Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Week1, Day 3: Stewed Beef and Vegetables

Today we made a quick stewed beef and vegetables in the slow cooker. We love slow cooker meals as they are easy in the evenings. All the work gets done in the morning, you forget about it, and are pleasantly surprised with a yummy meal when you come home.

Plated!

In the slow cooker

Simple Rice for the base
We got this Recipe from the Cooking Light Magazine:
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-ropa-vieja

Ingredients: 

Cooking spray
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds flank steak, trimmed
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 cup thinly sliced white onion
1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1 cup thinly sliced green bell pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup golden raisins
1 cup unsalted beef stock
3 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1/3 cup pimiento-stuffed olives, halved
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 cups hot cooked rice

Directions: 

1. Coat a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cut steak into quarters. Sprinkle steak evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; add steak to pan. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer steak to slow cooker. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil, onion, bell peppers, and garlic to pan; cook 3 minutes or until slightly softened, stirring occasionally. Stir in raisins; transfer onion mixture to slow cooker.
3. Combine stock, tomato paste, cumin, oregano, tomatoes, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl. Pour tomato mixture over steak and vegetables in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours and 15 minutes or until steak is very tender.

4. Remove steak from cooker; shred using 2 forks. Stir steak, olives, and cilantro into sauce. Serve steak mixture over rice.


What we liked:
Tasted great, the olives added a nice tartness to it. Put together in about 20 minutes which is nice.

What we didn't like: 
The golden raisins were a little odd, they are also not an ingredient that you would just have on hand most of the time. 

What Kaspian thought about it:
He did not want it at all. 

Next time: 
It might be better on a sandwich than over rice. No golden raisins.