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Pumpkin Harvest Beef Stew

By the time the stew is done simmering and a batch of bread finishes baking, the house smells absolutely wonderful. —Marcia O'Neil, Cedar Crest, New Mexico
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 beef top round steak (1-1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed peeled pie pumpkin or sweet potatoes
  • 3 small red potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup cubed acorn squash
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Directions

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown beef in batches; remove with a slotted spoon to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the pumpkin, potatoes, squash and onion. Stir in the broth, tomatoes and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove bay leaves. In a small bowl, mix water and flour until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until liquid is thickened.
Nutrition Facts
1-2/3 cups: 258 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 479mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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