Nothing beats a cold Canadian winter night like a crockpot stew!
Oh the crockpot! Such a simple tool to use! Yes, planning ahead is required, but dinner is ready when you walk in the door! Beef is a great source of protein for the build and repair that is going on in your body, and iron which produce hemoglobin,a substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen. All the vegetables in this stew are amazing options providing you with both starchy and non-starchy carbohydrates. It’s a vitamin and mineral one-dish meal!
I usually begin heating up the crockpot while I 'm chopping everything, so put it on HIGH and get ready to chop.
I always start mine with a pound of stewing beef. This can also be chicken pieces. Just take a few moments to cut off any excessive fat before putting in the pot. If you want to keep it all a bit more affordable, feel welcome to substitute a pound of ground beef. I would pan fry this first, and drain off the excess fat.
After this is in the pot, all you have to do is chop up what veg you want with it. I usually include 1 large yellow onion, 1 of each green and red pepper, 2-3 stalks of celery, 2-3 carrots, maybe a parsnip or 2, and however much potato (regular or sweet) that you prefer. Peel the veg, don't peel the veg.... whatever your preference is. I usually chop 1-2 cloves of garlic, add a drained can of diced tomatoes, a TBSP of allspice and a few squirts of Worcestershire sauce for seasonings.
Once it's all in the pot, take note of how long you want it to go. Keep it on HIGH if you want it done in 4 hours, turn it to LOW if it's going to be going all day. Adjust the seasonings with a bit of salt and pepper, and like magic....dinner is ready. Like recipes like this? Be the first to get them by joining my VIP Email Club! Join Here! Happy Cooking!