Diet Recipes: Healthy Harvest Stew

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Healthy, Low In Calories, Low In Fat Diet Recipes For Halloween

With cooler weather in store and the holidays at hand, we all need something more substantial than a salad for meal times. Something warm and hearty - something that will stick to our ribs and keep us full and satisfied for hours to come.

Harvest StewAnd the food needs to be low in calories, low in fat and oh yes, most importantly - it must be tasty!  The following diet recipes meet those standards and are extra yummy for your tummy!

Our first recipe is Healthy Harvest Stew, a low fat autumn melody that features seasonal, hearty pumpkin. Next, we whip up a fun Halloween treat with our tasty Scarecrow's Stash.  Now, it's off to the Pumpkin Field!

Ingredients for Healthy Harvest Stew, a Stew Recipe Low in Fat for Dieters

1 pound of lean beef (any of the following work nicely: round steak/cubed steak/stew chunks)
1/2 cup of finely chopped onion + 1 clove of minced garlic (optional)

2 cans of beef broth (or use 6 bouillon cubes dissolved in 4 cups of boiling water)

1 medium sized can of undrained diced tomatoes

1 cups of peeled cubed pumpkin (sweet potatoes also work well)

1 cup of peeled acorn, butternut or hubbard squash

1 cup of peeled potatoes

1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon of chili powder

1 bay leaf

salt & pepper to meet your personal taste

cooking spray

additional beef bouillon cubes if a more beefy flavor is desired

3 tablespoons of flour OR cornstarch dissolved in water

How to Prepare Diet Harvest Stew

Trim off all visible fat from the meat and cut into 1 inch chunks. Spray a pan with cooking spray, add meat and cook until browned. Add onion & garlic, salt & pepper and cook until onions are 'clear'. Remove and drain on paper towels to remove any excess fats that cooked from the meat.

Return to pan and add chili powder and pumpkin pie spice. Quickly add tomatoes, broth and the bay leave and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat and allow stew to simmer for 1 hour, or until meat is tender. Add pumpkin, squash and potato and cover pan.

Allow to simmer for an additional hour. Remove from heat and take out the bay leaf. Return to medium heat.  Pour thickening mix (flour/water OR cornstarch/water) into the stew and stir constantly until thick.

Servings: about 10 at 225 calories per serving size (1 cup)

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