Today was one of those days when I was super hungry!
So I ate an apple eating almond butter for a snack
Which barely held me over till 6PM dinner! Maybe it was that rockin’ Pump class that spiked my hunger.
Karen joined us for a crockpot beef stew
So did Grover and The Tig!
Funny story: I left Karen a mini chalkboard with a message and this empty fruity jam jar of chalk to write us a message back. She wrote me this email:
Thanks for the note! I didn’t know if I was supposed to eat the things that look like cigarettes. Yes????
[Are you sensing how funny Karen is over email!?]
She thought she was supposed to EAT it because it said fruit on it! She thought it was some super food fruit compacted into a log!!
So back to the beef stew
Simple Shroom Beef Stew
Yield 4 big bowls
Simple ingredients lead to simple crockpot soup - but with a flavor depth that goes on for miles. Mushrooms add richness and grass-fed beef adds chew. This soup requires a little browning in the beginning, but the flavors will be worth it in the end!
- 1 pound grass-fed local beef chunks
- 2.5 pints of sliced mushrooms
- 2 carrots
- 4 celeries
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 quart of water
- 1.5 cups frozen peas
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
Brown beef. Set aside. Add mushrooms, carrots and celery and cook until tender. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Put mixture into crockpot and cover with water, paprika, peas and salt and pepper. Set to high for 1 hour and low to 2 hours (since everything should already be cooked your just looking for simmer.)
It was delicious – especially the shrooms!!
I had to go back for seconds on broth and veggies because I was still hungry!
Honey whole wheat on the side!
After dinner – it was SO warm out (!) – we went for a neighborhood walk. But got caught in a THUNDERSTRUCK storm!! We just barely made it home.
Luckily, ice cream had been warming on the counter and we all enjoyed some peanut butter Haagen Dazs for dessert – with a cookie on top.
Tiny bowl, tiny spoon, tiny cookie!
Few more things to do and then I’m going to read in bed. I am STILL reading The Thornbirds. I have been such a bad reader these past few months. I can’t get back in a groove because life has been so busy I feel like I’m working until 11PM every night!
Reading is important.