Beef Stew with Butternut Squash (slow cooker)

1 pound boneless beef chuck roast
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound tiny new potatoes, quartered
1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2-1/2 cups)
2 small onions, cut into wedges
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-14 ounce can beef broth
1 cup vegetable juice
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1-9 ounce package frozen Italian-style green beans or 2 cups frozen peas

Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 1-inch pieces. Place flour in a large resealable plastic bag. Add meat pieces, a few at time, shaking to coat. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown meat in pan. Drain off fat.

In 3-1/2- to 4-1/2-quart slow cooker, combine meat, potatoes, squash, onions, and garlic. In a large bowl, combine broth, vegetable juice, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, sugar, paprika, pepper, and allspice. Pour over meat mixture.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in green beans or peas. Cover and cook for 15 minutes more. Makes 6 servings.

Credit: Better Homes & Garden

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