For some reason, cold weather calls for comfort food and if your lifestyle is hectic, that comfort food also needs to be quick and easy. Luckily quick and easy comfort food can also be healthy!
A slow cooker is the key to easy winter meals. You can throw everything in a slow cooker in the morning before you leave, turn it on, and it is ready when you come home. There are numerous meals you can make – from stews to chili to soups. All use healthy, fresh meats, vegetables, and spices.
Below is a recipe to get you started. Substitute white potato with sweet potato that is rich in vitamin A, which plays a role in immune health, important during the cold and flu season.
Savory Beef & Potato Stew
- 1 lb. lean stew meat (use pork, less fat)
- 3 cups peeled & 1 inch cubed sweet potatoes
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 large onion cut into eighths
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1 can (28oz) diced tomatoes
- 8 dried apricots cut in half
- Parsley if desired
Remove excess fat from meat and cut into 1” pieces. Sprinkle with pepper. Heat oil over medium-high heat in large skillet. Cook beef about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until brown.
In slow cooker, combine beef and remaining ingredients except apricots and parsley. Cover and cook 6-8 hours or until beef is tender. Stir in apricots and cook 15 minutes on low until apricots are softened. Discard cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Sprinkle with parsley and enjoy!
Resource: Stop and Shop Recipe