You know what I don’t wanna do after a long day? Stand in front of a stove. While I love a great slow cooked stew, I was just not in the mood today. Today I needed a quick meal. But I also needed stew. It’s one of those perfect comfort foods, isn’t it?
Now, I’m going to tell you what I put into my Long Day’s Stew, but don’t let this limit you. I used the tomato because that’s what I bought at the farmer’s market, I had some leftover (grassfed) stew meat from making chili probably two months ago still in the freezer that I wanted to use up, some beef stock, and some other odds and ends. Stew is a great way to use up the leftovers in your fridge and freezer, so you don’t end up having to spend the end of your Long Day cleaning the fridge out.
One more note (sorry i’m rambling… remember, it’s been a long day), I was just cooking for one person. Feel free to up the quantities as needed.
A Long Day’s Stew
One heirloom tomato, diced
1 cup beef stock
1/2 pound stew meat, chopped into bite sized cubes. You can also use ground beef, or chicken
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 chili pepper, minced
1 T of olive or macadamia nut oil
Seasoning of your choice: I used some cumin, cayenne, and chili powder. Curry powder would also be delicious
Heat pan with deep enough sides for all ingredients on a medium setting. Goal is to cook all ingredients in one pan, since no one wants to do dishes after a Long Day! First up is the meat. Place meat in pan, and brown on all sides. If using chicken, cook all the way through. Once that is done, add oil, and the garlic. Swish the meat and garlic around for a minute, then add the tomatoes and peppers. Let those simmer for about 5 minutes while you go do something. Now come back and add the beef stock and seasoning, and let it simmer for 10 more minutes.
When you are ready to eat, dish it into a bowl, and add some cheese if you’d like. I added cheddar and feta.