As this is the first post of this newly created blog I’ll provide some background information. All I wanted for Christmas this year was a crockpot. I got one. I call him Crocket. As a young working girl on a budget, preparing the week’s dinners in advance is ideal. I generally pick one meal that will serve as dinner for the week. This blog will chronicle my adventures with Crocket.
My first adventure with Crocket was Italian Beef and Lentil Stew. The weather is getting colder and colder so stew seemed like a solid option. I saw this recipe online and it sounded delicious so I trucked to the grocery store recipe card in hand.
This recipe is great because it has really great things in it: it obviously has beef, but also lentils and you can pack it with veggies. Healthy and hearty all at once.
I altered it a little by adding a potato, more onion and garlic, and more spices. You can also add green beans and carrots too.
Here is the recipe:
1 small uncooked onion(s), chopped
1 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced
1 large uncooked zucchini, diced
16 oz uncooked lean beef round, cut into 1-inch chunks, or 1 pound
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed
14 1/2 oz canned diced tomatoes, undrained
1 Tbsp canned tomato paste
3/4 cup(s) dry lentils
4 cup(s) canned beef broth
1 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Put everything in your crockpot and cook for 7 hours on low, then ENJOY!