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Weight Watcher's Irish Stew Recipe

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Calories and fat are reduced for dieters in this Weight Watcher's version of hearty Irish stew with lamb and potatoes. It is quite easy to make, and the 2 hours of cooking time is well-spent.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean boneless lamb, cut into 1-1/2-inch squares 1/2-inch thick (or boneless chuck)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 whole new red potatoes (5 ounces each)
  • 15 ounces small onions, peeled
  • 1 cup Irish ale or beer
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • Chopped parsley
  • 6 slices Italian bread (1 ounce each), optional

Preparation:

In a large heavy saucepan, heat 1/2 of the oil. Add 1/2 of the lamb or beef and cook until well browned on one side, 5-7 minutes. Stir and cook 1 minute longer; remove meat and set aside.

Add the remaining oil, the lamb (or beef), and the chopped onion to the pan and cook until browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Return the first batch of meat to the pan.

Add broth and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add thyme and bay leaf; lower heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour.

Add potatoes, onions, ale, and salt. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, 30 to 40 minutes.

To thicken stew, add cornstarch to 1/4 cup cold water in a small bowl; stir until smooth. Add to simmering stew; stir gently until thickened. Garnish with parsley. Serve Irish stew with bread, if desired.

Yield: 6 servings

Serving (with 1 slice of bread) provides: 1/2 fat, 1 vegetable, 3 proteins, 2 breads (if served without bread, subtract 1 bread).

Per serving:
With bread: 409 calories, 29 g protein, 9 g fat, 644 mg sodium.
Without bread: 332 calories, 27 g protein, 8 g fat, 478 mg sodium.

Recipe Source: Weight Watcher's
Reprinted with permission.

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