I have REALLY been struggling these last few weeks with keeping my eating in control! It's cold outside, I dread waking up to go exercise in the dark, so warm snuggly food is becoming way too tempting. Well, that has to stop! I was going through my cookbooks tonight and found this recipe that we've made a few times for Beef and Pasta Stew, and not only is it a cozy warm dish, it's also really good for you! Thank goodness! It's from a Southern Living Cookbook named “Light and Easy Comfort Food”, which is exactly what we're needing at our house right now.
And, what makes it even a little better is that it's a crockpot dinner – does it get any better than that? So, grab your load of healthy veggies while you're at Publix and plan for a warm, yummy, HEALTHY, dinner tonight!
(I know this is a LOT of ingredients! If you feel like it's way too much, skip a few of the items – I think last time I made it I left out the spinach and mushrooms, because I just didn't want to spend that much. Just do what makes sense for your family – but it's a great way to sneak in oodles of fresh veggies and maybe your family will survive!)
This is in my crockpot right now, so I'll add the picture tonight!
Beef and Pasta Stew
4 cups water
2 cups chopped onion
Sweet onions on sale $.99/lb
1 1/2 cups quartered small red potatoes
1 cup dried Great Northern or navy beans
Substitute with Progresso Beans On Sale 2/$3; Use $1/4 Progresso HERE
1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup quartered mushrooms
Baby Portabella Mushrooms On Sale $1.69
1/2 pound lean round steak, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Top Round London Broil On Sale $3.49/lb.
1 (14.5 oz) can chunky tomatoes, undrained
Hunt's Canned Tomatoes or Tomato Sauce BOGO $1.89, $1/4, $.30/1, $.45/3 from 1/24 SS; $1/3 HERE
1 (14 oz) can fat-free, less sodium beef broth
Progresso Broth BOGO $2.49, Use $1/4 Progresso HERE
3 garlic cloves
1 cup sliced zucchini
Zuchinni Squash On Sale $1.49/lb
1 cup fresh spinach
1/2 cup uncooked ziti
Mueller's Pasta BOGO $1.39, Use $1/2 Whole Wheat or Pasta Ribbons from 1/3 SS or $1/3 HERE
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sage
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese On Sale $3, Look for $1/1 Tearpad
Combine first 10 ingredients in a large electric slow cooker. Cover with lid, and cook on high-heat setting for 6 hours. Add zucchini and next six ingredients (everything but the Parmesan); cover and cook on high-heat setting for an additional 30 minutes or until beans are tender. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle with cheese.
Makes 8 servings (serving size 1 1/2 cup); Calories 287 per serving; Fat 3.6 per serving, Fiber 7.3 per serving
Serve with . . .
We had this for dinner tonight and it was really good, and even better because it's good for you! I forgot to add the squash (I hurried out to get my kiddos and it was sitting right next to the crockpot), and skipped the spinach to save a dollar. (My hubby was glad – he doesn't like spinach much but I think it would have made it even better!) It makes A LOT of food, so you'll have enough for leftovers and maybe even some to freeze. Enjoy!
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