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Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

To be honest, I don’t go in for kitchen “gadgets.” And, I don’t use my “crock pot” much except to make dishes like this Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew, one of my go-to recipes on busy weekdays. (What weekday isn’t busy?)  Take a few minutes in the morning to make this gluten-free beef stew recipe and you’ll have a delicious meal for dinner that the entire family will enjoy!

Gluten-free, low-carb slow cooker Beef and mushroom stew in a bowl with cornbread.

One bowl of Slow-Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew is almost a meal in itself!  

How to eat more plant foods 

You don’t need to give up meat to eat a plant-based diet, and this recipe proves it. One serving of beef and mushroom stew supplies a full portion of vegetables, along with protein, and iron. It also contains 25% of the daily requirement for choline, a nutrient every cell in your body needs, and is necessary for developing brains during pregnancy and early life, and to support brain health in your later years, too.


This juicy, delicious burger recipe is a beef and mushroom blend


The health benefits of replacing some meat with mushrooms

The stew is rich in mushrooms, which take the place of some of the beef. Mushrooms are the only product in the fruit and vegetable section with vitamin D, and they have many other beneficial properties, too, including choline. Adding even a small amount of mushrooms to your eating plan can increase nutrition.

In addition to the nutrients mushrooms supply, there’s plenty they don’t have, including cholesterol. Mushrooms are also nearly free of fat and sodium.  Vary this recipe with a mixture of mushrooms, such as white button and shiitake, if you like.

Whole white button mushrooms

Mushrooms provide umami, a taste sensation that brings a savory flavor to dishes and may reduce salt use.

Gluten-free Beef Stew for the Slow Cooker

On top of it’s great taste, this low-carb slow cooker beef stew (16 grams of carbohydrate per serving) is also a gluten-free beef stew.  The recipe calls for cornstarch instead of flour as a thickener. Be sure to buy gluten-free beef broth, because wheat, which contains gluten, may be added to the broth.

Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew (Gluten-free)

Delicious and nutritious stew that's ready at the end of a busy day.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beefstew, glutenfreebeefstew, mushrooms, slowcookerstew
Servings: 6
Calories: 248kcal
Author: ewardrd

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 16 ounces sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 15-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 16 ounces stew meat, such as chuck, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients except the beef, peas, and black pepper in a slow cooker. Combine well. Add the beef.
  • Cover and cook on the low setting for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
  • Just before serving, add the peas, and season with black pepper, if desired. Stir well. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes.

Notes

Per serving: Calories: 248, Protein: 22 grams, Fat: 10 grams (4 grams saturated fat), Cholesterol: 52 milligrams, Sodium: 627 milligrams, Carbohydrate: 16 grams, Fiber: 3 grams, Calcium: 46 milligrams, Iron: 2 milligrams, Choline: 91 milligrams

Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew recipe

Beef and Mushroom Burgers

Beef and mushroom burger topped with tomato on plate with salad.

Use mushrooms to go further with meat.

You’ve probably seen the news about a possible shortage of meat, and higher meat prices, but even if you can’t buy all the beef you’d like, you can still enjoy juicy, delicious meat burgers.  Beef and mushroom burgers are better for you and are a great way to stretch the meat you have on hand.

Why mushrooms are good for you, your food budget, and the planet 

Mushrooms are tan or white, and are often disregarded for their lack of deep color, which is taken to mean that they’re not worth much nutritionally. Wrong!

Mushrooms supply B vitamins, selenium and other protective compounds, and when producers expose them to ultraviolet rays, mushrooms are an excellent source of vitamin D. In fact, mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D found in the produce aisle.

Here are some facts you probably didn’t know about mushrooms’ sustainability: it’s possible to grow up to one million pounds of mushrooms on a single acre of land, and producing a pound of mushrooms requires less than two gallons of water. That’s good news for the environment.

How to use less meat and not miss it 

Mushrooms have a meaty texture and a savory taste called umami which pairs well with meat.  I also use mushrooms to replace meat in marinara sauce and pizza, too.


Beef and Mushroom Stew forgoes some meat for mushrooms.


Substituting mushrooms for some meat, no matter what type, increases vegetable intake, which is always a good idea. It addition, combining mushrooms and meat naturally decreases the calories, fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol in a typical beef burger.

 

mushrooms on a cutting board

Mushrooms provide a savory taste and meaty texture.

How to make beef and mushroom burgers

In my beef and mushroom burger recipe, each burger uses just two ounces of lean beef.  I serve the burgers on whole wheat hamburger buns, along with a large green salad topped with olive oil and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) for extra crunch and nutrition.  I like to garnish my burger with a horseradish/mayonnaise mixture, sliced tomato, and lettuce.

finely chopped mushrooms

Processing cooked mushrooms makes for a consistency that’s closer to ground beef. 

 

Beef and Mushroom Burgers

Delicious, juicy beef burgers that use less meat and more vegetables.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beefburgers, healthierburgers, mushrooms, umami
Servings: 4
Author: ewardrd

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces baby bella mushrooms or white button mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces 93% lean ground beef
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup seaonsed breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 2-ounce whole wheat buns, toasted or grilled, if desired

Instructions

  • Chop mushrooms into 1/4-inch pieces.
  • Add oil to medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan, place in medium mixing bowl, and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Place mushrooms in a food processor or blender and pulse until they take on a paste-like consistency, about 10-15 seconds.
  • Add the mushrooms back to the mixing bowl and add beef, black pepper, eggs, breadcrumbs, basil, and Worcestershire sauce. Combine thoroughly.  Form mixture into 4 patties of equal size.
  • Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  • Cook burgers for 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until they reach an internal temperature of 160˚F.
  • To serve, place patties on buns with desired toppings

Notes

Per serving (burger and bun): 
360 calories; 11 grams fat (3 grams saturated fat); 141 milligrams cholesterol; 771 milligrams sodium; 40 grams carbohydrate; 5 grams fiber; 27 grams protein

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