Bean & Ham Stew (slow cooker)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 186.1
  • Total Fat: 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 12.8 mg
  • Sodium: 523.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 29.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7.8 g
  • Protein: 11.5 g

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Delicious and filling. Low calorie, very low fat; good source of complex carbs and fiber. Makes 12 servings and freezes well. Delicious and filling. Low calorie, very low fat; good source of complex carbs and fiber. Makes 12 servings and freezes well.
Number of Servings: 12


    2 cups mixed dry beans,soaked overnight (or 5 cups canned beans rinsed well)
    1/2 cup uncooked barley (or uncooked brown rice)
    1 meaty ham bone, or 2 cups of diced ham (this recipe works just as well with leftover chicken, turkey or beef)
    2 cups diced celery
    2 cups diced onion
    1 can diced tomatoes, no salt added
    2 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
    4 cups water (add more later if you want it to be more like soup)
    5 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed
    Seasonings - I use whatever fresh herbs I have on hand, or this combination:
    1/2 T black pepper
    1/2 T crushed or flaked red chile pepper
    1 T ground sage
    2 T ground oregano
    1 T paprika


Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. (I don't have a huge crock pot, so I save the tomatoes until I have removed the ham bone) I usually cook on high for 2 hrs, then on low for 6-7 hours, but you could put it on low and leave it for 10 hours if you want. After a couple of hours I remove the ham bone and strip off any remaining meaty bits, returning them to the pot.
Serving is 1 1/2 cups.

I serve with whole grain rolls and a green salad.

Freeze leftovers in single portions in zip lock bags for a quick nutritious lunch.

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user SHUTRBUG1.

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  • Can I subsitute something for the barley? - 10/18/09

    Reply from SHUTRBUG1 (4/5/10)
    You could substitute brown rice, or even steel cut oats.

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  • I used canned beans and beef broth because that's all I had for broth and the recipe turned out excellent. Everyone loved it! - 9/13/09

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  • Loved the recipe. However, i'm not sure if it's just the difference in the slow cookers...but the beans were still very "crunchy" after the 8-1/2 hours. I had to continue cooking it for several more hours cranked back up to high. Will make again, I just need to remember to adjust the time. - 9/9/09

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  • Easy, tasty, filling. Love it! Perfect for a rainy day. I should have taken the skin off the ham but otherwise perfect!! I am going to use your suggestion about freezing as it makes TONS!! Thanks for sharing! I'll make this again. - 8/13/09

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