And even dinner has changed a little. Since I have more time in the morning I can get part of dinner started early. For example, I have used my crock-pot more within the past two weeks than in most winters combined. But if you try and read between the lines here you will see that this takes planning! Crock-pots take the cooking part out of the meal but you do still have to plan your meal. So why not let me help you with some of the planning with this recipe!
The beets in this recipe, combined with the tomatoes, create an incredible flavor. I realize that many of you may not be fans of beets but if I could, please let me see if I can change your mind. Give beets a chance! Did you know that beets contain about 17% of the recommended daily folate intake in a just a half cup of cooked beets? They are also contain fiber and researchers believe the red pigment (called betacyanin) in beets might be able to protect against development of cancerous cells and might play a role in reducing the inflammation associated with heart disease. Are you convinced yet?
Bison Beet Stew
Total hands on time: 15-20 minutes
2 cups stewed tomatoes (make sure to use the juice too)
1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup of broth (I prefer vegetable but you could use beef broth instead)
8 oz. bison beef stew meat, cut into chunks
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp honey
Add all ingredients to your crock-pot/slow cooker and cook on low heat for 6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours or until beef and sweet potato is tender.
1 lb. beets, washed, peeled and cut into small chunks
4 large carrots, peeled and diced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 tsp coarse sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
For the best part of the dish-- the beets, heat oven to 375 degrees and add all vegetables to a large bowl and toss with oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Roast vegetables for 20 minutes and immediately add to crock-pot and cook on high for another 30 minutes. If you have more time feel free to cook all ingredients longer.