Posts tagged ‘stew’
Today I was lucky enough to have a day off from work, so after waiting for the arrival of my Wedding invites (they look awesome!!) I decided to take advantage of all that free time and head over to my Bikram Yoga studio. I don’t know what got into me, but after my first class with Kara that was amaze, I decided to actually stay and participate in the next class with Lorenza! I had never done a back to back double, but let me tell you, three hours of Bikram in a 100+ degree room is intense! During the 1/2 hour break before the second class started I grabbed a Zico to get some electrolytes back into my body and then sailed through the second class. It seriously went by so much faster and my concentration was outta this world! Of course… final Savasana was maybe my favorite pose of the day. 😉
When I got back home I was happy I had prepped dinner the night before. I was making a variation of Mark Bittman’s Braised Lentils with Celery listed in “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian”, although I’ve changed it SO much (mine’s actually more of a stew bc I like it soupy), that I will post it here for you guys.
- 1 head celery, chopped including leaves
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 c. green/brown lentils
- 4 cups veggie broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 cup red wine (or more broth)
- 1/4 lemon, juiced
- salt & pepper to taste
- water as needed to thin
- After prepping all of the veggies, heat the oil in a deep stock pot and throw in the celery, onion and garlic. Cook for about 6-8 minutes until the veggies begin to soften.
- Pour in the veggie broth, lentils, bay leaf, lemon juice and wine (I actually used sake this time simply because it was on hand) and bring the pot to a boil. Immediately lower the heat so that the mixture is simmering and cover partially. Season with salt and pepper.
- Simmer the stew about 30 minutes until the lentils are tender, but if you have more time keep it on the stove! Soups and stews always improve over time. If the stew doesn’t seem soupy enough to you, add some additional water and heat through. I almost always do simply because I love the earthy broth.
- Pour into a bowl & enjoy!
This is soo good along with some whole wheat crusty bread, but since I has none on hand I just ate it on it’s own. It was magical. Okey, I am officially spent so I’m going to go zone out in front of some Law & Order – enjoy your night!
After work yesterday we had a happy hour at a local pub…. from 3-6. I was definitely thankful that I had already made dinner before I went to work. A few beers = zero desire to cook… especially anything healthy. I came home to the wonderful smells of beef stew cooking. 😀 I used a recipe that I had come up with in college. Unfortunately I tend to not write down everything that I put in so it was a little bland at first. Of course, a little doctoring after the fact did wonders! Here’s the recipe (with later additions added)
Cat’s Beef Stew: (serves 6-8)
- 1.5 lbs beef, stew meat, cut into small chunks
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 lbs yukon gold potatoes, cubed
- 1 lb onions, cut into wedges
- 1 lb carrots, sliced
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup beef broth (can sub in veggie broth)
- 1/4 cup red wine (or stout beer)
- 1 (28 oz.) can whole tomatoes, with juices
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp thyme
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 2 whole bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
- 2 tsp black pepper (plus more to taste)
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 cup canned peas
- Season the beef with black pepper and salt and coat each piece with the flour. Heat large skillet over med-high with a touch of oil. Add beef dredged in flour and cook until browned, stirring often.
- Place the potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and garlic in the crock pot. Top with beef. Add broth, wine/beer, tomatoes with juices, Worcestershire, spices and bay leaf.
- Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours (or low for 8-12 hours); or until beef is fork tender.
- Mix the remaining flour with 1 tbsp water. Add flour mixture and peas to cooker. Cover and cook an additional 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Take out the bay leaves. Serve!!
I cooked the meat and did all my prep work the night before so that all i had to do ws dump everything in the pot and go to work! The bf and I enjoyed our hearty fall meal with a few dirty vodka martinis and he rest of my Calbee Snap Pea Crisps on the side.