Yes I know, it’s officially summer so the last thing on your mind is stew.  But hang with me for a minute.  This is a meal that you can throw in the crockpot in the morning, set it on low all day while you’re out running around, swimming, crossing items off your summer bucket list, and eat it whenever you get home.  And because it’s in the slow cooker, you won’t be heating up the kitchen.  Convinced?  Well trust me, I live in the land of 120 degrees, haboobs, and nighttime scorpion hunts, and I just ate this for 3 days in a row.  It was unbelievably good.

If you have any trouble finding grass-fed bison for this recipe, you could substitute grass-fed beef.  I always stock up on both when they are on sale and keep them in my freezer.

Slow Cooker Bison Stew

Slow Cooker Bison Stew


  • 1 lb. grass-fed bison stew meat
  • 2 Tbsp. gluten-free all-purpose flour (or whole wheat flour if you are not gluten-free)
  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes, skin on, diced
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled and sliced thick
  • 5 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. Herbs de Provence or Italian Seasoning, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium broth (use any kind you prefer, if you are gluten-free make sure to check for that on the label)
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley for topping


  1. If frozen, thaw stew meat in microwave. Once thawed, toss meat with flour.
  2. Layer vegetables in slow cooker with sweet potatoes on the bottom, then onion slices, carrots, and tomatoes. Top with stew meat, then bay leaves, herbs and pepper. Pour broth over everything, add lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Stir and remove bay leaves before serving. Top with fresh parsley.


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Alysa Bajenaru, RD is the official dietitian of Mamavation. You can find her bloggingtweeting, or chasing after one of her kids.

Leah Segedie is the Founder of Mamavation and Bookieboo, a blogger network. After losing over 100 lbs, she started a career mentoring women in health and since then has assisted in over 3,500 lbs lost via the Mamavation community. Leah and her work has been mentioned in Ladies Home Journal, Reader's Digest, Fitness, Women's Day, CNN, ABC, CBS, the O'Reilly Factor, AOL, Entrepreneur, and Yahoo to name a few. She works from home in her fuzzy slippers.

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