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CrockPot Yumminess

October 18, 2014

Race packet pick-up day! One of my favourite days! Tomorrow is the Toronto Waterfront Marathon and my final race of the year. Feeling good about everything other than the crowd. 25,000 people. That’s a whole lot of people to dodge, especially in the beginning before things open up a bit. I’m not the best in crowds and am wary of other runners since getting shoved during the start of the Yonge St 10K back in April. Not much I can do though so my plan to just keep saying the serenity prayer and try to ignore everyone around me.

I promised a couple of crockpot recipes in my last post, so here goes! Two delicious beef recipes to come home to after a day in the cold.

Beef Stew

  • 1 package cubed stewing beef (about ½ to ¾ of a pound)
  • 1 can no sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 each of sweet potatoes (small), parsnips and carrots cubed
  • Italian spice seasoning
  • Chili flakes
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Splash Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Take out your handy dandy crockpot and dump all the veggies including the tomatoes in there.

Take out a frying pan, pour a splash of EVOO in it and heat it up. Once moderately hot, add the stewing beef and just sear every side. Sprinkle some of the Italian spice over the chunks as you do that. Once seared, dump the whole thing right into the crockpot on top of the veggies. Sprinkle some chili flakes and cayenne pepper into the mix and stir it all around.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for about 4 hours.

Pot Roast

You’re going to use the exact same ingredients and cooking method as for the beef stew but change the meat for a top sirloin roast and just use one of each root veggie. You want to use top sirloin for two reasons – it’s lean and it’s cheap. The lack of fat in this cut would typically make it quite tough to eat, but cooking it long and slow will change it into absolute deliciousness. It should be so tender it will almost fall apart as you cut it.

Highly recommend cooking on low for at least five hours to get the best result.

Serve this with a big salad and make sure you spoon some of the juices and tomato mixture over the meat too. YUM!

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