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Meals When You Don’t Have Time to Cook

A Crockpot is a writer’s best friend, at least its mine.  It saves my sanity every November during National Novel Writing Month. 

I’m fortunate to have a husband who will cook when needed and, truth be told, he’s getting better at it, but pasta, hot dogs and hamburgers are pretty much his limit.  I freeze meatballs ahead of time and he can make a simple lettuce salad.  However, after a while I just need a hearty meal like the one below:

My NaNoWriMo Beef Vegetable Soup Southern Style

1 lb of beef round cubes diced in to tiny pieces

4 T four

½ tsp salt

¼ pepper

3 T of olive oil

2 T tomato paste

2 T Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp Gravy Master

1 tsp Morton’s Nature Seasoning

2 carrots diced in to ¼ inch pieces

2 stalks of celery diced into ¼ inch pieces

1 medium onion diced

4 medium potatoes diced and set aside in cold water

3 cloves of garlic chopped

3 T fresh parsley chopped

2 12 oz cans or 1 box of beef stock

2 8 oz cans of tomato soup (I use Campbells)

2 cups frozen okra

2 cups frozen peas

It’s best if you toss the top four ingredients in the olive oil heated in a hot frying pan first.  Brown the meat and flour and salt and pepper.  Except for the last two, toss the meat and the rest of the ingredients in a slow cooker.  Cover and let cook while you work on your NaNoWriMo entry, about four or five or even six or seven hours, until done.  Add the last two ingredients about ten minutes before you are ready to serve.  A loaf of crusty bread makes for a gourmet meal.  Store leftover soup in fridge or freezer for two more days of NaNoWriMo meals later.