Stew a is hard dish to photography. It's warm, satisfying and comforting when the weather is a chilly 24F degrees but in front of a camera lens it tends to look kind of dull in my opinion. But no matter how dull I think it looks in photos, I still crave it when there is frost on the ground and the wind is whipping against our windows.
I swear that I could see my breath the other night when we were walking the dogs downtown.
We normally make our stews in a huge stock pot on the stove but I've been wanting to use our slow cooker more often. With that in mind, our beef stew sounded like the perfect recipe to start with.
The fireplace is roaring, I'm cuddled up under a super, soft fleece blanket and the smell of this beef stew is filling our apartment. Tossing everything into the slow cooker before work makes dinner so much easier in the evenings.
I'm just so dang tired when I get home. You'd think that an office job would be easy and that I'd have plenty of energy when I get home. That's just not the case. Working an office job may be physically easy but it's mentally exhausted.
My husband works long, hard hours as a mechanic and I have to admit that sometimes I feel really guilty that I come home just as tired as him.
I should be able to be bouncing around at 6pm and making him the most amazing dinner ever. I should be, but at 6pm I'm tired as can be.
That's why I'm all about the slow cooker and I'm jumping head first into looking for new and exciting dinners that I can leave to cook all day while I'm at work.
I want to provide comforting dinners for Thomas even if I feel like crawling into bed the minute that I get home from work. The days are getting slightly longer but it's still dark by the time I get home.
Oh and I've been battling a bit of a cough too, so that's not helping with me wanting to curl up and go to sleep by 7 every night.
Meals like this keep be from feeling like a super bad wife haha.
So make and enjoy! It's exactly what everyone needs right now.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
Time: Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 8 hours on low
- 6 cups beef broth
- 2 - 2.5 pounds stew beef (cut into bite size pieces)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 6 medium red potatoes, cut into cubes
- 1 pounds baby carrots
- 8 oz sliced mushrooms
- 1 teaspoon tomato powder (or 1 teaspoon tomato paste)
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder