Since the opening of its first Souplantation in 1978 in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation has expanded to 61 salad buffet restaurants with locations in Southern California, where they are known as Souplantation, and in Northern California and ten other states, where they are known as Sweet Tomatoes. Differing in name only, the restaurants are known for their abundance of fresh, great tasting salad selections, soups, bakery items, pastas and desserts in a self-serve format, set in a casual dining atmosphere.

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Beef Stew


BEEF STEW
Souplantation Copycat Recipe

Serves 8

1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
6 medium carrots, cut into 1 inch slices
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
3 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Layer the potatoes, carrots, onion and celery in a 5 quart slow cooker. Place flour in a large resealable plastic bag. Add stew meat; seal and toss to coat evenly. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil in batches. Place over vegetables.

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, broth, salt, pepper and thyme. Pour over beef. Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2 hours. Reduce heat to low. Cook 7-8 hours longer or until the meat and vegetables are tender.

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