Recipe of the Week - A Classic Winter Stew

After all of the rich Christmas food we've been eating in the past few weeks, it's nice to get back to something simpler and more wholesome. And this slow cooked beef stew with winter vegetables is the perfect winter warmer after long country strolls with family and friends. What's more, it's less than 500 calories per serving!

Serves 4

Prep: 15mins - Cook: 2 hours

Prep: 15mins - Cook: 2 hours


750g stewing beef, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons of plain flour
3 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
 3 sticks of celery, chopped into chunks
200g swede, chopped into chunks
1 large carrot (about 150g), chopped into chunks
1 large parsnip (about 150g) chopped into chunks
500ml beef stock
150ml full bodied red wine (optional)
3 tablespoons of thyme (or add any other desired herbs to taste)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Jacket potatoes and steamed broccoli to serve


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and make sure you have a large, ovenproof casserole dish to hand
Heat the oil in the casserole dish and fry the beef until brown, sprinkle over the flour and cook for a further 3 minutes
Add the garlic and all of the vegetables and fry for 2 minutes
Stir in the stock, wine and herbs, season with seasoning to taste
Cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 2 hours (or until you get back from your walk!). Serve with jacket potatoes and steamed broccoli.

Per serving: 440kcals, 16g fat , 4g sat fat, 50g protein, 6g fibre, 17g carbs, 9g sugar, 0.7g salt

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