FAST & EASY Beef stew - for LAZY COOKS, like Me!
What are you having for dinner tonight?
FAST & EASY COOKING IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO!
When I saw the request for 'Beef Stew' I totally had to giggle to myself. I remember all the years that I took the time to get that old recipe book out -- you know the one? It's the big red and white checkered "Betty Crocker Cook Book" -- that we all know and thought we loved. LOL I'm only kidding Betty! There's still a few recipes that I continue to use year after year. This is because my family is insistent that we have this or that dish, which is in that book. This usually happens during the holidays, when I try to suggest something different 'this year'. But they still want what Betty is cooking... tradition I guess.
Or maybe, it's because I am a 'Mormon" woman... and you know, we are supposed to be great in the kitchen? Well, anyway, I am a good cook when I choose to be, but I choose to do so many other things that often times cooking is the last priority on my list. I would rather read a book on Mormons and learn more about my religion... that goes to the top for me. Or study about women and learn from them and their experiences.
You know, come to think of it... I have never read a book about women, where they tell you much about their cooking life? Have you?
Now, just so I don't leave a negative impression and 'ANOTHER' stereotype about Mormon women, nurturing our families IS our number one priority. But, my children are grown now, except for my youngest son who is 16. He is as independent as I am. And besides, my awesome husband is a great cook. Things can really change for us woman as our families change. I like that. So my days of being in the kitchen, although even somewhat oppositional then, (I am smiling) are much less frequent now. I rock on special occasions though, and continue to amaze myself when I really want to pull it out!
These day though, I want it FAST and EASY! This woman has so much more to do, now that I am at a different place in my life. That only seems fair from my perspective. I remember when I had four of my children and my oldest was five. I know... your thinking I am crazy? Yes, I think I was... but I sure am glad that I was, because I can't tell you all of the joy these children of mine have brought to me.
Sometimes when reflecting upon what 'this' women, me, went through as I was raising them... I realize when I look at them now, and the lives they are leading -- that our children are a miracle. I am so impressed with each one of my children and the choices that they are making now in their lives.
Do YOU Like Your Recipes Fast And Easy.... ME TOO!
Enough bragging... but we women need to be proud of what it means to be a mother and the effort it requires to nurture our families. I have judged myself so harshly at times, because I felt that I did not measure up to what I 'thought' a Mormon women should be. I am so over that now. Thank heaven. But I know that you, most likely, have used somebody Else's standard to judge yourself by too. So, I know you can relate to this Mormon woman, with her personal thoughts. What we all come to realize, when we look back, is that we are the ones that have mis-perceived the expectation that we have judged ourselves by. How exhausting is that to recognize?
But recognize it we must! When we do, we set our own expectations for ourselves. And this, is when we really start to grow and develop into the women we are meant to be. We start to understand our value to others and our impact in their lives.
And finally allow ourselves, to BE, with the confidence of knowing -- that to be yourself, is enough.
Okay, let's get on with this Beef Stew thing, because I know this can help you 'pull it out' on a day that you need to, and not spend much time doing it.
Hey, I Don't Know About You -- But I've Got A lot More To Do Today.
It's That Good, FAST AND EASY BEEF STEW!
'Make It Easy On Yourself'
FAST & EASY BEEF STEW... Coming Right Up!
I said I like it FAST & EASY, and I am going to deliver! Just to be honest here, I am really not as lazy as I said, just choosy. And we know, that is perfectly fine...
I haven't taken the time to read any of the others who have posted a recipe for 'Beef Stew'. I knew that if I did, I might be too embarrassed to post my recipe. Then I thought that for those of you who have not done 'Beef Stew' this simple and easy way, I would be cheating you.
This fast and easy recipe is for those who are NOT willing to spend the time making 'Beef Stew' the old fashion way anymore. This is for rebellious cooks, like me. I am putting this out there for those of you like me, who don't really enjoy spending a lot of their time in the kitchen these days.
As I said before, I used to do much more cooking than I do now. In fact, my husband has become quite the cook. He loves 'Beef Stew' and has even learned how to make it himself. He still does it his way. Although, I prefer my new, easy way to make 'Beef Stew.
I need to disclose a bit of false advertising that is alluded to in the title. I said this was fast and easy. It is. But this is done in a slow-cooker or a crock pot. Whatever you prefer to call it... So, in order to be honest, you should know that this recipe will need to have at least 3-4 hours to let it cook. But, the best part about this 'Beef Stew' recipe, is that you can throw it together in literally minutes! And that's the truth.
So, what is this recipe you ask? Well, it begins with a packaged mix. Now, don't go clicking me off until you hear me out. Believe it or not, when you serve this up, it will taste as good, if not better, than any 'Beef Stew' you have ever tasted before. And it took you only minutes to prepare.
If any of you have gotten into crock-pot cooking, you know what a dream it can be. Earlier in the day, you just toss things together, plug it in -- wipe things down, and your off for the day. You return a bit later, the house smells wonderful. The best part is you are not spending time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up after a big meal. Everyone is impressed, thinking you MUST have spent a lot of time to prepare this just for them. For some reason, it makes people feel good to know that someone has slaved in the kitchen for them... go figure? So this is a great compromise, where everyone is the winner!
IT IS SO SIMPLE... HERE IS ALL THAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU!
At any grocery store, pick yourself up a package of the 'slow cooker' mix for 'Beef Stew'. You can follow the package directions if you like. (it will be in the mixes section with all the other packaged mixes)
Here is what I do with it...
I get approximately two pounds of stew meat, already cut.
I use red potatoes. I only need to scrub them up a bit and chop them in quarters, or smaller if you prefer.
I buy a nice bag of baby carrots. These are usually already cleaned and ready to go.
I then grab a nice onion. Whatever type you prefer will do just fine.
Now, all you do is literally toss the stew meat, cut-up red potatoes, the baby carrots and onions into your crock pot. Then follow the directions to add the proper amount of water to the mix.... stir that up and pour over top of all these ingredients. Now, just put the cover on your slow-cooker and forget about it. That's it!
Oh, I'm sorry if you are at home while this is cooking and you're supposed to be forgetting about the stew... because this smell is absolutely wonderful. The aroma is just like grandma's was when she would spend so much time to make 'Beef Stew' her very special way.
I would love to know what you think about this fast and easy 'Beef Stew' recipe that I have shared with you. I take no credit for it whatsoever. I just wanted to let you all in on this easy way to satisfy your hankering for an old fashion pot of 'Beef Stew', minus the work.
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