I should come up with fancier names for the dinners I cook, but who really has time 😂 I don't have time to stand over a hot stove for hours on end so there's no way I have time to make up fancy names..
So I decided to make a beef stew because I'm clearing out my freezer and I had a piece of chuck steak. We're in spring at the moment and after a week of beautiful 20 degree days it has plunged back to the minuses and a nice warm casserole is definitely on the menu.
So I chucked in the slow cooker 1 small diced onion, a couple of teaspoons of garlic, the chuck steak diced up.
In a little jug I poured in 1 pack of Maggi red wine and mushroom ragu and mixed in about a cup and a half of warm water and gave it a good stir.
That got chucked in the slow cooker along with 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, a tin of diced tomatoes, 2 medium zucchini grated and 2 small carrots grated.
I mixed it all together and it looked like there wasn't enough liquid for the veggies but I resisted the urge to add more knowing that the veggies would break down and it would be saucier later on..
Now I put the slow cooker on high because it was almost lunch time by the time I got it in there and I wanted to make sure the meat was tender.
I let it cook away for about 2 hours before I added a tin of mixed beans..
It cooked on high for about 5 hours and then I turned it down to low before turning it off just before dinner..
I made some creamy mashed potato to go with it.. my very happy toddler licked the bowl clean 😁