Slow Cooker Poor Man’s Stew

Happy March Everyone! I’m excited to announce that I am back in full swing. The past few months have been hard ones as I have been learning to adjust to my new condition. For those new to my blog, a few months ago, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease known as TCD (Tarlov Cyst Disease). Due to this condition, I have had to make adjustments to my diet. One of my favorite meals to make so far; however, is the Poor Man’s Stew or Traveler’s Stew as my grandma called it. Quick to make and only requiring a few ingredients this recipe has been a lifesaver (medical bills are not cheap). One thing I personally love is the flavor of the soup. There are so many options when it comes to seasonings and the texture of this soup is lovely! Enough of my rambling though, let’s get to the good stuff!

Slow Cooker Poor Man’s Stew

Ingredients:

1lb. Ground Beef (browned and drained) *I personally seasoned before browning*

1 1/2lbs. Potatoes (diced large)

3 Carrots (sliced)

1 Onion (diced)

1 Garlic Clove (minced) *Garlic Powder works just as good!*

6 oz. can of Tomato Paste

2 cups. Water

1 tsp. Salt

1/4 tsp. Pepper

1 tsp. Onion Powder

1 tsp. Dried Oregano

*I personally added 1tsp. Paprika & Creole Seasoning*

Directions:

  1. Add cook ground beef, potatoes, carrots and onions to a 5-quart and/or larger slow cooker.

2. Take a small bowl and mix tomato paste and seasonings. Pour over mixture over everything already in the slow cooker.

3. Allow to cook for 7hrs without removing lid.

4. Serve with buttered sandwich bread. * I omitted the bread and had saltine crackers instead*

Recipe Credit: https://www.themagicalslowcooker.com/

Original Recipe Link: https://www.themagicalslowcooker.com/poor-mans-stew/

Easy Chicken Spaghetti

Since working overnights for my store’s Inventory Prep Team, I have needed quick and simple, yet filling recipes for dinner. Thankfully, after the 16th I will be back dayside, but at the moment things have been tough. Maybe it’s simply my body trying to adjust, but something has got to give. Tonight, I will be making an old favorite recipe and wanted to share it with you all. Chicken Spaghetti is both super easy to make and equally delicious! There is two ways to cook this, so I will share with you both ways and you can pick which is easiest for you! Let’s get started shall we?

Easy Chicken Spaghetti

Ingredients

1 (16 oz) Spaghetti Noodles Box

2 cups. Cooked Chicken (diced)

2 (10 ounce) cans. Cream of Chicken Soup (undiluted)

1 cup. Salsa

1 cup. Sour Cream

2 cups. Mexican Cheese Blend (or whatever cheese blend you like most)

1 tsp. Taco Seasoning

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp. Paprika, Onion Powder

1/2 cup. Red Green Pepper (diced)

1/2 cup. Green Diced Pepper (diced)

1 cup. Cooked Broccoli

Cilantro (chopped; optional)

Directions for Baking Dish

Step One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook noodles via the directions on the package. Once finished, drain.

Step Two: In a large bowl mix all ingredients together including noodles and stir to combine.

Step Three: Pour into a 9×13 sprayed baking dish and top with an extra 1/2 cup of cheese and the chopped cilantro.

Step Four: Cover with foil and cook in the oven for roughly 30 minutes or until cheese begins to bubble.

Step Five: Carefully scoop mixture onto plates or into bowls (your preference) and allow mixture to sit for 4-5 minutes before sitting to cool down.

Directions for Crock-Pot

Step One: Combine all ingredients into the crockpot except for the noodles.

Step Two: Allow mixture to cook on High for 3.5 – 4 hours to allow chicken to cook through.

Step Three: Cook spaghetti noodles; drain.

Step Four: Pour in the cooked noodles and 1/2 cup extra cheese and stir.

Step Five: Allow ingredients to cook for an extra 25 – 30 minutes.

Step Six: Carefully scoop mixture onto plates or into bowls and serve. Enjoy!

*Note – Mixture will be hot so allow about 4-5 minutes for cooling unless you can handle the heat.

Recipe Credit: http://www.cookingfromtheheart.blog

Original Recipe Credit: http://www.lilluna.com

Original Recipe Link: https://lilluna.com/chicken-spaghetti/