Sunday, February 06, 2011

Superbowl Beef Stew

It's been five weeks since I put "Cook in the crock pot at least once a week" on my Winter To Do List...and I'm all over it! On average, at least. Every recipe I've used has been from Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes For Two, although I do have a recipe of Lana's on the books for next weekend. So far there have been two batches of delicious risotto, chili, butternut squash soup, and today it's beef stew.

When I first put this on my to do list, I envisioned it being totally different than it has been. In my head I was going to toss ingredients quickly into the crock before heading to work and come home to a delicious meal. In the end, I've made all of these things on the weekend or when I was working from home in the crappy weather, so I didn't start any of them in the crock until lunchtime at the earliest. I'd love to find some recipes where there's less prep (browning of meat, sauteing of onions, etc...) so I can actually throw stuff in the crock in 10 minutes or less and then head to work, but I'm also fine with how things have been working out.

What's your favorite crock pot recipe? Don't be greedy, share!


emily said...

I've found a lot of the recipes in that cookbook series tend to involve prep ahead of time. The recipes at are a lot more like what you're talking about - toss the stuff in, and let it go all day. The salsa, chicken, black bean soup is great, and I can't remember what else we've tried without looking it up.

Sarah G said...

Thanks! I've looked at their blog before and been a bit overwhelmed, but I'll definitely try the one you mentioned. Pete is anti-black bean, but I've had success replacing them with pinto beans so I'll probably do that again.