Monday, September 16, 2013

On Our Plates: Lazy Day Stew

We ate up all the food from the pre-Vivian's birth great freezer filling extravaganza. So Mommy immediately got to work and filled it up all over again. Some of our recipes were repeats and some were new to us. And this is a new to us that we were pretty sure wouldn't be on the favorites list. But we'll try anything around here. And it was soooooo soooooooooooooo good. Seriously, even Viv, who is mostly a carb loader getting ready to run marathons, asked for MORE. More carrots and lima beans, specifically. It was some kind of miracle. And then when we ate the leftovers, she asked for seconds again.

Don't let the lima beans scare you. We're born knowing deep in our genes that lima beans are a cousin to hemlock and should not be eaten. Unless prepared this way. In which case they are velvety and delicious beyond expectation. So throw this in your crockpot and be very happy. 

PS This recipe makes enough for two freezer bags. Double the flavor, double the fun.

Lazy Day Stew

4 lb cubed stewing beef
4 cups baby carrots
4 cups red potatoes, cubed (about 2" or so)
2 onions, chopped big
10 oz package dried lima beans
2 cups celery, chopped
4 tsp quick-cooking tapioca
Salt and pepper to taste
1 15 oz can tomato sauce (1/2 in each bag)
2 Tbs brown sugar

Split between 2 bags, seal, mix, lay flat, freeze. You know the drill.

Directions for Bags: Add 1 cup water. Cook on low 6-8 hours

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