Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Somehow having the 17th land on a Saturday, makes the whole idea of Saint Paddy's Day much more festive!
Last year I made a traditional brown Irish soda bread instead of white, raisin-filled soda bread. And we liked it so much, and it was so easy, that we are having it again this year. It tastes much like a whole wheat yeast bread and rises up so nicely... I like to slice it in wedges though to make it more traditional, and serve it buttered.
And I made up an Irish beef stew and let it simmer in the crock pot all day while we went for our 6 mile run and took part in some other activities. Normally when I make a beef stew I use crushed tomatoes, but I didn't have any on hand so I used diced tomatoes instead, and pureed them in the blender before putting them in the crock pot. Either way, the P+ values are going to be the same.
To assemble the meal, I steamed some fresh green beans to serve alongside the stew and the bread. Wonderful!
Irish Beef Stew in the Crock Pot
Makes 4 servings
Makes 4 servings
- 1 pound stewing beef, cubed
- 1/2 envelope dry onion soup mix
- 1-1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, pureed in blender
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1-1/2 cups carrots, cut in 1/2" lengths
- 2 cups potatoes, cut in chunks
- 1 cup onion, sliced vertically
- Layer carrots, potatoes, onions, beef cubes, onion soup mix, tomatoes, water, salt and pepper in slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
- Ladle into 4 bowls to serve.
Weight Watchers P+ = 8.
Calories 339; Protein 36g; Carbohydrate 30g; Fat 7g; Fibre 5g.
All stew ingredients in the slow cooker and ready to start.
8 hours later, ready to serve.
Cut and butter some bread wedges, steam some fresh green beans.
Have a wonderful, Happy and Green Day!