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It's what's for dinner
People think of beef as a bunch of greasy hamburgers. However, there are a variety of cuts that are as lean as they are delicious. And we've come up with eight ways to simmer them in stews to create savory, hearty meals.
Autumn Cranberry Beef Stew
The cranberry sauce adds a tangy layer to this savory supper.
Ingredients: Thyme, chuck roast, onion, beef broth, bay leaves, a bottle of Guinness, frozen pearl onions, frozen button mushrooms, flour, cranberry sauce, egg noodles
Try this recipe: Autumn Cranberry Beef Stew
Chinese Hot Pot of Beef and Vegetables
Lean beef and spinach give this dish a boost of iron, which keeps your immune system healthy.
Ingredients: Vegetable oil, beef stew meat, green onions, aniseed, garlic, beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, dry sherry, chile paste, cinnamon sticks, turnips, carrots, cornstarch, spinach
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Spicy Beef and Kimchi Stew
Kimchi, a Korean pickled vegetable, will add a punch of flavor to your stew.
Ingredients: Beef tenderloin, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, kimchi, sesame oil, sesame seeds, scallions, rice
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Beef, Beer, and Barley Stew
Adding beer to this stew brings a richness to the root vegetables while horseradish adds a surprising kick.
Ingredients: Olive oil, beef stew meat, onion, bay leaves, thyme sprigs, tomato paste, carrots, turnips, pearl barley, garlic, mushrooms, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, one bottle dark beer, beets, parsley, horseradish
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Wagon Wheel Beef Stew
This simple recipe combines the flavors of your favorite chili and pasta dishes for less than 300 calories.
Ingredients: Wagon wheel pasta, ground round, onion, spaghetti sauce, oregano, beef broth, kidney beans
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Wild Mushroom and Beef Stew
Roasted red onions give this stew a rich, almost smoky flavor, while the mushrooms pack in plenty of vitamin B.
Ingredients: Chicken broth, dried porcini mushrooms, flour, garlic, beef stew meat, canola oil, button mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, tomato paste, red onion, rosemary, flat-leaf parsley
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This chili-like stew swaps the beans for low-cal, antioxidant rich veggies.
Ingredients: Flour, lean top round steak, spicy herb blend, frozen gumbo vegetable mix, onion, garlic, beef broth, can diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce
Try this recipe: Vegetable-Beef Stew
Chestnut Beef Stew
This unique stew blends beef, eggplant, potatoes, chestnuts, and tomatoes into a savory and slightly nutty dish.
Ingredients: Lean beef stew meat, flour, vegetable oil, thyme, marjoram, sage, garlic, beef broth, eggplant, red potatoes, chestnuts, can stewed tomatoes
Try this recipe: Chestnut Beef Stew