I'd actually forgotten about dinner when I walked through the door. For a brief moment when my nose caught the aroma of cooking beef and vegetables, I thought my Mother was there cooking dinner for me. Heavy sigh....miss having you here Mom!
ONE OF MY FAVORITE COOKING APPLIANCES
|Pretty little cookers, all in a row!|
One is WAY too big, another is
too big, but one is JUST RIGHT!
|Just the right size for a |
In frustration over the inability to turn out a decent pot roast or a chicken dish for one, last year I finally did some more research and ended up purchasing my third slow cooker, a small 1 1/2 quart version that has been my best buddy in the kitchen for months now. Soups for one or two meals - no problem! Tiny pot roasts for one or two - no big deal! Chicken dinners of all kinds - fantastic! With a little pre-planning and prep work the night or morning before mealtime, eating a home cooked, comforting meal is a snap.
SIMPLE BASIC BEEF STEW FOR ONE
6 oz. beef stew meat
2 small potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 small carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 stalk celery, cleaned and cut into large chunks
1/4 small onion, peeled and pulled apart
1 garlic clove, peeled and cut in half
1/2 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp corn starch mixed into 1/4 cup cold water
splash of red wine (optional)
|The night before:In a skillet, heat a teaspoon of vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add the beef stew pieces and brown on all sides. Remove from the skillet and set on a plate. When cooled, put in the fridge for overnight.|
|In the morning: Into the slow cooker pot, add the potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, salt and pepper.|
|Put the browned meat on top and pour the water over. Turn the slow cooker to Low and let cook 8-9 hours.|
|Serve the gravy over the stew.|
This makes quite a bit of stew, so I removed some of the meat and set it aside to make soup one night this week. Once the meet is cooked, it's a simple task to use a carton of stock and some frozen veggies into a bowl of steaming hot soup.