As per my resolutions for 2015 I wanted to learn to cook new healthy meals. Not only will it help me save money as I won’t be going out to eat for lunches and dinners, but it’ll help me maintain just an overall healthy lifestyle. Last week I went to Canadian Living’s 40th Anniversary party for work and they gave out cookbooks as a thank you for coming. I got the “New Slow Cooker Favourites” and low and behold I received my mother’s old slow cooker for Christmas.
Every week I plan on picking a new recipe from this book that’ll serve as the majority of my lunches / dinners for the week. I’m certainly not an expert cook by any means so for week #1 I wanted to pick something I felt I couldn’t mess up. So I went with a Classic Beef Stew!
Again all recipes and instructions are from Canadian Living!
- 1.35 kg boneless beef pot roast (top or bottom blade, or cross rib)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1.2 tsp pepper
- 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 pkg (each 14 g) mixed dried mushrooms
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 1/2 cups sodium-reduced beef broth
- 1/2 dry cup wine
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
I was lazy and purchased pre-cubed meat, but if you just purchased a roast you’re supposed to cut your meat into 1 1/2 inch cubs. Then sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Please into the slow cooker and add the potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, mushrooms, thyme and bay leaf.
In a bowl whisk together the beef broth, wine, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce and then stir into the slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low until beef is tender, about 8 hours. Skim off fat.
Whisk flour with 1/4 cup water until smooth; stir into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until thickened for about 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf and thyme springs.
8 hours later and here is the end result and can I say… it’s delicious!! Best of all this makes 8 – 10 servings, though with my appetite it’ll probably last for 5-6. Definitely will make this again.