Classic Beef Stew
1 teaspoon cooking oil
1 pound beef trimmed of all visible fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
4 small onions, halved
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large potato (about 1/2 pound), cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup mushrooms, quartered
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup water
Heat the oil in a skillet set on medium-high heat. Oil should just coat pan. Add beef and brown, about 5 minutes. Put beef and all other ingredients into an ovenproof dish with a cover.
Bake at 325°F degrees for about 2-1/2 hours, until meat and vegetables are tender.
Alternate cooking methods: The same ingredients can be put into a slow-cooker and cooked on low for 10 to 12 hours or poured into a 4-quart pressure cooker, which will finish the stew in less than half an hour. In a pressure cooker, heat till pressure rises and weight starts to rock. Cook on medium heat, so that weight rocks steadily, for 12 minutes. Drop pressure immediately by putting pot under cool running water.
Each serving contains about 255 calories, 29 g protein, 6 g fat, 66 mg cholesterol, 22 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, and 116 mg sodium.