As I have mentioned before in my blog, there are times when I wish the fairies would come in and cook the dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook, but occasionally I do wish I could wave a magic wand and dinner would be done. Even on a Sunday sometimes I wish those fairies would come and cook the dinner. In fact, probably more so on a lazy day like Sunday.
The fairies haven’t turned up yet and I can’t see them making an appearance in the future. Although, my slow cooker is a brilliant substitute that really shouldn’t be ignored. For me, the slow cooker takes first place in our house and no this is not an advert for these machines. It’s just mine has been a time saving piece of equipment that cooks food beautifully and this meal was so yummy.
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Vegetable peeler
- Slow Cooker
- Beef stewing steak or cooked beef x 500g
- Onion x 1
- Butternut squash x 1 small
- Carrots x 2
- Courgettes x 2
- Sweet potato x 2 large (about 800g)
- Dried mixed herbs x 1 tsp
- Oregano x 1 tsp
- Beef stock x 1 ltr
- Tamari x 2 tbsps
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Spinach x 2 – 4 large handfuls
- Start by peeling and slicing the carrots and courgettes.
- Next peel the butternut squash with the potato peeler.
- Cut in half length ways and scoop out the seeds with the spoon.
- When all the seeds have been removed cut the squash into small 2 centimetre cubes.
- Next peel and cut the sweet potato into 2 cm cubes as well.
- Peel and slice the onion and put all the ingredients in the slow cooker.
- Pour over the beef stock and add in the tamari or soy sauce.
- If using uncooked beef stew steak, cut into 1 inch cubes and add to the cooker.
- Sprinkle over the dried mixed herbs and oregano.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Turn the slow cooker on high for 3 – 4 hour or low for 6 – 8 hours.
- If using cooked beef, cut it into inch pieces and add thirty minutes before the end.
- Five minutes or so before the end of the cooking time add in the spinach and let it wilt down.
- Then serve and enjoy.
Slow Cooked Beef and Sweet Potato Stew was a delicious meal that my son, husband and I all really enjoy. The meal was full of flavour and the meat was very tender. Stews and soups are my favourites especially at this time of year. Winter is the best time to cook up big batches of stews and freeze them for lazy days. Plus all the ingredients in this meal are freezable, unless you are using cooked beef that’s been frozen already. However you decide to eat this dinner, as always, please enjoy. Thank you xxx