Monday, December 7, 2009

Crock Pot Vegetable Stew

Sometimes, you aren't in the mood to cook. Seriously, the best cooks need a day off. Once you start cooking homemade dishes, you can't turn it off. Ordering Pizza or making Hamburger Helper loses appeal. Comfort food becomes home cooked dishes but when you are too tired to cook, those foods aren't so comforting anymore because they are work. I think EVERYONE should have a series of Crock Pot dishes, or premade frozen dishes that can be thrown together/thrown in the oven, with little prep work or concentration. This little gem is a slightly heartier version of a simple Vegetable Soup.

1 lb Beef stew/ Round steak cubed
1 can diced tomatoes undrained
3 cups water
1 large onion diced
3 celery ribs, sliced/diced
3 beef boullion cubes
2 carrots coined
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup frozen limas

Combine ingredients except for frozen veggies in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours on high for 6. Add vegetables, cover and cook on high for another hour and a half or until meat and vegetables are all tender.

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