You guys, I couldn’t WAIT to share this amazing recipe we just made up! It’s so perfect for Fall weather, it’s kinda ridiculous. And best part? It takes less than 10 minutes to throw together into a crockpot. I’m really into crockpot dinners right now– they enable me to prepare everything during AJ’s nap, then spend the afternoon playing with the boys, instead of trying to entertain them while I slave over a hot stove. Honestly, I’m pretty sure the crockpot was invented by some mom who had young boys– an idea born in the crucible, as they say. I usually just start throwing ingredients from the fridge on in, hoping it all tastes good in the end.
And who doesn’t have 10 minutes to make dinner? That’s ALMOST faster than microwaving a bunch of Trader Joe’s frozen entrees (not that I would know?)
A bonus? As it was cooking in the crockpot, our house smelled like Autumn-Weather-Heaven. It almost seemed as if there were red and yellow leaves swirling around me. I wanted to reach out and hug this stew because of how it put me into the Fall Spirit.
You’ve gotta try this one, guys. It’s one of my favorites now!
Gluten-free, Paleo Fall Stew
serves 6-8 (2 meals for our family of 4)
1 lb. cubed pork or beef (we buy pork because it’s often cheaper when we’re buying organic, but since it’s a stew, you can buy a cheap cut of meat and it will still be soft. You could also substitute in tofu if you wanted this to be vegan).
32 oz. beef stock (veggie stock, if you want it to be vegan)
8 oz. of pumpkin cider (I use the $2 pumpkin cider from Aldi. Apple cider works in a pinch)
2 sliced/diced apples
2 peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 chopped onion
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 tbsp. all spice
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. of sweet basil
1 tsp. or Mexican oregano
1 tsp. paprika
3 bay leaves
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Put the meat (or tofu) in the crockpot
2. Add the liquids, then start stirring in the spices
3. Cook for 1 hour on high.
4. Add all the vegetables. Cook for 4 more hours.
And….voila! Easiest dinner you’ve ever made! Best of all? All the veggies are rolled right in, so you don’t even need to make a salad to know you got in a few servings of produce. Winning!!
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