Syn Free Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew | Slimming World

Sometimes the recipes you make up as you go along don’t turn out so well, but sometimes they turn out to be pretty good. Luckily, this Syn Free Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew is one of the latter, and as an added bonus I even remembered to note down exactly what went in it and how I made it.

Syn Free Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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 👍

There’s nothing more frustrating than making the perfect dish but not writing it down, then never being able to recreate it!

This is a great recipe for the Slimming World Extra Easy plan, as it contains a decent amount of speed veg, and you can always serve it with some extra speed (we had steamed mange tout and broccoli with ours)

Syn Free Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

We love slow cooker recipes as you can just throw everything in and leave it to do it’s thing all day. We use an Instant Pot for all our slow cooker recipes, but you use any slow cooker, or you can even cook it in a covered casserole dish in the oven.

As for what sort of meat you use in this, you can use pretty much any type of steak. Obviously the better the quality the more tender it will be.

What is Sukrin?

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We use Sukrin Gold which is an all-natural granulated stevia sweetener alternative to sugar with zero calories. You can grab Sukrin Gold over onAmazon UK.

Syn Free Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Sukrin Gold doesn’t have that strange after taste that a lot of artificial sweeteners do! It also shares the exact same sweetness and weight to sugar – which makes it really easy to substitute in recipes like this Syn Free Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew.

Syn Free Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

If you are using a powdered sweetener, then please check how it compares to sugar. In some cases you’ll need to use less, as powdered sweeteners weigh less.

That being said you don’t have to use Sukrin – there are lots of other high quality granulated sweeteners available from the supermarket, such as Canderel Sugarly, and Natvia.

Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free! The Olive Oil flavour is ideal for this Syn Free Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe.

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The Instant Pot

If you’ve never heard of the Instant Pot you should go and check it out over on Amazon .

Imagine the best Slow Cooker in the world and times that by a hundred. There’s not much that it can’t do!

It’s also a pressure cooker, which means you can cook recipes like this in about 30 minutes.

If you’re like me you’ll remember the slow cookers of old that would splutter and rock, and make all sorts of scary noises! None of that with the Instant Pot – just set the time, close the lid and go.

It even keeps your food warm once it’s finished cooking?!

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Syn Free Balsamic Slow Cooker Beef Stew | Slimming World

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Cooking Time

people 10 minutes 6 hours

Calories

Weight Watchers

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383kcal 6

Smart Points (Flex)

Zero

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INGREDIENTS
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INSTRUCTIONS
If you're using the Instant Pot
  1. First dissolve the stock cubes in the boiling water
  2. Spray the instant pot with Frylight. Set to saute and add the diced onion and garlic
  3. Cook for a few minutes until they start to soften
  4. Add the beef and cook until it starts to colour
  5. Add the peppers, carrots, tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms and paprika and stir well
  6. Add the stock, it should just come to the top of the ingredients. If it doesn't don't worry, it will be fine
  7. Turn off the saute feature, then set the Instant Pot to slow cook on 'Normal' for 5 - 6 hours
  8. While the stew is cooking make the Balsamic Glaze - Put the Balsamic Vinegar in a small pan, add the Sukrin Gold and bring to the boil. Turn it down and simmer until it has reduced by half. You can make the glaze in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge
  9. About 30 minutes before you are ready to serve add the butter beans and stir in the reduced Balsamic glaze
  10. Serve with whatever speed veg you like
If you're using a regular slow cooker
  1. First dissolve the stock cubes in the boiling water
  2. Spray a large pan with Frylight, and saute the diced onion and garlic on a medium heat, until they start to soften
  3. Add the beef and cook until it starts to colour
  4. Add the peppers, carrots, tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, potatoes and paprika and stir well
  5. Add the stock, it should just come to the top of the ingredients. If it doesn't don't worry, it will be fine
  6. Bring the pan to the boil, then transfer the contents into the slow cooker and cook on medium for 5 - 6 hours
  7. While the stew is cooking make the Balsamic Glaze - Put the Balsamic Vinegar in a small pan, add the Sukrin Gold and bring to the boil. Turn it down and simmer until it has reduced by half. You can make the glaze in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge
  8. About 30 minutes before you are ready to serve add the butter beans and stir in the reduced Balsamic glaze

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RECIPE NOTES

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.

- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)

- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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9 Comments
    1. Hi Anne
      No, it’s not a typo. This recipe is made in the Instant Pot using it’s slow cooker function, so 5-6 hours is correct. 🙂

    1. Hi Clare
      If you don’t have a medium setting, it’s better to use high, rather than low. If you’re happy that the beef is cooking well, you can drop it to low later on.

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