soup pot over medium-high heat until it is hot enough for a spritz of water to sizzle on it. Add the oil. Add the reserved beef cubes to the pot in a single layer. Cook for about 1 minute per side, or until browned.
- Reduce the heat to medium. Add the mushrooms, onion, garlic, and thyme.
- Cook for about 10 minutes or until the onion is tender, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon and scraping any browned bits from the pan bottom.
- Add the broth and carrots. Increase the heat to high. When the broth comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low so the mixture simmers gently. Cover and cook for 45 minutes.
- Add the potatoes. Cook for another 45 minutes, or until the beef is fork tender.
- Season with additional salt and pepper.
- Serve your beef stew immediately.
NBC’s BIGGEST LOSER program is conducted at the Biggest Loser Resorts, Utah. Excerpted from various sources including The Biggest Loser Cookbook and Cheryl Forberg, RD, the author of The Biggest Loser Simple Swaps: 100 Easy Changes to Start Living a Healthier Lifestyle. (Rodale 2009)