Slow Cooker Stew for Picky Eaters
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Slow Cooker Stew for Picky Eaters

Slow cooker stew is an easy weeknight meal. But, it isn’t something my picky eaters usually enjoy. Most recipes call for onions, celery or carrots {or all three}. I keep my stew simple with great, mild spices and a few vegetables that I know my family will love. Set it to cook in the morning, and your house will be smelling delicious when you get home.


2 lbs meat (I used venison backstrap), cut into 2″ chunksSlow Cooker Stew

4 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1″ chunks

1 12 oz.bag of frozen corn

2 large zucchinis, cut into 1″ chunks

1 Tbsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp onion powder

1 Tbsp ground cumin

1 Tbsp smoked paprika

1 Tbsp seasoned salt (my favorite is Red Robin’s)

1  tsp red pepper

1 32 oz box of beef stock



Combine all ingredients into slow cooker, except the zucchini and the water. After adding the beef stock, add more water to make sure everything is covered. Cook on Low for 6 hours. Add zucchini 1 hour before serving.


– Substitute vegetables you know your family will eat for the ones I used. My kids love corn. So, I always put corn in soups and stews because I know they will eat it. And it is easier for them to accept the other veggies in the dish.

– Cut veggies into large pieces. If you have picky eaters, you can easily pick them out.

– The sweet potatoes will get very soft and break up. My family didn’t mind because the pieces were so small that they couldn’t taste them. If your family likes firmer potatoes, wait until 1 to 2 hours before cook time is over to add them.

– You can also prepare all the ingredients earlier in the week or on the weekend and put in the freezer for a great weeknight freezer meal. Just remove from freezer in the morning and put in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Stew

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