Something you must know about me is that winter is not my favorite time of year. Little daylight and bitter cold…no thanks. Don’t get me wrong, I do like that living in New England lets me experience the seasons. However, once the holiday season is over, I am really ready for spring. I know I shouldn’t complain as we have had an extremely mild winter (knock on wood), but I would love to be planning my garden and opening our window for some fresh spring air instead of bundling up and praising the person that invented heated seats.
After our holiday break, it was time to head back to school and work. Ohh…what a difficult week that was. It was hard to get myself out of “vacation mode” and back into my routine. Leaving for school in the dark and returning home in the dark didn’t help increase my motivation for the second half of the day when I am no longer the teacher, but Mom.
Cue: the crock pot
One way of dealing with cold winter days is comfort food. There is nothing like coming in from work to having a delicious and nutritious one pot meal made…and the house filled with the divine scent of beef stew is pretty great too!
This is a recipe that my grandmother used to make in the oven, but noted on her recipe card is that it can be made in a crock pot.
It is an easy recipe to put together in the morning.
Begin with about a pound of stew beef, potatoes, carrots, onion, and some frozen vegetables. I use whatever I have in the freezer…green beans or peas work well.
Mix the meat and vegetables with a can of condensed tomato soup with one can of water.
Then to add some flavor…
one teaspoon of Italian seasoning
one teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
one teaspoon beef bouillon granules
one bay leaf (remove before serving)
salt and pepper to taste
Cover and cook in your Crock Pot on low for 6-8 hours.
If you are going to be home and want to make it in the oven, you can place in a covered oven-safe pot for about 6 hours at 200 degrees,
Enjoy this with some warm rolls.
How do you deal with getting back to routines and these cold winter days? I would love to hear from you!