Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Friday, December 14, 2012


1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup beef broth
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
3 strips of orange peel (not the white pith)
1 cup cubed butternut squash
1 cup quarted red potatoes
1 cup green beans
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf

Place all the vegetables into a slow cooker or crockpot.

Whisk the tomato paste into the beef broth; stir into the vegetables.

Spread the beef over the vegetables; pour the orange juice overall.

Add the salt, pepper, bay leaf, and orange peel.

Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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