This healthy beef stew recipe is really easy to make and perfect for all the family. This recipe is recommended by Girl with a Spatula who shares her families favourite recipes.

How to enjoy this beef stew for weight loss

The majority of the ingredients in this recipe are healthy and perfect on weight loss plans. There are a few things you need to be mindful of to ensure that this fits in with your diet well. It is a perfect addition to a meal plan full of warming winter meals like those cooked in the slow cooker.

Lean beef
Lean beef

When choosing the beef you need to ensure it is lean beef with all visible fat removed. If you have a cut of beef that is high in fat you need to consider the syns of this. It is much better just to buy a leaner version.

The oil used in this recipe can easily be swapped for a low-calorie cooking spray such as Frylight.

Tips to make this healthy beef stew recipe easily

Whilst this recipe does take a while to make, each of the steps is easy to do and then leave it cooking whilst you do other things. If you are a busy mum then this could be perfect. I know I often multitask and do the washing and cleaning at the same time as cooking!

If you have children who enjoy helping with the cooking this is an easy one to get them involved in. If they are reasonably competent and safe with a knife you can supervise them to chop the vegetables knowing the size/shape isn’t too important!

Coating the beef in flour is another task children can easily do, especially youngsters that like to just mix something!

cooked diced beef
Cooked diced beef

Enjoying this beef stew on a diet

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan this is a great recipe to try. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

On Slimming World there are only syns in the flour and olive oil.

Other recipes you might enjoy

If you like this recipe then another you might like is beef bourguignon.

A few other beef recipes to consider are Caribbean pepperpot stew, Beef in black bean sauce, and Jamaican beef stew.

Are you cooking this for meat eaters but looking for a nice warming meal to also make for vegetarians? If so I can highly recommend gardeners pie.

Gardeners pie
Gardeners Pie

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Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

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Beef Stew


Tasty and filling beef stew recipe perfect for all the family to make on a budget.



450g lean beef stewing meat (cut in cubes)

30g flour

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 clove of garlic

100g chopped onion (fresh or frozen)

950ml beef stock

3 potatoes (cubed)

100g carrots (cubed, fresh or frozen)

100g peas (fresh or frozen)


1.     Season beef with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and sauté the garlic and onions until fragrant.

2.     Place beef in saucepan with garlic and onion and sear on all sides. Add beef stock and bring to a boil. Lower temperature and simmer for approximately 30 minutes or until the beef is slightly tender (can pierce through it with a fork, but not so easily).

3.     Add cubed potatoes and continue to simmer. If you are using fresh vegetables add them now, otherwise wait for another 30 minutes. Add frozen peas and carrots and continue to simmer for another 30 minutes. Season to taste if necessary.

4.     If you want to thicken your stew, do it now by using a slurry comprised of 1 tablespoon of cornflour (4.5 syns) mixed with 4tbsp of water. Mix well with a whisk and pour into stew stirring constantly as you pour. This stew should thicken up within a minute. If needed, repeat the process until you have the consistency you like.

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  1. Loved this recipe. The second time I made it, I added a bit more liquid as well as some chopped parsnips and swede. I’m a lazy cook and this was perfect for me as everything could go in the same pot – fantastic!