Beef Stew for the Soul
There's something supremely magical about a Crock Pot - it helps me make the yummiest dishes, and more often than not, those dishes are the easiest to throw together. I've made Jessica Seinfeld's Crock Pot Lasagna, lamb for Easter (pictured above), turkey chili, spinach and artichoke dip - you name it.
This week I went home on my lunch to prep what would become our lunch and dinner for the days to follow: beef stew. Set on high for 4-6 hours, this lunch hour meal prep left the house smelling wonderful by the time my husband and I got home from work.
What I do for my beef stew is criminally easy, but results in bowl of tender meat, potatoes, carrots and onions for the soul.
Here's my recipe - nothing fancy or wild, but yummy nonetheless.
stefanie's super-easy beef stew
pot roast from meat section
one packet of dry onion soup mix
one large onion
three-four Idaho potatoes
small bag of baby carrots
Butcher the pot roast so that you have the raw meat cut into cubes/small pieces. Try to get as much of the actual meat as possible, leaving off the fat and excess trimmings. Place pieces of pot roast meat into the Crock Pot. (Some people brown the meat before putting it into the Crock Pot - I think it can make more of a mess/be more work and find the meat is more tender when put in raw to cook.)
Dice up the onion and add to the Crock Pot. Peel potatoes, cut into chunks, and add to the Crock Pot. Add the bag of baby carrots. I keep them whole, but you can always cut them up into smaller pieces. Finally, add the packet of onion soup mix.
With all of the ingredients in the Crock Pot, add cupfuls of water until much of the meat and vegetables are covered. Using a wooden spoon, stir up the ingredients well.
Cover and cook on High for 4-6 hours, or on Low for 8-10 hours. I think it works best to cook it on High, so it's perfect to start during a lunch hour if possible. My Crock Pot is digital, so it automatically switches to the "Warm" setting after the cook time is over - meaning, I could set it up before work if I need and it would be on the Warm setting for a couple of hours before we got home.
This could also be a great recipe for a Sunday dinner - set it in the afternoon, have it for dinner, and then reheat the leftovers throughout the week.