Today’s recipe comes from my friend, fellow workout warrior, trainer, wife and mom of three beautiful children, Kristi Youngdahl, CEO of Inspired Fitness. From the first time I saw Kristi, I thought she was one of the most beautiful people I had seen and when I met her for the first time, I found her heart was even more beautiful! Her transformation story is amazing, losing 80 pounds and becoming a fitness model, including being featured in Oxygen magazine! 

I chose beef stew as it is one of my personal winter comfort food favorites. However, being a northern MN girl, most of the stews and slow cooker recipes that I had as a child included cream of mushroom soup and Lipton Onion Soup mix. As I’ve cleaned up my food choices, I’ve been looking for a stew recipe that would satisfy my taste buds AND my clean eating goals. I think Kristi has done it! 

Dru’s Slow Cooker Beef Stew

2 pounds lean, all natural beef stew meat
1 pound organic baby carrots rinsed
2 pounds organic baby red potatoes, rinsed and halved
32 ounces no salt added, all natural beef stock
1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash Onion and Herb
Black pepper to taste
Water as needed

Place stew meat, soy sauce and minced garlic in a zipper bag and let it marinate overnight. In the morning, add all ingredients, including marinated contents of zipper bag, to a large slow cooker. Add water until liquid almost reaches the rim of the slow cooker. Simmer all day on medium-high heat. When potatoes and carrots are tender and meat is falling apart, it’s dinner time!

Remember, clean and healthy eating does NOT have to be boring! If you need help, check out my nutrition plans

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