What’s for dinner? Crockpot Stew

Lately, I’ve been really loving my crockpot.
I use it about once a week and it’s wonderful!
I think they are great because they are affordable, they cook while you are at work, and they are easy to use!

I purchase my 5.5 QT crockpot for $25 at Target.
It’s very easy to use (Off, Low, High, Warm) functions.
It’s the perfect size for 2 people +  you get some tasty leftovers.

Beef Stew Recipe
*Mostly you can chop up any vegetables and meat you want, pour in some broth and a pinch of spices.
Afterwards you can just leave and voila! It’s done when you come back. It’s a amazing!

This recipe is a collaboration of many different recipes I’ve looked at and what works for us.
I own a 5.5QT crockpot (medium size) so please adjust to your pot size.
Ingredient do shrink some in the pot but don’t overflow it.

2 Cans of Beef Broth
1-2 roma tomatoes
3 stalks of celery  (celery branch?)
3 russet potatoes
1 onion
1 cup of baby carrots
1 pepper
1 pound of beef roast (cubed)
Minced some garlic
Salt, Pepper, Worcestershire Sauce, Chili Sauce
Fresh Rosemary & Thyme – when available

As I said before this is just what I buy and what I have ready.
Basically any stew like vegetable works, it’s just experimenting.

1) First off make sure everything is washed and cleaned including the crockpot
2) Cut up all the vegetables / meat to bite size pieces (1in)
3) Put the food in the pot, make sure to leave 2 in room at the top
4) Pour in 1.5 cans of beef broth + 3 cups of water
5) Mix in 1 teaspoon  salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1 tablespoon of chili sauce (spicy), 2 teaspoons of worchester
6) Pinch up some garlic, rosemary & thyme
7) Stir mixture
8) Turn dial (6 hours cook time – choose High) ( 12 hrs cook time – choose Low)
9) Leave
10) If you feel the broth is evaporating too fast, add  1-2 cups water to the pot

Yep and it turns into this yummy stew/soup.
I like mine with biscuits and food coma 🙂
I like to prepare this the ***NIGHT BEFORE*** consumption and turn it on in the morning.


My Dad’s Famous Spicy Fried Rice (Easy!)

3 cups of day old Jasmine rice
16 oz of frozen vegetables (DO NOT THAW)
2 Chinese Sausages
2-3 slices of thick ham
soy sauce
sweet & sour sauce
rooster spicy chili sauce
green onions
minced garlic
cooking oil
large frying pan
* You can make this recipe without meat or without spice, adjust as needed *

Old Rice is Best!
Make the rice a day ahead to give it stiffness or use less water when preparing
Dice green onion & garlic
Remove the skin off the Chinese sausage
Dice into small pieces the ham & sausage
Do not thaw the vegetables

5-6 servings
difficulty – easy
prep time – 10 min
cook time – 20 min

[How to make My Dad’s Famous Spicy Fried Rice]
1 min – Heat Pot on High
1 min – Add 2 tablespoons of oil
1 min – Add garlic & green onions until aroma appears
2 min – Stir in diced ham and Chinese sausages
2 min – Add 2 teaspoons salt, sprinkle pepper – (to taste)
Remove meat from pan into separate bowl

2 min – 2 tablespoons of oil + stir 16oz frozen vegetables
2 min – Mix vegetables, meat, and rice
6 min – stir in 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of rooster spicy sauce, and 2 tablespoons of sweet & sour sauce

~ Enjoy!

Verdict – Deliciousness!