This beef stew has a tomato based sauce, giving it a little different flavor. Cooked it up one day and got rave reviews from my husband, who is not a stew fan usually. It's also very, very easy and low in calories. I put it in a calorie calculator and it's only about 100 calories per cup. I like to put it together the night before and put the whole crock in the fridge, then in the morning I just pop it into the warmer and let it go!