How does a warm, spiced, hearty bowl of stew sound right now?
Have I told you how much I love my crock pot? I use it once or twice a week. It’s a great option for me because I have sort of an unusual schedule. I see clients from 10 to 7, with breaks during the day. I prep meals during my breaks, then our dinner is cooking away while I work, and ready to eat after I wrap my last class.
This type of stew actually tastes better the next day, so it’s great for leftovers.
A note about crock pot cooking, the liquid does not cook out like it would if you were making this on a stovetop. Start with the listed amount of broth, then once its cooking, you can check it to see if you like the consistency. If you’d like it more “soupy” and less “stewy”, add more broth.
You can also make this on the stovetop, in a large stock pot. When you get to step 6, just turn the heat down low, and cover the pot, Check it every thirty minutes or so to make sure it still has enough liquid.
Your whole house is about to smell amazing!
Try this stew and let me know what you think…
- 2 pounds lamb stew meat cut onto 1 ½ inch cubes (I found a 2.5 lb shoulder roast and had the butcher cut into cubes).
- 2 teaspoons of each: salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, and cumin seeds.
- 1/2 red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil.
- 1 onion, diced.
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped.
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste.
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar.
- 2 tablespoons honey.
- 1 1/4 cups chicken stock.
- 1, 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained.
- ¼ cup raisins or dried apricots (chopped).
- 1 bunch of collard greens, chopped.
- Rub the meat with all the spices.
- Let it rest, covered, in the fridge for a couple hours.
- In a large stock pot, brown meat in oil for 5 minutes, stirring every so often.
- Add onion and garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
- Add tomato paste, vinegar, honey, and chicken stock, and warm it through (stir it for another minute or so).
- Carefully transfer meat mixture to the crock pot and put the lid on.
- Cook on high for 4 hours.
- Add chopped collards, and garbanzos and cook for another 2 hours.
Serve with cooked couscous or rice.
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