Mediterranean Beef Ragout



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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 25 mins
Related Categories: Slow Cooker
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Ingredients
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    beef stew meat, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
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    1   tablespoon 
    olive oil
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    medium onions, cut into wedges
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    medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
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    1  14 1/2 ounce can 
    diced tomatoes, undrained
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    1/2  cup 
    beef broth
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    cloves garlic, minced
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    1 1/2  teaspoons 
    dried thyme, crushed
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    black pepper
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    medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices
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    6   ounces 
    fresh green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces (1-3/4 cups)
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    Hot cooked whole wheat couscous or brown rice (optional)
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    recipe Gremolata (see recipe below)
Gremolata
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    snipped fresh parsley
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    finely shredded lemon peel
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    cloves garlic, minced


Directions
1.
In a large skillet brown meat, half at a time, in hot oil. Drain off fat. Transfer meat to a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add onions and carrots. In a bowl stir together the undrained tomatoes, broth, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Pour over meat and vegetables.
2.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours.
3.
If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in zucchini and green beans. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more. If desired, serve over hot couscous. Top each serving with Gremolata. Makes 6 servings.
Gremolata
1.
Stir together parsley, lemon peel, and garlic.

Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 221, Fat, total (g) 7, chol. (mg) 67, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 13, Monosaturated fat (g) 3, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 3, sugar (g) 6, pro. (g) 26, vit. A (IU) 7872, vit. C (mg) 22, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 5, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 28, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 3, sodium (mg) 369, Potassium (mg) 695, calcium (mg) 71, iron (mg) 4, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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