Cube and brown the beef in a little oil and garlic. I used 2 pounds and sauteed in two batches because too much meat in the pan will not brown well. Add some salt while the meat is sauteing.
Add some red wine, a little more.
Add some sliced mushrooms
Add some onions. I used four medium sized onions.
Let everything start cooking together
Add some chopped celery.
Add some carrots - I used the ones that are ready to cook.
Add some potatoes. We're cutting down on starch and carbs, so I used less than I could have.
I decided to transfer the whole stew to a crock pot/slow cooker which is larger than the pot I had started with. But I did this mainly so I wouldn't have to check on the cooking quite as often.
Add some tomatoes - you can use stewed tomatoes or diced tomatoes in their own juice.
Add salt and pepper and several bay leaves
This stew cooked in the crock pot for about 5 hours. Add a little water as needed during cooking if stew is too dry.
I added a can of peas about a half hour before serving. You can use frozen peas which are probably better, or even some green beans if you don't have peas. Discard the bay leaves as you find them.
It was yummy!
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