well. that was some interesting weather we had here. not sure where you are from dear reader…but up here in northern ohio, we had a bit of spring fever yesterday. it was warm. like 60ish warm and the sun was out and the breeze wasn’t too bad. i decided it would be a great idea to meet a friend at the zoo. i figured most people would be in their yards getting christmas lights down, riding bikes and scooters, or just taking walks. well. 786,985 other people also thought it was a great idea to go to the zoo. we had quite a bit of company. anywho….
we like to make soup in the winter. i have a close relationship with my crock pot (may it rest in peace…it cracked! but i have already replaced it with the ninja…i will keep you posted how this relationship progresses). my husband really likes soup and our oldest daughter is a fan too. i have to keep it fairly simple and chunky so i can make it not so soup-ish for the little two.
we sometimes do a big meat purchase at costco. on the advice of some friends, we purchased a food saver so i can break the big packages up into a single meal for us. since i had a whole cow of beef stew meat to break up and save, i decided to make one of our favorites, beef soup.
depending on your crock pot this needs to cook 8-10 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.
about 1 lb boneless beef chuck (or stew meat) cubed
1 Tbl cooking oil
2 14oz cans diced tomatoes – undrained
1 C water
3 med sliced carrots
2 small potatoes cut into 1/2″ cubes
1 C chopped onion
1 tea salt
1/2 tea crushed thyme
1/2 C frozen peas (i always forget the peas and it still tastes good. i love peas but by the time dinner is ready my mind has been overworked and i easily forget things) steps:
brown the meat in the oil. add meat and all other ingredients to the slow cooker except the peas (see why i forget them?) add peas about 15 mins before ready to serve.
it’s really yummy and really easy. pair it with a homemade loaf of bread…and you will be very loved by your family (or friends, or cats, or whomever you decide to make it for!)