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Beef Stew

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Beef Stew Weaning Recipe

It’s autumn so time to get the slow cooker out! This classic beef stew is warming on a cold wet day. My mum used to make this for me. I always loved it and I'm pleased to say this goes down well with my daughter Emily and the husband!


Prep time: 40 mins

Cook time: 6 hours in slow cooker


Feeds: Serves 4 adults and a baby.

Handy to freeze in small bags. 



  • 450g braising steak
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 large tomato or several cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 1 tbs tomato purée
  • 1 tbs Worcester sauce
  • 1 tbs whole grain mustard 
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbs gravy granules 



  • Braise the steak on a medium heat in a little oil.
  • Take the steak out and put in slow cooker
  • Add onions and celery and cook for a few mins until soft 
  • Add flour, mustard, Worcester sauce and tomato purée and mix together
  • Add tomatoes and stock.
  • Add to slow cooker. Add carrots and parsnips. Ensure meat and veg are covered. Sprinkle over gravy granules to create a nice consistency.
  • Cook on high for 30 mins, then drop down to a low setting for 5-6 hours. Stir occasionally. 


I served with a mix of veg and mash potato. 


Weaning: Babies can eat this meal from six months. Don’t worry if they don’t eat the meat. At this age they tend to suck on the meat and will get the nutrition they need from this.


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  • Absolutely fantastic!
    I saw this when I was on my way out to the shops for groceries and decided to give it a go.
    I was so simple to follow and once the initial prep was done, in tocthe slow cooker and wait for the beep a few hours later!
    We didn’t have it straight away. I portioned it up and filled the freezer for those mid-week days when your brain can’t possibly deal with planning a meal on top of everything else.
    Last night was the first chance I’d had to try and I wasn’t disappointed.
    Hearty, tasty, warming and filling.
    Thank you Messy Little Thing, this has a place in my ‘to be done again’ recipe book!

    Kate on

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