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I don’t consider myself an expert in the kitchen at all.  Which is funny to me, when I think that I write about food just about every day.  I guess I just have a love for it.  My mom called me the other night with a cooking related question – and honestly, it took me a little by surprise, because it’s usually me calling my mom with cooking questions!!

And now, I’m coming to all of you with my cooking dilemma.  On Sundays, our church time rotates each year.  Last year, we started at 11am, getting home at 2pm.  This year, it’s my least-favorite time – starting at 1pm and getting home at 4pm.  It’s hard for me for a few reasons.  First, Abbi usually naps around 12:30.  So the 1pm church time messes up nap time, and if I can’t get her down early, she goes without a nap for the day.  Which makes for a long day.  And the second reason it’s not my favorite is because I find that it’s hard to get dinner on the table.  Between it being a little later, and having a cranky 2-year old, I have found myself struggling these last few weeks.  I have decided that the slow cooker is my answer.  The problem is that I don’t totally love the slow cooker.  Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.  And I know this is silly, but I like to blog about just about everything I make, and slow cooker food is usually not very pretty.  But even putting pretty aside – I need your help.  I need some tried and true slow cooker recipes that I can cook up over the year.  I think that the slow cooker is the only way I’m going to keep my sanity!!  Please share recipes or links in the comments below – I’ll be forever grateful!!

This is one slow cooker recipe that I’ve made recently that actually turned out better than I had expected.  I think the texture that meat gets after being in the slow cooker is one thing that I don’t like, but this was actually quite good.  And it only took minutes to throw it all together before church, which was a definite plus!!

Tuscan Beef Stew | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Tuscan Beef Stew
Slightly adapted from Campbell’s Recipe Collection

Serves 8

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours 10 minutes

1 can (10 ¾ oz) Campbell’s condensed tomato soup
1 can (10 ½ oz) beef broth
½ cup dry red wine or water
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with Italian herbs
6 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 pounds beef for stew, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cans (16 oz. each) white kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Stir the soup, broth, wine, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, tomatoes, carrots and beef in a 3 1/2-quart slow cooker.

Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours or until beef is tender.

Stir in the beans. Increase the heat to HIGH. Cook for 10 minutes or until the mixture is hot.


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11 Responses to Tuscan Beef Stew

  1. Kim says:

    Rachael Ray has a super yummy crock pot recipe for Pepper Steak. It is good and really easy. The only thing you would have to do after church is cook up some rice to serve it over. I don't top it with the bean sprouts and cilantro though. I totally empathize with the late church rotation! Here is the link for you http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/slow-cooker-recipe-asian-pepper-steak/

  2. Deborah says:

    Kim – how funny that you mention that one – I've actually made it!! I did really like it – maybe it needs to be a repeat!


  3. Kim says:

    Ha! I knew I had seen in on a recipe blog, I just couldn't remember which one! How embarrassing! Anyway, thanks for the great recipe, my family really likes it!

  4. Holly says:

    here are a couple links to things I've done in the crock pot-http://thepepperedpantry.blogspot.com/2010/03/pork-chops-potatoes-in-mushroom-sauce.html and http://thepepperedpantry.blogspot.com/2010/03/italian-night.html. Hope this helps:)

  5. Joanne says:

    Ugh, that sounds SO frustrating!

    I've made a few crockpot recipes that I really love: http://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/search/label/crockpot

    My absolute favorite is the pulled pork!

  6. Barbara says:

    Unfortunately, I gave away my slow cooker years ago, so I can't help. But I do read about slow cooker recipes a lot online and I bet there are some great cookbooks. Hope you get good advice from your comments!

  7. Kimberly says:

    Crock pot meals are the only way to go with that late church time. We had it for a few years in a row and I always did crockpot meals.
    Once we were past nap time I didn't mind the time so much, but it is no fun with little ones.
    Here are some of my favorite crock pot meals from my blog:

    I'm also planning to try this one this week
    (she links to another blog with lots of crockpot recipes that I haven't tried, but it looks like it is an all crockpot blog)
    And I like http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/
    for crockpot info/recipes.

    Good luck with the late church time. Hopefully your little one can fall asleep on the drive there and sleep through part of it. 🙂

  8. Jennifurla says:

    People always tell me

    Chuck roast
    BBQ sauce
    Slow cooker = awesome bbq beef sammies.

  9. teresa says:

    i hear you about church times. we had one o'clock church forever and it kind of consumed the entire day. this stew looks like the perfect thing to welcome you when you get home!

  10. Kindra aka "The Meal Planner" says:

    I totally get what you mean about slow cooker meals sometimes being not that great. Here's a few our family LOVES:

    1. Butter Chicken – http://themealplanner.blogspot.com/2008/09/slow-cooker-butter-chicken.html (it's the most popular recipe on my blog too!)

    2. Sweet Pork Tacos with Avocado Cream – http://themealplanner.blogspot.com/2010/11/sweet-pork-tacos-with-avocado-cream.html

    3. Taco Soup – http://themealplanner.blogspot.com/2010/11/taco-soup.html

    4. Tortellini Soup – http://themealplanner.blogspot.com/2009/01/tortellini-soup.html

    Good luck with the slow cooker meals!

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