Campfire Stew is a tasty, warming, slimming friendly, easy meal for anyone counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers or similar.
This Campfire Stew has to be one of the easiest, yet tastiest slimming friendly recipes we’ve done so far!
Just throw the ingredients into your slow cooker, before you out go to work in the morning and come home to the fab smoky aroma.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
This Campfire Stew is pretty similar to a few other of our Slimming friendly slow cooker recipes. These are all really easy, and the perfect kind of recipe at the end of a long day.
How many Calories are in this Campfire Stew?
There are 400 calories in each portion of our Slimming friendly Campfire Stew. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. You can find all of our other Everyday Light recipes here.
This Campfire Stew is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Campfire Stew suitable for?
This Campfire Stew recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Stock cubes
- Worcestershire Sauce
You could also enjoy this Campfire Stew if you’re dairy free.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Campfire Stew recipe?
You only need to count 8 Points per portion of this Campfire Stew recipe. It’s super tasty and filling for so few Points!
How to Make Campfire Stew
Making this dish is super easy, especially if you use a slow cooker! Here’s a summary;
- Soak the Gammon/Ham joint overnight – this gets rid of the salt.
- Put all of the ingredients into the slow cooker
- Cook on low until the Gammon/Ham falls apart
- There’s no need for any stock or salt, so make sure to wait till it’s finished cooking then try it before adding any. Gammon can be quite salty sometimes, and it’s best to err on the side of caution.
- Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below.
What should you should serve with Campfire Stew?
Any of the following go really well with Campfire Stew. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything. It’s so hearty it can of course be eaten on its own!
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients or equipment to make Campfire Stew?
You’ll probably already have most of the ingredients, beans, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes etc, in your cupboard already. So, not really, no!
The main star of the dish is the gammon/ham joint – a cheap one will do. Just make sure to soak it in water overnight – otherwise it may be a bit too salty for your taste. I wouldn’t use a smoked gammon/ham joint, but you can if you like.
Any old Paprika will do, although we’re a bit fussy and LOVE the Paprika that comes in a tin (makes us feel a little posh haha!) It coming in a tin also helps it last longer. You can get it in mild & hot varieties.
As for the hot sauce, we generally use Frank’s as it adds a bit of heat without overdoing it. It also brings a nice bit of acidity. If you don’t have any though, you can leave it out without any problems.
Can you cook Campfire Stew another way?
Yes!You can cook it in the Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker or in the Oven.
Pressure Cooker: 40 minutes or so – see further instructions in the recipe card below.
Slow Cooker: 6 hours or so – see further instructions in the recipe card below.
Oven: You could cook this in the oven in a casserole dish with a tight fitting lid, or in an oven tray with some foil tightly wrapped around the top. Cook for 2-3 hours at 170-180°C, checking every 30 minutes or so.
How do you know when Campfire Stew is cooked?
You should cook this Campfire Stew until the gammon literally falls apart when pulled apart with a pair of forks.
This should take approx 1 hour in the pressure cooker, 6 hours in the slow cooker (high) or 2 hours in the oven (170°C).
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Campfire Stew in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Campfire stew in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Campfire Stew?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! Unless you fancy mystery food for dinner haha.
How do I reheat Campfire Stew?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
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