Holiday Challenge and Low Carb Beef Stew

I have such happy news!!! Last night on the Night Owl Kitchen Facebook page  there are now 61 followers! After that realization I decided it’s time for another challenge and now a holiday giveaway!! ***Please note, you will need to go to the Night Owl Kitchen Facebook Page to participate. Click the Share button under the pinned post, hit Like and comment below the post on that you shared it.***

Holiday Challenge Giveaway 2013

Looking forward to seeing the Night Owl Kitchen Facebook page grow 🙂

This has been a great week, Dad’s been home on vacation, we’ve had colder weather (which I’m absolutely lovin’), and the house is looking festive with all the Christmas decorations out! Plus I’ve been making all kinds of yummy cold weather food this week, soups galore 🙂 Tuesday we enjoyed an old favorite…beef stew…done low carb and in the crock pot!

The recipe was shared on a low carb site by a woman named Mary back on April 2, 2005. It has become a family favorite the last couple of years. It’s easy to put together and even better after it’s slow cooked all day.



3 lb Beef for stew, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

2 cans (14 to 14 1/2 oz. each) ready-to-serve beef broth

1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes with garlic and onions, undrained

1 cup water
1 t salt

1 t dried Italian seasoning, crushed

1/2 t pepper

4 C Frozen vegetables of choice

1 C Uncooked low carb pasta Shredded Romano cheese


Combine beef, broth,  tomatoes, water, salt, Italian seasoning and pepper to 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 quart slow cooker; mix well.

Cover and cook on HIGH 5 hours or on LOW 8 hours. (No stirring is necessary during cooking.)

Stir in vegetables and low carb pasta. Continue cooking covered, 1 hour or until beef and pasta are tender.

Stir well before serving.


I have never put pasta in this, and this last time I didn’t even have 4 cups worth of cauliflower to put in, I had 2 cups instead but it worked out anyway! I added two carrots, chopped, and left off the cheese addition at the end. I’m thinking this would be wonderful with turnips in place of potatoes. It’s a hearty dish, serve it up with some low carb biscuits or bread of your choice. To thicken it up you can use a  low carb thickener, Thick-It-Up Low Carb Food Thickener. It’s a great way to thicken up sauces, gravies, and soups.

As for the carb count, there wasn’t one provided, where it says calories it says 6, and I know that can’t be right lol I’m guessing that number could be the number of carbs per serving, but just to be on the safe side I’ve entered the recipe at Spark Recipe, minus my addition of two carrots (that’s an optional ingredient after all).

The net carbs for 1/8th serving is 4 grams, pretty good I’d say! You can add pasta if you like, I’d stick with Dreamfields pasta and don’t over cook it. If you aren’t a stew beef fan, like me, because it tends to be chewy cooking this in the crock pot really helps to tenderize it, making it easier to digest.  I have used chuck roasts instead of stew beef and the meat always comes out like butter!

Hope you all enjoy this recipe, stay warm and have a blessed weekend!