You are the light of my life. You make the most delicious meals with so little effort on my part. The perfect fall and winter foods are child’s play for you.
Pot roast? No big deal.
Lamb stew? On it.
Pulled pork? Bring it on.
I just thought you should know how grateful I am for your awesomeness.
I seriously love the slow cooker. Unfortunately, I’m currently lacking one at my casa, but my wonderful mother let me use hers (exactly like the above picture) all day today to make a twist on a traditional beef stew.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good, traditional beef stew, but I also love trying new recipes and playing in the kitchen.
So, so, so true.
Yesterday, at Harry’s Farmer’s Market, I came across a pretty good price on stew meat, so I picked up a pound. That’s not even close to how much I usually use, but it will make enough servings for me to have leftovers this week. Remember folks, I’m lame and cook for one.
I decided to take a Mediterranean twist on traditional stew.
It’s not the prettiest picture, or great quality, but that’s what I get for packing it up and taking it to my house before remembering I wanted to blog about it.
- 1 lb stew meat
- 1 bag Whole 365 frozen Mediterranean blend veggies
- 1 packet garlic vinaigrette mix
- 2 small potatoes, roughly diced
- 1/2 cup chicken broth (I use low sodium)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- Put meat and veggies into slow cooker.
- Mix broth, water, seasoning packet, and garlic together in a small bowl. Pour mixture over meat and veggies.
- Cook on low, 8 hours. Serve hot.
Easy-peasy. It makes 3 large or 4 medium servings. For a larger group, I’d double the ingredients to make a big batch of stew. The stew itself has a nice little kick from the garlic and the red bell peppers, but is still mild enough for most palates. Also, you can leave out the garlic if you prefer something milder. That’s what I love about cooking…the results are almost endlessly customizable.
All-in-all this stew cost me about $9 to make. That’s a little pricy for me, but it still comes out to under $3 per serving. Considering I can’t eat at McD’s for that, I’ll totally take it.
Healthy food and some extra moolah in my pocket? That makes this broke girl very happy.
Do you have any awesome slow cooker recipes? Do tell!
Do you like to cook? What’s your best dish?