Beef Stew - Slow Cooker Variety An electric Slow Cooker or Crock Pot can be a usefull appliance in preparing a tasty meal if you do not have much time in the kitchen late in the day. This is one example of a 'prep and forget' meal that will satisfy the taste buds of all non-vegetarians. The recipe can be added to or subtracted from as your family tastes dictate and once the morning prep work is done, this will simmer in the Slow Cooker for 6 to 8 hours and will be ready when you are. Ingredients: 2 pounds of cubed sirloin or tenderloin beef. 3/4 pound of fresh diced carrots 1/2 pound wax beans cut to 1 inch lengths 1/2 cup of fresh diced celery stalks 1 finely chopped garlic clove 1 finely diced yellow oninon (2-1/2 inch diameter) 2 Beef boullion cubes 2 medium Bay Leaves 1/2 cup of water and 1/3 teaspoon of the following: sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, parsley flakes, celery seed, basil, caraway seed and chives. Mix ingredients in Slow Cooker, set to LO heat level for the first 5 hours. Stir ingredients occasionally and reduce heat setting to 'warm' for the final 1 to 3 hours. Serve with mashed potatoes and home made wheat bread. The stew liquid can be used as a hearty gravy over the potatoes. Remove Bay Leaves before serving. Serves a family of 4. For conversion to metric, see the conversion chart at the top of this area. Enjoy !!