This crock pot vegetable beef stew recipe will satisfy the meat and potatoes kind of guy, but is also so packed full of veggies, will make a whole foods girl happy too! This is one we will make again and again. I hope your family enjoys it as much as we did. If you are working on releasing fat, skip the potatoes. If you do throw them in, I would encourage you to rinse them off after you dice them and before you throw them in the pot to help rinse off some of the starch. This is a versatile recipe. You can substite or leave out any of the veggies. I tried adding green frozen garbanzo beans to mine, but my husband wasn’t down with that idea. I also will likely make this with barley in the future. I’ll add 2/3 cups 2 to 3 hours before we want to eat. Would love to hear what you think after you make it!