Hearty Beef Stew to Warm Your Belly

Sandy oh Sandy. As I’m writing this the lightening is flashing and the thunder is booming outside my apartment. We were hit (more like open palmed slapped…half-heartedly) by Hurricane Sandy yesterday, and I figure this is some sort of aftershock-esque weather. I only had to work a half day at work because the T shut down at 2. But to be honest I was radiating with annoyance at having to go into work at all…there’s nothing I love better than a stormy day in my sweat pants. But whatever right? There are people with ACTUAL  problems resulting from Sandy so I’ll stop being a jerk.

this poor guy seems to be the only casualty on my street!

Anyways…I’ve been meaning to post this for like 2 weeks. So I’m sharing it with you now. A few weeks ago I busted out the ‘ole crockpot and whipped up some Beef Stew. As I’ve mentioned before in other posts I’m really not a soup person; it’s just not my jam generally. But I wanted to branch out and give it a go…partly because the weather turned arctic…remember that week? brrrrrr!

It’s actually really easy to put together and you don’t need any other pots or anything…it’s mostly just layering. Here’s how the magic happens: (recipe from Get Crocked)

Hearty Beef Stew

  • 2 lbs. stew beef
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 4 lg. carrots, peeled & sliced in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 lg. potatoes, peeled & chopped into chunks
  • 1 c. condensed beef broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/3 c. soy sauce
  • 1 lg. onion, sliced
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz.)
  1. Layer potatoes on the bottom of your crock pot.
  2. Next, layer carrots on top of potatoes.
  3. Place meat on top of carrots.
  4. Sprinkle meat with soy sauce, salt, paprika, pepper & flour.
  5. Layer chopped onions evenly on top of sauce/seasonings.
  6. Combine beef broth & tomato sauce and pour over everything in the crock pot.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 7 – 8 hrs. (or high 4 – 5 hrs. if pressed for time

    Now I changed it up a bit to suit my tastes…I added canned corn and a sweet potato as well.

This is an easy recipe for putting the freezer for later cooking, or just feeding yourself slash your family. I think it’s a good one to keep in your arsenal for this winter!
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Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie…Yes Please!

True story: I love chicken pot pie. Let’s be serious here people, what’s NOT to love about it? Answer: nothing.

So obviously when I came across an opportunity to combine my love of chicken pot pie with my love of crockpots…BOOM…it was a big lovefest.

Its actually super easy to whip up…and is perfect for this chilly (sometimes freezing) fall weather.

 

Here’s how you make it:

  • 1 – 1/2 lbs. Chicken Thighs, boneless
  • 10 3/4 oz. cream of chicken, canned
  • 10 3/4 oz. cream of celery, canned
  • 10 3/4 oz. cream of broccoli, canned
  • 8 oz. corn
  • 8 oz. carrots
  • 10 oz. green beans
  • 8 oz. peas
  • 1 large potato (I added this to the recipe because I love potatoes in my pot pies)
  • Biscuits, package of 8-10

1. Fill the bottom of the crock pot with boneless chicken thighs and potatoes.

2. Pour a can of cream of chicken, cream of celery and cream of broccoli soup over the chicken and potatoes.

3. Cover. Cook for 6 hrs on low.

4. Add a can of corn, carrots, green beans and peas and cook for 45 min longer on low.

5. Make biscuits in the oven and scoop pot pie on top of biscuits.

So easy and delicious!