Slow Cooker Stew: A Recipe
The day is grey and cool, an ideal time for stew. Stew and soup are dishes that call out for my slow cooker. Get all my ingredients together put them in the cooker and then go about my business until it is done.
The aroma of a slow cooking stew fills the house throughout the day and wets the appetite.
Enjoying food goes beyond tatse or perhaps I should say there are other factors that entice taste, smell and presentation are two.
Today I am making stew. A spicy beef stew is now simmering away in my slow cooker and I am looking forward to sitting down to tonight’s dinner when my wife gets home from work.
Spicy Beef Stew:
1 pound diced beef
1 hot yellow pepper (thinly sliced)
1 dash of favourite hot sauce
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
½ tea spoon olive oil
1 small onion sliced
1 turnip, diced
1 cup water
10 brussel sprouts
1 carrot sliced
Add olive oil to slow cooker’
Set heat on high
Cook 3 minutes
Add yellow pepper
Cook one minute
Cook until browned
Add carrots, brussel sprouts and turnips
lower temperature to lowest setting.
Let sit until ready to serve
Add sea salt and black pepper to tatse.
You can also add extra hot sauce but taste the meal first.
You can get this meal ready early in the day and then go about your other business until ready for dinner. I sometimes add the brussel sprouts about 15 minutes before serving because I prefer them firm but that is up to you.
If you can, make extra, and set aside a serving or two for a quick meal. This way you have a tasty dish ready to heat and serve when you need or feel like one.
There are a number of reasons to use a slow cooker, convenience may top the list. However, it is possible to make delicious and healthy food as well. The possibilities are only limited by the ingredients you have and your ability to combine them. In the above recipe use cabbage instead of Brussels spouts or add broccoli and cauliflower.
Be sure to make enough so you have stew to put into containers and freeze. this way there will be a healthy meal handy for those nights when you do not want to cook.