Beef, Bean and Spinach Ragout

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Ingredients
Total Recipe Time:  2 to 2-1/2 hours
Makes 4 to 6 servings


2 pounds beef Stew Meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 can (15 ounces) Great Northern beans, undrained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
1 pound Swiss chard, cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1-inch pieces (about 10 cups)
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions
1.Heat oil in large stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown 1/2 of beef; remove from stockpot. Repeat with remaining beef. Season with salt, as desired.
2.Pour off drippings; return beef to stockpot. Add beans and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1-1/4 hours. Stir in Swiss chard; return to a boil. Reduce heat; continue simmering, covered, 30 to 60 minutes or until beef is fork-tender.
3.Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Sprinkle with cheese.


Cook's Tip:  One 9 ounce package baby spinach may be substituted for Swiss chard. Simmer beef mixture, covered, 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 hours or until beef is fork-tender. Stir in spinach; continue cooking 5 minutes or until spinach is tender.

Nutritional Information
Nutrition information per serving (1/4 of recipe): 397 calories; 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 93 mg cholesterol; 1268 mg sodium; 3 g carbohydrate; 7.9 g fiber; 42 g protein; 4.7 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 2.8 mcg vitamin B12; 8 mg iron; 24.3 mcg selenium; 7.7 mg zinc.


This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc.


Nutrition information per serving (1/6 of recipe): 264 calories; 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat); 62 mg cholesterol; 845 mg sodium; 2 g carbohydrate; 5.2 g fiber; 28 g protein; 3.1 mg niacin; 0.3 mg vitamin B6; 1.9 mcg vitamin B12; 5.3 mg iron; 16.2 mcg selenium; 5.1 mg zinc.


This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, protein, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of niacin and vitamin B6.
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