Crockpot Tuesday Recipe | Kale Beef Stew (stretch your meat budget)

January 29, 2013

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kale beef stew crockpot recipe

Today’s Crockpot Tuesday Recipe makes your meat budget go a bit further. While the meal does contain beef, the protein part of the meal is supplemented with Kale.

A serving of Frozen Kale has 4 grams of protein and only 39 calories and 1 gram of fat.  Plus it’s less expensive then beef these days.  I had picked up the Frozen Kale at Trader Joe’s since my kids love Fresh Kale.  The kids can’t snack on Frozen Kale, but this meal was a perfect use for it. 

kalebeef stew ingredients

  • 2 lb of London Broil – $6.50 from Bottom Dollar Food
  • 1 Bag Frozen Kale (1 lb)
  • 5 Potatoes diced, but not peeled
  • 1/2 bag baby carrots (I would have added more, but my Crockpot was packed)
  • 2 small onions diced
  • 1 tsp each Paprika and Chili
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Pepper and Salt to Taste
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 Knorr Beef Homestyle Stock packet (if you don’t have these, use beef bouillon or stock)

kale beef stew crockpot recipe

Pour the Frozen Kale into the bottom of your crock pot.  Place the meat on top.  As with most of my Crockpot Recipes, the meat was also frozen.  I use the crockpot to do the defrosting.  I just ad an extra hour on high.  Since the meat was frozen, I didn’t cut it into bite sizes at this point.

kale beef stew crockpot recipe

Next, add the potatoes, carrots, and onions.   I placed the Knorr Beef Homestyle Stock packet on top.  That’s the brown gel in between the carrots.

kale beef stew crockpot recipe

To spread the seasoning around, I combined it with the water before pouring it into the crockpot.  However, the cinnamon didn’t go in at that point.  Originally I wasn’t planning on cinnamon in the stew, but then I recalled something Rachael Ray once said on 30 Minute Meals.  She said she always puts a little bit of cinnamon in with her greens.  Since Kale is definitely a green, I added it right after I started cooking the stew.

Since my meat was frozen I cooked the stew on HIGH for 1 1/2 hours.  I then turned to low for about 5 hours.

kalebeef stew6

At that point, I pulled the roast out and cut into bite size pieces.  I also mixed a bit of cornstarch with water and a beef bouillon cube to add to the stew to thicken it up.  I placed both the cut beef and the cornstarch mixture in the crockpot.  Turn the crockpot on HIGH and continue cooking for 30 to 45 minutes.

To serve the stew I just sprinkled a bit of cheese on top.  After all, my kids and husband will eat almost anything if there is just a bit of cheese on it.  Not only did they eat it, but they all really enjoyed it.  In fact, my six year old begged to eat the bit of left overs the next day for lunch.

I plan on doing more of these meals that stretch the meat budget by adding an extra protein source. Do you have any favorites?

This recipe is linked to Delicious Dish Tuesday.

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Alesha @ Full Time Mama February 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I’ve never cooked with kale… Mostly because when I worked at a restaurant we always used kale as the garnish to make the dish look nice, but never ever ate it. However, I know it’s so good for you and I’ve been waiting to find a recipe that looks good enough to make me want to try it. THIS looks so good, and we love beef stew! Pinning this to remember for later!!
Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday! We’d love for you to come by tonight and share another!

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