Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe

You’re going to love and appreciate this easy crock pot beef stew recipe for not just its delicious taste but the simple prep and cooking too. What’s easier than a crock pot beef stew recipe anyway? Just put the ingredients in the pot in the morning, leave for the day, and come home to dinner already done! Can’t beat that. Check out my new article about cooking healthy crock pot recipes too. 🙂

Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe

Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe
Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
4 medium potatoes (diced)
6 baby carrots
1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups beef broth
1 cup corn kernels
Salt and pepper to taste
parsely flakes

Directions:

Place potatoes, carrots, and corn in bottom of crock pot. Sprinkle meat with a little salt and pepper and add to crock pot. Add tomatoes and beef broth. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours or until tender. Sprinkle with parsley flakes for garnish.




Cooking Healthy Crock Pot Meals for Your Family

Healthy Crock Pot Meals

If you’re like me, you’ve probably searched for “healthy crock pot meals” online to feed your family. Why is this such a sought out search? One appeal to cooking with a crock pot slow cooker is that you can put your dinner into it in the morning and it’s ready when you get home from a long day at work. But, do foods lose nutrients during the long cooking process? It’s a question that many are concerned with when cooking foods over a long period of time. Studies indicate that since slow cookers are fully covered, the percentage of nutrients isn’t lost during the prolonged cooking time. Cooking with a crock pot is much better than frying or boiling foods and has the added advantage of offering a nutritious meal at the end of the day rather than a fast food drive-by option.

Healthy Crock Pot Meals
Make Healthy Meals with Your Crock Pot

You can definitely cook healthy meals in your crock pot without fear of losing all of the nutrients. All methods of heating foods, such as blanching, boiling, simmering, baking, steaming and broiling cause some loss of nutrients, but the low heat used in crock pot cooking causes far less damage. Wholesome, all-inclusive meals made with a crock pot can simplify your life and give your family the nutrition they need. They can also help you save on your grocery bill by utilizing leftover veggies and other foods in delicious soups and stews. Read more

M and M Theme Valentine Fun – Valentine Recipes and Activities

It’s almost February and that means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I love this sweet holiday, mostly because my birthday is the 15th and as a kid I thought it was a two day celebration. Now days, I enjoy making fun Valentine theme recipes and treats for my family.

M and M Valentine Recipes and Activities!

M & M Valentine Activities and Recipes

Valentine Pretzel Buttons

Valentine’s Day White Chocolate Bark Bites

Peanut Butter M&M’s™ Cookie Pie

Candy and Flowers for Valentine’s Day – With a Twist

Strawberry M&M Caramel Pretzel Bark

Valentine’s Day S’mores Popcorn

Tic Tac Toe Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine Brown Sugar Blondies

Soft M & M Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cupid Chow Valentine’s Day Popcorn Mix

I hope you try some of these M & M theme Valentine recipes and activities. Have a sweet day filled with love!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Serve Your Family a Warm, Nourishing Breakfast

Finding healthy breakfast ideas that your kids will actually eat is not always easy. Especially with the busy schedule that we all live now days. People on the run often choose a cold breakfast or no breakfast at all because it’s the quickest. In the colder months, however, a cold breakfast simply won’t do. Why not try one or more of these nourishing winter warming breakfasts to help you prepare for your day.

Try these nourishing, warm healthy breakfast ideas

healthy breakfast ideasA big bowl of hearty oatmeal is a great choice for a cold winter morning. Oatmeal doesn’t have to take a long time to prepare. Get it started before you get dressed and it should be ready to eat when you’re done. Soak dried fruit such as raisins, cherries or cranberries before stirring them into the bowl to add depth of flavor. Cinnamon or nutmeg would also be good as additions.

Try my “Easy and Delicious Oatmeal Recipe.”

Whole wheat bread is better for you than bread made with refined flour. Use whole wheat bread to make French toast or whole wheat flour to make waffles. Instead of syrup to top your French toast or waffles, warm up apple sauce and spread it over them. Read more

Steam Your Food for Healthier Meals

steam your food

Here are a few reasons why you should steam your food for healthier meals. Some methods of cooking can extremely negatively affect the nutrients contained in healthy foods. For example, broccoli loses almost a hundred percent of its valuable nutrients when cooked in the microwave and over 80% when boiled.

A good steamer is the best and most nutritious way to cook food from vegetables and rice to fish, chicken and other meats. And steamers don’t use as much energy and are quick to clean up.

There are several types of steamers you can choose.  The 5.5 quart Hamilton Beach Digital Food Steamer is a great choice for families for steaming meals. The Chinese have been using bamboo steamers for centuries – and besides providing healthier fare when steamed, your food retains its fresh color and flavor – and those all-important nutrients. Read more