Hearty beef & mushroom stew – Adventure 52Adventure 52

Hearty beef & mushroom stew

A recipe for this warming and tasty classic from DW Fitness Clubs

This gorgeous slow cooker recipe provides you with a warming, tasty classic that’ll be ready for when you walk through the door after a long day.

It’s a healthy version too, created by DW Fitness Clubs who has come up with a number of delicious and nutritious recipes to get you through the autumn and winter months.

Ingredients (to make enough for 2-4 people)

• One large onion (chopped)
• Two cloves of crushed garlic
• 500g of lean diced beef
• Two bay leaves
• 350g of button mushrooms (you can use chestnut mushrooms if you want to be fancy!)
• One tsp of dried oregano
• One tsp of dried parsley
• Two tsp of fresh thyme
• One beef stock cube
• One swede (chopped into large chunks)
• 200ml of cold water
• One tbsp of olive oil
• One tsp of salt
• Cracked black pepper to taste
• A sprig of fresh tarragon to garnish
• Cornflour to thicken if needed

The night before

• Add your oil to a pan, before browning off your beef on a high heat. This should take five minutes. Don’t overcook the meat – you only need to sear it.

• Brown off your mushrooms and cook your garlic in the same pan.

• Add everything except the tarragon and cornflour into your slow cooker pot and place it in the fridge overnight.

The morning (just before you leave the house)

• Put your pot into the slow cooker and stir the contents.

• Place it on a low heat and leave for at least six hours.

• When you arrive later that evening, add some cornflour to your mixture if it requires thickening (mushrooms contain a lot of water, so you might find that the stew is a little on the runny side).

• Add tarragon as a garnish and ladle your scrumptious stew into a bowl.

The health benefits

Lean beef is a fantastic source of protein with 29g of protein in a 100g serving of 5% lean beef – all for just 193 calories. Mushrooms are also underrated from a nutritional point of view. As well as being full of vitamin D and B-vitamins, mushrooms are a strong source of selenium, which is thought to help protect our cells from damage that can cause chronic disease.

About the author

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after meeting so many like-minded people who love all kinds of adventure activities. He started out as pilot in the RAF, has worked as a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as an editor and journalist for motorcycling, aviation and adventure magazines.

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