Hearty Beef Stew ( modified Martha Stewart recipe)


1 1/2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes with green chiles
Coarse salt and pepper
3/4 pound small potatoes, halved

2 medium onions, large chop
1/4 lb peas

3-4 carrots, large pieces



Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large heavy pot, toss beef with flour. Stir in tomatoes, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high, transfer to oven, and cook 1 hour. Stir in potatoes, carrots & onions and cook until beef and veggies are tender, about 1 hour more. Stir in peas and let sit 5 minutes before serving.

This can also be made in the slow-cooker…5 hrs on high.

Honey Garlic Chicken (direct from Stephanie at A Year of Slow Cooker Meals) Untested

1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (4 or one thigh per family member)
3 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 cup  soy sauce (La Choy or Tamari wheat-free are gluten free)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup honey

The Directions.

Use a 4-quart slow cooker (if using a 6-quart, this will cook faster. Check after 3 hours on high, 5 hours on low).
Put the chicken into your cooker. In a small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients, then pour evenly over the top.
Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3-4 (I’d go with low—).

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • 2 pounds ground turkey¬† breast
  • 2 teaspoons salt-free garlic and herb seasoning or poultry seasoning
  • 1 egg white
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme


In a large bowl, combine turkey, garlic and herb seasoning, egg white and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Mix well and shape mixture into about 32 meatballs. Place meatballs in bottom of slow cooker.

In a medium bowl, whisk together tomato sauce, broth, chili sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and thyme. Pour mixture over meatballs.

Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.