By Erin Mack
A few weeks back, one of my best friends came over for dinner. I was pretty pumped about it, but was also stressing a little bit because (as usual) I had too many things to do and not enough time to do them. So I opted for a crock pot meal. Crock pots are the perfect way to make a homemade meal without all the hassle of, you know, actually cooking. It’s amazing.
I had some steaks in my freezer so I figured I’d grab some veggies and make beef stew… and, of course, what goes better with a homemade soup/stew than a bread bowl? (Everyone loves bread bowls!)
I tried out a new recipe, so I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but it’s always fun to try out something new.
Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe
- A bunch of beef. I used strip steaks because that’s what I had in my freezer. I used somewhere between 1.5 – 2lbs.
- Beef bouillon cubes
- A bag of frozen mixed vegetables
- 2 potatoes
- 1 onion
- A can of diced tomatoes with onions in it
- 2 cups of water
- About a teaspoon of salt, pepper, dried basil, and one bay leaf
The best part of crock-pot-cooking: you just literally throw everything in there and leave. In my case, I went to work, then ran some errands, and was home right in time for dinner. Walking up the stairwell to my apartment and smelling the delicious aroma of a homecooked dinner was amazing, especially when I realized that it was coming from my apartment (for once)!
1. First add the beef to your crock pot. Make sure you cut it into bite-sized chunks.
2. Add in 2 cups of water.
3. Add diced tomatoes.
4. Add the diced onions, potatoes, and seasonings (including the salt, pepper, basil, and bouillon cubes).
5. Throw the whole bag of frozen veggies on top of everything.
6. Let it sit on low in the crock pot for 8 – 10 hours, or until you get your desired thickness.
This recipe makes six hearty portions, which roll in at about 420 calories each, containing approximately 25 grams of protein. This nutrition information is obviously not including the wine or bread bowls, which would tack on about 1,000 calories (but who’s counting?). It’s a filling “meat and potatoes” meal.
Liz and I each had a helping and then I portioned off the rest and froze for future dinners. I live alone, and cooking for one can be annoying, so any time I can make a meal that is easily freezable in single serving portions I’m all over it.
The company, the wine, and the food made for a great night, and the best part about crock-pot-cooking is the easy clean up — only one cooking dish to clean and our plates.
What are some of your favorite crock pot recipes?
I love staying active. Biking, running, and hiking with friends, coaching track, going to the gym, doing yoga, camping… the list goes on. Chances are, if it’s something that can be done outside in weather above 50 degrees, I’m probably doing it, or interested in trying it! I love going to wineries, hanging out with friends, and chatting (especially with a drink in hand), and scrapbooking. I’m also obsessed with dogs, including my two yellow labs, Jake and Taz. Find me over at my blog, erinHasThoughts, or my fashion blog, EHT247.
This article was originally posted at erinHasThoughts. Republished with permission.