January 17, 2012

Everyday Food Slow-Cooker Beef and Tomato Stew

During the winter months my slow-cooker gets used at least once a week. I love the fact that I can place ingredients in it in the morning and not have to do anything until dinner is served. Since my youngest is now a very high needs three-year-old the time that my slow-cooker saves me is invaluable. Plus, my husband leaves for work at 6 in the morning, so my days start early and we eat dinner at four, which leaves me little time for dinner preparations many nights. To save my sanity I try to have at least one meal plan a week which takes less than a half an hour to prep and my slow-cooker definitely fits the bill. The January/February 2012 issue of Everyday Food Magazine had a recipe for Slow-Cooker Beef and Tomato Stew, which looked easy and promised only 20 minutes of prep.

This recipe has 13 ingredients. It takes 20 minutes of prep and 6 hours in the slow-cooker and makes 6 servings. There is only one butcher in my immediate area and getting the grocery store butcher to cut meat can be hit or miss, therefore I had to trim my own beef chuck. Additionally, I made my own chicken broth, since I prefer the taste to store bought. I did find that the stew still had a little too much liquid when it was done, it actually tasted better the next day after I skimmed off the fat from the top. My family normally doesn't care for brown rice, but I decided to try it with this recipe and it worked very well and none of us noticed the difference. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

On a busy weeknight it's great to have dinner already done in the slow cooker. This recipe was very easy to prep and made enough for multiple meals. There is something very comforting about beef stew and this recipe was no exception. My two boys particularly liked this recipe and ate all the beef out of their servings. Overall, an easy slow-cooker recipe, perfect for the colder winter months.

For the recipe go to Slow-Cooker Beef and Tomato Stew.

26 comments:

  1. This stew looks wonderful. I love slow cooker anything but beef stew is a favorite of mine.

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    1. Thanks :) I love beef stew also, there is something very comforting about it!

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  2. Strews are a winger favourite of mine too. Serve them with some sweet vegies like butternut and home made bread....Yummy!!!

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    1. I agree, stew with homemade bread is the best, yum!

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  3. Yum! Looks awesome and I am always looking for slow cooker recipes :)

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    1. Thanks :) I'm always looking for new slow cooker recipes also!

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    1. I love the slow cooker also, it's great!

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  5. Beef stew sounds great! thx for sharing!

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    1. I love beef stew and this recipe turned out great!

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  6. This looks great. On the road, I miss these kinds of meals. Thank you for following my blog, On the Road Photos. I am returning the favor.

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    1. Thanks for following back, have a great weekend!

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  7. This looks so yummy! It's freezing where I am right now and this would be a perfect "warm me up"! I'm a new follower! Please feel free to stop by my blog and follow back if you like :)

    www.yeewittlethings.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks :) It's been cold here also, I love stew when it's cold outside! Followed you back, have a great weekend!

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  8. This looks utterly delicious!! I honestly don't know what I'd do without my slow cooker. The food is so well cooked and succulent from cooking slowly throughout the day and it frees up so much time later in the day having prepped it earlier in the day!

    I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!! http://www.whatjeanlikes.com/2012/01/apparently-im-versatile.html

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    1. Thanks :) I don't know what I would I do without my slow cooker, it's the best! I love how much time it saves me. Thanks for the award :)

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  9. What a wonderful post! I'm the mom of a busy 2-year-old and LOVE my slow cooker. I can't wait to try this winter stew. Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm thrilled that we have connected via MBS. I left you an Alexa review!

    Lauren
    www.reelmama.com

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    1. Thanks :) I love my slow cooker also, it's the best! Thanks for the review, have a great weekend!

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  10. Love just about anything I can make in my crock pot!! One of the reasons to look forward to colder weather in my house is breaking out the slow cooker. This recipe looks great! Thanks!! :)

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    1. I love just about everything in the crockpot also :) This recipe really is yummy!

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  11. Looks delicious! Visiting from Wonderful Weekend Blog Hop. I'm from WV, too! lol. Followed via GFC and +1'd your page. Return the favor if you can. Have a WONDERFUL weekend.

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    1. I love finding new WV blogs! Followed you back, have a great weekend!

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  12. This looks delicious! Great blog, I look forward to reading more. Thanks for your follows, I am now following you too :) Have a great weekend.

    -Audri from "Rediscovering Our Family" www.rediscoveringourfamily.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks :) I hope you come back often and find some recipes you like! Have a great evening!

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  13. Great recipe, I have been so busy that I have been making a lot of dinners in the crock pot. I am now a follower and can't wait for the next recipe.

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    1. I make a lot of recipes in the crockpot also, they are great for saving time! I hope you come back and find some dishes that you like :)

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