With our family's increasing busy-ness, we've been relying more on the magic of the crock pot lately. I've never been a huge fan of crock pot food, but, I swear, if I eat another late-night, "what-are-we-doing-for-dinner" pizza, I'm going to start shopping for food replacement pills. I mean, I love pizza, especially if it comes from Park Street (they have a gorgeous website! Go visit it!) or Luigi's, but even I can grow tired of the pie.
I picked up a copy of Fix It and Forget It at my favorite thrift store for a couple bucks and became determined to pull recipes out of it that my family could both make on their own and enjoy eating. I'm happy to report that it has been working pretty well so far. Each person chose a few recipes they found appealing and thought they could manage for their cooking level. It just takes a few minutes in the morning to toss the stuff in the crock pot (a bit longer for more complicated dishes), and then, in the evening, we heat up a quick veggie, make a potato of some sort, a pot of rice, and maybe some cottage cheese, and we have a really awesome meal.
Here's a dish Aleks made from the cookbook yesterday. The beef was super tender and yummy and produced a good gravy that was extremely tasty with garlic mashed potatoes, sweet corn, and browned butter.
Makes 4-8 servings
2-3 pounds beef, cubed
1/2 pounds mushrooms, sliced
10 1/2 oz beef broth
1 onion, chopped
10 3/4 oz cream of mushroom soup
3 tablespoons dry onion soup mix
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover. Cook on high 3-4 hours, or on low 7-8 hours. Serve over hot cooked rice.